Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market © Iry

The History of Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market is a shopping district in Kyoto's Nakagyo-ku. In the era when refrigerators did not exist in Kyoto, abundant groundwater around Nishiki Market was used and wells were dug to preserve fish. Due to this system of preserving fish, from the Heian period (794-1192), many stores delivering fish to the Imperial Palace gathered here, and by the Edo period (1603-1867), it had developed into a active fish market. This was the start of Nishiki Market. In 1927, the Kyoto Central Wholesale Market area opened and many fish shops moved locations out of Nishiki market. They were replaced Kyoto vegetables, pickles, fruits and candy stores. Currently, over 120 stores selling various items and foods line Nishikikoji-dori Street and it is always crowded with locals as well as tourists.


The length of the shopping district extends 390m. Many stores offer food samples and tastings and conversation with the shop owners and attendants is also a lot of fun. Though Nishiki Market has a traditional Japanese downtown feel, there are also well-established and famous stores representing each field from food to gifts. It is an outdoor market but is covered by a glass canopy roof and stays dry even in bad weather. Visitors are able to window shop and enjoy the seasonal foods and many traditions in this "Kyoto's Kitchen" shopping district.


Nishiki Market is the shopping area in Kyoto's Chukyo-ku district, Nishikikoji-dori Street from Teramachi-dori Street to Takakura-dori Street. It is one block north of Shijyo-dori Street and can be accessed by the Hankyu Railway at Kawaramachi Station or Karasuma Station.

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Description: Nishiki Market

Sights Nishiki Market (錦市場)
Address Kyoto, Nakagyo-ku, Tominokoji-dori Shijyo-agaru Nishi-Daimonji-cho 609, 604-8054
Phone / Fax Phone: 075-211-3882 / Fax: 075-211-1969
Duration 1Hour(s)
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Nishiki Market