Japanese food is quite well known all around the world, and you may find ramen and sushi shops in your own country. Nonetheless, being in the country that has developed such tasty dishes gives travelers easy access to, not only a great variety of restaurants, but also their ingredients as well. Have you ever thought of making your own “soba” noodles? Or maybe using some fresh tuna for a nice “nigiri sushi” with locally grown wasabi just grated? Having access to such unique products allows for a better understanding of the local cuisine, as also the possibility of experimenting on how one may use such ingredients in combination with dishes one is accustomed to back at home.
Kyoto is particularly known for the freshness of its food, particularly vegetables, and there is one place where both Japanese and travelers like to go to when visiting the old capital. That is the Nishiki Market in the downtown area of Kawaramachi.
This particular market is located on Nishikoji Dori street, just north from Shijo Dori street which leads the way to the famous Gion area. It has around 130 shops including souvenirs shops, cafes, bars, pharmacies, tea shops and of course vegetables, fruits, pickles, fish, candies and even more. You are sure to find what you are looking for and even things you probably never thought of before.
This is all very nice, but not all ingredients are easy to take back home (for example an eel, one of the delicacies everyone enjoys during summer). Many lodging houses and some hotels have a basic kitchen with not much space or utensils to work with, especially if you are traveling as a part of a group and space is reduced. That is exactly why at Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa, we have a very large functional kitchen at your disposal.
Whether you are cooking for yourself, the entire family or enjoying a unique authentic dish with friends, our kitchen is not only wide on itself but it is also connected with the living room and the main tatami area. Such design allows those cooking to still be able to chat with other members of their party and share some quality time all together.
Reaching the Nishiki Market from Sakura House Kyoto Imadegawa is very easy. Either one of 3 different bus line running right behind our traditional “machiya” house take you straight to Shijo Dori in the Kawaramachi area. From there it’s just a matter of walking 1 street north and start enjoying your shopping. Alternatively, the subway near by also helps you reach this destination. It is recommended to arrive there at around 10am, when most of the shops are already open. Going at such time also helps the large crowds that may gather around midday.