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Nishiki Market - Kyoto

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 (錦市場)

Nishiki Market Details

Also 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.

There you are! Nishiki Market!

Nishiki Market - Kyoto City

Inside Nishiki Market

Exploring Nishiki Market

Yubakichi - one of the historical stores in Nishiki Market famous for their soy products

Nishiki Market is also home to several stores selling exotic foods like the takotamago, 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:

Narazuke - Pickled uri (large cucumber of gourd) in sake.

Some pickled eggplant

takotamago display

Barbecued sparrow

ayu on a stick

An exotic delicacy made from carp

A selection of exotic pickled food

I wonder if these are scallops or clams...

In the Philippines, these small shrimps are called alamang

Matcha beans

Yey! Finally some barbecue! (However, can you guess what meat was used in this Bbq?)

The price of the takotamago vary depending on size

Time to taste the takotamago...

My brother and I tried it and loved it. You should too.

I first heard about Nishiki Market after watching one episode of Only in Japan on Youtube. I got curious about it and included it in our 2019 Japan trip. My brother and I got to visit Nishiki Market during Day 5 of our 2019 Japan Trip, and like the episode that I watched, we also tried the takotamago which is a baby octopus stuffed with a quail egg. Well, it tasted a bit funky with the obvious octopus flavor and texture with the big egg surprise after biting its head. 

Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine 

Sadly, we arrived a little past 5PM, so most of the stores were already closed so we only tried a few Kyoto specialties like the takotamago that I mentioned. To cap off our visit, we visited Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine at the far end of the street. 

Nishiki Market Admission Fees:

It's FREE to explore and visit Nishiki Market. However, make sure to bring cash so that you can buy souvenirs and try out exotic food. 

Nishiki Market Operating Hours:

For those planning to visit, keep in mind that the market is open only from 9AM to 5PM. However, there are still some stores that remain open after 5PM.

Why visit Nishiki Market?

Nishi Market is the best place to visit if you want to try our exotic food like the takotamago and some barbecued sparrow. There are others that I hardly remember but then again it's for another story. 

Getting to Nishiki Market

 

From Kyoto Station, ride the Karasuma Subway Line and board down at Shijo Station. The trip lasts about 4 minutes and costs 220 yen. From Shijo Station. Nishiki Market is about 4-5 minutes on foot.

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