Nishiki Market Shopping District

Nishiki Market Shopping District

Nishiki Market Shopping District
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Points of Interest & LandmarksFlea & Street Markets
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
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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  • Pam Flores
    Manila, Philippines138 contributions
    Must Visit in Kyoto
    Busy part of Kyoto. If you want to find everything in one place, this area is a must. Food stalls, cafes, restaurants, vintage shops, japan made stuff, cosmetics, etc. I enjoyed exploring this place as it gives the pre-pandemic vibe - lots of people walking, elbow to elbow. 😊 Don’t miss the matcha shop and the seafood stalls offering freshly cooked/grilled oysters, shrimps, etc
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 20, 2023
  • handyspanner
    London, United Kingdom565 contributions
    Foodie Heaven
    This is a must for foodies, great to see all the fresh fish, meat and vegetables. Plenty of samples to try too. Also, sake to try for 100yen a glass, accompanied by fish or meat on a stick. What is there not to like? Great place to visit
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 6, 2023
  • Anthony S
    Brisbane, Australia1,863 contributions
    Way too crowded
    As it was a rainy day we walked the street with the hordes of tourists with the same idea making it way too crowded and with small children it wasn’t very pleasant. Didn’t seem as interesting as on a previous trip five years ago as tourist stalls seem to be taking over from the exotic food stalls. Only walked one way and exited due to the crowded conditions and preferred to walk it he rain.
    Visited April 2023
    Written April 15, 2023
  • TravelingFoodie
    Miami, Florida1,101 contributions
    I really liked this place
    Now we really loved this place. Very long and fairly narrow with huge crowed, but the many and diverse food stalls and small eateries make up for it. I could spend the whole day there going from one place to the next trying things
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,394 contributions
    Bargain hunting
    Nishiki Market in Kyoto is a bustling and vibrant shopping destination for foodies and souvenir hunters alike. With over 100 vendors selling everything from fresh seafood to traditional Japanese sweets, the market is a must-visit for anyone looking to experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of Kyoto's culinary scene. We visited the market today and were very impressed with the mix of vendors here and the bargains to be had. Highly recommended for some last minute souvenir hunting.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 24, 2023
  • travel4free
    Delta, Canada331 contributions
    The best sushi in Kyoto
    Loved eating here . Found unbelievably fresh sushi for $10. I couldn’t resist and ate here 4 times over a week . I had to share seating but that was fine. Also, nearby the market are Kyoto’s best restaurants, including Pizzeria Marita.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 18, 2023
  • Biffro
    London, United Kingdom1,165 contributions
    Foodie heaven
    This market is near the shopping district right in the centre of Kyoto and not to far from Gion. This is a walkway of food stalls or every variety where you can sample all sorts of foods. We were so curious as there were things here we had never seen before. We really enjoyed walking along and taking in the atmosphere. Worth coming to see and sample.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 22, 2023
  • Amit B
    12 contributions
    Foodies paradise
    Go hungry and go topped with energy ..... huge variety of street food but very few places have chairs to sit and eat. There are some shops selling souvenirs too. The shops / food stalls start shutting by 430 pm-5 pm so be there on time. We loved the yakitori, the gyozas, the grilled sea food.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Johnny
    Hong Kong, China31 contributions
    Must Visit in Kyoto!!
    Really love this kind of market in Japan. You can enjoy all kind of food all in one area. I tried tempura, scallop and sake which all tastes really nice. Will definitely visit here every time I come to Kyoto.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written July 13, 2023
  • PHILIP B
    84 contributions
    Awesome Local Markets
    Was there on a Saturday afternoon and it was fairly crowded mainly with tourists. I thought I would spend about an hour looking around but ended up being there for over 3. Good street food and sake as well as local Japanese wares. Well worth the visit to see a local market in full swing
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
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JacbunchFil
Philippines54 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
Tourist trap! Was expecting food to be freshly cooked but they just reheat the ones displayed in a microwave! Most of the stalls don't accept credit cards so be sure to bring cash
Written February 6, 2024
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T D
Philadelphia, PA3,349 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
We went to the Market around 9.30 am on a Monday, so it wasn’t too crowded yet. It was during the Christmas week, so by 11 am - the market got more busy. The market was covered - easy stroll while checking out all the vendors. We enjoyed it tremendously. You do have to eat and drink whatever you bought first before continuing to the next stall though.
Written January 16, 2024
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Natalia T
Singapore, Singapore2,298 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Very busy and crowded market with lots of fresh and cooked food. It can get so crowded that you can barely move along. Worth taking visitors for the experience if it's their first visit.
Written January 15, 2024
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Cheryl B
Honolulu, HI442 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
I must admit that my review is based on a bit of nostalgia for the ʻoldʻ days on Nishiki street where one enjoyed a bit of a slower pace than what currently happens there. Times change and it is nice to see folks finding spaces to try new foods and experiences. Hoping that the pickle shops, bonito and others can continue to hang on to keep a bit of the old with the new? For me, the crowds outweigh the choice to go there and buy when I can find the items elsewhere.. but then again, one walk through a trip is necessary.
Written January 8, 2024
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JenC_UK
Uk273 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Came here for lunch and ate at so many street food stalls. It was wonderful! Very busy but it all adds to the atmosphere. Had so many delicious items, a great experience.
Written January 6, 2024
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hfot2 🌸🍁🌸
Vermont7,424 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Late in the afternoon after a full day photographing sakura, we stopped by the market for a change of pace. We’ve been here several times before and have loads of photos from those previous visits, so we made the choice to put our cameras away before entering.

It was strange to cruise the shops without taking photos. Massive crowds of tourists and locals were grabbing snacks or an early dinner. We didn’t go too far in, but far enough to decide we had enough of the jostling and pushing to remind us of what it was like.
Written January 2, 2024
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Maxine H
14 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Incredible! So much to see. Mostly food stalls, packaged and fresh meat skewers. A few souvenir shops. Well worth the experience!
Written December 28, 2023
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misanthropicdreamer
San Francisco, CA545 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
I love a good market and am spoiled by the Ferry Building one on Saturdays in San Francisco. This crazy crowded one reminds me more of the ones in Hong Kong. Wall to wall people. Wall to wall stalls of every variety. Lots of food stalls selling things I would not choose to eat and some I would if I did not have food allergies. This is not a place for those with food allergies as nothing is really labeled in English and most vendors don’t speak English. Two of us who don’t have allergies ate fried eel, crispy fried chicken, deep fried crab on a stick, pickles on a stick, strawberry mochi, and more. Two of us with allergies avoided the food until we found de Fritte Staan which offers gluten free fries. Come here if you will eat anything or if you want cool photos.
Written December 25, 2023
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RonanD_BR
Brasilia, DF201 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
You can find any kind of Japanese food there. A must visit place. There also many stores with souvenirs and typical Japanese kimonos.
Written December 12, 2023
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LiMcG
London, UK118 contributions
Dec 2023 • Friends
Fascinating and huge food market with a wide selection of Japanese foods, especially seafoods- eel, octopus and shrimp especially.
Written November 30, 2023
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