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Typical winter pickles of Kyoto

A kind of Kyo-tsukemono (Kyoto pickled dish) made from large Shogo-in turnips, which were first grown in Shogo-in Temple in Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, and can weigh anywhere between 2 and 5 kilograms. The name senmai-zuke is derived from the preparation method: before it's pickled, the turnip is first sliced so thin you could end up with "sen mai", or a thousand slices. This is a typical winter pickled dish of Kyoto, and is only eaten from around November until March. It has a sweet-and-sour flavor with a hint of kelp. Each store has its own traditions and flavors. For example, in the Daito family, the recipe for senmai-zuke is only ever passed on to one son.
Posted photos Main Senmai-zuke (image)
Two photos Upper photo Pre-pickling for senmai-zuke, lower photo Turnip peeling for senmai-zuke
Best season Senmai-zuke: mid October to beginning of March

Stores where you can purchase Senmai-zuke

● Senmai-zuke Honke Daito Fuya-cho Main Branch
Address 510 Masuya-cho, Fuyacho-dori Nishikikoji-sagaru, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto
Phone +81-75-221-5975 (Japanese only)
Opening hours 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Holidays Every Thursday (from April to September), January 1st
* Open everyday from October to March (except January 1st)
Price Senmai-zuke (in a package) 1,080 yen * Senmai-zuke is available from mid October to beginning of March.
Access Take the Karasuma Line of Kyoto municipal subway from "Kyoto Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 3 minutes, alight at "Shijo Station" and walk for approx. 5 minutes.

updated on Mar 30, 2018

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