Translated by MATCHA
Hirome Market, Kochi - Local Cuisine Bringing People Together
Written by Ayame Nagano
Hirome Market is one of Kochi Prefecture's most well-known sightseeing spots. Overflowing with shopping and entertainment, this market is a fun place to relax, socialize, and enjoy fresh food. We introduce the features of this market and how to visit.
Who hasn’t thought when traveling, “I just ate but I’m still a little hungry?"
In the center of Kochi Prefecture's Kochi City, is Hirome Market, a village of food stalls and shops. With over 60 bars, eateries, and stores to choose from, both tourists and locals are in abundance. Visitors don't just come here for the food, however, as Hirome Market also has its fair share of souvenir and clothing stores.
Bringing Together People, Food, and Drinks! 4 Reasons Why We Love Hirome Market:
1. Enjoy Dining In the Market!
You are free to eat and drink anything you buy from the market at the seats and tables provided. Please be aware you are not allowed to bring in food and drinks.
2. Socialize with Other Customers
Unlike other markets and eateries where you have your own seats and table, you can sit at any open spot in Hirome Market. Sit down, have a drink, and maybe make a friend or two!
3. The Fish is Delicious!
Kochi Prefecture is particularly famous for fish. In particular, their Katsuo Tataki (bonito grilled slightly over a flame) is known all over Japan.
Hirome Market is filled with stores selling tataki. This method of grilling katsuo tuna over a straw-fueled fire originated in Kochi. Myoujinmaru is a restaurant famous for showcasing the grilling process behind glass.
4. Endless Varieties of Japanese Sake!
We highly recommend trying regional sake (Japanese rice wine) when in Japan. Hirome Market not only has sake from Kochi, but other prefectures' sake too.
Reference Article: Invitation for Japanese Traditional Rice Wine "Sake"
How to Visit Hirome Market
First, find an empty seat. Find a spot where you can ideally leave your belongings and keep an eye on them.
There is a chance that seats directly in front of a food stand are owned by that store. If you’re not sure, be sure to ask the owner. Once you put down your belongings and secure a seat, go buy your food. Depending on where you go, they will bring your food to your table.
There are employees at the market who will collect your plates and glasses so you can leave them at your table. Just remember there are other people who will use your table, so if you can, keep it clean.
As Hirome Market is open day and night, you can visit whenever you’re craving a snack. Make sure to enjoy the delicious fish and sake offered at this local market next time you visit Kochi.
Address: Kochi, Kochi, Kome, Kuroya-cho 2-3-1
Business Time: Weekdays, Saturdays, Public Holidays 8:00-23:00, Sundays 7:00-23:00
*The opening hours and holidays of each store vary. Please check the information of each store on the "store introduction" page.
Fixed Holidays: New Year's Day, the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of January, May, and September (for details please refer to the official website)
Nearest Station: JR Kochi Station, tram stop Ohashi Dori
Access: 5 minutes by car from JR Kochi Station, 2 minutes on foot from the Ohashi Dori tram stop
*The tram also leaves from JR Kochi Station
Price: Depends on each store
Telephone number: 088-822-5287
Official Website: http://www.hirome.co.jp/page/pc/ (Japanese)