Uonotana Shotengai is a 350-meter-long shopping street in Akashi, Hyogo. The shopping street has over 100 shops of all sizes and is always bustling. Because of its ideal location right next to Akashi station as well as the availability of freshly caught seafood from the Akashi strait, the place is always lively with locals as well as tourists. It is known as a place to enjoy typical Akashi gourmet and shopping, such as Akashi's specialty Akashi-yaki and small bites made of fresh seafood and vegetables.
Have Fun Exploring While Snacking
At Uonotana Shotengai, there are many shops that sell bites using seafood, mainly Akashi's specialty octopus. Many of the stores will let you try the food, so you can enjoy selecting your souvenirs while chatting to the sellers.
At Uonotana Shotengai, you can try the local specialty Akashi-yaki. Akashi-yaki is a style of eating Kansai's specialty takoyaki in a soup broth and is such a popular delicacy that many people get hooked on the fluffy texture of the egg. They might be sold under the name "tamagoyaki (omelet)" in some of the stores in the street.
Fresh Seafood as Souvenirs
At Uonotana Shotengai, there are many stores that sell fresh seafood such as Akashi red snapper, octopus, conger eel, Japanese sand lance and flounder. At noon, you can already buy plenty of fresh seafood caught on the same day, which is called "hiruami," and these make great souvenirs.
Source：Cybister / PIXTA(ピクスタ)