Kyoto FooDrink Tour @Nishiki street & Gion

  • ¥ 9,500
  • 3.0 hours
  • Max 8 Guests


Gain a thoroughly enjoyable introduction to Kyoto’s food culture with this small-group guided tour for the city’s best eating spots. Start at the deliciously vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls will beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the Market and learn about its history and taste the various dishes unique to Kyoto including: Tofu Skin, rice ball, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, Japanese omelet and Sake.

Then rest your appetite by visiting a nearby shrine dedicated to the God of Education.

Then head for Pontocho Street; To arrive here, we must cross through Teramachi Street, Shijo Street and Kiyamachi Street- all of which will enable you to immerse in modern Japanese culture. Pontocho street is very special, even for natives, because it is one out of the five Geisha districts in Kyoto. From here, you will walk across the majestic Kamo river and taste local sweets.

The final section of this tour will lead you to Gion district (which is also another Geisha area). The guide will take you out of mainstream hustle and bustle of crowded streets and into photogenic and hidden soft spots. Not only will be educated about the Geisha tradition (we call them Maiko or Geiko), you may even meet one, if you're lucky enough.

11:00 - 14:00 (3.0 hours)
Daimaru(Karasuma) / Gion Hanami koji street
Please arrive by 10:45 am @in front of Kyoto Daimaru department for a prompt departure at 11:00 AM.
*It's in front of the "Shijo Takakura bus stop" along main big Shijo-dori street.
*We have two Daimaru department. This is NOT FUJI Daimaru.
*Please be careful, if you come by taxi.
PRICE (1 person)
9,500 JPY
Approximately 2:00 PM.
1. Okaki (Rice Cracker)
 2. Yuba(Tofu skin)
3. Fried fish cake
4. Hamo (Daggertooth pike conger)
5. Japanese omelet
6. Sake
7. Japanese sweets
*Menu would be changed depending on the season or condition of the stores
English guide
Food (menu above)
Hotel pick-up
  • ・If you have any food allergy or you couldn’t eat anything, please let us know
  • ・This is a group tour
  • ・We will leave at 11:00am sharp, so please make sure to be there on time!
  • ・Please come with comfortable walking shoes as this tour is mainly a walking tour.
  • ・There could be a delay at when tour ends, if you have an appointment or plan right after this tour, please let us know in advance.
  • ・We defined over 12 years old as adult, 4-12 years old as child.
    Children price is 70% as adults. After booking for adults, we send link to pay for children.
    under 3 years old are free(w/o food).
  • ・If you would like to do PRIVATE tour, please send inquiry to us.
    TOTAL PRICE= 12,000 JPY [Basic fee] + 6,500 JPY/person (If your group is equal or less than 4. Over 4 it's 9,500/ person)
  • ・All payment is expected before tour.


Customer's Voice (81)

We cannot recommend this food tour highly enough. We were lucky enough to have our guide Keiko to ourselves for the tour and she proved to be a highly knowledgeable and friendly companion for the duration of the tour. We tasted various wonderful foods that we would not have tried independently whilst enjoying the atmosphere of the Nishiki market and Gion area. Many thanks for such a wonderful experience Judith & Gordon
by J&G (11/17/18)
Great experience and incredible food! Akiko has been a fantastic guide that drove us to best stalls in the market where we could taste amazing food . Thanks her I now now a little more about the delicious Japanese food. Thank you again and look forward to coming back to Kyoto soon.
by Elena0411 (11/02/18)
This is Eli, a participant of the 10/25 FooDrink Tour. The tour was fun because Hiromi-san was friendly and generous about her local stories. It would be great to have a chance to tour with Hiromi-san again in the future.
by utalap (10/30/18)
We thoroughly enjoyed having AKI as our guide during our food and drink tour through the markets and the Geisha district. Aki was extremely knowledgeable and we feel we got to experience the local traditional cuisine which we would not have done otherwise. We would highly recommend Aki as a guide as the tour added a different dimension to our time in Kyoto.
by Neil (10/29/18)
Great way to see and experience an amazing, huge, diverse place. Guide was very knowledgeable and adaptable. Recommend to all.
by Cheryl (10/09/18)
A must do preferably on your first day. Our guides Kazu And Roo were excellent. They gave us a great introduction not only on the food culture in Kyoto but also the sites in Gion. Had an great time . This tour and the Arishayama tours are highly recommended. Thanks Kazu and Roo.
by LeilaNY (10/04/18)
Such a great tour of Kyoto. Very friendly staff, extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Spoke great English and showed great spots that would be tough to find without local help!
by William Crown (09/15/18)
We did a food tour of the Nishiki market with Kaori-san who was very knowledgeable, spoke English with great clarity. We tasted delicious snacks while learning about the origins of the food we were eating and various Japanese traditions concerning a particular food item. Kaori-san seemed to know the store owners, for example when we were tasting eel, she asked the kind man who was cleaning the fish to come out and show my daughter the meticulous process of deboning the fish! Kaori-san managed to make the tour interesting not only for me and my husband but also for my daughter who is 8 and my mother. Given that we are staying in Kyoto for four months, Kaori-san also provided us with extra information on resources we can use while we are in the city. Show less
by KyotoInFall (09/14/18)
Great tour of Kyoyo Nishiki Market ending in the Gion Geisha district. Keiko was generous with the samples and I tried and enjoyed some things I would definetly wouldn't have known to try by myself. The Hamo was a highlight definetly Oishi!!
by Ross (09/10/18)
This was by far the best tour we had in Japan. It was very informative with lots of history, interesting facts and tidbits. Our guide Naomi (Connie) was very amicable, and friendly and made us feel very welcome. She also taught us small phrases (like Okini, oishi katta) which made a huge impact when interacting with locals. She highlighted the best aspects of the Kyoto street food and was very informative when answering our questions. At times she even gave us privacy to take photos or enjoy certain areas and was very helpful; pushing our baby stroller at times and taking our group pictures and emailing it that night. I highly recommend this tour and her. We were lucky enough to see two mikkos.
by #Japanwondertravel (09/08/18)
Very unique experience and tasty food with good sake
by Raymond chua (08/25/18)
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!
by Devin (08/21/18)
My husband and I did this tour with Keiko in July. It was the best tour we did in Japan. Keiko was a lot of fun, great English and lots of interesting information about Japan. We asked her lots and lots of questions and learnt so much. The trip through the markets and trying different foods was great. Keiko even bought a gift for our son who was sick and couldn't make it on the tour. We easily found the meeting point from the directions and were greeted by 2 smiling friendly guides. We highly recommend this tour and can't thank Keiko enough for being such a friendly and informative guide.
by Ann (07/27/18)
We had an excellent tour with Kaori. So far it has been the best walking tour we have had in Japan. Lots of great information, interacting with locals with our guide as an interpreter, and we are so many foods I have never heard of! I highly recommend this tour.
by Claire (07/25/18)
We loved our tour with Naomi!! She was so informative and took the time to let us go through the market and make stops if we wanted. She was bright and funny and really made sure we enjoyed ourselves!! She went above and beyond the description to show us a few extra things! We loved her and highly recommend this tour. You got lots of food and a good idea about Kyoto’s culture.
by Andie (07/18/18)
The tour exceeded our expectations. It was very enjoyable and I would definitely recommend it. Our guide, Aki, was brilliant. An amazing introduction to Kyoto.
by Jude (07/18/18)
We had a super time exploring Nishiki market with Ellie san. She introduced us to typical Japanese food like soy doughnut and various other delicacies. She took us for a unique Japanese dessert. The tour ended with a short walk around Gion. An excellent tour.
by Amitesh (06/21/18)
5/5 Sternen Wir können nur positives über Japan Wonder Travel berichten Die Buchung und Bezahlung lief ohne Probleme. Unsere Kyoto Tour haben wir über AirBnB gebucht. Die Begrüßung am Treffpunkt war sehr herzlich und man fühlte sich gleich wohl. Zur Tour selber. Sie war sehr interessant und geschmacklich ein wahres Erlebnis. Am Ende der Tour war nicht nur unser Magen gefüllt sonder auch unsere Einkaufstaschen. Es gab einfach zu viele leckere Sachen die wir auch zu Hause nochmal essen wollten. Ein Tipp: Wenn ihr diese Tour bucht kommt mit einem leeren Magen und freut euch auf viele leckere Snacks von sauer bis süß.
by Tina (06/20/18)
Fuiji was a warm and knowledgeable tour guide who really went the extra mile to make sure we learned the ins and outs of Kyoto food. In addition, she sprinkled in some history and culture, which made the tour the perfect introduction to Kyoto. Delicious and informative. Highly recommend!
by ACD (06/07/18)
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)