Aug. 25, 2020 UPDATE
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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) / ￥486
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 / ￥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