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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

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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
Great tour!
Majo_M, Mar 2021
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
Kenji was a really great! We enjoyed the tour and got to try some really great food. Highly recommend
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Nishi market
Kyy, Feb 2020
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
Miki was amazing! She was very knowledgeable and we greatly appreciated her expertise of the market and area. Would highly recommend (:
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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
Such a fun tour!
Stefanie T, Sep 2019
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
Tatsuya was a fabulous guide. We walked every inch of the Nishiki market. Tatsuya made sure we got to sample numerous local specialties and also tailored the tour to our tastes. We would never had known what to try without his expert guidance. This was my daughter's favorite tour of our 2-week trip!
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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!
star-5
Learning about Japanese food and culture.!
Molly_B, Feb 2020
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
Our tour guide Yuri was phenomenal - very professional, courteous and knowledgeable. She even helped me with my beginner Japanese.
star-5
Great intro to Kyoto
Robert M, Aug 2019
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
A great way to get introduced to food in Kyoto. Our guide showed us great food, fun vendors, and explanations of everything along the way.
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Awesome tour of Nishiki Market with Yuri
Marie M, Dec 2019
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
Found the meeting point with ease and Yuri was there waiting for us right on time. She has a lovely warm personality and a wealth of knowledge to share. Her English is excellent and she managed to keep 4 teenage boys engaged throughout the whole tour. She helped us try all the things in the market on our checklist and more...explaining things as we went along and helping us with our Japanese (or lack there of). We had such a great time and would highly recommend Yuri to anyone wanting to venture out in Kyoto. She even sent us a message after our tour had finished with a picture of us all together and some good ramen restaurant suggestions (we went to one for dinner and it was fantastic). Thanks Yuri for a wonderful tour together and making our stay in Kyoto so much more special!!
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Brilliant Nishiki trip
Errol C, Nov 2019
Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)
We met Yuri and she greeted us gracefully. Yuri was knowledgable, helpful and accommodating to our requests to stop at different stalls/shops. Nishiki market had a buzzing atmosphere. Very busy, with locals and tourists, but that was to be expected. We tasted different and unexpected foods and bought a few items to take home. We even spotted a famous Japanese actress! (Yuri if you see this please remind us of her name, we forgot!). My Dad and I very much enjoyed the company of Yuri and her expertly given tour. Okina :)

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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