One of the places that I love to visit when I travel to a new country is their local market. By visiting the market, it makes me understand the local flavor and culture of each country. On the other hand, local markets have good varieties of locally produced dried foods and it is definitely a great place to shop for food souvenirs. Nishiki Market in Kyoto is one of the markets that I would highly recommend and is worth exploring. The market does not open until about 10am and start closing at 6pm.
Nishiki Market is very clean and the products are neatly arranged. Most of the products sold is locally produced and the market offers very fresh seafood. Visitors could easily spent an hour or more at Nishiki Market that has more than one hundred shops and restaurants. I enjoyed the atmosphere of the market but it could get quite crowded due to the narrow path between the shops. Nevertheless, it is one of the best markets that I have seen so far! (Year 2013)