Nishiki Market Shopping District

Nishiki Market Shopping District

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With a 400-year-old history, Nishiki Market is a downtown covered pedestrian arcade lined with 135 open-fronted shops selling seafood, produce, souvenirs, crafts, and Japanese snacks.
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Neighbourhood: Shinkyogoku Shopping District
Those who delight in shopping and cuisine will find themselves at home in Shinkyogoku. Lauded and visited by locals for its Nishiki Market, where baskets of fragrant spices, dried fish, and just-fried foods are piled high along the snaking streets of its enclosed outdoor shopping spaces, Shinkyogoku is not only a hub for fresh fare, but also for fast fashion fixes. Trends-in-the-making can be spotted in the tall windows of several one-of-a-kind stores featuring local labels and modish boutiques. Arcades, outdoor concert spaces, mega department stores, and small, enchanting cafes have sprung up to accommodate the increasing traffic. Whether looking for souvenirs and kitsch on Shinkyogoku Street, or scoping out the massive food court and restaurant floor at Takashimaya Department store, there's something for every wallet or purse, and a buyer for every item.
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Mascot, Australia709 contributions
Mar. 2021
Running between Teramachi and Shinmachi, one block north of Shijo, Nishiki Market is Kyoto’s largest traditional food market. The market is covered and runs for 6 blocks (400 meters) parallel to Shijo-Dori, a major shopping street in central Kyoto. While modern food shops and souvenir shops are starting to move in, there are still enough traditional shops to give you a glimpse of what a traditional shotengai (shopping street) must have looked like. There is colour and culture and it is a must do while in Kyoto just to experience it.
The far (eastern) end of the market is opposite Nishiki Tenman-gu shrine.
Written January 7, 2022
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Jonathan Sexton
Sneads Ferry, NC284 contributions
Sep. 2021 • Couples
This market was cool and all don’t get me wrong. However, it just wasn’t anything that my wife and I really wanted. My wife did pickup a really cool set of chopsticks for herself.

We didn’t have a ton of time but there is also a shopping portion that runs perpendicular that seemed like it could be really cool to check out.
Written September 6, 2021
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Elisabethmh
Oslo, Norway567 contributions
Nov. 2019
I highly reccomend a stroll to the Nishiki market while staying in Kyoto. The market is huge and be prepared for queuing. Slow down your pace and make sure you are not in a hurry and just simply enjoy all the flavours, colors and impressions in this exciting market. Try some of the "street-food" along your stroll, highly reccomended!
Written October 8, 2020
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Safariholic
Horsham, UK1,938 contributions
Oct. 2019
The assault on your senses is not to be under-stated - sight, sound, smell, and taste (if you're brave enough).

Cheek by jowl are the Retailers (Vendors), but the Tourists or Shoppers are even closer.

Be prepared to abandon all prior cares about Personal Space, Bumping into or rubbing-up against others - It is unavoidable. Some even seem to relish it, like a subtle full body Contact Sport.

Little Birds (Sparrows) deep fried on skewers, Baby Octopus with a Quail's egg stuffed up its Kyber Pass were two of the more notable Delicacies offered (and Declined). I did not see any Whale Richard, Rhino Hawn or other Animal Body parts, thank goodness.
Written September 18, 2020
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Minh Duc
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Nov. 2019
There were plenty of raw seafood. After a while of considering, I tried some of them and the result was absolutely surprised. The taste was so so good!
Written August 28, 2020
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HotRodHeart
France141 contributions
Oct. 2019
The place is nice to see and discover about local food, like pickled vegies, etc... But it is crowded.
Tourists often block the way to look at a shop, and walk around slowly to wonder at these things they've never seen before.
Written August 7, 2020
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Leigh-Harrington
London, UK2,261 contributions
Sep. 2019
This is a fabulous and fascinating market with an excellent range of interesting food stalls selling things to eat as well as items to cook and some nice shops selling Jpanese crafts. Well worth a couple of visits.
Written August 2, 2020
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ScambusterSZ
Sydney, Australia1,836 contributions
Aug. 2019
This is good pungent experience and mostly they have dried/ preserved Seafoods. If youre in town for several days, iits OK to visit. If you tight on time, you won't regret missing it.
Written July 10, 2020
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coco h
122 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
Cooked Chest nuts were tasty.
Wet rice cracker “Nureokaki” was tasty as we bought afternoon tea.
Not so special place
Written July 1, 2020
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MarriedNoChildren
Dallas, TX205 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Couples
Gigantic market/mall depending on what you want to call it. Definitely shopping central in Kyoto and very lively. You can do everything from buy raw local seafood, to buy clothes and shoes, to go to the mall Samurai museum which is fun for kids. Some of the vendors were friendlier than others and it was pretty packed, but other highlights were the little pancake making machine you could see from the window, the shrine, and some of the other the strange food items. Overall recommended if you have the time.
Written June 27, 2020
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