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Nishiki Market

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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RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto RM328
RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto

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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto Tower and Kyoto Aquarium. Kyoto Railway Museum and Kawaramachi are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kyoto Station is 9 minutes by foot and Toji Station is 12 minutes.

    THE GENERAL KYOTO Takatsuji Tominokoji RM223
    THE GENERAL KYOTO Takatsuji Tominokoji

    THE GENERAL KYOTO Takatsuji Tominokoji

       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi and Pontocho. Kyoto MINAMIZA Theatre and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Kiyomizu-gojo Station is 9 minutes by foot and Shijo Station is 9 minutes.

      Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery RM580
      Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

      Kyoto Yura Hotel - MGallery

      84 OHASHICHO, Kyoto
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Higashiyama, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nishiki Market and Chion-in Temple. Heian Shrine and Kyoto Imperial Palace are also within 2 mi (3 km). Sanjo Keihan Station and Sanjo Station are within a 2-minute walk.

        Hotel Monterey Kyoto RM284
        Hotel Monterey Kyoto

        Hotel Monterey Kyoto

        604 Manjuya-cho, Sanjo-sagaru, Kyoto, Kyoto
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rokakkudo Temple and Nishiki Market. Kawaramachi and Kyoto International Manga Museum are also within 10 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 4-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 6 minutes.

          Ace Hotel Kyoto RM1,081
          Ace Hotel Kyoto

          Ace Hotel Kyoto

             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. Nijō Castle and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 2-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 9 minutes.

            Hotel M's Est Shijo-Karasuma RM196
            Hotel M's Est Shijo-Karasuma

            Hotel M's Est Shijo-Karasuma

            41 Motoakuojicho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. Shijo Omiya and Pontocho are also within 15 minutes. Shijo Station and Karasuma Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              TSUGU Kyoto Sanjo by THE SHARE HOTELS RM211
              TSUGU Kyoto Sanjo by THE SHARE HOTELS

              TSUGU Kyoto Sanjo by THE SHARE HOTELS

                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Kyoto, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Nishiki Market, Kawaramachi and Pontocho. Kyoto International Manga Museum and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is 7 minutes by foot and Shiyakusho-mae Station is 9 minutes.

                Tokyu Stay Kyoto Ryougaemachi Dori - Sanjo Karasuma RM218
                Tokyu Stay Kyoto Ryougaemachi Dori - Sanjo Karasuma

                Tokyu Stay Kyoto Ryougaemachi Dori - Sanjo Karasuma

                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Central Kyoto, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kyoto International Manga Museum, Nishiki Market and Kawaramachi. Nijō Castle and Shijo Omiya are also within 15 minutes. Karasuma Oike Station is only a 3-minute walk and Karasuma Station is 9 minutes.