By the fourth day in Japan, our legs have turned to jello with all the walking we’ve been doing. We were exhausted, but still we weren’t quite accustomed to the time difference and woke up around 7:00AM. This time we knew exactly where we wanted to have breakfast.
Osaka has a central wholesale fish market where at 4:00AM in the morning they start their tuna and fish auctions. Next to this wholesale market right in the parking lot is this tiny little sushi restaurant called Endo Sushi (ゑんどう寿司). Endo has been around since 1907, and has been serving some of the freshest sushi in Osaka.
Since we woke up early, this was the perfect choice to start our day and get breakfast. It is about a 15-20 minute subway ride from Namba to Tamagawa station (s12 on the Sennichimae line) and about 10 minutes walk from the station (exit 3 or exit 6 from the station) to the Central Wholesale Fish Market. Keep walking straight and if you walked across the river, then you’ve walked too far. We found the restaurant and arrived around 10:30AM. Upon entering the small restaurant, we were warmly greeted and given their English menu with pictures! Each plate cost 1,000 yen (US $10.75) with 5 pieces of sushi per plate. ￼
We started with plate no. 1 followed by plate no. 2. Then the waiter started to ask if we wanted to continue. Of course we did. We wanted to try all four plates! Some items on the menu were seasonal, so a few of the pieces were different than from the picture. Instead of the mushroom sushi, we were served with a piece of cooked duck. It was so tasty! I enjoyed every piece of fish except for Ika (squid). Raw squid has a gummy/glue-like texture which wasn’t appetizing to me.
At each table, they provide you with unlimited amount of pickled ginger and soy sauce that you can brush on your fish.We were stuffed with 20 piece of sushi in our stomach. After breakfast it was time to start another long day with much walking and sightseeing in Arashiyama, Kyoto. ￼
Endo Sushi (ゑんどう寿司)
They are open from Mon-Sat 5am to 2pm, and closed on Sundays and Holidays. So wake up early and plan to come for breakfast or lunch.
大阪市福島区野田1-1-86 (Address: 1-1-86 Noda Fukushima-ku Osaka City Osaka)
Tel: 06-6469-7108, E-mail: email@example.com, Hours: 5 AM - 2 PM
Central Wholesale Fish Market (大阪市中央卸売市場 本場)
京阪電車 中之島線「中之島駅」下車 徒歩約15分
大阪市営バス 野田阪神前行き・鶴町四丁目行き「中央市場前」下車 徒歩約2分
When traveling by train and bus:
10 minute walk to station “Noda” JR loop line
10 minute walk to station “Tamagawa” Sennichimae subway
About 15 minutes walk from ”Nakanoshima station” Keihan Nakanoshima Line
2 minute walk to ”stop the central market before” go-go Tsurumachi chome Osaka city bus before Nodahanshi