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Hirome Market

Kōchi’s best-known place to eat.

Hirome Market

A couple of blocks from Kōchi Castle is Hirome Market, perhaps Kōchi’s best-known place to eat. It’s a large hall filled with stalls selling food and drink, with communal seating areas. You purchase what you want from the stalls and take it to your table to eat. Here you can find all of Kōchi’s favourites like katsuo no tataki, nori tempura, whale, chicken, takoyaki, and all sorts of vegetables, not to mention the citrus fruit of Shikoku. You can watch katsuo tataki being prepared, with the large fish being seared over burning straw.

The people of Kōchi are big drinkers, and the stalls offer beer, sake, shochu, and various mixes involving shōchū. Drinking at Hirome Market starts from the afternoon, especially at the weekend, and it’s a very sociable place. Chances are good that you’ll be treated like an old friend by someone on a nearby table. ‘Hirome’, as it’s generally known, is also popular with the foreign nationals living in Kōchi, so you’re likely to find someone who speaks some English.

Hirome-Ichiba-friends

Besides wholesome food and beverages, Hirome also has stalls with local produce, souvenirs, clothes and jewelry. Look out for the pamphlet in English with some interesting information about Hirome Market.

Information

Name in Japanese: ひろめ市場

Pronunciation: hirome ichiba

Address: 2-3-1 Obiyamachi, Kochi 780-0841

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