Tokyo, Aomori, and Nagoya all have shopping districts, but Kyoto’s Nishiki Market is unlike anything we’ve seen before.
This is something completely different.
As we head further south through Japan, we’ve noticed that different regions have their own unique way of doing things– even how shopping is done.
In Aomori, you have wide boulevards with shops lining both sides of the street. This is something you can only do in a place like Aomori where there’s room to breath and spread out.
Tokyo is so immense and sprawling that they have entire cities— such as Ikebukuro and Akihabara– each devoted to a different type of entertainment and shopping.
Head further south and you’ll find cities like Nagoya that take the shopping underground, with subterranean networks of tunnels full of shops.
Now we’re standing in front of Kyoto’s Nishiki Market, which might be best described as a shopping alley.
Natural light fills the narrow space and the high ceiling makes it feel like you’re still outdoors despite being fully enclosed.
We walk down the market’s alley, where shops selling all manner of goods stretch out into the distance. High-fashion boutiques are neighbors with fishmongers selling the fresh catch of the day.
Here you can buy fresh veggies for dinner, or grab a counter seat at the ramen shop for a quick bowl of homemade noodles.
After being bombarded by such a variety of different sights and sounds in the market, the end comes as a shock as we step out on the other side of Nishiki Market. Once again, the sky is blue, the sun is shining, and people walk along the streets as if nothing has changed.
Kyoto sure is interesting.
Dreaming of Kyoto
- A Look Down Kyoto’s Streets
- Exploring Nishiki Market
- Custom Kabocha Curry in Kyoto
- Down by the River
- This is Kyoto
- The Hidden Palace
- A Temple on Main Street
- At the Foot of the Mountain
- Late Night Kim Chee Fried Rice
- Falling Through Time in Gion
- Crunchy Katsu Curry in Kyoto