Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market And Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

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  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    10:45 AM
  • Departure Details :
    ete 大丸京都店, Japan, 〒600-8511 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Tachiuri Nishimachi, 79 大丸京都店 1F
  • Return Details :
    Japan, 〒605-0073 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Gionmachi Kitagawa, 266 井澤ビル
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Gain a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Kyotos food culture with this small-group guided tour for the citys best eating spots, Nishiki Market.
This local guided tour takes you to food adventure, and then, you will stroll two Geisha districts. One is Pontocho Alley known as a scenic and quaint grummet spot along the most quaint river, Kamogawa and other one is Gion District, the biggest Geisha district of Kyoto.
This Day Experience takes you to an intriguing, fun and cultural adventure with tasting unique street foods around center of Kyoto city.
In this tour, you could have a lot of tips about Kyoto, such as useful information to travel around, cultural clues which makes your stay more enjoyable, and also, of course knowledge to enjoy local foods with a local friendly guide.
Let's enjoy one step deeper and get into the local.

Highlights

  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide

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Itinerary
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Stop At: Nishiki market Shopping District, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Visit 130 local shops in Nishiki market and learn the local food culture!!
You can have several traditional foods such as Yuba (Tofu Skin), Rice Ball, Freid Fish Cake, Hamo (Sea Eel), Japanese Omelet, and Sake.
Also, you could sample various foods such as Pickled Vegetables, Japanese Spices, Chestnuts, Beans, Seaweed snacks, Honey Drink, and so on!!
Apart from Food, there are also knife shops, soap shop, Fabric shops. You could find what you want wiz local knowledgeable guides!!

Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes

Stop At: Nishiki Tenmangu, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

You will know how to pray in Japanese Shinto Shrine.
Also, you could know the basics about the worships among Japanese People.
If you like, you can try a fortune paper.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Pontocho, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

After Nishiki Tenmangu, you will go through Shinkyogoku Modern Shopping Street, Kawaramachi Street, and Kiyamachi Street.
Since Kiyamachi Street is famous for Cherry Blossom (Sakura), you could view the blooming cherry in Spring.
In other season, you can enjoy the quiet atmosphere with canal.
After Kiyamachi Street, you will go through hidden alley and arrive to Pontocho Backstreet.
Since Pontocho is one of Maiko (Geisha) Districts, if you are lucky, you can see Maiko!!

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Shijo Bridge, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

To visit Gion district, you will across beautiful Shijo Bridge!!
On the bridge, you could see ducks. And if you are lucky, you could see wild heron.

Stop At: The Site of Kitaza, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

You will have original Kyoto Sweets in the beautiful building renovated from Kabuki Theater.
The sweets is traditional one, but you can enjoy it by the unique way.
You can eat it just here!!

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Gion Shirakawa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

After having sweets, you will head to Gion shirakawa area where is also famous for cherry blossom
You will see the traditional well-preserved townhouse area.
There are many houses relating to Maiko.
There is also Tatsumi Shrine which is known in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha".
If you have an interest, the guide tell you about the details of Maiko's life.

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Japan Wonder Travel Kyoto office

The whole town is your restaurant!! Eating at one of the restaurants on the Michelin guide is nice. But dont you want to try something else? Just imagine if the entire town was a one big restaurant. What we provide is an awesome time to visit the places in town, enjoy different types of food, and come in touch with the culture, history, and the local people.

Inclusions

Local and Professional guide

Food tasting

Lunch (Tofu skin, Sesame Cracker, Daggertooth pike conger eel, Sake, Tsumami, Sweets)

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation fee to meeting point

Other personal expenses

Extra foods

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Minimum drinking age is 20 years in Japan

Not wheelchair accessible

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

If you have any food restrictions, please let us know in advance definitely.

If you will come with a stroller, please let us know in advance. Nishiki market is very crowded sometimes.

If you have severe dietary restrictions, it may not be possible to arrange food for you.

Most travelers can participate

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Regular temperature checks for travelers.

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  • 25-Jan-2023

    We loved our tour. Naomi was our tour guide and she shared some information of her history with Kyoto and the history of the market, temple, and area. She talked about the food we sampled and was friendly with all the shop keeps which made it clear to us she was good company. She came prepared for us and told us about the rules of the market, and had a backpack equipped with extra cleansing wipes and chopsticks in case her your group needed it. She told us where to keep a lookout for Maiko and Geishas and what other shops and things she likes doing in the area that were not part of the tour. We told her about where we were going and she gave us additional recommendations. We were the only ones on the tour and she was very patient with us allowing us to peruse other shops. Overall she was friendly, kind and knowledgeable. My partner and I agree the walking allowed us to see and observe more, and even after our tour was done we were both sad to no longer have Naomi as our guide. Thank you Naomi!!!

  • 24-Jan-2023

    We lucked out and were the only couple on the tour with Naomi! Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. We were happy with all of the variety of food we were able to try, and the small pieces of local/cultural trivia we learned on the way.

  • 11-Jan-2023

    An informative and interesting tour. Akiko is a lovely and highly knowledgeable guide, and trying the variety of new foods was a treat!

  • 22-Nov-2022

    This might have been the best food tour I had in my life. Everything was so tasty and such a great experience. I did this tour November 2019.

  • 21-Nov-2022

    We had Kaori lead us on a food tour of Nishiki Market and the gion area. She was a wonderful tour guide that quickly gauged our interests and levels of food comfort (we like to eat) and made on the fly changes. Kaori was very patient as we deviated from her initial tour as we improved with all the wonderful food options. Having done an okay tour in Tokyo Kaori was a blessing to have as a guide. Highly recommend her.

  • 14-Nov-2022

    Excellent tour. We had a lovely guide who was very charming. It was just my husband and I on the tour with our guid. We found that international tourists are less common right now, post pandemic. We loved this food tour as it is a perfect way to understand more about the culture and we tried many interesting items. There was a lot of food so go hungry! Overall this was an excellent tour.

  • 17-Jul-2022

    My 10yo son and I had a great food tour with our guide! She was patient, gave us an opportunity to buy items as we went through the market, and gave us a good understanding of the local food and culture in the area. This made a great addition to our Kyoto visit and encouraged us to try different food items throughout the rest of our stay!

  • 11-Aug-2021

    Yasuna was an excellent tour guide in Kyoto. We got to try unique foods, and she provided lots of interesting information. We enjoyed the tour.

  • 26-Jul-2021

    I enjoyed my time with my guide. I ate food I would not have tired and explored places I would go back to if I ever find myself again in Japan.

  • 18-Mar-2020

    We had already done the Cultural Walking Tour (also very recommended) and because this tour was so much fun and interesting we decided to join the food tour also (because it was the second tour we also got 10% discount). We weren't let down, it was a great experience and we learned so much about the Japanese cuisine and tried a lot of new things. Walking through Zion with Michi was so much fun, she was very flexible and pointed us things that we were never to find ourselves. We were very lucky to have some extra time in Kyoto and to join this food tour. It was truly great and I can really recommend this tour!!

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