Home > Plan Your Trip > Shopping & Dining > Shopping > Market & Morning market information > Morning Markets

Morning Markets

Plan Your Trip



The exciting thing about morning markets is having a chance to meet and talk with the locals. All merchants in morning markets are locally-based people, so it is a great opportunity to talk to them and gather information. Surrounded by the fresh morning air, conversation really takes off. From locally grown vegetables to hand-made folk crafts, being able to buy items directly from the producer or creator is a lot of fun.
 

Hakodate Morning Market [Hokkaido]

Started in a small corner of Hakodate-Mae square after WWII and expanded into a 3 hectare market with up to 160 shops.
Open hours: Jan - Apr: 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Some shops are open until 2:00 p.m.)
May - Dec: 5:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Some shops are open until 3:00 p.m.)
Address: 9 Wakamatsu-cho Hakodate-city Hokkaido
 
Contact information

Mikoda Morning Market [Iwate]

Though only held in the early morning, this large scale morning market offers fresh goods as well as everything from snacks to clothing.
Closed: Mon (Open on Mondays that fall on national holidays from May to Dec)
Open hours: 5:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Address: Mikoda-cho Morioka-city Iwate
 
Contact information
Morioka District Producer Direct Sales Union
Phone: 019-652-1721
 

Gojome Morning Market [Akita]

With over 500 years of history, the Gojome morning market overflows with mountain vegetables and fish from nearby mountains and lakes.
Open days: Days with the numbers 2, 5, 7, and 0 in them. The following special markets also take place: "Festival Market" on May 4, "Bon Market" on Aug 13, and "Year Market" on Dec 31.
Open hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address: Shitamachi street Gojomemachi Akita
 
Contact information
Morning Market Information Desk
Phone & Fax: 018-874-8401
 

Katsuura Morning Market [Chiba]

Boasting over 400 years of history, the Katsuura morning market focuses on produce and also features seafood and crafts like bamboo works.
Closed: Wed, Tue in Jun, and Jan 1
Open hours: 6:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
Address: Hamakatsuura Katsuura-city Chiba
 
Contact information
Katsuura City Tourism, Commerce & Industry Division
Phone: 0470-73-6641
kankou@city-katsuura.jp
 

Joetsu Morning Market [Niigata]

Four morning markets with different atmospheres take turns opening on different days in Joetsu City.
Open days: Number 2 and Number 7 Market: days with 2 and 7 in them
Number 4 and Number 9 Market: days with 4 and 9 in them
Number 3 and Number 8 Market: days with 3 and 8 in them
Number 1 Market: days with 1 in them (* Closed: 31of every month)
Open hours: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address: Number 2 and Number 7 Market: 3 Omachi Joestu-city Niigata
Number 4 and Number 9 Market: 4/5 Omachi Joestu-city Nigata
Number 3 and Number 8 Market: 2/3 Chuo Joestu-city Nigata
Number 1 Market: The 3rd ward/the 4th ward Kakizaki-ku Joestu-city Niigata

 
Contact information
Joetsu City Tourism Promotion Division
Phone: 025-526-5111
Fax: 025-526-6113
 

Wajima City Morning Market [Ishikawa]

One of the three largest morning markets in Japan. Has a long history, said to have started as early as the Heian Era. Approx. 340 shops.
Closed: The 10th and 25th of every month
Open hours: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address: Kawai-cho Wajima-city Ishikawa

 
Contact information
Wajima city Morning Market Association
Phone: 0768-227653
 

Shichiken-cyo Morning Market [Fukui]

Boasts 400 years of history. Held in the commercial district amidst the remaining flavor of an old castle city.
Open days: Mar 20 (Vernal Equinox Day) -Dec 31
Open hours: 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Address: Honmachi Motomachi Ono-city Fukui
 
Contact information
Shichiken Commercial District Promotion Association
Phone: 0779-69-9520
 

Hida Takayama Morning Market [Gifu]

One of the three largest morning markets in Japan. A morning market with over 200 years of history. Held in two spots: along the Miyagawa river and in front of the "Jinya" (old shogunate outpost).
Open hours:  Summer: 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Winter: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address:  1 Hachikenmachi Simo-3-nomachi Takayama-city Gifu
 
Contact information
Takayama city Tourism Division
Phone: 0577-32-3333
 

Toyohashi Morning Market [Aichi]

Said to have started from farmers bringing their produce to this area to sell. Held alternately in 5 different places in the city.
Open days: Number 1 and Number 5 Market: days with 1 and 5 in them
Number 2 and Number 7 Market: days with 2 and 7 in them
Number 3 and Number 8 Market: days with 3 and 8 in them
Number 4 and Number 9 Market: days with 4 and 9 in them
Number 6 and Number 10 Market: days with 6 and 10 in them
Open hours: 7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address: Number 1 and Number 5 Market: Hadahachiman-gu Shrine grounds
Number 2 and Number 7 Market: Matsuyama Park grounds
Number 3 and Number 8 Market: Maehata-cho area
Number 4 and Number 9 Market: Hirokoji 4-5 chome area
Number 6 and Number 10 Market: Tomimoto-cho and Hashira ichiban-cho area
 
Contact information
Toyohashi City Commerce and Tourism Dept.
Phone: 0532-51-2430
 

Kochi Sunday Market [Kochi]

With over 300 years of history, this Sunday market boasts approx. 500 shops. In addition to Sunday, the market is also held in various places within the city from Tuesday through Friday.
Open days: Sun
Closed: Jan 1-2 and during the Yosakoi festival
Open hours: Apr - Sep: 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (Summer time)
Oct - Mar: 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Winter time)
Address: Otesuji Kochi-city Kochi
 
Contact information
Kochi City Tourism Promotion Division
Phone: 088-823-9457
Fax: 088-823-9510
 

Yobuko Morning Market [Saga]

In addition to produce, seafood abundantly lines the approx. 200 meter morning market street in the bustling fishing hub of Yobuko.
Closed: Jan 1
Open hours: 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Address: Asaichi Street Yobuko Yobuko-cho Karatsu-city Saga
 
Contact information
Yobuko Morning Market Association
Phone: 0955-82-3826