Nishiki-Koji Market Arcade (錦市場商店街)

Japan, 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture, Nakagyo-ku

kyoto-nishiki.or.jp

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+81-75-211-3882

Open Times: 9am to 5pm

Accepted: Cash only

Smoking allowed? : No

#8. Strolling and Eating at Nishiki-Koji Market Arcade

To the locals it is Kyo-no-daidokoro or ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’, and the Nishiki-koji Ichiba market arcade has existed on this central site since 1615, serving the inexhaustible appetites of the Imperial court and the high-end ryotei restaurants.

 

Japanese Tsukemono pickles on sale at the famous Uchita pickles shop in Kyoto's Nishikikoji Market. These are eggplants, in Japanese 'Nasu'. Japanese Tsukemono pickles on sale at the famous Uchita pickles shop in Kyoto's Nishikikoji Market. These are eggplants, in Japanese 'Nasu'.

A visit here is a must for any serious gourmet traveller, as all Kyoto food life is represented in the family-run businesses that line the narrow, covered alleyway between Takakura-dori and the Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine.


Highlights include the Kyoto pickles at Uchida Tsukemono (don’t miss the free samples); the knives and kitchenware at the legendary Aritsugu; the luxury vegetables on offer at Kanematsu; and the inexpensive freshly grilled shellfish at Daiyasu.

This is one spot where eating-on-the-hoof is tolerated in Japan, but if you fancy a sit-down meal the oyakodonburi chicken and egg rice at Maruki Shokudo canteen is excellent, and a steal at ¥650. The Yaoya no Nikai restaurant above Kanematsu serves a set lunch made with Kyo-yasai locally-sourced vegetables such as Shogoin daikon radish, Kujonegi leek and Kamonasu aubergines.

The market is also an excellent spot to stock up on high-quality sustenance if you are to hop on the bullet train for other destinations. Many of the shops can provide you bento boxes and chopsticks for the journey.

Japanese Tsukemono pickles Japanese Tsukemono pickles
 

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A version of this article originally appeared in the award-winning luxury travel and lifestyle magazine DestinAsian, the prime publication for those who love to travel, and travel in style in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. Sincerest thanks for their permission to reprint it here. Photos © John F. Ashburne.

John F. Ashburne

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