Nishiki Ichiba Fresh Food Markets

Shop with Mrs Watanabe at the Kitchen of Kyoto

By Bonson Lam    - 1 min read

Since the 14th century Kyoto-ites have been shopping at the Nishiki Markets, making it one of the oldest continuously operating markets in Japan. In the days when transport was limited, vegetables dominated these markets, as Kyoto was far from the ocean. Kyoto takes vegetables to an art form in the various pickles (Kyotsukemono), such as daikon (radishes), ginger, cabbage, carrot, and eggplant, infused with the flavor of sake lees, miso or vinegar, though Kyoto is most famous for Shibazuke which is pickled with plum vinegar. These days you can get fresh fish as well, and there is a saying, "There is nothing that you can't get at Nishiki".

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Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met many distinguished people in my role as Regional Partner, especially the national living treasures of Japan, such as the doll maker to the Imperial Family. From sushi cooking classes to Ninja training grounds I welcome your ideas on what you like from JapanTravel.com. Please visit us in Kyoto or Osaka and have some green tea or sake with us.