錦市場商店街 . 니시키 시장 . 锦市场购物街
We left Wakayama this morning, and took the JR Haruka train 特急はるか (75 mins) from the Kansai International Airport to the JR Kyoto Station 京都駅.
I was amazed that the train station was so big!
|Another commemorative stamp|
|Kyoto Tower Hotel 京都タワーホテル |
in front of the exit
|Hotel Granvia ホテルグランヴィア京都, beside the Kyoto Station|
Has a huge Family Mart convenience store beside it
After checking into our hotel, we went to buy the one-day bus pass from the Kyoto Tourist Information Centre in the Kyoto Station.
|Child 250円 / Adult 500円|
Address: JR Kyoto Station Building 9F
Business hours: 10am - 6pm
(closed on 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month, Dec 29th - Jan 3rd)
First stop was to the Nishiki Market 錦市場商店街, also known as Kyoto's Kitchen, for shopping and lunch! We got off at the Daimaru bus stop, and had a short walk to the start of the market.
|Many snacks and food to buy|
|120円 - 150円 for one senbei (rice cracker)|
|All green tea snacks for 200円 each|
|Mom said this was how they grind it to become green tea powder|
|Fish cake, all below 260円|
|Grandma bought 1 small pack of bonito for 300円|
|So many sweets! Mom bought me one for 350円|
|This is what a fresh wasabi plant looks like!|
|Nearing the eastern end of the market @ Teramachi 寺町-dori|
|Teramachi-dori had shops selling cloths, shoes, pharmacies etc|
Stomach growling... lunch @ Nishiki Mochitsukiya 錦 もちつき屋!
|Mochi in various forms and combinations|
|Yuzu juice set 770円|
|Somen Set 840円|
|Udon Set 880円|
Business hours: Weekdays 11am-5:30pm / Weekends and Public Holidays 11am-6pm
After lunch, we walked towards the Shijo 四条 exit to take the bus to Kinkakuji Temple 金閣寺.
|Mom spotted the Tea House Lipton ティーハウス リプトン on the way to the bus stop|
- FYI, back tracking our route to start from KIX for Kyoto seemed to be the more convenient, shorter and cost-efficient way, and we could take full advantage of the ICOCA & Haruka package that we bought from the Kansai Airport Station (note that kids pay the same price, and they get one free sticker sheet)
- The Shiokoji-dori 塩小路通 side of the Kyoto Station exit seemed to be where the main buzz of activities are, plus the bus terminal is also located here. Do take note when looking for a suitable hotel
- We bought lots of snacks, but always bear in mind that Japanese snacks typically cannot be stored for long
- Along the Nishiki Market alley, we came across very few places that offered a sit-down lunch venue, but I think there were more options along Teramachi-dori
- Interesting and fun place to visit, and worthwhile allocating about 3 hours here, especially if you plan to have lunch here
- Lunch at Nishiki Mochitsukiya was not fantastic, largely because accompanying noodles with grilled mochi was a weird combination, and Marcus found it tiring to keep chewing the mochi
Address: 京都市中京区錦小路通 寺町西入←→高倉間Tel: 075-211-3882
Directions: Take City Bus 市バス 5 until Shijo Takakura 四条高倉 stop (in front of
Daimaru Department Store 大丸百貨店) and walk for 2 mins; OR
3-min walk from Shijo Station 四条駅 on Karasuma subway line 烏丸線
Opening Hours: Generally 10am - 5pm