Karato Market

Fresher than fresh fish in Shimonoseki

By Kim B   Nov 16, 2018 - 1 min read

If you're after fresher than fresh seafood in Shimonoseki, look no further than the Karato Market. Situated right on the water, you're able to get a whole host of eats here - including one of the region's specialties, fugu.

If you haven't heard of fugu before, it's a variety of puffer fish that can be deadly to consume if it's not prepared correctly due to a neurotoxin it contains. Don't worry though - the preparation of fugu is heavily regulated in Japan, so much so that fugu chefs need multiple years of training before they can serve it to the public. The vendor that my husband purchased his fugu plate from had been preparing it since the market here opened, so if you want to try it anywhere, the Karato Market is the spot.

Credit card payments are available at some, but not all stores at the market - so bring yen with you if you're planning on making a purchase.

Getting there

The Karato Market is located in Shimonseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture. It's located about 3 kilometers from Shimonoseki Station, but taxis are prevalent. Alternatively, if you're headed there via private vehicle there is a large multi-level parking lot right next door.

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Kim B

Kim B @Kim B

Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!