Why Nishiki Market Kyoto Should Be On Your Itinerary


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
Dried food
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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8 comments:

  1. Jadi dimanapun takoyaki ini juara yaaa

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    1. Hahaha iya, apalagi pas udara dingin Om, makan takoyaki yang panas...nyaaaam!

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  2. pasarnya keren bgt mba..

    alhamdulillah ada makanan halal ya

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    1. Iya Mba Fitri, suka aku sama pasar kaya gini.

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  3. kmrn di jepang aku makan takoyaki sampe di 3 tempat, osaka, shinjuku, ama di nagashima spaland... dan 3-3 nya aku kecewa.. krn semua takoyakinya ada campuran sedikit jahe di dalam -__-, sementara aku benci jahe... dan kebanyakan semua makanan di jepang sana kenapalah ada jahenya :(.. di jakarta makanan fav ku pasti japanese food mba. kirain di jepang bakal lbh enak, ternyata malah lbh enak yg di jkt ;p hihihih

    kabalikan ama korea, di jkt aku ga suka ama makanan korea yg dijual, tp pas di sana aku tergila2... :D

    kmrn di kyoto kita ga sempet ke pasar nishiki ini, krn hr terakhir, dan sepupu pgn pake baju kimono plus shopping :D.. makanya kita ga jauh2 dr stasiun kyoto nya aja.. malamnya jg hrs ke bandara KIX untuk nginep sana, krn pesawat kita pagi2 buta :D

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    1. Iya Fanny, ada jahenya dimana-mana ya!
      Eh kamu itu kuat banget, abis dari JP ke HK lagi..ckckck...

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  4. Sebel bgt sih sebenernya, waktu ke Kyoto aku nginep di One piece hostel SANJO yang cuma ngesot aja sampe ke Nishiki tapi jam operasional marketnya yang selalu bikin aku ga kesampean deh ke market ini =,=
    Kami selalu keluar hostel sebelum jam 7 atau stgh 8 dan kemabli ke hostel skitar jam 8an hahahaha selalu kelewat jadinya kalo pagi aku cuma lewatin toko-toko yg masih tutup aja, palingan cuma fresh seafood aja yg jam 7an udah buka

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    1. Itu yang terjadi pas aku pertama ke Kyoto Mei, nah pas kedua kali enggak mau lagi kelewat hehehe... suka banget sama pasar ini:)

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