Great Vegetarian food is not too hard to find in Kyoto if you know where to look. Being vegetarian in Japan and eating in restaurants is difficult, but possible if you do your homework. We found great Vegetarian Food in Japan, Sapporo, and Kyoto
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Ken Goldberg and
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg
Berkeley, California, USA
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12. Nishiki Koji Market 錦市場 or 錦小路 (Downtown Kyoto)—Ken

If you don't mind a super-dense crowd in a narrow walkway for 3 blocks, then walking through the Nishiki-Koji food market is a real treat. I happen to love it. The competition is fierce. The samples are everywhere. The market branches off of the Teramachi covered arcade. Or vice versa? It's parallel to Shijo-dori, just a block north.

According to this site it's the Nishiki Market (錦市場) or Nishiki-koji Street (錦小路), and it runs from Teramachi Street (east) to Omiya-nishi-hairu (west). The history of the street can be traced back to the Enryaku Era (782-806).

I'm going to let my pictures tell the story.

fish tofu
Dreid fish.   Tofu.

Gobo & Kabocha
Gobo & bright orange Kabocha.

Tsukemono
Tsukemono are Japanese pickles, and they're the most common item.

Sake lady Chestnut Man
The Sake Lady gave me a free sample—yum! The Chestnut Men were color coordinated.

Tsukemono Flower stall
More Tsukemono near the flower stall. I almost fell over a bucket getting this shot.

Peanut Brittle Man
The Peanut Brittle Man made it look so easy, but every one is made by hand. Drawn out on the hot plate and then pressed flat by the irons.

Tsukemono
Did I mention the tsukemono? Warning: Pickles could make you pucker.

Seaweed and fish flakes
Seaweed and dried fish.

Mr. Beans Mr. Beans 2
Mr. Beans and his arch nemesis: Mr. Beans 2. "I taught him everything he knows about dried beans, and then he goes and opens a stall across from mine." (Writer's embelishement).

silk sushi
Not everything there is edible.

Posted on Sat, Nov 3, 2007 at 2:00 PM