The people of Kochi are well known for their welcoming hearts and generous hospitality. This warm nature is born of okyaku culture, women gathering together to support one another while the men were out on the ocean for days on end working to bring in a bountiful catch. This tradition lives on today with women inviting friends and neighbors for get-togethers. Visit Hirome Market in the heart of Kochi City to feel the warmth of Kochi hospitality.
Opened in 1998, Hirome Market is a large facility with more than 60 shops and restaurants offering local and overseas specialties, fresh fish and meats. The market features seven blocks, including Ryoma Street, Castle Town Square and Haikara Street, and tables with seating for 500 that allow visitors to enjoy the tasty food they purchase here. Tourists and local residents can enjoy delicious food and beverages together; and the chances are good that you'll pick up some sightseeing tips that you can't get from the guidebooks.
Kochi boasts some famously delicious dishes, among which lightly roasted bonito katsuo no tataki is particularly popular. Super-fresh bonito is roasted over a straw fire for a wonderful taste, crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. It goes great with seasonings and soy-based sauce, or simply with salt, all of which bring out the great flavor of the bonito. With all the fun, delicious food and tasty drinks, you won't want to stop.
- 3-1 Obiya-machi 2-chome, Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, 920-0905
- 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM (from 7:00 AM on Sundays)
- New Year's Day/ 2nd or 3rd Wednesdays in January, May and September
Information accurate as of November 29, 2016.