Sight Seeing

Nishiki Market (錦市場 Nishiki Ichiba)

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Nishiki Market

Many tourists visit Kyoto every year to enjoy uniquely beautiful Japanese attractions like famous temples, geisha, Kyoto cuisine and the nature by which the city is surrounded. They are all fabulous, but there is a place I would definitely recommend you to visit for a better understanding of Kyoto people and their rich culture.

“Nishiki Market” is known as “Kyoto’s kitchen,” where you can find a variety of foods and food-related products such as knives and cookware. It also offers all sorts of Kyoto specialities, such as locally made sweets, pickles, dried seafood and vegetables. Almost everything sold at the market is locally produced.

The market has over 400 years of history and has existed since the Edo era. Originally, it began as a fish market. It has always been loved by local residents as well as tourists coming from all over the world.

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The market resides on Nishiki-Koji Street, which is about 390m long and about 3-5m wide. This narrow street, bursting with vendors on both sides, consists of 126 shops. Nishiki-Koji Street, which is one block north from Shijo Street, is one of the major streets in the city center. Visiting the market will provide you an opportunity to know the whole Kyoto, not only its “front stage” of rich historical sights, but also its “back stage,” where you can feel experience Kyoto people’s daily lives in the 21st century.

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