Japanese outdoor markets

Japanese outdoor markets

Vendors stalls

 Japanese outdoor markets


It’s fun to visit markets when I travel to new places and visiting a local farmers market in the early morning hours is always an interesting adventure in discovering new foods and seasonal specialties from the area. While visiting the city of Takayama in Gifu province one morning, I wanted to check out the local farmers market close to the main river and see the fall harvest crops for sale in the region and any other snack items that I might want to bring with me on my daily excursions.



Japanese outdoor markets





Japanese outdoor markets

Various foods available


Most of the vendors were just getting started setting up their stalls so they didn’t bother when I started to take photographs while they were setting up. I like the fact that most of the vendors were not shy, some smiled and even encouraged me to come by and sample some of their fruits or other delicacies.




Japanese outdoor markets

Eggplant for sale





Japanese outdoor markets

Apples for sale


Not surprising were the typical fall weather crops that are prevalent during this timeframe including apples, pears and squashes. Surprisingly, there were a few things being offered that I could not recognize and are grown mostly in Japan for a local market. This included the fruit below which I have no idea if it was a fruit or a vegetable, in any case it was very exotic looking and beautiful to photograph.


Japanese outdoor markets




There were a few vendors that sell a variety of pickled radishes and other delicacies. It makes sense with the short growing season here that pickling is one of the best ways to store perishable items for longer term usage.


Japanese outdoor markets

Japanese pickles





Japanese outdoor markets

Fall flowers and turnips.



I love taking photographs of the farmers if they would let me, most Japanese people are okay with this but some of the seniors were a little shy so I didn’t take them, but a few here were okay about having their photos taken since the market is in the tourist district and I’m sure they are used to visitors always coming to visit the markets to sample and take photographs.




Japanese outdoor markets

Apples for sale





Japanese outdoor markets

Extra large apples to go


Apples seem to be the main offering at this market and the apples were huge Fuji like apples which I sampled and they were delicious!



Japanese outdoor markets

Lunch time interrupted





Japanese outdoor markets

Handmade crafts for sale

It was fun discovering what is for sale during the fall harvest season here. I loved the expressions and wonderful smiles I received when I was allowed to take some photographs of the vendors at the market. Not to mention trying out some of the seasonal offerings and other specialties of the region which is always a great way of exploring the foods of a particular region.


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20 Responses to Japanese outdoor markets

  1. InsideJourneys December 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Thanks for linking up with FoodieTuesday this week, Noel.

  2. Lesley Peterson December 15, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Lovely photos–those eggplants look like jewels! And the smiling vendors are ‘gems’, too. I’d love to visit Japan someday!

  3. Suzanne (Travelbunny) December 15, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    Wonderful shots both of the food and the people 🙂

  4. Patti December 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    These are lovely – the shades of blue throughout add so much drama!

  5. Leigh December 13, 2013 at 6:00 am #

    I love visiting markets in foreign lands too. Your people photos are outstanding – especially the second one.

  6. Linda ~ Journey Jottings December 13, 2013 at 5:03 am #

    I think all retailers should study this art of merchandising – Its sadly all too often overlooked in my neck of the woods!

  7. Michele {Malaysian Meanders} December 13, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    Everything is so blue. I suppose it’s because of the tarp covering the stalls? I have no idea what that mystery fruit/vegetable is. Both the eggplants and the Fuji apples look delicious. Sometimes, I find it hard to visit markets when I’m staying at a hotel because I have no place to prepare food, so I can’t buy anything.

  8. InsideJourneys December 13, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    That is an exotic looking fruit – I think it’s a fruit. I thought it looked like a coco pod but after looking at it more closely, I doubt that.
    It just makes visiting local markets fun to see what’s familiar and what’s different.
    I just realized – all the vendors were women!

  9. budget jan December 13, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    Did you ask permission to take the photos? I ask because you say – you were allowed to take photos. The women look very friendly and the fruit and veges so perfect. 🙂

    • Noel December 13, 2013 at 7:53 am #

      I usually motion and show my camera and smile and when they acknowledge I go ahead…in the case when I do not speak the language

  10. jenny@atasteoftravel December 12, 2013 at 7:18 pm #

    I love taking photos in the markets too especially of the vendors. You have captured some beautiful shots of the women. The apples look so delicious…they were definitely straight off the tree and hadn’t been in storage!

  11. Suzanne Fluhr December 12, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    As usual, Noel, your photos are stunning. I have visited markets in Japan and you caught their essence. Presentation is so important there. The precisely displayed egg plants and apples. I was also impressed enough by the variety of pickled vegetables that I took my own (far inferior) photo of a table full of them. You should post the photo of the mystery fruit/vegetable on Facebook. I’m sure someone can help you identify it. Naturally, now I’m curious too.

    • Noel December 12, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

      Thanks Suzanne, someone told me recently and I forgot to write it down, will have to follow up again…thanks so much for the wonderful comments.

  12. travelnwrite December 12, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    As always the color, the content . . .it all is just breath-taking. I love these markets and you’ve captured them so beautifully!

  13. Quyen December 12, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Beautiful produce! I always visit a market on any trip to taste some of the fruits i’ve never seen before!

  14. muzachan December 12, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Beautiful photos…

  15. Agness December 11, 2013 at 8:07 pm #

    What a great variety of fruits and veggies! It’s good to see locals smile all the time. Great place to explore!

  16. Marilyn Armstrong December 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    Beautiful 🙂 As always. You are my virtual travel site.

    • Noel December 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      Thanks so much for your comments and support Marilyn, mahalo from Hawaii!

  17. Contented Traveller December 11, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    You always have such beautiful photos, a mix of the people and the markets. We really love Japan and seeing this brings back very fond memories and also excitement as we will be there again in February.

I look forward to hearing from you and continuing our discussion with any comment you would like to add

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