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Planning a trip to Japan and want to explore beyond the usual spots? Staying connected while venturing off the beaten path, especially when diving into the vibrant markets in Japan, can be a challenge. Here’s where Jetpac Global’s eSIM Japan Travel service comes in handy. Jetpac Global offers affordable and convenient eSIM data plans that work throughout Japan, allowing you to stay connected and navigate unfamiliar areas with ease. 

So, get ready to explore a world of flavors and immerse yourself in the authentic charm of Japan’s lesser-known markets!

1. Miura Vegetable Market (Kanagawa)

Location: Shimomiyada-219-1 Hassemachi, Miura, Kanagawa 238-0111, Japan

Miura is a peninsula located south of Tokyo, known for its beautiful scenery, fresh seafood, and local produce. Its harbor is one of the biggest producers of tuna in Japan, making its markets a great place to get fresh catch. The fertile land and unique climate also make it perfect to grow fruits and vegetables.

While vendors are scattered throughout the area, you may find this smaller store selling directly from Taikaku farm, a gem among the markets in Japan. The store is situated in front of a greenhouse surrounded by a vast farming land. While exploring the market, having a reliable internet connection with Jetpac Global’s eSIM can help you translate product labels, research unique ingredients, or even find recipes using your fresh finds.

2. Uogashi no Yamasan (魚がし山さん) (Ishikawa)

Location:  50 Kamiomicho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0905, Japan

While Omicho Market is a bustling and popular destination, there are still hidden gems to be discovered. Moreover, the unique layout with various alleys and vendors tucked away means there’s always a chance to stumble upon something special. In particular, this tiny stall tucked away in a corner specializes in unique seafood items you might not find elsewhere in the market. They’re known for their selection of hoshiuo (dried fish), tsukudani (simmered seafood dishes), and even rare sea creatures.

To find this store, it involves a bit of exploration. Firstly, head towards the northwest corner of the market, near the area with fresh fish vendors. Then, look for a small alleyway and follow it for a short distance. Eventually, you can spot Uogashi no Yamasan tucked away on your right.

Additionally, looking for this hidden stall tucked away in Omicho Market might be easier with a map on your phone. Fortunately, Jetpac Global’s eSIM ensures you have seamless data access throughout the market, so you can navigate with ease.

3. Antique Fair at Hanazono Shrine (Shinjuku, Tokyo)

Japan Market Guide
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Location:  50 Kamiomicho, Kanazawa, Ishikawa 920-0905, Japan

While Omicho Market is a bustling and popular destination, there are still hidden gems to be discovered! The unique layout with various alleys and vendors tucked away means there’s always a chance to stumble upon something special. Furthermore, this tiny stall tucked away in a corner specializes in unique seafood items you might not find elsewhere in the market. Additionally, they’re known for their selection of hoshiuo (dried fish), tsukudani (simmered seafood dishes), and even rare sea creatures.

Finding this store involves a bit of exploration. Head towards the northwest corner of the market, near the area with fresh fish vendors. Look for a small alleyway and follow it for a short distance. You can spot Uogashi no Yamasan tucked away on your right.

Looking for this hidden stall tucked away in Omicho Market might be easier with a map on your phone. Jetpac Global’s eSIM ensures you have seamless data access throughout the market, so you can navigate with ease

4. Yukemuri Market (Kyoto)

Japan Local Market
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Location: 242 Aminocho Kitsu, Kyōtango, Kyoto 629-3241

This souvenir shop sells locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, local sake, rice and dried fish. In the winter they also stock locally caught “Taiza snow crab”.

5. Masuda Morning Market (Akita)

Markets in Japan
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Location: Masudamachi Masuda Nakamachi, Yokote 019-0701 Akita Prefecture

This morning market is held in the Masuda district of Yokote City, and is a historic morning market that has been around since the early Edo period. It is held on Asaichi-dori Street, which is in the middle of Masuda Classic Road. The market held on the 2nd, 5th, and 9th of every month, and is open from 7am to around 12pm.

6. Shin-oe Market (Kyoto)

Japan Local Market
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Location: Arashiyama Togetsukyo Minamizume, Ukyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

This covered market in the Arashiyama district offers a relaxed alternative to Nishiki Market. Here you’ll find fresh, seasonal ingredients, local specialties like Kyo yasai (Kyoto vegetables), and unique pickled delicacies.

7. Matsumoto-shoten (Osaka)

Japan Local Market
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Location: 1 Chome-17-2 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0073, Japan

Matsumoto-shoten is one of the shops which can be found in the Kuromon market. The storefront is lined with fresh, delicious-looking fruits that would make great additions to meals. You’ll be able to locate it on the market’s entrance along Shennichimae street where a huge grouper fish is hung by the ceiling.

8. Kumano Minato no Eki (Yamagata)

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Location: 2-50 Higashimachi, Nagai City, Yamagata Prefecture

Nestled in the seaside town of Kumano, this small market offers a taste of the region’s local produce.  You’ll find fresh fish, citrus fruits, and other seasonal delights, along with local crafts and handmade souvenirs.

9. Hida Takayama Morning Market (Gifu)

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Location: Kamisannomachi Morning Market Square, Takayama City, Gifu Prefecture

This traditional morning market in the heart of Takayama Old Town offers a chance to sample regional specialties like Hoba Miso (miso paste baked on magnolia leaves) and local sake.

10. Otaru City Fisheries Cooperative Local Wholesale Market (Hokkaido)

Japan Market Guide
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Location: 3 Chome-5-18 Ironai, Otaru, Hokkaido 047-0031

This charming market has quite the view as it sits right next to the Otaru Canal. Not too far, you can see Ishikari Bay, known for its abundant marine life, including salmon, herring, and squid. Furthermore, the market’s proximity to the bay ensures a steady supply of fresh seafood for the many vendors and restaurants.

Craft Your Japan Market Adventure with Jetpac Global’s eSIM

Now that you’re armed with this list of hidden gem markets and the power of Jetpac Global’s eSIM, it’s time to craft your personalized itinerary! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Research and Prioritize: Initially, browse through this list and select the markets that capture your interest. Then, take into account factors such as location, opening days/hours, and the diverse types of products each market offers.
  2. Plan Your Route: After you’ve created a shortlist, proceed to use a mapping app (with Jetpac Global’s eSIM, you’ll enjoy seamless data access!) to chart your journey. It’s beneficial to group geographically close markets together to maximize your travel efficiency.
  3. Utilize Jetpac Global’s eSIM Features:
    • Research on the Go: While you navigate each market, make sure to use your phone’s browser to delve into unfamiliar ingredients, decipher signage, or seek out recipe inspiration for your fresh purchases.
    • Capture and Share: With consistent data access, you’re able to document the lively essence of the markets through photos and videos, which you can then share with friends and family back home.
    • Stay Informed: Regularly use your phone to verify real-time bus or train schedules, which is crucial to ensure seamless transit between markets.
  4. Embrace Flexibility: Moreover, allow space for impromptu experiences! The allure of venturing into lesser-known markets often lies in the serendipitous finds. Thanks to Jetpac Global’s eSIM, you have the assurance that you can remain connected and modify your itinerary as you encounter delightful surprises along your path.

Ready to unlock a world of flavor and exploration? Visit Jetpac Global’s website today to learn more and get your eSIM Japan Travel service.