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Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

This is a hidden gem in Kyoto. The Kyoto Wholesale Fish Market is the smaller version, maybe about one-fifth the size of the famous Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo. 

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

But it is FREE and it does offer the same sights, just on a more intimate and friendly scale. It not just seafood but veggies and a range of other delectables as well.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Look at the vast array of seafoods here.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Many restaurant owners start shopping for the Japanese New Year’s Osechi Ryori in July. Most shopping is done at the Kyoto Central Wholesale Market.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Tuna slicing in progress.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

More seafood!

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

The maguro, or tuna auction starts at 5am. Be here before then if you want to catch the auction in action.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

A lovely huge tuna for sale.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Other seafood for sale.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Fish preparation.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Unique veggies on sale.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

割烹マキノ - Kappō Makino Restaurant. Located in one of the out-buildings next door to the fish market.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

割烹マキノ - Kappō Makino Restaurant Menu.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

割烹マキノ - Kappō Makino Restaurant. Set Lunch.
 

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

A small boutique bakery nestled inside one of the buildings.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Lacquerware.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

A large variety of small goods to be discovered here.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Small crockery and porcelains.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

More cane and lacquerware.

Kyoto Central Wholesale Market

Road signage outside the fish market.

 

The tuna auction at theKyoto Central Wholesale Market starts between 5-5.30am. It is 550m away from the machiya, and a 6-minute walk. Unlike the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo, it is free entry. How good is that!

In the out buildings next to the fish market, there are vendors selling vegetables, kitchenware, little sushi restaurants, boutique bakeries and such. It makes for a very interesting walk and shopping experience. You can easily spend the entire morning here as the whole area starts winding down by 11am.


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