Oooh I love market! Especially in Japan, where the market is super clean and offers culinary experience. When we visited Tokyo back in December 2015, we went to Tsukiji Market. But we didn't have time to visit Nishiki Market in Kyoto back then.
Nishiki Market was on the top of our itinerary when we re-visited Kyoto in January 2017. For this purpose, we even book Centurion Cabin & Spa Kyoto which is located 5 minutes away from Nishiki Market.
Still considering whether a visit to Nishiki Market is well worth it? I will tell you why Nishiki Market in the heart of Kyoto should be on your itinerary.
|The crowd at Nishiki Market|
1. Because of The Easy Access to Nishiki Market
Nishiki Market is located around Gion area, the market is easy to access from Gion. Just note that the opening hours of Nishiki Market is from 09.30-17.30. Make sure that you plan to visit Gion around that time, so that you will get to visit two places: Gion and Nishiki Market.
Getting to Nishiki Market:
The nearest station is Shijo Station on the Karasuma Subway Line (JPY210 from Kyoto Station) or Kawaramachi Station on the Hankyu Line.
|The lane heading to Nishiki Market|
2. Because The Takoyaki is Awesome
There are so many lanes that connect the main road to Nishiki Market. We were lucky to choose the one which lead us right to the Takoyaki stall. Actually we didn't know if they are famous, but looking from the crowd around the stall, we know that their Takoyaki should be good.
|One of the takoyaki stall at Nishiki Market|
So I walked to the ticket machine to order and pay the Takoyaki. Then I stopped and laughed because I didn't know what to choose, as it was all in Japanese hahaha..
The takoyaki guy helped me by showing the pictures of the menu, I ended up choosing Mexican Spicy Takoyaki. And we waited outside their tiny stall.
Suddenly I saw one of the customer who had so many leek on his Takoyaki. I walked again to the counter and request my takoyaki without the leek. Thank God he understood, my takoyaki is save from the leek :)
|Oh my.. not my fave at all!|
After a while, our hot takoyaki was ready. It cost JPY 350. Itadakimasu!
|Here we go, our Mexican Spicy Takoyaki|
3. Because Some Of The Stall Offers Halal Snack
Street food in Japan are so irresistible, yet confusing. The Japanese letter prevent us from trying because we don't know what it is, whether it is halal or not.
We found one stall which write the sign in English saying that their food is halal, well it is not certified, but at least we know what it is. So we tried one piece of shrimp for JPY 450, and it was so good!
Make sure you stop by at this stall the next time you go to Nishiki Market.
|Halal Japanese snack at Nishiski Market|
4. Because You Can Shop Kyoto's Pottery
Kyoto is famous for its pottery, and you can find them too at Nishiki Market. I only found one stall, but I am pretty sure there were many more.
|They were all so cute!|
5. Because You Will Find Very Yummy Strawberry
I tell you what, this is the best strawberry that I have ever had in my entire life!:D Do not miss to buy one pack, cost around JPY 450. It was so delicious!
|You should try this strawberries!|
6. Because You Can Also Buy Fresh Seafood
As it is still called "market" you can also buy fresh seafood at Nishiki Market. Or even you don't plan to cook at your apartment, you still can enjoy how they sell fresh seafood from the stall.
|Fresh seafood, anyone?|
7. Because You Will Find Cute Shape Candies
Yup, we found lego bricks candies at the Nishiki market! We bought one pack for JPY 450, it taste a bit hard and strange, but never mind as long as it's cute:D
|They have all shape of candies|
8. Because There's A Lovely Flower Shop Inside
I always fell in love with flower shop in Japan, and when I saw one in the market, I was amazed. The shop has so many beautiful flowers including purple tulips:)
9. Because of The Food Galore at The Market
I will let the following pictures explain the food galore at Nishiki Market.
|Many varietes of vegetable pickels|
|Lots and lots of food!|
|A great place for snacking|
|Tamago! (Japanese omelette)|
|Bake Cheese Taart is not far from Nishiki Market|
10. Because It Is Connected To The Shopping Area
At the end of Nishiki market you will find a shopping area selling clothes, shoes, souvenirs, even I found a Daiso shop inside. The shopping area is covered, so no worries if you have a rainy day in Kyoto. You can still shop here.
There are so many things to do in Nishiki Market, I hope by now you agree that this place is a must visit when you are in Kyoto.
written on February 21, 2017
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