Nishiki Market (Nishiki Ichiba) is Kyoto’s largest traditional food market which is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as “Kyoto‘s Kitchen”, this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware. You will find all the major ingredients of traditional Kyoto cuisine on display here: Japanese pickles, Kyoto vegetables, Japanese sweets, green tea, fresh fish, and so on.
Some shops sell takeaway food like skewers of yakitori or sashimi. And there are also a few small restaurants and food stands selling ready-made food. A few are sit-down establishments, although some consist of no more than a couple of stools and a bar.
Nishiki Market has a pleasant but busy atmosphere that is inviting to those who want to explore the variety of culinary delights that Kyoto is famous for. The stores found throughout the market range in size from small narrow stalls to larger two story shops. Most specialize in a particular type of food, and almost everything sold at the market is locally produced.
You have to ride on a city bus number 207 bound for Gion. Fortunately the bus stop is located near to Catholic House. Our staff will be delighted to teach you where the bus stop is. Please remember you have to get off at Shijo-Takakura bus stop that faces on the Shijo street. And one block north of Shijo, you will reach the market.