Inside Kyoto’s kitchen are crisp and refreshing Japanese pickles
If you are not familiar with how pickles, or tsukemono, are eaten in Japanese households, this will be a great shop to stop by and get more accustomed to these delicious crisp pickled vegetables. Inside the very lively Nishiki Market, Uchida Tsukemono opens its shop displaying variety of pickled vegetables along the path of Nishiki Market. You will find around 75 to 85 different types of pickled vegetables, depending on the season. Rice, miso soup, and tsukemono are the golden trio to have in a Japanese meal making pickles as an obvious Japanese staple. Because most of the products need to be refrigerated especially during the summer, consider enjoying it while you are staying in Japan. Some Japanese people savor these pickles while drinking beer after a long day. It may well be a Japanese way to eat pickles with a drink, but it’s worth trying and an interesting way to explore Japanese culture.
Shiba-zuke / ￥464
Shiba-zuke is one of well-known types of pickles in Kyoto. Its vivid purple color is very distinctive which is established by using shiso, a herb often used in Japanese cuisine and goes well with all kinds of food like sashimi. The crispy and herbal flavor of shiso in Uchida’s shiba-zuke is very much loved by locals and sought upon by visitors from outside Kyoto. This shiba-zuke consists of cucumbers, eggplants, and ginger.
Sampling / Free
Taste some of the pickles and get to know the different types that the store has. Perhaps there are pickles that are traditionally eaten in your home country, but use different types of vegetables or use a different method of pickling then the ones in Japan. If you love pickles, don’t miss this chance to taste some Japanese pickled vegetables and compare them with the ones you eat in your home country. There are seasonal pickled vegetables as well.
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Display in the Front
You will most likely see many tourists taking pictures of this scenery of pickles remarkably displayed along the path of Nishiki Market. As it can get crowded with people in the narrow pathway of Nishiki Market, please be considerate of others. Feel free to go inside the store and take a look around even more of the products instead of just stopping in front of the store. Locals love to buy these pickles that are sold by piece or by weight.
How to buyMost of the pickles need to be refrigerated. If interested in buying, consider taking it back to your hotel room and enjoy it there.
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Try different types of pickles that are on the table in the back. There is also tea to refresh your pallet.
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Uchida Tsukemono Nishiki-Koji / 打田漬物 錦小路店
|Address||Nakauoyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8125|
|Directions||3-minute walk from Subway Sijo/Hankyu Line Karasuma Stn. (exit 14)|
|Open Hours||9am - 6pm|
|Notes||Although only in Japanese, seasonal catalogs of products are available.|
|Credit cards||Not accepted|
No information in English, but visually amazing
|Lanuages spoken||Japanese only|
|Shipping services||Domestic shipping only|