My husband and I went on a fantastic tour of the wonderful Nishiki market with Tatsuya and his trainee colleague . It turned out we were the only two on the tour , we arrived early but Tatsuya was already at the meeting point and he and his colleague warmly welcomed us. Tatsuya is very well travelled , speaks good English and is very easy company. We tasted food and spices which we would never have found on our own , we ate a lot of delicious food and learned some local words to describe fab food which we used during our trip to the delight of restaurant staff and shop owners. In addition to the great food Tatsuya showed us around Gion and pointed out a street and home where Maiko / Geiko live - we went back in the evening and saw a number as they left home for work. Overall a great tour which we highly recommend.
by BusyB (10/22/17)
We had a fabulous tour with Yumiko. She was so interesting and engaging, and taught us so much about the food and culture of Kyoto. The tastings were delicious and plentiful. The tour was an excellent introduction to Kyoto and has certainly been a highlight of our trip. We also enjoyed Keiko who is learning to be a guide and her interesting insights. We would definitely recommend this tour!
by R and R (09/25/17)
An enjoyable walk in a market that existed hundreds of years ago. Amazing. So clean. This trip gave us a flavor of Japan with old and new perspectives. The fish on stick is the yummiest of them all. And the macha on ice? perfect for the summer!
Tatsuya, our guide was so nice, courteous and knowledgeable. We truly enjoyed this tour. I will recommend this to my family and friends
by Nanay In Japan, she's 86! (09/22/17)
We had a wonderful experience on this tour! I waited so long to write this review I forgot our knowledgeable tour guides name (so very sorry!) but he was really great! We really enjoyed every food tasting stop he took us to, and they were all well thought out to give a great variety at the Nishiki Market!! Our guide was very nice and spoke great english which was terrific. The whole tour was excellent and we would highly recommend as it was a fun thing to do in Kyoto!
by EJ (08/13/17)
The Kyoto FoodDrink Tour at Nishiki Market and Gion was great! Tour guide Ms Fiji was extremely friendly and provided great guide to varieties of foods offered in th Mishiki Market. We all sampled variety of foods at Nishiki and in Gion we had the best sweets at a Japanese sweets shop. I would highly recommend this tour!
by Shirley (08/12/17)
Japanwondertravel - Tatsuya-san was a wonderful tour guide and host. He was very knowledgeable and fun. We got to learn so much about the food, culture and history as we walked through the Nishiki market. He sent us a thank you email soon after the tour and shared some of the great pictures he took. He was so thoughtful about sending me information on a food store that I enjoyed and wanted to go back an buy more from to take home as gifts. This was the best tour in Kyoto. Thanks Tatsuya-san.
by Selective Ani (08/01/17)
had a wonderful time...!
ate a lot of delicious food and learned a lot.
by meme (07/12/17)
Wonderful tour and tour guide. Highly recommended. A must for the Kyoto tourist.
by Kez (07/12/17)
This is a great tour and we would like to thank Naomi very much. Naomi was very friendly and knowledgeable and took great care of us. We both learnt a lot about different Japanese food and customs. This has already been of great use and will continue to be so as we travel around Japan in the next few weeks. We would recommend this tour to anyone, like us, who have not been to Japan before.
by Bruce&Denise (06/13/17)
EXCELLENT!EXCELLENT!EXCELLENT!tour - Our family had a wonderful time with our tour guide Naomi Konishi. We felt we made a new friend. The tour was very informative and fun! It was great learning the history of the Nishiki Market and Gion in Kyoto, the Japanese culture, and tasting all the foods. The time flew by. We would highly recommend the tour and our tour guide! Thank you for a great experience. The Waller's
by MWaller (06/09/17)
Michi, tour leader for our Kyoto food and drink tour, was terrific. The tour was similar to the tour we took in Tokyo, but different enough to be really interesting. We particularly liked the walk through some quiet Gion streets and the last stop at the confectionary shop. We would have never tried those treats without this tour.
by Joanne (06/06/17)
Excellent tour, highly recommend doing as soon as you get to Kyoto as the information you will learn about food and history is very helpful for the rest of the trip. My wife is vegetarian and the guide was very helpful in choosing plenty of delicious but mysterious foods for her to try, that we would have otherwise avoided if we didn't know what they were.
Excellent tour highly recommended!!!
by Bryan (06/03/17)
Your wonderful tour was a highpoint of our time in Kyoto. You were informative, considerate, friendly and fun. We really feel we came to know the culture of Japan through our visiting and tasting tour. You were most kind and we will certainly recommend you to our friends when they travel to Japan.
by Randi (05/16/17)
My husband and I booked the Nishiki food market and Gion tour. It was excellent. We ended up being the only two people on the tour with our lovely guide, Michi. She was so lovely and went above and beyond to not only talk about the Nishiki market and Gion but also all things about Japanese life. As well as some great tips for our time in Kyoto. Would have no hesitation in recommending this tour! You get to try foods you would possibly miss if you were walking through the market yourself. Truly is a must for all when visiting Kyoto. Thank you Michi.
by Michelle and Milan (04/27/17)
Our food tour of Nishiki Market and Gion was amazing! We had Michiyo as our guide and she was extremely personable and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Kyoto.
by Josh K (04/24/17)
We were delighted about the quality of the food we tasted and the informative history. The tour guide was so smart and friendly. He truly was fun to be around. I would highly recommend this tour.
by Kathryn (04/23/17)
All in all, it was great. My favorite part was the end when we got to grind the soybeans. It was something my bf and I wouldn't have done without being on this tour.
by Diana (04/21/17)
This tour is absolutely recommended.
We had a great time, good food and lots of fun.
The tour guides were very nice, funny, entertaining and told us everthing about the japanese food, drink and geisha culture. Try it yourself and enjoy!
by Svenja&Anita (04/06/17)
I had a wonderful day with Naomi and Tatsuya. The tour is an excellent way to discover Nishiki market and Gion and to taste food I wouldn't have tried on my own. I warmly recommend this tour!
by Nathalie (03/30/17)
We had a great experience on the food tour. Koji, our guide was fantastic with his knowledge, not only of the food but of Kyoto and Japan in general. We actually felt like we were walking around with an old friend. Highly recommended.
by Andrew & Jodie Scotton (03/04/17)
I was privileged enough to get a solo tour with the very smart and fun, Naomi! She was so knowledgeable about the market, traditional Japanese cuisine, and even altered the samples to suit my taste. By far, the BEST tour I've taken so far. Highly recommended.
by Felicia Sullivan (03/01/17)
We had a great time on our tour, trying different foods. Naomi was a excellent guide and really good company. Would definitely recommend this tour while you are in Kyoto.
by Kerry (12/25/16)
Thankyou Tatsuya for such a wonderful experience.It was great to wander throught the market with a guide that could introduce us to such delightful taste sensations. Our travel group was such fun and provided many laughs.
I wish you all the best for future endeavours. Perhaps we'll see you next in Australia.
by Robyn White (12/05/16)
The Nishiki Mark tour with Fuji was incredible!! A magical day learning about the food and culture of Japan. This day provided so many amazing food highlights and I loved the interaction with the locals passionate about their food.
by Jessie Stuart (12/05/16)
We had an absolutely fantastic time on this tour. Our guide, Fuji, was really splendid. She was personable, informative, gracious and very adaptable to the various tastes, interests and needs of the people in our group. Fuji did a marvellous job using the culinary experiences of the Nishi market and nearby areas as a cultural and communicative window on Kyoto and Japan. Nothing was rushed, and all of our many questions received her full attention..it helped that this was quite a small group...only 5 people. Whether it was bonito shavings, Japanese 7-spice or understanding the varieties of first harvest rice, Fuji went the distance trying to answer our naive and obscure questions with grace and a lovely sense of humour. We would certainly recommend this tour to anyone who is interested in an up-close and personal understanding of Kyoto and its marvellous variety of street foods. THanks so much, Fuji!
by Garry-Sanand Lee-san (11/29/16)