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Karato Sea Market

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A proper working fish market, well worth a visit.

Unfortunately it was around 10am when we arrived and clearly the main activity of the day had... read more

Reviewed 26 May 2018
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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Yummy sashimi

It’s not a very big market but interesting for tourists. We went at noon on a Saturday and it was... read more

Reviewed 22 April 2018
Fiona C
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5-50 Karato-cho, Shimonoseki 750-0005, Yamaguchi Prefecture
+81 83-231-1440
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Karato Market is the most popular sight where visitor can get some fresh seafood. Unlike Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market, this market is much smaller and the vendors don’t start catering to visitors until around 9:30. Good variety of fresh sushi are offered and most vendors sell...More

Thank thelonious22
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Leaving Mount Hinomaya and the Kanmon Bridge, we drove to Shimonoseki situated on the other side of the Kanmon strait to visit the famous fish market - Karato. Being a Saturday morning with most local people on holiday, it was packed. Not as vast as...More

Thank Masterecho
Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

Came in on a Saturday do it was bustling but organised, they have every kind of seafood here octopus, fugu, whale, shrimp, crab, shell fish, you gotta try everything mostly the famous fugu. They have hsndcdinjs near every stall, plates, you sit outside on the...More

Thank Miike2000
Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately it was around 10am when we arrived and clearly the main activity of the day had passed with only a small number of stall holders still with stock. Famous as the main market in Japan for the Puffer Fish, know locally as Fugu, a...More

Thank simontk
Reviewed 16 May 2018

Due to time factor, we missed this market during our one night stay in Shimonoseki but we make it a point to drop by this highly recommended Wholesale Market for our journey back from Fukuoka. It is truly without regret having to come by this...More

Thank DorothyCheong
Reviewed 5 May 2018

I dropped in at Karato Fishmarket on the 3rd of May(national holiday in Japan). So many people were enjoying Sushi,etc. near the market. This place is now one of the most popular spots for tourists in Shimonoseki. Sushi markets are open on Fridays and weekends...More

Thank tadJapan
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

It’s not a very big market but interesting for tourists. We went at noon on a Saturday and it was quite crowded. Interesting that fresh sashimi and sushi are sold openly at the market stalls. The stall holders give you a plastic container, you pick...More

Thank Fiona C
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

The best market I ever been in Japan!! Cheap, fresh, clean and nice staffs!! Highly recommended!! Must go if you visit North-Kyushu!!

Thank AbieC17
Reviewed 31 October 2017

I got there after 12 noon and, although there were still lots to see, a lot of the shops were closed down. Great for sea food lovers especially those of you who want to try fugu.

Thank DYA717
Reviewed 17 October 2017

This is a place which is easily accessible. Go there early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Large variety of sashimi and sushi available at very affordable price. You will have a chance to try "fugu" which I find quite tasty. Definitely worth going.

Thank Meow T
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9 October 2018|
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Response from Masterecho | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for late reply, did not get this message before - the previous poster is correct - Shimonoseki is nearer. It is a fabulous place - enjoy! Kindest regards Master Echo
21 April 2017|
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Response from LloydCMC | Reviewed this property |
Walkable distance, around 2km. Better rent a bicycle in Mojiko.
1 December 2016|
Response from Jaeleeny |
You can take a bus from the station. Walking wouldn't be a good idea as it'll take over 30 minutes. At the bus station, located right by the JR station, there will be english direction on which bus to take - Any bus from... More