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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
chrism0yer, 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
We got the same tour guide as our...
Dennis, Jun 2017
Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch
We got the same tour guide as our Gion and Kamogawa Evening Food Tour in Kyoto, which is great. Nishiki Market is a wonderful place. Make sure you go there with an empty stomach, cuz you will try lots of different food there.
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 (:
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!
star-5
Great food and good fun
cvar093, 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 guide. Kaori knows Japanese...
asena m, Sep 2018
Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
Amazing guide. Kaori knows Japanese food, its history and its deep tradition and her English is perfect so we learned so much in such a short time. Because we are living in japan for a few months, Kaori also introduced us to items that would be part of our Japanese Kitchen while providing numerous other resources for us. She is very sweet and knowledgeable and made the day really fun for both my mother and my daughter who is eight. I highly recommend this tour.
star-4
The food was all delicious, and our...
Riki H, Aug 2017
Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch
The food was all delicious, and our guide was very informative. The only trouble is Nishiki is so crowded and loud, it was sometimes difficult to hear, and often impossible to gather around an area without blocking traffic in the narrow street. Still, it was a very enjoyable tour, and my wife and I are glad we did it.
star-5
Fabulous tour! We had two guides...
Maureen R, Mar 2018
Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
Fabulous tour! We had two guides, Aiko and Tanake for our group of 3. They were funny, informative and provided us with just enough of the Japanese cultural history. They knew all of the Nishiki Market vendors and were familiar with their food offerings. Great day! Highly recommend!
star-5
Learning about Japanese food and culture.!
breslinmolly, 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.
star-5
I work part-time as a food tour...
Rachel G, Apr 2018
Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour
I work part-time as a food tour guide and I try to take food tours on most of my major trips. This was definitely one of the best I've done! Fuji-san was so personable and knowledgeable. We had some small children on our tour and she was so easy going and flexible. We got so much more than what the tour said we'd get and I felt like I learned a lot but in a totally chill atmosphere.

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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