Apr. 20, 2020 UPDATE

5 Amazing, Fun & Busy Stores in the Kitchen of Kyoto - Nishiki Market!

While Nishiki Market is full of interesting-looking things glittering in the light of the multicolored glass panels of its roof, here are five shops you can’t miss!
Nishiki Market

Nishiki Market, also known as the kitchen of Kyoto, is one of the places every tourist wants to visit when in the ancient Japanese capital. Both sides of this narrow shopping street are lined with shops. You can find flowers, handicrafts, and all kinds of food – in other words, no matter what you want, Nishiki Market has it!
In this article, we're going to show you five shops in Nishiki Market that you simply can't miss! Some sell snacks, while others sell knives. Be sure to stop by each one when going through the market.


AritsuguWhenever you walk through Nishiki Market, Aritsugu is always sure to be full of people. We often see tourists from overseas browsing Aritsugu alongside Japanese housewives.

knivesBesides their famous knives, Aritsugu also sells shape cutters and other cooking utensils. You can be sure you’re buying superb quality products, as everything sold at Aritsugu is individually crafted by shokunin bladesmiths. We're sure that if you bought a knife here for your mom or grandma, they would be really grateful!

2Uchida Tsukemono

Uchida TsukemonoKyoto is famous for its pickled vegetables, which in Japan are known as tsukemono. And at Uchida, you can buy seasonal pickled vegetables sold in the traditional Kyoto style, from wooden barrels.

tsukemono picklesThere are all kinds of tsukemono pickles to choose from, so picking can be pretty difficult. But, no worries, as you can sample them before buying! Whether you're having your tsukemono with white rice, rice porridge or sake, if you buy them here, then you'll be sure that they'll taste great!

3Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto

Kawataki-KyotoAt Kitchen Shop Kawataki-Kyoto, you can buy amazing things from not only Kyoto but all around Japan. So besides Kiyomizu-yaki pottery, you can also get things like Nanbu Tekki teaware and aprons made from recycled material.

teacupAs every individual thing is made with such great care, there's something truly warm and comforting about Japanese handicrafts. Are you missing a teacup? After a visit to Kawataki-Kyoto, you won’t be anymore!


KonnamonjaKonnamonja is a shop famous for its delicious soymilk donuts. Run by a tofu shop, so you can be that Konnamonja's soymilk is quality. Their small soymilk donuts are a great snack to have before heading back into Nishiki Market.

donutsThe little donuts go through this machine and are fried as they are submerged in boiling hot oil. The deep-fried donuts are then covered in kinako roasted soybean flour and kuromitsu-syrup, making them even tastier. The donuts are fluffy and smell fantastic. These donuts are the perfect thing to have for afternoon tea in Kyoto! We're sure that after a few of these soymilk donuts, you'll have plenty of energy to get back to sightseeing Kyoto.

5Ochanoko-Saisai Nishiki

Ochanoko-SaisaiDo you like spicy things? Then you have to come to Ochanoko-Saisai Nishiki! They sell all kinds of Japanese chili-products, which will help give your food that extra kick.

chipsThese chips are a good example, as they'll leave you looking like the maiko on the packaging with how spicy they are!

Vanessa[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
Although Nishiki Market is really narrow, you can still find a ton of interesting shops in it. You'll also find it super easy to spend a long time just browsing the market. I personally really like the soymilk donuts - I always find myself thinking about their delicious, delicious flavors. The best way to enjoy the market is by grabbing as much street food as possible and finding a spot off to the side to try them!
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