Takayama Morning Markets

It was cold. The warmth of the comforter and the futon was extremely inviting, but I was determined not to give in to the temptation because we are going to the market today.

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So at exactly 6am, we ambled to the morning market nearer to the ryokan, watching the city wake up along the way.

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At the Jinya-mae market, we watched it come to life one stall at a time.

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I expected to see a much bigger market than the neighborhood market it really is.

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More of a farmer’s market, it sells a lot of foodstuff and produce from gigantic, gorgeous but expensive fresh fruits and vegetables to rice cakes and

Jinya-pickles

pickled vegetables all wanting to be purchased, begging to be noticed at the least. We eventually gave in to this corn – the sweetest and crunchiest I’ve ever had, and that is not an exaggeration.

sweet-corn

If we weren’t heading back to the ryokan for breakfast, I would have feasted on a few more.

breakfast

Thank God for good judgement as breakfast was lavish in Hakuun!

There are two morning markets (Asa-ichi) in Takayama that takes place daily from 6am till noon. The Jinya-mae morning market can be found in front of Takayama Jinya, a historical office building from the Edo Period said to be the only remaining building of its kind.

Not far from the Sanmachi district is Miyagawa morning market.

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This market situated along the east bank of the Miyagawa River is bigger and I believe geared more towards the tourists.

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Stalls selling crafts of wood or fabric, souvenirs, street foods are spotted alongside fruits and vegetables stands.

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Interesting bites that had us so full but wanting more. So with these bites in tow, we explored the market.

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Here, tourists abound or maybe it was the time of the day – when the city was already fully awake and vibrant with life. Here, the lure to buy is much, much greater. Here, I looked, I tried some, I got a few to take home.

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2 Responses to Takayama Morning Markets

  1. ewok1993 says:

    i put local markets and bazaars into my must see list when i travel too. i find that not only are these great photo ops places, they are also the best places to soak up the local color.

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  2. Andrea says:

    If I am with you i surely will get the corn, as here we see the tag ‘Japanese corn’ and they really are sweet when newly harvested. I can imagine the tasting escapades that went on with your group. And the photos are beautiful, as always. Here i am again, envious to the max!

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