Gifts from Nishiki Market

Search through Nishiki Market, the 'kitchen of Kyoto'


Nishiki Market is a 400 meter street, running east west, just one street to the north of Shijo-dori Street, with about 130 shops. The market is said to have started in the Heian period (794-1185) and become governmentally official fish market in the Edo period (1603-1868). Today, it is called 'Kyoto's kitchen' and have many shops selling food.


Nishiki Takakuraya

Enjoy the smell of nuka-zuke pickles and get your seasonal choice

Text: Hiroki Hayashi / Photo: Takashi Oka 

Nishiki Takakuraya is the first shop in Nishiki Market street from Teramachi-dori Street. Numbers of lantern put outside will catch eyes from a distance, but the smell of their nuka-zuke pickles will drag people in.

A customer will order some 'dobo-zuke' and the staff will pull out a plastic bag and fill it with the dobo-zuke pickles. 

It is interesting to look at the seasonal ingredients being pickled. Summer was about to change into autumn on my visit, and I saw cucumber, eggplant of summer vegetable and red turnip and mibuna (potherb mustard) of autumn.

Additional 800 yen will get the pickles in a bamboo gift box and have it wrapped in a furoshiki-clothes to make it a nice looking present.

I'm sure anyone will be happy to see such a gift.

Takakuraya also owns a standing bar Gabana next door for those who wants to enjoy the pickles. A famous bar-journalist Vackey Inoue often drop by, too.


ADDRESS: 28-2 Higashi Daimonji-cho, Nishiki Koji Teramachi Nishi-iru Nishikikoji-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto (map)
PHONE: +81(0)75-231-0081
HOURS: 10:00-18:30 (Gabana 12:00-20:00)


Kuromame Saan Kitao

Pack up Tamba's kuromame-black beans sweets in a small box

Text: Hiroki Hayashi / Photo: Takashi Oka 


Our next choice is Kitao, a kuromame-black beans specializing shop around the center of the market.

Kuromame is an important black beans in Japan's celebrating dish. Many people come to Kitao saying that 'sweet steamed kuromame has to be made with Kitao's beans'. They have been offering beans and other products from Tamba area since 1862.

Shintamba Kuro is Kitao's best choice. The large sized black beans has good sweetness and are made into many products, also popular as gift.

The gift boxes has a drawing of Kyoto. Some of their popular products are original Mame-shibori (steamed beans, 90g・594 yen, 45g・432 yen), Maccha-shibori (mame shibori covered with Uji's green tea, 65g・583 yen, 40g・432 yen), Boribori (black beans covered with black beans kinako-powder), and more.

Kitao also has a cafe space behind the shop. Kuromame Gozen is a recommended meal including black bean tofu, fermented black bean's tempura and other black bean dish (1,234 yen). 


ADDRESS: 192 Nishikikoji-dori, Fuya-cho Nishi-iru Higashi Uoya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto (map)
PHONE: +81(0)75-212-0088
HOURS: 10:00-18:00(Cafe is 11:00-17:00 L.O.)
CLOSED: Wednesday (Cafe is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday)


Miki Keiran

Tasty rolled egg and sweet beans bread

Text: Keiko Nakamura / Photo: Kaina Honma


Miki Keiran has an established history in selling rolled egg since 1928. Japanese style rolled egg is also an important food in our culture, especially for New Years. About 1,000 rolled eggs are sold at the end of year.

They use konbu-seaweed from Rishiri region to make a tasty rolled egg. You can watch the staff actually making the rolls at the shop. Their plain rolled egg is 1,100 yen (large) and 480 yen (small), Umaki (with unagi) 1,360 yen, and Kayaku-maki (with crab, etc) 1,050 yen.


They also sell breads such as Kimianpan (using yolk from 3 different types of egg, 170 yen). It's small in size and perfect for snack while walking. Kodama Kimianpan (5 small size kimianpans in a box) shall be good for gift (450 yen).


ADDRESS: 182 Nishikikoji-dori, Tominokoji Nishi-iru Higashi Uoya-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto (map)
PHONE: +81(0)75-221-1585
HOURS: 9:00-18:00
CLOSED: New Years 

★Next TRAVEL IDEA spot of ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto - Buying souvenirs' is ‘northern Gion’.

★TRAVEL IDEA ‘10 Things To Do in Kyoto'
① Visiting Temples and Shrines
② Buying souvenirs
③ Visiting Arashiyama・Sagano
④ Having Kyo-ryori
⑤ Wearing Kimono
⑥ Having Japanese tea
⑦ Having seafood
⑧ Visiting shops in Machiya
⑨ Being exposed to a traditional culture
⑩ Feeling nature