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Nishiki Market, Kyoto

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Browse the meticulously organized stalls of Nishiki Market, Kyoto's famous traditional shopping street. The iconic marketplace for centuries supplied the Kyoto residents with fresh produce, seafood, kitchenware, and other food-related items used in the local cuisine. Enjoy the sights and smells as you pass by more than a hundred stalls, each stacked with colorful vegetables, fragrant teas, or freshly caught fish. Sample some of the local snacks and specialties, or sit down at a store-adjacent restaurant and try a traditional dish. Put Nishiki Market at the forefront of your travel plans using our Kyoto trip builder website .
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  • If you are interested in food and eating then you will love this market. It has every Japanese delicacy on display and rows of food stalls. Japanese pickles, fresh vegetables, baby lacquered octopus s...  more »
  • Impressive large. Consists of both food and non-food. The famous knife store that supplies the kitchen knives to the Emperor is located here. Fine foods that are a pleasure to behold.
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  • If you look around, you can find some pretty decent food to eat (however, their prices are inflated) and it does get crowded, but that's to be expected of any market which has become a tourist spot. Rant: The only complaint I have is directed at one stall owner. He was selling these ball-shaped donuts at three for 300 yen. (back where I live, I could get three for less than 100 yen but that's besides the point) I was craving some donuts so I went ahead and paid for them. He gave me cold donuts that were probably sitting there for a long time. (even when new, fresh from the oven donuts just came!) As a customer who had already paid for the donuts, I requested to exchange the cold donuts with the new and hot ones. He refused. I was shocked so I asked once more. He refused yet again. I was appalled by this. He clearly didn't care for what the customers wanted. I was a customer who paid for what I wanted, yet he didn't give a damn about my satisfaction with his products. He cared more about profit. No sense of respect whatsoever. So, I asked a third time, and when I heard the third "No", I threw the bag of donuts back at him and said "You can keep it." I don't personally think I was in the wrong here. I paid for what I wanted. I didn't get what I wanted. So, I just threw the cold donuts back at him and walked away. Tl;dr: Donut guy doesn't care about his customers. Feel free to buy food items from him, but do know that he couldn't care less about your enjoyment.
  • This is a great place to visit as a tourist. There are lots of foods to try out, and things to see which most westerners will not have experienced before. Many of the stall holders will give you free samples to try before you buy. It does get very busy though, so I would suggest not taking luggage or large back packs with you. However it does open up after a while and you have more space in the non-food areas. But really the food area is really what you should visit, most other parts are like normal western shops.
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