Nishiki Market in Kyoto

If you feel like cooking some of your own food while in Japan (日本) to save money, Nishiki Market (錦市場) in downtown Kyoto (京都) is one of the best places to shop for fresh products.

It’s shopping street consisting of five blocks that has a variety of fresh local produce available. Nearly all of them are from the Kyoto area. Sea food makes up the biggest part of the market as that was its original niche back when it opened in the 14th century.

You will find supermarkets of all shapes and sizes, so you will certainly find what you’re looking for. If you’re missing some kitchen utensils or are looking for some nice kitchen knives, Nishiki Market has you covered as well.

Besides shopping for veggies and fish, Nishiki Market also offers a selection of restaurants and bars, ranging from small to big. Here, you will experience a very similar feel to Potoncho that we covered already. In fact, there are not far from each other.

The Thing about Japanese markets

Most shops offer small samples for you to try. This way, you will be able to tell if you like a product you’re not familiar with. It’s a common practice in pretty much every Japanese market. I really enjoyed it at the famous Tsukiji Market (when it was still fully open) back in Tokyo (東京). Speaking of which, I will write an article about both the new Toyosu (豊洲) Market and the old Tsukiji Market to protect the memories. Look forward to that!

Visiting Nishiki Market is one of the best ways to get a taste of the culinary adventure that is Kyoto’s cuisine.

The area is of course free to enter, and the opening hours and closed days largely depend on the individual establishments. Usually, most shops are opened from 9:00 to 18:00 and have one closed day a week.

How to get to Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market lies west of Kamo River and Potoncho in central Kyoto. It’s not too far away from the Manga (漫画) Museum as well.

Starting from Kyoto Station (京都駅), you can either take the Karasuma Subway Line for 4 minutes and 210 Yen (1,65€/$1.88) and get off Shijo Station or take the Hankyu Line to arrive at Karasuma (烏丸駅) or Kawaramachi (河原町駅) Station. To Karasuma it’s the same as Shijo but will take you longer on foot while Kawaramachi has a transfer but is closer to Nishiki Market.

Takeaway

Nishiki Market is a lively area that offers plenty of food for you to taste. Whether it is fresh products for your own cooking or a nice meal in one of the restaurants, you are sure to find what you need.

And even if you’re not hungry, walking through this street market which has been going on for centuries is an overall pleasure. Observing the interaction between customer and seller can be interesting in Japan, which is partly the reason why the Tsukiji Market or the new Toyosu Market are so popular.

As it is centrally located, you will have an easy time visiting it together with other sites nearby.

That’s it for Nishiki Market, I hope it was useful!

Thank you very much for reading, I highly appreciate it! Let me know if you have any feedback or questions.

My next post is going to be about a little lesser known park outside of downtown Tokyo, Inokashira Park (井の頭公園)!

See you there!

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Hi! I'm Daniel and I live in Germany. Passionate lover of everything Japanese. Thank you for reading!

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