These Marketplaces in Kamakura Will Give You a Taste of the Local Life
Include them in your itinerary!
1-13-10, Komachi, Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 8 a.m. to sunset, closed on: January 1 to January 4
How to get there: It's a 5-minute walk from the East Exit of the Enoshima Dentetsu Kamakura Station
In Kamakura, shopping for fresh produce and seafood is something you shouldn't miss. After all, this city is known for their rich selection of fresh vegetables and seafoods. Two major morning markets to visit in the area: Renbai and Katase.
Renbai market is home to fresh vegetables and unique ones not available in supermarkets.
Our tip: Ask the farmers for recommended recipes and preparation tips of your veggies.
2-20-25, Katase Kaigan, Fujisawa City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (will close as soon as stock runs out), closed on: Saturday and irregular Tuesday
On the other hand, Katase fishing port market is a local market where you can buy freshly caught seafood brought directly to the port. Only 20 people can get in at a time, so make sure to be in line by 8:30 in the morning.
Our tip: Watch for good deals on small seafoods sold in colander containers.
After going around these marketplaces, make time to try their local restaurants, too. Drop by COBAKABA, a canteen beside Renbai, which uses vegetables sold in the market. Order the Ichijusansai, their breakfast menu with soup and three side dishes, which also happens to be their specialty.
You can also try Enoshima Goya, a restaurant located near Katase fishing port. They are famous for their original dish with four seasonal fishes.
To make the most of your trip, it's best to wake up early. Better yet, stay at a nearby guesthouse to fully enjoy your Kamakura morning market experience.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Tokyo Walker™ (April 2017)