Jul. 10, 2019 UPDATE

Sujin Shinmachi

- 祟仁新町 -
Get together for a great time at this outdoor food court!
Located a 5-minute walk from Kyoto Station, Sujin Shinmachi is a newly formed outdoor food court made up of food stalls. With the likes of Michelin Bib Gourmand awarded stalls, this gathering of popular Kyoto back-alley eateries gives you the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and try foods only found here. Sujin Shinmachi is only going to be around until the summer of 2020, so all the food stalls are run out of shipping containers, and the seating area is covered with plastic sheets, giving it an indoor-outdoor vibe. However, this outdoorsiness works to give this gathering of food stalls its biggest draw, its amazingly open, lively, and exciting atmosphere. Another big draw of Sujin Shinmachi is the lively conversations everyone has with each other. You’ll often see complete strangers having a great time together over some food and drinks after randomly sitting down next to one another and starting up a conversation. People from all around the world, including locals, come to drink at Sujin Shinmachi, so it’s must check out in Kyoto for anyone wanting to meet and hang out with a melting pot of people.
Night Market
Night Market
At night, Sujin Shinmachi lights up like a traditional Japanese festival as each of the stalls turn on their paper lanterns and neon lights. With mouthwatering smells filling the air and hot-blooded, enthusiastic staff at each food stall, you’ll be having a great time before you know it. Sujin Shinmachi boasts a total of 16 stalls that serve everything from classic Japanese street food, like Yakitori chicken skewers (which go perfect with a drink) and Oden Japanese hot pot, to foods most visitors from overseas will be familiar with, such as hamburgers and hotdogs. Each stall at Sujin Shinmachi also has their own assortment of recommended beers and wines to be paired with their food, including Kyoto craft beers and Matcha beer. The food and drinks offered at Sujin Shinmachi’s stalls are all downright delicious, so grab x your significant other or some friends, pick up a few things each, and have a great time sharing the world of things on offer together.
Day Market
Day Market
On weekends and holidays (Excl. July and August), Sujin Shinmachi is open from noon, making them the spot for anyone wanting to do a little day drinking. This is especially great because there aren’t many places in the Kyoto Station area where you can pick up a cheeky drink with your lunch. Compared to at night time, Sujin Shinmachi is relatively quiet during the day, so it's also an excellent spot for those with kids to come and enjoy lunch too. Some stalls even offer lunch only menus, so the day market can be an excellent option for those who have gone to the night market a number of times. *Note that for the summer period of July and August, Sujin Shinmachi will be open from 17:00 to 23:00 on weekends and holidays as well.
The Fire
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The Fire
Setting itself apart from regular outdoor food courts, Sujin Shinmachi offer a fire too! Enjoy the feeling of being at a camp as you sit back, relax, and listen to the crackling of the firewood as you gaze into the rising flames of the smoldering fire. Sipping on a drink while you sit around a fire is not something you get to do at every night market, so if you make your way to Sujin Shinmachi, definitely take the time to sit down and relax with a cold one. We recommend getting there around 19:00, as the fire gradually gets more crowded the later it gets. *Note that the campfire is only until 21:00. *The staff will tend the fire and add more firewood as needed, so please refrain from adding pieces of wood that may be lying around.
The Fortune Teller’s Hut
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The Fortune Teller’s Hut / 20 Minutes|¥2,000 (Inc. Tax) / 10 Minutes|¥1,000 (Inc. Tax)
It isn’t just food stalls and campfires at Sujin Shinmachi; in fact, there is even a fortune teller’s hut located next to the fire. When it gets dark out, the blue and white neon sign and purple signboard will light up, giving the hut even more of an air of mystery. At the fortune teller’s hut, you can have one of the three fortune tellers, Yuka, Nishita Keiko, and Sachi, tell your fortune using tarot cards and astrology, any day of the week. It seems everyone has different ways of enjoying the hut; for example, some people want to earnestly have their fortune read regarding their job or career, while sometimes others just want to know about their compatibility with the person they were chatting with who randomly sat down next to them. Unfortunately, fortunes are only able to be offered in Japanese; however, if you know even a little Japanese, this could be a really interesting experience. *Open from 19:00 to 23:00 on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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How to order

① Seats are not designated, so secure a seat wherever you feel comfortable. 

② Then take a look around the stalls and find something that piques your interest. 

③ Once you have found something you like the look of, place your order.

④ When you place your order, the staff will ask whereabouts you are sitting. 

It’s best to say “I’m in front of ~ stall” or “I’m by the fire.”

(If you don’t think you’ll be able to explain where you are sitting well enough, then try to secure a seat in front of their stall and simply point to it).

⑤ The staff will hand you a number or a buzzer, and then just wait at your table.

⑥ Once your food is ready, the staff will bring it over.

(For stalls with buzzers, you will have to go pick up the food yourself)

⑦ After finishing your food, make sure to separate your rubbish before throwing it away, and return any dishes to the stall you received them from.

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Overseas Tourist-Friendly
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The fact that there were many foreigners there, and they were happily interacting with the locals, left an impression on me. I think that’s probably because at Sujin Shinmachi you can hang out and laugh until your sides hurt, all in the wide open space that is this outdoor food court. I think there are probably other places in Kyoto where you can interact with locals; however, what I thought was very good was that at Sujin Shinmachi you can have casual conversations with a diverse group of people while also enjoying delicious food from famous Kyoto stores. Being 5 minutes walk from Kyoto Station, Sujin Shinmachi is in a favorable location, so I highly recommend visiting when you have kindly made your way to Kyoto. You never know, you might even be able to become friends with a local in Kyoto.
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At Sujin Shinmachi you can enjoy the loud excitement and chatter of a festival at any time. At this awesome spot, you’ll see both Japanese people and travelers from overseas having a great time crowded around the fire together, chatting away with drinks in hand. Also, I’m not a huge fan of bugs, so was worried about Sujin Shinmachi being outside, but thanks to the smoke from the fire, I was hardly bothered by them at all! The stalls also provide bug spray on each table, so you don’t have to worry about anything. This place was great, and I’ll definitely be bringing my friends here again next time.
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Sujin Shinmachi is sure to put you in a good mood. The energy and excitement from the staff, as well as patrons, fills the air, and you start feeling good just by being there. One of the great things about this place is that, as the food stalls sell a wide range of food and drinks, you get the opportunity to try all kinds of different things, all at once. Also, I thought the close proximity of everyone was another great thing about Sujin Shinmachi. Especially around the fire, which is this amazing space where people completely naturally strike up conversations with absoulte strangers.
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Sujin Shinmachi / 祟仁新町
Category Food & Drinks To Go
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Address Eng: Japan, 〒600-8207 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Kaminocho, 19−6 Jpn: 京都府京都市下京区上之町(塩小路通)19-6
Directions 5 Minutes Walk East from Kyoto Station
Open Hours Weekdays: 17:00 - 23:00 Holidays and Weekends: 12:00 – 23:00 *Business hours may vary depending on the stall *Please note that during the summer period of July and August, business hours for holidays and weekends are 17:00 – 23:00
Closed Varies depending on the stall
Price range
Credit cards Credit Card Payments Unavailable *PayPay / ALIPAY payments available
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Menus and signs are in English. The staff will kindly serve you to the best of their abilities.
Information English Menus
Lanuages spoken Basic English
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