Nishiki Food Market
If you are interested in taking a quick glance at Japanese food culture, why don't you visit NISHIKI FOOD MARKET?
It's a 390 meter-long archaded street. 130 shops are along the narrow street, one block north of the main street, SHIJO street. You will reach Nishiki Tenmanguu shrine at the east end.
Walking along the street, you can hear cheerful voice, "IRASSAI MASE!!" calling you!
Most of these shops open around 9 AM and close around 5PM. They sell a wide variety of food, such as dried goods, sweets, pickles, eels, fish, processed egg, rice, noodles, rice cakes, beans, chestnuts, tofu, meat, chiken and fish paste as well as kitchen knives and flowers.
The end of the year is the busiest day here. People in and around Kyoto come to get some food necessary to prepare for New Year's feast.
Just taking a look at each shop is, needless to say, interesting. But some of them allow you to try their food, and to take pictures though some don't let you do it.
Oh, one thing I have to say! There are no rest rooms here. So, please do your business before visiting here!
Some shops are closed on Wednesday or Sunday.
Nearest bus stop / Shijo Takakura ( from Shijo karasuma, or Shijo kawaramachi, 5 min. walk)