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Nishiki Market - Kyoto

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Located at Nishikikoji-dori between Teramachi and Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Nishiki Market (錦市場) is a five-block long shopping street known as Kyoto's Kitchen. 
Nishiki Market DetailsAlso called Nishiki Ichiba by the locals, this narrow shopping street is famous for retail stores that specialize in food-related products. This is a good place to buy high-quality knives and cookware, fresh seafood, different ingredients, and Kyoto specialties like streets and dried seafood, different ingredients, and Kyoto specialties like sweets and dried seafood.





Nishiki Market is also home to several stores selling exotic foods like thetakotamago, barbecued sparrow, and many more. So if you're looking to test your palate with unique and sometimes weird flavors then I highly encourage you to visit Nishiki Market. Some of the exotic food in Nishiki Market that you should try out:


Ginkakuji Revisited 2019 - Kyoto

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It was only last year when I last visited Ginkakuji (銀閣寺). It was also my first time to visit it. You can actually read my diary entry HERE.

For those who are not familiar with Ginkakuji, it's located at 2 Ginkakujicho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture. This temple is one of the 17 UNESCO World Heritage Site of the city.   Ginkakuji History
Ginkakuji was originally built as a retirement villa for Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa. The name Ginkakuji actually translates to Silver Pavilion as he originally planned to cover the building with silver leaf similar to the gold leaf-covered Kinkakuji which was built by Ashikaga Yoshimasa's grandfather Ashikaga Yoshimasu. Sadly, Yoshimasa died even before the plan to cover Ginkakuji with silver leaf came to fruition. 





After Yoshimasa's death, the villa was converted into a temple. Although there were talks about finishing the plan to cover the temple with silver leaf as envisioned by Yoshimasa but it was decided to just maintain it as …

Okazaki Shrine - Kyoto

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Located at 51 Okazaki Higashitennocho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City in Kyoto Prefecture, Okazaki Shrine (岡崎神社) is a small Shinto shrine dedicated to the deities Susano-no-Mikoto and Kushinadahime-no-Mikoto and their children who are enshrined in this shrine.
History of Okazaki ShrineSusano-no-Mikoto is a well-known figure in Japanese mythology. He is known for saving Princess Kushinada from the monster Yamata no Orochi. Eventually, Susano-no-Mikoto and the princess married and they, along with their many children became deities and were enshrined in Okazaki Shrine and many other shrines in Japan. 




Okazaki Shrine, formally called Higashi Tenno Okazaki, despite its relatively small precinct size, is actually one of the oldest in Kyoto. It was built around 1200 years ago during the time when the city was still known as Heian-kyo. 




Okazaki Shrine is credited for a lot of things like protecting the citizens and the Imperial family hence it is known as a shrine to go to if you want to ward off bad l…

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