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Nishiki Market
Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market

Nishikikoji-dori, Kyoto, 460-0003

The Basics

Although you can explore the market independently, opting for a guided walking tour is a great way to bridge the language barrier, learn more about the vast array of foods, and pick up buying tips. Sample local delicacies including sushi and sake during a food tasting tour; capture the colorful produce and bustling atmosphere on a photography tour; or get hands-on and take part in a traditional Japanese cooking class, using ingredients purchased from the market.

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Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
$100.10 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Food tour
I enjoyed my time with my guide. I ate food I would not have tired and explored places I would go back to if I ever find myself again in Japan.
Joy_B, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Kyoto

star-5
Great guide and best market experience in Japan
Christopher_M, Oct 2019
Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
Hiromi was a super guide with a thorough background of Kyoto and Nishiki market. Must to experience in Kyoto.
star-5
Don’t have breakfast!
Richard_J, Oct 2019
Kyoto Food Walking Tour in Nishiki Market and Gion with Fushimi Inari shrine
Excellent and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. An enjoyable food experience, plenty to eat!,
star-5
Great food and good fun
Chardae_V, Aug 2019
Kyoto Food Walking Tour in Nishiki Market and Gion with Fushimi Inari shrine
Do not eat before this tour - I repeat - do not eat before this tour. You will have delicious food and learn so much about the culture of Kyoto and Japan. Absolutely had a marvelous time.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Sara_G, Jun 2019
Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
I had a great experience with this tour! Tour guide (Aki) was friendly and very knowledgeable. She was easy to find at the meeting spot and was a joy to be with for a few hours on the my first day in Kyoto. No one else had signed up for the group tour so it was a private tour! Wonderful to walk through the market with someone who knew the ropes and when it wasn't crowded (mornings are pleasant, afternoon are horrendously crowded in the market). She also explained many other aspects of Kyoto culture besides food along the way and I learned so much! Do not hesitate to book this tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is no entrance fee to the market.

  • Opening times vary, but most shops and stalls are open from 9am to 5pm.

  • Make sure you bring local currency—many stalls won’t accept credit cards or foreign currency.

  • The market is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.

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How to Get There

Nishiki Market is located in downtown Kyoto, near the Daimaru department store. The closest subway stations are Shijo Station on the Karasuma line and Karasuma on the Hankyu line, both around a 5-minute walk from the market.

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When to Get There

The Nishiki Food Market is open daily, and the entire market is covered, so it’s a safe bet for a rainy day. Available produce and foods depend on the season, and some stalls may be closed on Wednesday or Sunday.

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Dining at Nishiki Food Market

Among the heaps of fresh fish, pickled vegetables, and mushroom varieties, Nishiki also has plenty of options for lunch, from street food vendors to casual sit-down restaurants. Tuck into a tasty omelette or a steaming bowl of soup; order a platter of sushi, sashimi, and yakitori; or try something more adventurous such as tako tamago (quail egg embedded in octopus), candied kumquats, or pickled gourds. For snacks, pick up some roasted chestnuts, tofu donuts, mochi (rice cakes), and various wagashi (Japanese sweets).

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