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Nishiki Market

Posted on 2 March 2012

Travel Date: 29 October 2010
Location: Kyoto city
Website: http://www.kyoto-nishiki.or.jp/english/

It took me very, very long while to find Nishiki Market (錦市場) as I didn’t have a map and I refused to ask anyone for direction, just because. Managed to reach the place in the end anyway, after walking for an hour or so on random Kyoto streets.

Nishiki Market is also known as “the kitchen of Kyoto” as there are many fresh vegetables / seafood / meat stalls, and other normal stuff (food, food, food) that you’ll find in local markets. Great place to take a peek at the daily lives of the locals while sample some nice Kyoto delicacies along the way.

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Nishiki Genzou 錦・元蔵

Website: http://www.nisiki-genzou.com/
Tabelog info: http://r.tabelog.com/kyoto/A2602/A260201/26008981/
Nishiki Genzou an izakaya (居酒屋, Japanese gastropub) located in Nishiki Market – didn’t know that it’s an izakaya until just now. ^^” No wonder there weren’t anyone in the shop when I was there at about 3 or 4 in the afternoon.

Nishiki Genzou 錦・元蔵

Menu - understand about 75%

All kinds of umeshu

Nasu (eggplant), on the kushikatsu (deep-fried stuff on skewers) menu

Ordered a deep-fried eggplant skewer (120Y) and something that I wanted to try: negiyaki konchikusho (ねぎ焼こんちくしょう, 700Y), basically it’s leeks & etc wrapped in pan-grilled scrambled egg with some sauce topping. What made this negiyaki a lil special is the use of Kyoto kujo negi, aka “Kyoto’s 9th avenue leeks” – interesting name. Those who loves leeks will like it, although I myself couldn’t tell if there’s much difference from the normal leeks.. still, the negiyaki is pretty good.

Negiyaki Konchikusho!

Kujo leeks

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Yaki Dango 焼き団子

Bought this yaki dango (grilled mochi with sweet sauce) for 100Y because it smells so good, even though I was already quite full from the eggplant and negiyaki earlier on. That said, I’m still not a fan of mochi or anything very chewy.

Yaki dango

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Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine 錦天満宮

Apparently there’s also this Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine at one end of Nishiki Market, a shrine to pray for studies and business. Nice.

Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine

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Evening

This was when I realised the sky’s already getting dark, and the colours looked really pretty. I want to take a photo of it no matter what, so I ran..

Getting dark

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How To Get There

  • I got lost while getting there so best is to refer to the directions on the official site ^^”

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