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

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:45 AM
  • Departure Details :
    ete 大丸京都店, Japan, 〒600-8511 Kyoto, Shimogyō-ku, Tachiuri Nishimachi, 79 大丸京都店 1F
  • Return Details :
    Japan, 〒605-0073 Kyoto, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Kitagawa, 266 井澤ビル
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Gain a riveting introduction to Kyotos food culture with this small-group guided tour. Begin with the vast 400-year-old Nishiki market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls will beckon your taste buds. Learn about its learn history and taste the unique dishes including: Tofu Skin, rice ball, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, omelet and Sake. Rest your appetite by a nearby shrine dedicated to the God of Education (Nishiki Shrine). Follow this up by sauntering through the famous Pontocho Alley- a narrow street dripping with color and melange. Its lined with enduring shops and traditional restaurants waiting to be explored, and the complete dismal of cars and modern buildings invites you further to be engrossed by the mesmeric surroundings. Here, alongside our final destination, Gion district, is renowned for Geisha spotting. Not only will you be educated about this classical tradition, you may have the chance to even meet one but if you are lucky!


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

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This is a typical itinerary for this product

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.


Local and Professional guide

Food tasting

Bottled water

Lunch (Tofu skin, Rice Ball, Fried Fish cake, Daggertooth pike conger eel, Omelet, Sake, Sweets)


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Transportation fee

Other personal expenses

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Minimum drinking age is 20 years in Japan

Not wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Near public transportation

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Most travelers can participate

Traveler Reviews

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  • 10-Oct-2019

    Hiromi was a super guide with a thorough background of Kyoto and Nishiki market. Must to experience in Kyoto.

  • 11-Sep-2018

    Amazing guide. Kaori knows Japanese food, its history and its deep tradition and her English is perfect so we learned so much in such a short time. Because we are living in japan for a few months, Kaori also introduced us to items that would be part of our Japanese Kitchen while providing numerous other resources for us. She is very sweet and knowledgeable and made the day really fun for both my mother and my daughter who is eight. I highly recommend this tour.

  • 20-Aug-2018

    I went on this tour with my wife and 11-year-old son. Our tour guide was Kaori. Kaori was very prepared and knowledgeable. She knew her way around the market and the Gion District. She was able to provide a lot of information as we walked around. It was very hot on the day of our tour, but Kaori made sure the group was hydrated and we took enough breaks to keep us comfortable. I even learned the difference between a Geisha, Geiko, and Maiko. I mentioned to Kaori my family became separated while riding the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto the day prior to the tour. The doors shut while my wife was still outside the train. My son and I were still on the train and the train left. We ended up finding each other later, but the experience was terrifying. Kaori took note of all this to ensure it did not happen again. She knew what time the tour ended and what time our bullet train was going to depart. She made sure we made it to the train station with plenty of time to spare. She hailed a taxi for us and gave the driver instructions on what he needed to do to get us there early. Additionally, she emailed me later to check on us to make sure we made it on the train. She said she was worried about us. Kaori went above and beyond what a tour guide regularly would do. I highly recommend her for your next tour!

  • 13-Apr-2018

    I work part-time as a food tour guide and I try to take food tours on most of my major trips. This was definitely one of the best I've done! Fuji-san was so personable and knowledgeable. We had some small children on our tour and she was so easy going and flexible. We got so much more than what the tour said we'd get and I felt like I learned a lot but in a totally chill atmosphere.

  • 03-Apr-2018

    If you ever so choose to go on this tour, make sure you come with an empty stomach, as you will go through a number of scrumptious and delectable treats once you get into the market itself. I would also like to say that it was a treat to have Naomi as our tour guide. Not only did she go over how each of the dishes you eat were expertly prepared, she also went out of her way to explain several aspects of the Japanese culture that you come across during the tour.

  • 26-Mar-2018

    This tour was one of my favorites, a different cultural experience, the guides were so nice

  • 12-Mar-2018

    I'm not usually someone who does tours but I decided to give this a try and was pleasantly surprised. Naomi our guide was wonderful and we ended up being able to sample a wide array of foods while also learning about them. At the end of the tour they even gave us recommendations on where to head out for drinks and my new tour group friends and I went out after and had a wonderful time.

  • 09-Mar-2018

    Fabulous tour! We had two guides, Aiko and Tanake for our group of 3. They were funny, informative and provided us with just enough of the Japanese cultural history. They knew all of the Nishiki Market vendors and were familiar with their food offerings. Great day! Highly recommend!

  • 21-Jan-2018

    Keiko was very nice but if you are a foodie, like we are, this is not the tour for you. All the stalls that Keiko brought us to were not very good. I'm not sure why we weren't taken to the more popular ones. Keiko was more than patient. She allowed us to shop which ran the tour overtime by an hour.

  • 27-Sep-2017

    We LOVED our food and culture tour in Kyoto. Eriko Ellie was our guide and she did an outstanding job introducing us to the culinary treats of Nishiki as well as notable features of Gion. We had been in Kyoto for a few days already and had some knowledge already, but learned new things nonetheless. We would recommend taking the tour early in one's stay in Kyoto - it will help you get acquainted with the city and provide tips for restaurants. In fact, we were thrilled with Ellie's recommendation of a wonderful tempura restaurant located in an alley off an alley in Pontocho. We also greatly appreciated Ellie's and her colleagues' there were two others assistance in recommending antique kimono shops and other textile-related recommendations. By the end of our tour, we not only were stuffed, but we felt as though we had made new Japanese friends!

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