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Nishiki Ichiba (Market)
Known as the "Kitchen of Kyoto," this is a large food market on a narrow, long street. On this animated shopping street, you can buy specialties of Kyoto called Kyo vegetables, such as wheat starch, soft yuba (bean-curd skin), as well as prepared side dishes, pickled vegetables. In fact, there are a total of 130 stores and the street is approx. 400 m long. There are many snacks that you can try as you take a stroll. It is the best place to find delicious gifts while trying many typical snacks of Kyoto. If you are interested in Japanese food, you will enjoy this place no matter how many times you visit.
- Nishikikoji-dori, Nishidaimonji-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto
- Next to Exit 4 of Gion-Shijo Station on Keihan Line, or 2-min walk from Kawaramachi Station on Hankyu Kyoto Main Line. 20 min and 7 km by car from Kyoto-Higashi Interchange on the Meishin Expressway via Prefectural Road 143.
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 min
- Admission fee
- Free to walk around
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Lively and full of energy
Nishiki Market has a 400-year history. The narrow street is always crowded with locals and tourists. Here, you can find anything and the best part is that you can try various snacks while chatting with the shopkeepers. Since it is known as Kyoto's Kitchen, it is packed with people preparing for the New Year's Holiday.
Enjoy eating Kyoto's delicious food while walking
In many stores, you can try many types of food, including rare food that you can't taste everyday. In addition, there are many snacks sold here. Japanese people love shopping and picking up snacks between shops. All the yummy food and exciting food products of Kyoto can be found here.
You can find typical Japanese souvenirs
Kyoto is known as one of the most famous ancient cities of Japan. As a result, Nishiki Market is a great place to find Japanese food for gifts. Many products, that you can only find in Kyoto, are available in famous stores. It is hard to choose as there are so many choices. The specialties of Kyoto such as "tofu" or "kyo pickled vegetables" are popular picks.
It is a world famous Japanese kitchenware brand. The 18th owner welcomes people who come here from all over the country. You can find various kitchenware such as knives and pots. If you wish, a craftsman will engrave your name on the products. You can keep these kitchenware as mementos all your life.
Nishikiten Mangu, a shrine in Kyoto
It is an unusual shrine situated at the east edge of Nishiki Market. It is famous for its rare gate that is attached to the wall. Although it is situated in the middle of the city of Kyoto, flowers flourish here in each season. You can also bring back the famous good quality spring water. Here, the god of academic studies and the god of good business is enshrined. Many people visit here when they come to the market.