We managed to get ourselves up at a fairly early time (early for us) and made our way out to the Kyoto Nishiki Market. The Nishiki Market 錦市場 – literally translated to”brocade market” is a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on a road one block north and parallel to Shijō Street (四条通)and just west of Teramachi Street (寺町通). It took us absolutely ages to try and find since Google maps decided to do a loopy on us. Instead we ended up at a 7-11 with one very confused but helpful register girl who politely pointed us in the correct direction.
They don’t particularly like people taking lots of photos here since it still is a “working market” over being a tourist attraction so keep that in mind when strolling through – so I personally don’t have too many shots of the stalls. The markets span the length of five blocks and is lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Many of the shops in this area have been operated by the same families for generations!
Yeah, no squatting here, folks.
Beef, beef, beef, beef.
Yum yum, dorayaki – bacon and potato flavour!
Cute little fruit shop just on the street facing the Nishiki markets. The owner puts little faces on his produce. WAY TOO CUTE.
This amazing market is rich in history and tradition and is renowned as the place to obtain many of Kyoto’s famous foods and goods. Nan managed to pick up a delicious pouch of candied-spicy shrimp that were completely translucent (and absolutely delicious). We really should of bought more, since we couldn’t find any other places that sold this delicious snack anywhere else on our travels. Remember to stock up if you find something that takes your fancy!
The Nishiki Market street can be reached on foot in less than five minutes from Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line (4 minutes, 200 yen from Kyoto Station) or Karasuma or Kawaramachi Stations on the Hankyu Line. Remember, if you’ve been walking for longer than that then you’ve probably missed it completely (see the picture at the top, the entry will look something like that)!