Karato Sea Market

Karato Sea Market, Shimonoseki: Hours, Address, Karato Sea Market Reviews: 4/5

Karato Sea Market
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5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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tes108
Newcastle, Australia606 contributions
Fascinating
Feb 2020
Best to come here on a day when you can choose food from the vendors but my favorite place to eat is the sushi train on the second floor.
Written February 16, 2020
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Gan K
Kuching, Malaysia42 contributions
MUST GO!!!
Feb 2020
We had a great time at the Karato Sea Market. Had a good brunch there. Buy from the stalls and eat it on the 2nd floor overlooking the market or enjoy it outside the market sea front boardwalk.
Written February 5, 2020
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Sydneysider2011_12
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
Interesting place
Dec 2019
Got there about 11am, not much happening in the main floor, people all waiting for food, lucky it was only Friday, but still wait for an hour. Interesting place to visit, somewhat I was excepting more.
Written January 7, 2020
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan10,987 contributions
Fresh seafood
Dec 2019 • Solo
It is a market of seafood. Like former Tsukihi Market, it is more or less touristic. There is also some restaurants.
Written December 29, 2019
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keenash
Singapore, Singapore218 contributions
Fresh Sashimi!
Dec 2019 • Family
Enjoyed fresh Salmon and Pufferfish sashimi! Bought it from one of the stalls and ate it at the jetty area.
Written December 28, 2019
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ALR0609
Kuantan, Malaysia479 contributions
Worth the trip from Fukuoka!
Nov 2019 • Family
It took us 17mins on the Shinkansen from Hakata to Kokura (using our hiroshima-yamaguchi JR pass), then 14mins Kagoshima line train from Kokura to Mojiko (280 yen), then local bus (no 74 Mekari, 230 yen) to Kanmon pedestrian under-the-sea tunnel, then 780m walk through the tunnel, then caught another local bus to Karato market. Sounds like a complicated way to get there, right? Well, it was, but worth the entire loop as it was a really interesting fish/sushi market.

Karato market is a fish market by the port/docks. There is no entrance fee. It is not like the famous fish market in Tokyo, in that it doesnt have lots of large fish to be sold. What it does have is stall after stall after stall selling a large variety of sushi, some fish for sale, and some shellfish. It is famous for FUGU (pufferfish or blow fish) which is caught in abundance in the surrounding waters. The entire port area has decorations in the form of fugu, from lanterns, to statues, to paintings etc.

The sushi was fresh and mainly raw, consisting of various types of fish, salmon, fugu, prawns, squid, sea urchin, eel, fish roe and octopus. I thought the fugu was a bit bland, but hubby thought it was wonderful. Still, you have to try the fugu as it is not easy to get elsewhere and you do need a trained chef to be able to prepare it for consumption (remove its poison).

For those who wont eat anything raw, try the prawn tempura (fried in vegetable oil - i asked!). It was delicious and it was difficult to stop.

We then caught the kanmon ferry back to mojiko station for 400 yen (5mins).

A really good day out and worth the trip!
Written November 29, 2019
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Zimminaroundtheworld
Okinawa Prefecture, Japan1,696 contributions
Try the Fugu, Great Market!
Nov 2019
Seafood markets have got to be one of my favorite attractions in coastal cities. I am surprised there are not more in Yamaguchi, but this one is amazing! The Karato Sea Market serves fresh fish for locals and us tourists. A lot of people grab sushi and other items to go and sit on the lawn out front. The Karato Sea Market is famous for Fugu, or Blowfish. This dish is popular among tourists because of its toxins, but hey! It is fun to try it and say you did it! Taste wise, nothing special. I must have gone through this market like 3 times getting different food items to try. Pretty much everything I had was great and fresh! This is probably the most popular attraction in Shimonoseki, so make sure to check it out and spend some money on fresh seafood!
Written November 25, 2019
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Jimi
Orlando8 contributions
Tourists!
Oct 2019
This is a pretty decent fish market. It's not too huge and it gets seriously crowded with Chinese tourists who come in by the boatload.
Written November 22, 2019
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MulanOhBulan
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia139 contributions
Sushi is okay
Nov 2019 • Family
Saturday morning, sushi was okay. Sitting by the sea, watching ships pass by and eat sushi was the best anyone can ask. A bit cold but enjoyable.
Written November 16, 2019
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Basilio T
Baltimore, MD137 contributions
Fresh sea food
Oct 2019
besides the famous sea market in Tokyo this seems to be the next as popular sea food market in Japan .
Fresh fish raw or cooked in preparred obentos are sold at the market and the sushi restaurants on the second floor.
Some places take only cash (no card) . So ask first how you can pay.
Take the ferry nearby to Moji-ko (5 min canal crossing) and eat their baked curry . It is a great sightseeing tool to a classical japanese city in Kita-kyushu
Written November 9, 2019
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