Nishiki Market has been open and trading for over 400 hundred years. The market started out as an open-air fish market and over time developed into the narrow 1500 meter long market today.
The market we see today is filled with tradition, wonderful food, and handcrafted items. It is a place both locals go shopping and find fresh produce and also a place many tourists go to try local dishes and find unique gifts. So here is our best time to visit Nishiki Market.
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Best Time To Visit Nishiki Market For Food Tasting
The opening hours are between 9.30 and 6pm. This market is different to many others as it doesn’t have an early opening.
The market is a busy place and can often get quite cramped. If you are looking to try the best fresh foods and beat the crowds head for 10am.
This is the best time to visit Nishiki Market due to the food been the freshest of the day, the crowds have not yet arrived and it will be easier to get around.
As the market is quite narrow you don’t want to be carrying too much along with you, just to make your trip easier. The market offers places to sit in and eat such as a sushi restaurant and an Italian.
Alternatively, you can feast on the offerings from the open stalls, remember not to walk and eat.
Some of the stalls have small seating areas inside as we found when we went on our Kyoto Food Tour.
If like us you are not sure what you would like to try but are open to trying new dishes the food tour is a great way to get started. There are some stalls that will offer up free samples for you to try on the spot too.
Best Time To Visit Nishiki Market For Shopping
If you are heading to the market to explore and see it more as an attraction the best time to visit would be later on in the afternoon.
It may still be a little busy but many of the locals buying fresh produce for the evening dinner will have dispersed leaving a little more breathing room. There will still be plenty of foods available to try but the hustle and bustle for fresh produce will have died down.
We found some amazing handcrafted items at the market, as the market remains open until 6 pm you have plenty of time to browse.
There are things such as hand-painted chopsticks, elegant and beautiful umbrellas, and stunning kitchenware. If I had space in my luggage it would have been coming home with me.
If you are looking for a little guidance on your trip but a tour isn’t for you then check out our food guide at Nishiki Market to get you started.
That is everything you need to know about the best time to visit Nishiki Market. If you have been and found a time that was quite quiet let us know in the comments below. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.