Nishiki Market, or Nishiki Ichiba in Japanese, is a narrow alley with over 100 shops and restaurants. The covered red, yellow, and green awning makes it possible to visit on rainy days and has become a symbol of the market.
The market runs nearly 400 meters and is visited by both local residents and travelers. You can find locally made products, such as knives, fans, stationary, hand towels, and food.
The market first opened as a wholesale fish market in 1310 and many of the shops have been operating for centuries.
Even before it was a wholesale fish market, it’s believed the market had been in existence since the 8th century. Groundwater runs through the market at a temperature of 15 to 18 degrees all year round. Each shop used to have a well with access to this Nishiki Water and used it for refrigeration.
The market also offers a wide selection of street foods. You can find seafood, grilled meats, pickles made from local vegetables, green tea, and sweets. Some of the shops pass out free samples or sell small dishes, so you can try the local delicacies.
Yuba is a local specialty in Kyoto. Yuba is a thin layer that forms at the top of boiling soy milk.
Keep in mind that when you buy something to eat, you should stand to the side or sit in the designated area. Although tempting, it is considered bad manners to eat whiling walk.
Aritsugu Knife Shop
Aritsugu Knife Shop was founded in 1560 and sells handcrafted knives, pots, and other cooking utensils.
At the end of Nishiki Market are two covered shopping arcades with trendy shops.
After you finish shopping at the market, you can continue shopping at the arcades or head over to Spring Valley Brewery for a pint of freshly brewed craft beer. The brewery is located inside a 100 year old townhouse and features several unique flavors.
How to Get There
From Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line, the market is about a 5 minute walk. It is typically open from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. Some stores close on Wednesdays and Sundays.
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