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Ōta (大田区, Ōta-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it calls itself Ōta City.
About Ota Market
A comprehensive wholesale market dealing in firm produce, marine products, and flowers. In particular, the transaction size of firm produce and flowers is one of the largest in Japan.
It boasts of an overwhelming area of 380,000m2, containing a visitor course and a display room on the second floor.
Restaurants and Cafeterias in Ota Market (Annex)
Eating places are also available in Ota Market.
As may be expected of stores-in-market, they offer fresh ingredients, filling meals, and surely satisfy your appetite.
Ota Market was built as a general market for farm produce (fruit & vegetables), marine products and flowers in 1981 under the 3rd Wholesale Market Construction Plan of Tokyo Prefecture. It integrated the farm produce markets from Kanda, Ebara and Kamata, and absorbed the marine products market from Omori, to become a regional wholesale market.
The flower market integrated 9 privately operated markets in the Jonan area.
The daily planned handling for farm produce is 3,000 tons, for marine products 300 tons and flowers 2.451 million when converted into cut stalks.
The farm produce and flower markets are amongst the largest in Japan in terms of facility scale and handling volume, and are ranked among the marine products market in Tsukiji Market in importance as a prime market of Japan with a supply area that covers all of eastern Japan.
Many shipping organizations nave offices on the premises, which makes distribution information readily available. For visitors, there is display room and specially marked course that make the market a familiar part of metropolitan Tokyo.
How to visit Ota Market?
Ota Market is open from 05:00 to 15:00 every day except for Sundays and holidays. It is recommended to check the market calendar for special closings. Visitors to the market should check in with the guard office on arrival and receive an English-language brochure with a detailed map of the tour course. Large groups must submit a request in advance. In the market, visitors are only allowed to walk along the visitor courses and must use the specially marked course.
Visitors should be mindful during their visit, as the market is very busy in the morning: many trucks are used to carry products. Please note that it’s a ten-minute walk between the flower market and the two other halls.
Overall, Ota Market is can be described as impressive – visitors can truly experience the strong feeling of being in Japan here. In the fruit and vegetable area, discover how seasonal products are highlighted by local farmers. The four seasons are very important to the Japanese and eating seasonal fruits and vegetables is a part of life in Japan. Just a 10-minute walk away, the Flower Market is really worth stopping by. As you enter the flower auctions, you can imagine what it might be like to be a Japanese flower shop owner.
Do not forget to ask for an English brochure; you’ll be able to enjoy Ota Market even more with it. Be sure not to miss the rooftop section of the farm produce building, where Mt Fuji is visible on clear days.
Ota Cherry Blossom Itinerary
Springtime is arguably Japan’s most beautiful season, with the weeks between late March and early April marked by the blooming of Japan’s famous cherry blossoms. Sakura season, while a stunning time to be in Japan, also brings with it significant crowds, all desperate to enjoy the fleeting beauty of the pink-petaled flowers.
While Tokyo boasts many famous sakura sights, most of them become impossibly busy, especially on weekends during peak bloom. Ota Ward’s cherry blossoms spots sport equally lovely scenes with only half the crowds. Why not take a sakura-themed stroll through Ota in the spring? Follow the suggested itinerary below for a look at some of the area’s best sakura destinations.
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