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Nishiki Market Kyoto

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25 Feb 2024 | Sun

Day 06 of 17

  • Inari Train Station Kyoto
  • Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine
  • Nishiki Market Kyoto

Nishiki Market Kyoto

After an overwhelming visit to the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine, which was bustling with people and affected by unfavorable weather, we decided to return to Kyoto. We took a train journey that brought us back into the heart of the city. Our next stop was the famous Nishiki Market, a vibrant and lively place known for its variety of food stalls and shops.

Famous Nishiki Market Kyoto

Initially, the market was not too crowded, allowing us to explore at our own pace. We strolled through the narrow lanes, taking in the sights and sounds of this iconic market. As the day transitioned into evening, the market started to fill up, adding to the energetic atmosphere.

Awesome Yakitori Stall in Nishiki Market Kyoto

The highlight of our visit was a small, tucked-away Yakitori stall. The tantalizing aroma of grilled chicken skewers wafted through the air, drawing us in. We couldn’t resist and decided to try them. The skewers were incredibly delicious – the chicken was tender, juicy, and packed with flavor. It was a culinary delight that added a perfect end to our day at Nishiki Market, Kyoto.

Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba, literally “brocade market”) is a marketplace in downtown Kyoto, located on the east end of Nishikikōji Street,[1] one block north and parallel to Shijō Street (四条通, Shijō-dōri) and west of Teramachi Street (寺町通, Teramachi-dōri). Rich with history and tradition, the market is renowned as the place to obtain many of Kyoto’s famous foods and goods.

As early as the year 782 the sale of fish started in the area, thanks to the cold groundwater available at the site, which made possible to keep fish and other meats fresh in a location close to the Kyoto Imperial Palace.

In 1615, for the first time the place officially received official permission from the Bakufu government to conduct the sale of fish, being this the first step for becoming a renowned market it is today.

In 1883, after the Meiji Restoration, due to the strong competition between establishments the number or shops was reduced to only 7.

In 1911, a new association promoting the market as a place for the sale of fish and seafood. As a result, the market saw a renewed vitality.

In 1927, the Central Wholesale Market of Kyoto opened and many stores moved there from the Nishiki Market.

In 1928, a new association promoted the opening of shops offering fruits, vegetables, meats and other food products. This marks the point from where the market began to be known as “Kyoto’s kitchen”.

In 1984, the current cobblestone floor was installed and in 1993 the current arcade canopy was installed.

In the year 2005 “Nishiki Market” was registered as a trademark.

Nowadays, the market continues to be located on Nishikikōji Street, running for approximately 400m between Takakura Street and Teramachi Street, as a narrow shopping arcade paved with cobblestone. The market is often called “Kyoto’s kitchen” for its abundance of shops (about 130) offering fruits, vegetables, fish, dry foods and more.

– Nishiki Market Kyoto > Wikipedia

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