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)
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)