Dining

Kure Taisho-machi Market Kochi

Kure Taisho-machi Market

This market has been at the heart of the local community since the 19th century. Alongside local specialties like pole & line caught skipjack tuna, a huge selection of seafood, vegetables and delis are available. Eating in the market is popular for tourists, enjoy some nautical flavours for lunch! The market became the first port town designated as an Important Cultural Property in March 2011.

Address or LocationKure, Nakatosa-cho, Takaoka-gun, Kochi
Phone0889-52-2437 (Nakatosa-cho fisheries commerce division)
Opening Hourslate morning to evening
ClosedJanuary 1 to 3, stormy days (some stalls closed on the fourth Tuesday)
Fees 
URLhttp://www.town.nakatosa.lg.jp/kankou/kaou.html
(Japanese only)
Transportationapprox. 1h 30-min. drive from Kochi Ryoma Airport, 5-minute drive from Nakatosa IC, a 5-minute walk from Tosa-Kure station

Sunday MarketKochi

Sunday Market

In Kochi City, there are a number of street markets held which allow visitors to connect with the local way of life. The most notable is the Sunday market. It is approximately 1.3km long and is held every Sunday along the street that leads to Kochi Castle.

Address or LocationCenter of Kochi City,Kochi
Phone088-823-9456 (City Street Section, Industrial Policy Division of the Kochi City Office)
Opening Hours5:00 – 18:00 (April to September); 5:30 – 17:00 (October to March)
ClosedJanuary 1st and 2nd; Sunday during the Yosakoi Festival
Fees 
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TransportationA 5-minute walk from JR Kochi Station.

Hirome marketKochi

Hirome market

Hirome Market is a maze of over 40 Japanese, Western, and Chinese food stalls, and over 20 souvenir and clothing shops, all under one roof. Find your seats, grab some food, and take some time to enjoy the local cuisine. Kochi’s specialty of lightly roasted bonitos are highly recommended! It’s so fresh that the only seasoning you need is salt! The market attracts tourists and locals alike, so strike up a conversation with some of the locals and have fun!

Address or Location2-3-1 Obiyamachi Kochi-city, Kochi
Phone088-822-5287
Opening HoursWeekdays, Saturdays and Holidays: 8:00 to 23:00
Sundays: 7:00 to 23:00 (store hours vary)
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.hirome.co.jp/index.html
(Japanese only)
Transportation 

Tosa Tataki DojoKochi

Tosa Tataki Dojo

Kochi’s local delicasy is a bonito, wrapped in straw and lightly roasted to soften the hard skin while locking the delicious flavors inside. Tosa Tataki Dojo in the “Katsuosen” roadside station will cook the bonito for you, or let you do it yourself! Try your hand at cooking up some delicious bonito, and eat it while it is still piping hot, fresh out of the fire. The smell of straw and fresh, flavorful bonito go together to make the perfect taste! Once the fish is roasted, it is sliced up and ready to eat. Try the Kochi style with garlic and Japanese mint!

Address or Location201-2 Niida Kochi-city, Kochi
Phone088-847-3255 ‎
Opening Hours11:00 – 15:00 Bonitos are sold until stocks are exhausted
Closed 
FeesLightly roasted bonito (fish only): 1,100 yen Lightly roasted bonito meal: 1,300 yen
URLhttp://www.tataki.co.jp/tenpo.htm
(Japanese only)
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Ice Crin (Old-Fashioned style Ice Cream) Kochi

Ice Crin (Old-Fashioned style Ice Cream)

“Ice Crin” is the lightly flavoured ice cream that is popular in Kochi throughout the year for its fresh sweetness and distinctive crunchy texture. A variety of flavours include dark brown sugar, strawberry, tonic water and ginger. It is available at many shops and stalls in Kochi.

Address or LocationKochi
Phone 
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Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.kochi-marugoto.pref.kochi.lg.jp/kensanpin/ice/index.html
(Japanese only)
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YataiKochi

Yatai

In the city of Kochi, all along the Green Road that stretches north to south from Central Park near Harimaya Bridge, outdoor food stalls called yatai begin to set up shop at eight o’clock in the evening. Many people cap a night of drinking with a meal of ramen noodles and gyoza dumplings at one of the late night food stalls.

Address or LocationKochi-city, Kochi
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Mandarin OrangesEhime

Mandarin Oranges

Ehime prefecture’s climate is warm and ideally suited to growing citrus fruits. It’s known nationwide as an orange-growing region. There are many varieties such as iyokan, ponkan, and setoka, and some popular souvenirs include juices and sweets made with mandarin oranges.

Address or LocationEhime
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Uwajima Taimeshi (Sea Bream Rice)Ehime

Uwajima Taimeshi (Sea Bream Rice)

Uwajima Taimeshi is a dish originally created by fishermen to make the most of fresh red sea bream with a quick and easy recipe. This is a local specialty of the southern part of Ehime. The fresh sea bream sashimi caught in Uwajima is placed on piping hot rice and mixed with a sauce made of dashi, soy sauce, sake and raw eggs. The taimeshi with sea bream sashimi is only served in this region. Don’t miss it!

Address or LocationEhime
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Sanuki UdonKagawa

Sanuki Udon

According to legend, Kobodaishi, one of the first monks to bring Buddhism from China to Japan, was responsible for introducing udon creation techniques to the locals and saved them from poverty. Udon noodles are made by mixing white wheat, salt and water. Many local restaurants allow customers to cook their own wheat-based udon noodles themselves! Tourists can mimic the local’s techniques for the best success. The udon noodles can be eaten in a variety of ways, but is most commonly served in a seafood-and-soy-sauce-based broth or with the local favorite of simply adding soy sauce.

Address or LocationKagawa
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Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.my-kagawa.jp/udon/
(Japanese only)
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Olive Harvest Festival & Shodoshima Olive ParkKagawa

Olive Harvest Festival & Shodoshima Olive Park

Shodoshima is the birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan. The Olive Park, located on a hill overlooking the Seto Inland Sea, is home to 2,000 olive trees and over 130 varieties of herbs. On-site facilities include an olive museum, a natural hot spring, accommodation, a café and a restaurant serving olive-based dishes. The Olive Harvest Festival held from October to November offers a wide range of hands-on activities such as olive picking and classes for olive oil making, crafts, and cooking with olives and herbs.

Address or Location1941-1 Nishimura, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa
Phone0879-82-2200
Opening HoursOlive Museum 8:30-17:00, Sun Olive Hot Spring 12:00-21:00 (business hours vary depending on the facilities)
Closedopen every day (depending on the facilities)
Feesadmission free (charges apply for some facilities: hot spring and accommodation)
URLhttp://www.olive-pk.jp/
(Japanese only)
TransportationTake the Uchinomi high-speed ferry from Takamatsu Port to Kusakabe Port (45 minutes) and approx. 5-minute drive from Kusakabe Port

Soy SauceKagawa

Soy Sauce

With a 400-year history of soy sauce production, Shodoshima has a district known as “Hishio no Sato” lined with soy sauce and tsukudani factories. The quaint old town is surrounded by the scent of fragrant soy sauce. “Hishio Don” is a local specialty made of fresh local seafood, vegetables and soy sauce. A popular range of “Soy Sauce Sweets” include soy sauce soft-served ice cream, soy sauce drizzled ice cream and soy sauce cream caramel. Soy sauce soft-served ice cream is particularly popular for its perfect balance of sweet and savoury with a hint of fragrant soy sauce that reminds you of caramel.

Address or Location1032-1 Umaki, Shodoshima-cho, Shozu-gun, Kagawa (Shodoshima-cho Commerce and Industry Association)
Phone0879-82-1011
Opening HoursTours available of some factories, contact each factory for more info.
Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://kelly.olive.or.jp/index.html
(Japanese only)
TransportationTake the Uchinomi high-speed ferry from Takamatsu Port to Kusakabe Port (45 minutes) and approx. 5-minute drive from Kusakabe Port.

Honetsukidori (Chicken-on-the-bone)Kagawa

Honetsukidori (Chicken-on-the-bone)

Marugame city in Kagawa is the birthplace of this dish, roast chicken leg on the bone. The crispy skin and juicy meat seasoned with aromatic garlic and spices go so well with beer! You can choose between a firm mature chicken known as “Oya” or a tender young chicken known as “Waka”. If you are first-timers, “Waka” is recommended. The dish can be seen in many bars and restaurants in Kagawa and take-away is also available. Try it once, and you’ll be addicted!

Address or LocationKagawa
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Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.zenryokudori.com/index.html
(Japanese only)
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Tokushima RamenTokushima

Tokushima Ramen

Tokushima has a unique style of ramen. The ramen’s broth is made by stewing pork bones, and then adding a sweet soy sauce. Ramen noodles are cooked and added to a bowl of broth, along with seasoned pork back ribs, green onion, and a raw egg which cooks slightly in the hot broth. Many Japanese will eat rice and ramen together as a meal. Recently, a new rice-based dish called a Tokushima Bowl has become rather popular in the area. It combines a bowl of rice with a topping of minced baby back ribs on top of it.

Address or LocationTokushima
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Closed 
Fees 
URLhttp://www.topia.ne.jp/english/tourism/tp.html
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lya Soba NoodlesTokushima

lya Soba Noodles

As the old folk song, ‘Iya no kohikibushi’, tells buckwheat flour has been stone ground by lya women for centuries. Featuring thick,short noodles since ancient times, your heart will be warmed by its simple taste.

Address or LocationTokushima
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Awa Odori PoultryTokushima

Awa Odori Poultry

The “Awa Odori” poultry farms in Tokushima lead Japan in chicken production. Their chickens are bred free range in the natural surroundings of western and southern Tokushima. Slowly matured birds have a rich and sweet flavour and firm chewy texture. Come and taste the mouth-watering chicken at bars and restaurants throughout Tokushima!

Address or LocationTokushima
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Closed 
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