Sep. 11, 2018 UPDATE

Tsukemono Nishiki Takakura-ya

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At one end of Nishiki Market is a pickle shop visited daily by locals
This shop can easily be spotted as it’s located at one end of Nishiki Market on the Teramachi Street side. The lanterns, which has names of various pickled vegetables on it, hanging above the shop will immediately enter your eyes. If not the lanterns, then the cucumber on the stick may be the first thing you may come across. Nishiki Market, also known as Kyoto’s kitchen, is always filled with people making it a very lively stretch of a narrow path. Some local customers would stop by daily to buy tsukemono, a staple food in Japanese homes.
Gobo (burdock root)
Gobo (burdock root) / ¥460
Not all tsukemono shops carry gobo, or burdock root, pickles. This has a refreshing taste with flavors of soy sauce and a great crunch when bit into it. Gobo is a root vegetable that is commonly eaten in Japan and Korea, but not so much elsewhere around the world.
Cucumber Sticks
Cucumber Sticks / ¥100 for cucumber/¥200 for eggplants
Most of packaged tsukemono needs to be stored in a refrigerator making it very difficult to bring it back to your home country. You can either purchase a pack and eat it in your hotel room, or get a little taste of it by trying this cucumber on a stick right at the shop. It’s crisp, cold, and quite refreshing to eat especially during the summer. Try this healthy snack! Seasonal eggplant on the stick is occasionally available.
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Shizumurasaki / ¥540
Shizumurasaki is a rare vegetable produced in Kyoto, and tsukemono Takakura-ya is the only shop that carries shizumurasaki pickles. It’s a radish-like vegetable that originated in Kyoto, and it contains great amount of nutrition like carotene, vitamin c, mineral and calcium.
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Samples / Free
The tsukemono eating culture is slowly becoming diminished among young people. However, Kyoto is a city that can successfully protect its tradition. Sample some of the pickles get familiar with the taste! There are seasonal vegetables as well like eggplant, celery, and gourd that are only available during the summer season.
How to buy
Most of the pickles need to be refrigerated. Take it back to you hotel room and enjoy it while you are in Kyoto.
- Shopping Tips -
Try the samples in front of the store. Also check out the standing bar next door which is operated by Takakura-ya
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There are many shops selling tsukemono pickles in Nishiki Market. This shop is one of them, but recently they started a standing pub in one corner of the shop. This standing pub of course offers Takakura-ya's tsukemono, but they also have pork and beef dishes. Also their grapefruit juice that is drunk from a grapefruit is popular, so there is a lot to see besides tsukemono!
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Tsukemono Nishiki Takakura-ya / つけもの錦・高倉屋
Category Tsukemono, Food & Drinks To Go
Phone +81 75-231-0032
Address 289-2, Higashidaimonjicho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8043
Directions 4-minute walk from Hankyu Kawaramachi Stn.
Open Hours 10am - 6:30pm
Closed Open everyday
Price range
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Easy to access, most items needs to be refrigerated
Information Japanese
Lanuages spoken Japanese
Shipping services Domestic only
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