Highlights and access methods of Nishiki Market (Kyoto Prefecture)

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Nishiki Market in Kyoto is a shopping district located in the heart of Kyoto City. It has numerous shops selling food ingredients like seafood and vegetables, as well as many places where you can enjoy eating while walking around, making it a popular area for tourists. Given its proximity to major tourist spots and easy access by public transportation like the subway, it's definitely a place you should stop by when you have the time.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Nishiki Market in Kyoto Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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Highlights of Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market in Kyoto is located on Nishikikoji Street in the Nakagyo Ward of Kyoto City, stretching from Teramachi Street to Takakura Street. The market has a history of 400 years and is home to stores selling a wide variety of Kyoto's unique food ingredients such as fresh seafood, Kyoto vegetables, fruits, and pickles. It is said that you can find almost any ingredient you need at Nishiki Market.

It's located near popular tourist destinations such as Gion and Yasaka Shrine, and is easily accessible by public transportation such as subway and bus. Therefore, it's an easy place to drop by when you have a bit of spare time.

Nishiki Market is a bustling place filled with small shops lining the narrow streets. It's incredibly popular with tourists due to its lively atmosphere and numerous eateries where you can enjoy food while walking around. In the evening, it's crowded with people. The variety of eateries offer not only sweets but also fresh seafood, skewers, tempura, and other kinds of foods.

At the end of Nishikikoji Street where Nishiki Market is located, there is Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine, which enshrines Sugawara no Michizane. As the only guardian shrine in the downtown area, it's said to grant various benefits not only for academics but also for business acumen and warding off misfortune. If you visit Nishiki Market, we recommend you also pay a visit to this shrine.

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Address and access method of Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is located at 609 Nishi Daimonjicho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture. The nearest station is Shijo Station on the Karasuma Line. It takes about 3 minutes on foot from the station. Or Karasuma Station on the Hankyu Kyoto Line. It takes about 3 minutes on foot from the station.

Attractions near Nishiki Market

Several notable attractions are located near Nishiki Market:

Teramachi Street
A popular shopping area adjacent to Nishiki Market, Teramachi Street boasts an array of shops selling various goods, from traditional Japanese crafts and souvenirs to modern fashion and accessories. The street is also home to several temples and historical sites.

A narrow, atmospheric alley lined with traditional wooden buildings, Pontocho is known for its selection of exquisite dining establishments, ranging from casual izakayas to high-end kaiseki restaurants. It is a great place to experience Kyoto's vibrant nightlife and culinary scene.

Gion District
Kyoto's famous geisha district is just a short walk from Nishiki Market. Stroll through the charming streets of Gion, with its well-preserved traditional architecture, and you may even catch a glimpse of a geisha or maiko (apprentice geisha) on their way to appointments.

Yasaka Shrine
Located in the eastern part of Gion, Yasaka Shrine is a historic Shinto shrine that dates back over 1,000 years. It is famous for its annual Gion Matsuri festival held in July and attracts many visitors throughout the year.

Kiyomizu-dera Temple
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera is a stunning Buddhist temple that offers panoramic views of Kyoto from its famous wooden veranda. It is particularly beautiful during cherry blossom and autumn foliage seasons, making it a must-visit attraction in Kyoto.

Other information about Nishiki Market

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )