The Best Markets In Kyoto, Japan

Market  © corporatemonkey|Flickr
Market © corporatemonkey|Flickr
Photo of Lavanya Nair
9 February 2017

The ancient capital of Japan, Kyoto, contains a few local favorites such as the frequent markets, filled with the real essence and heritage that Japan embodies. Here’s a list of the top markets in Kyoto, Japan.

Nishiki Market © peter-rabbit | Flickr

Nishiki Market

A true haven for voracious travelers, the Nishiki Market (known as ‘Kyoto’s Kitchen’) offers an extensive range of stalls and stores that strive to cater to your materialistic desires. Selling everything from scrumptious street foods to finely crafted tableware, Nishiki provides a contrast to the usual opulence and elegance that Japan embodies. Live like a native and sample an addictive selection of fresh and dried pickles while soaking in the aromas that permeate the air. Situated in a five-block-long street, Nishiki possesses an unrivaled stock, comprising kitchenware, seafood and ornate souvenirs. Take home a piece of Japan, wearing it if possible since you can opt for adorable footwear that is sure to keep you toasty during those bone chilling nights.

Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, +81 752214003

Shinkyogoku Shopping Street © Anthony Surace | Flickr

Shinkyogoku Shopping District

Nestled within the heart of the city, this expansive district accommodates an enviable variety of establishments that serve up the edible delights of Kyoto. It also has retailers selling the latest designs that live up to the fashion-forward reputation that Japan upholds. Scour the trendy area and you will be in utter awe of what is on sale. From funky phone cases to innovative anime themed clothes, the choices are endless and will leave you starstruck. The market allows you to indulge yourself and eradicates the worry of spending copious amounts of money, leaving you to unwind. For many, shopping here is a somewhat cathartic experience.

Nakagyo-ku | Between Sanjo-dori and Shijo-dori, Kyoto 604-0001, Kyoto Prefecture, 075-223-2426

Teramachi © Richard Murdey | Flickr


The solution to any outing dilemma, this market hosts a vast array of specialty stores along with the notorious 100 yen stores, perfect for backpackers or those living on a budget. Teramachi is named after the eponymous street in Kyoto and is home to acclaimed restaurants, featuring mouthwatering treats and satiating pick-me-ups. It also has establishments offering intricate souvenirs or extra luggage. Whatever you require, look no further as the complex entices all with tempting produce and a cheery ambiance, enhanced by the amiable dispositions of the staff who work there. Because the staff has a working knowledge of English, the risk of miscommunication due to a language barrier is effectively alleviated. This enables you to seek advice and assistance on what items to invest in.

Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, 075-221-0685

Tenji san's Shrine © Ken Conley | Flickr

Tenji-San’s Festival

A highly anticipated street market that is located within the esteemed Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Tenji-San opens to the public on the 25th day of each month. It transforms the area into a wonderland of wholesome culinary jewels along with tasty snacks and miscellany. The shrine aims to honor the deceased scholar Sugawara no Michizane, one of the only people who is treated as a deity and is worshiped mainly by students wishing to thrive in their academic careers. Upon arriving at the festival, immerse yourself in the rich culture and heritage for which Japan is regarded, while also savoring the local delicacies.

931 Bakuro-cho, Kyoto 602-8386, Kyoto Prefecture, +81 75-461-0005

Toji Shrine © peter-rabbit | Flickr


A monthly novelty, the seemingly serene grounds of the Toji temple erupts into an explosion of vibrant color and adopts an upbeat and lively atmosphere in which hundreds of antique stalls stand proudly, awaiting your entrance. On the 21st of every month, Toji accommodates all niches, selling both budget and up-market produce. Among other things, there are artfully crafted wooden toys and beauty essentials that contain local ingredients – the homeopathic cure to any dermatological issue. Another path of the temple leads you to a more traditional section that has beautiful kimonos and religious paraphernalia. Opt for wooden block prints dotted with Kanji (Japanese script) or intricate wall hangings that are appreciated for their poignant simplicity. Soothe your senses and visit the Buddhist service that takes place to gain spiritual and intellectual enlightenment.

1 Kujyomachi, Minami-ku, Kyoto 601-8473,Kyoto Prefecture, +81 75-691-3325

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