JAPAN DIARY: Kyoto (Nishiki Market & Machiya Rental)
For our 2 night stay in Kyoto, we had booked a restored traditional Kyo-Machiya via Airbnb. When we arrived at Kyoto station, our lovely host Tomomi (Minne) was waiting for us to pick-up our luggage so that we could already start and explore the city. Of course, our first destination was the food market, Nishiki Market. Being located in the centre of the city we took a taxi that dropped us almost in front of it. The first thing I noticed was that Kyoto seemed much more touristic than Tokyo as we could hear many, many people speak in our native languages (in particular French). As we were very hungry we had lunch at one of the restaurants, followed by tasting a lot of the different foods and spices that you can try at the numerous food stands. I didn’t take many pictures as my hands were mostly occupied with shovelling delicious snacks into my mouth. For all food lovers this market is really a must!
When we were finished with the market, it was pouring rain so we walked a bit around in the covered shopping area just next to the market and spent a lot of time in a big vintage shop.
Once we made it to our Machiya, which was located in a less touristic area up North, we were positively surprised by how new, cozy and clean the house was. When we had booked the place the pictures on Airbnb did not do justice to how the house looked in real life (they’re updated now and really show the beauty of the Machiya). We loved every single bit of this two floor house, with its little patio garden, the super comfortable Kimonos and obviously that super new Japanese bathroom being our favorites. After a long day, we went for food in one of the restaurants in the neighbourhood before we fell in our comfortable beds for a good night sleep; already wishing that we could stay much longer…