An excellent tour. It went ahead with only one person, so effectively a private tour.
by Annie (05/15/18)
My friend and I loved this tour, its hard to know what to try in the market without a little guidance. We certainly would have missed a lot had we attempted the market alone. If you are looking to learn more about the culture of Kyoto via its food, this tour is highly recommended. Small tour of Gion was an added bonus.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and fun. Would book with Japan Wonder Travel again.
by KB (05/08/18)
Great Tour! Our guide Ellie was awesome. She gave us an impressive introduction to japanese food and culture! Highly recommended.
by Thomas (05/07/18)
This was such an enjoyable tour and Keiko was the perfect guide. We were a small group of three solo travellers eager for an introduction to the food culture of Kyoto and within the space of a few hundred meters of the Nishiki Market, Keiko helped us demystify all of the unusual and varied market offerings through samples, tastings and explanation, imparted with energy and enthusiasm and in her excellent English, and in different settings - either by the market stands or in a quieter, airy tea room above market level. We continued for a short time to Gion and the great contrast within the short distance of a bridge just shows the great variety of what Kyoto can offer.
This was such a great tour; so much so that Nishiki Market became my "restaurant of choice" for the remaining days of my stay. Thanks again, Keiko!
by Amar D (05/06/18)
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.
by roach808 (04/28/18)
Excellent tour with our guide Kaori. She was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions, and providing lost of different foods to taste. It is much better to visit Nishiki market with a guide, than just wandering through the market. Great experience!
by kla (04/28/18)
This tour is really fantastic. Our guide Naomi was very competent and showed us many things in the Nishiki Market. It was great to try food that we didn't know before. Naomi provided us with a lot of intersting information, time flew by! The stroll through Gion was really nice and Naomi told us many things about this area and the tradition of the Geishas. Thank you Naomi for this wonderful experience! Highly recommendable!!!
by Miriam K. (04/28/18)
We had an amazing tour - best part of our trip to Japan! We tried so many wonderful foods and learned so much! Our favorite were the soy donuts. Best tour and best guide ever!
by Jennifer (04/22/18)
Fantastic tour with Tatsuya! Great food that we would have otherwise not have tried. Plus he shard a great deal of insight about the food, culture and surrounding area!
by Scott (04/20/18)
What a fantastic introduction to the unique and sophisticated food and drink scene in Kyoto. Our guide Mr Tetsuya san was fabulous and provided a lot of very useful insights that we were able to use later during the remainder of our stay. Highly Recommended!
by cspy (04/16/18)
This food tour was by far the best tour we have been on.
Tatsuya was very enthusiastic, informative and very friendly.
We had a great time.
Thank you Tatsuya and the lovely trainee.
by Paula (04/12/18)
Thank you so much for a very tasty tour,
Our guide was so nice and kind
by Galit (04/11/18)
We had a great walk with our guide, Naomi, who told us a lot of interesting facts about Kyoto, Japan and japanese food. All the samples of food, drinks and snacks were so tasty and fun to try. We got a lot more out of the food market-experience than if we had gone there ourselves without Naomi. We can truly recommend it!
by Jacob&Marianne (04/02/18)
A very interesting tour with a friendly, knowledgeable guide. Loved the food and atmosphere of the markets.
by Beth (03/25/18)
Kevan and Mika gave us an excellent tour of the Nishiki Market and Gion district! We were actually able to try samples of the native foods...even eel!! But our favorite was the dessert we cooked over charcoal and smothered in delicious cool ice cream! The Gion district is beautifully preserved and everything we pictured old Japan to look like.
Thank you for expanding our knowledge of your beautiful people, land and culture!
by Filis (03/15/18)
We had an excellent Nishiki market tour. Our guides were Akiko and Tatsuya. They were very informative and gracious hosts. Bought us some great food and gave us a great history of Kyoto. I would recommend this even if you have been to Kyoto before.
by Akutagawa-san (03/05/18)
We had the food tour in Kyoto. It's a great way to see the markets and have somebody explain local customs. Our guide Kazu was kind, fun, and had some great knowledge. After our tour he listened to many of the things we had interest in and sent us an email of a run down of fun things to do. The next day we booked another tour just for site seeing and 3 hour walk in the Arashiyama. Then we had lunch at a nice traditional place with some local Okonomiyaki. Thanks for making our trip to Kyoto a great time.
by Chicago Matt and Friends (02/02/18)
I thoroughly recommend this tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We got to sample some amazing and interesting food, and I felt much more confident to try some new things, so that I could come back later on my own. Gion was beautiful too. I learned so much about Kyoto, I was repeating all that I learned to my friends afterwards. An amazing experience.
by Rebecca (01/18/18)
What an awesome afternoon with Tatsuya! From the moment we met up, we clicked with him and really enjoyed talking about Japan, Kyoto and Tatsuya's own personal travels that he has done. Amazing!
The market is a great place to sample different foods, with our favourites being the tofu, smoked duck, fish cakes, and the dessert we sampled later on outside of the market. We even saw an authentic Geisha! Thanks again for a great start to our trip to Kyoto. Hope to see you again!
by GoatsOnTheRoad (01/11/18)
I had a wonderful time and enjoyed every bite! My tour guide spoke perfect English and filled me in on the culture of the area along with her day to day experience with food and preparation.
A couple of hints to help you better enjoy the experience:
1. Don’t eat much, if anything, before the tour - you will be well fed!
2. The tour has a lot of walking so don’t bring much to carry and have good walking shoes on.
3. Be prepared to eat foods you don’t normally eat and have an open mind. Picky eaters will probably not enjoy all the new tastes and smells.
4. The market can be crowded so - once again keep your belongings to a minimum.
My only complaint might be that I was unsure of the starting location of the tour. Perhaps you should introduce yourself to the mall help desk and give a full description of the meeting place on the web site - like behind the bus stop at exit 18 of the subway followed by the address.
Thank you again for a memorable experience!
by Sandy (12/01/17)
The Nishiki Market tour was thoroughly enjoyable and delicious too. Yumiko was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic as she guided me through the great variety of traditional foods of Kyoto. In addition to that, Yumiko was incredibly helpful in getting me in the right direction after the tour to my next destination. Thanks, Yumiko!
by Warren (11/24/17)
Our tour was excellent and tour guide guide, "Fuji-san", was knowledgeable and super friendly. Got to sample a bunch of different types of food in the Nishiki Market, worth going on the tour.
by Hau (11/24/17)
We took this tour and despite the heavy downpour of rain it was not uncomfortable because the Nishiki market is covered. Yumiko was our guide and we spent a wonderful afternoon with her.She was gracious, informative not only about food but history and culture and well prepared with water, wipes etc. And she was eager to answer any questions and also mindful as to our comfort.
We would highly recommend this tour as the knowledge gained will enrich your trip to Japan.Also meeting Yumiko was like an outing with a friend.Thanks again Yumiko for a lovely experience.Best Wishes from the Japanese Canadian women
by Snow (11/01/17)
My wife and i had the privilege of visiting Nishiki market and Gion with Yumiko! It was a wonderful experience and definitely the best way to really get immersed in the culture and learn about it. Yumiko took us through the market, gave us the historical background, described the shops in fantastic detail, and had delicious food tasting lined-up for us.
My wife and I both had so many questions about Kyoto and Japan more generally, Yumiko was great at breaking down and explaining everything for us. This tour was an excellent experience which I hope we will have the chance to have again soon!
by Azzy (10/27/17)
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)