A Few Hours in Nishiki
In Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto, hidden behind the opulent avenue of Shijo and the wide streets of Teramachi, lies a unique Kyoto treasure. The narrow alley of Nishiki Market runs just a few hundred meters East to West and absolutely brims with food, shops, and food.
Were Nishiki Market not famous, it might be easy to miss. It peeks out momentarily between the storefronts of Teramachi before vanishing among clothiers and cafes. Though once serving only as a fish market like Tsukiji in Tokyo, Nishiki changed with the times and now much more than just fish can be found here. Indeed, locals often refer to it as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”.
This diversity makes for a great display of Japanese food. Yet for the uninitiated, it can overwhelm, so it helps to have a bit of assistance.
Our latest daily tour guides travelers through this every-changing and lively market. The tour is simple, but delicious. From a restaurant nearby, walk the length of the famed alley and sample food along the way. It’s all tasty, so it’s a bit hard to go wrong. Visit a stand selling furikake (something to sprinkle over your rice), sweet shops selling unique Japanese okashi, and endless varieties of pickles. One can even sample sake, an important part of most Japanese meals.
While grazing through the market, pick out a few of different kinds of foods. Later have them sent to a local restaurant to be cooked. As the walking tour comes to an end, return to the restaurant for lunch. But not just any lunch. See your selections turned into art by a professional chef… then devour them.
In our opinion, there is no better way to experience Nishiki Market.