If you love wandering around food markets like i do, then be sure to make your way to Nishiki Market in Kyoto. What started out as a wholesale fish district in the early 1300s has now become a bustling retail market for locals and tourists alike. More than 100 shops and restaurants line this long and narrow street, and many of the stores have been operated by the same families for generations. Here you can find all things food; from fresh seafood and produce, to knives and cookware, along with those Kyoto specialities and seasonal finds. Some of the shops give out free samples and majority of the products on sale are already pre-packed and vacuum-sealed, a definite convenience especially for international tourists.
There is a fair share of ready-made food available, be it in the form of small restaurants or food stands with nothing more than a couple of stools and a bar. Street snacks are aplenty so make sure you pack enough stomach space for it all.
The market is located one block north of Shijo-dori, running west off Teramachi Shopping Arcade and ending shortly before the Daimaru Shopping Centre. It is easily accessible on foot from Shijo station (Karasuma Subway Line), Karasuma station or Kawaramachi station (Hankyu Line). Just bear in mind that some stores are closed on Wednesdays.
Open 7 days, 9.30am-6pm (some stores close on Wednesdays)
Nearest station: Shijo, Karasuma or Kawaramachi station