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Nishiki Market
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Nishiki Market featuring markets and street scenes as well as a large group of people
Come to this market in the heart of the city to experience the authentic sights, smells and sounds of the bartering vendors and their traditional food.

Traditional Japanese food is the order of the day in the Nishiki Market, known as Kyoto’s Kitchen. The market plays host to hundreds of restaurants, shops and temporary stalls selling culinary supplies from fresh seafood to knives. Shops sell either food or utensils with which to prepare it. A stark contrast to the serene and humble temples, shrines and museums, Nishiki Market is the perfect place to experience the typical hustle and bustle of food trade at the core of Kyoto.

Discover famous Kyoto specialties, such as sushi and dried seafood. Browse the shops, which range in size from tiny stalls to large buildings. Many of them specialize in a certain type of food, most of which is procured in the region. Try your luck with some free samples as vendors try to tempt you into making a purchase. Sit down at one of the small restaurants for lunch amid the food-crazed atmosphere. Try out a soy ice cream, oysters or even an octopus skewer.

The market dates back to the 17th century when fish was the sole item on the menu. As the market grew, the stall count rose to more than 130 and helped to create a greater variety of food on sale. The majority of shops have been family-owned for many generations. Today, the bazaar stretches across five blocks with its culinary delights and is sheltered by a multicolored glass roof. Shops are generally open from the morning until the afternoon. Many close on Wednesdays and Saturdays. 

Nishiki Market is based in the Nakagyo Ward in the northeast of Kyoto. It is right by Shijō Station. It can be found on the Karasuma Subway Line, only a few minutes from the grand Kyoto Station. The Kamogawa River is nearby, as are the Teramachi and Shin-Kyogoku shopping centers. The market is one block north of Shijō Avenue, which runs parallel.

Come to this market in the heart of the city to experience the authentic sights, smells and sounds of the bartering vendors and their traditional food.

Traditional Japanese food is the order of the day in the Nishiki Market, known as Kyoto’s Kitchen. The market plays host to hundreds of restaurants, shops and temporary stalls selling culinary supplies from fresh seafood to knives. Shops sell either food or utensils with which to prepare it. A stark contrast to the serene and humble temples, shrines and museums, Nishiki Market is the perfect place to experience the typical hustle and bustle of food trade at the core of Kyoto.

Discover famous Kyoto specialties, such as sushi and dried seafood. Browse the shops, which range in size from tiny stalls to large buildings. Many of them specialize in a certain type of food, most of which is procured in the region. Try your luck with some free samples as vendors try to tempt you into making a purchase. Sit down at one of the small restaurants for lunch amid the food-crazed atmosphere. Try out a soy ice cream, oysters or even an octopus skewer.

The market dates back to the 17th century when fish was the sole item on the menu. As the market grew, the stall count rose to more than 130 and helped to create a greater variety of food on sale. The majority of shops have been family-owned for many generations. Today, the bazaar stretches across five blocks with its culinary delights and is sheltered by a multicolored glass roof. Shops are generally open from the morning until the afternoon. Many close on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Nishiki Market is based in the Nakagyo Ward in the northeast of Kyoto. It is right by Shijō Station. It can be found on the Karasuma Subway Line, only a few minutes from the grand Kyoto Station. The Kamogawa River is nearby, as are the Teramachi and Shin-Kyogoku shopping centers. The market is one block north of Shijō Avenue, which runs parallel.

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Top 10 Hotels Near Nishiki Market

The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
4 out of 5
The price is SG$36 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is steps away from Kiyamachi Street and Pontocho. Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market are also within 10 minutes. Shiyakusho-mae ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (980 reviews)
"The staff was always helpful, even with the coronavirus going around"

Reviewed on 16 Mar,2020

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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Kawaramachi Jokyoji
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Kawaramachi Jokyoji
3.5 out of 5
620 Teianmaenocho, Kyoto, Kyoto
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$63 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Kawaramachi and Nishiki Market. Pontocho and Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre are also within 10 minutes. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)
"トイレとシャワールームが別で、洗面台がまた別のところに独立しあったのがとても良かった。 空調も快適。 大変居心地の良い部屋でした。"

Reviewed on 13 Jun,2021

Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Kawaramachi Jokyoji
Guest House One More Heart Karasuma 2
Guest House One More Heart Karasuma 2
2.5 out of 5
Located in Central Kyoto, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi and Shijo Omiya. Pontocho and Kyoto International Manga Museum ...
3.4/5 (8 reviews)
"The place is very convenient,near to Nishiki market. The room is abit small but the toilet size is okay."

Reviewed on 11 Nov,2019

Guest House One More Heart Karasuma 2
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THE POCKET HOTEL Kyoto-Shijokarasuma
THE POCKET HOTEL Kyoto-Shijokarasuma
3 out of 5
474 Setoyacho, Nishikikoji-sagaru, Yanaginobanba-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$30 per night from 18 Jul to 18 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
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Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Kawaramachi Jokyoji
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Kawaramachi Jokyoji
3.5 out of 5
620 Teianmaenocho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$63 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
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The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Sanjo
4 out of 5
The price is SG$36 per night from 30 Jun to 30 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
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Guest House One More Heart Karasuma 2
Guest House One More Heart Karasuma 2
2.5 out of 5
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UNIZO INN Kyoto Kawaramachi Shijo
UNIZO INN Kyoto Kawaramachi Shijo
3 out of 5
The price is SG$39 per night from 2 Jul to 2 Jul
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Ace Hotel Kyoto
Ace Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
245-2 Aneyakojidori, Higashinotoin-nishiiru Kurumayacho, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$324 per night from 12 Jul to 12 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
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nol kyoto sanjo
nol kyoto sanjo
3 out of 5
The price is SG$215 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
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The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo
The Royal Park Hotel Kyoto Shijo
3.5 out of 5
The price is SG$43 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
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Good Nature Hotel Kyoto
Good Nature Hotel Kyoto
4 out of 5
Inaricho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
The price is SG$209 per night from 20 Jun to 20 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Good Nature Hotel Kyoto
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