Sightseeing Spots

Karato Market / Lively Bankasai Market

Every weekend, the market stalls offer a fresh catch! Find pufferfish and other choice fish at market prices

This is both the kitchen and the wholesale market for the foods of Yamaguchi Prefecture. The general public is able to observe the fish auctions as well as enjoy shoping at the market.
We especially recommend the "Lively Bankasai Market" which is held every weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), and on national holidays. During this event, the entire first floor of the Karato Market will be transformed into a series of fresh seafood stalls. Visitors can enjoy foods with a variety almost like festival stalls, like sushi with freshly caught fish, miso soup full of fish broth, pufferfish sashimi, and fried foods.
Amongst the fresh fish of the day, you'll see stalls lined with Yamaguchi's hidden popular fish, rosy seabass; "ara," a kind of high quality white fish caught in the coastal waters, and more. It's also a chance to find doburi rice bowls with fresh fish it's hard to come by at home. Please come by when you visit Yamaguchi!
Access from Otani Sanso Approx. 75 minutes by car
Address 5-50 Katao-cho, Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture 750-0005
Business/Opening Hours Lively Bankasai Market: Friday, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. / Sunday, National Holidays 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Karato Market: Weekdays, Saturdays 5:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. / Sundays, National Holidays 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Holidays/Closed Days Obon Holidays, New Years Holidays, other irreguar holidays
Website Karato Market Website別ウィンドウ