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, Sesame Cracker, Croquette, 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 yourself 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 the crowded streets and into the more photogenic and hidden soft spots. Not only will you be educated about the Geisha tradition (we call them Maiko or Geiko), you may even meet one if you're lucky.
As a final stop, we will take a local train and head to the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine (Thousands of red Torii gate).
During the tour, you can talk and discuss your trip with your local guide.
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM (4.0 hours)
Daimaru (Karasuma) / Fushimi Inari Shrine
For a prompt departure at 11:00 AM.
Please arrive by 10:45 am and meet in front of Kyoto Daimaru Department Store.
・There are two Daimaru Department Stores. We will NOT meet at the FUJI Daimaru Department Store.
・The Daimaru Department Store is in front of the "Shijo Takakura bus stop" along the main Shijo-Dori Street.
・Please be careful, if you come by taxi.
PRICE (PER PERSON)
Approximately 3:00 PM
1. Yuba(Tofu skin)
2. Sesame Cracker
3. Hamo (Daggertooth pike conger)
4. Japanese omelet
7. Japanese sweets
*Menu will be changed depending on the season or the condition of the stores.
*If you have severe dietary restrictions, it may not be possible to arrange food for you.
・Food (Menu Above)
・Train Ticket Fee to the Fushimi Inari Shrine
・If you have any food allergies or you could not eat anything, please let us know.
・This is a group tour.
・We will leave at 11:00 am 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 as to when the tour ends, if you have an appointment or plan right after this tour, please let us know in advance.
【Pricing & Payment】
・All payment is expected before the tour.
・We define a participant over the age of 12 years old as an adult.
・Children between the ages of 4 – 12 years old are considered a child.
– (A child's price is 70% of an adult's price)
・Children under 3 years old are free (w/o Food).
【Private Tour Option】
・If you would like to do a PRIVATE tour, please send an inquiry to us.
– (TOTAL PRICE = 18,000 JPY [Basic fee] + 7,000 JPY/person)
– (If your group is equal or less than 4. Over 4 it's 11,500/ person)
We've had an excellent tour with Hiromi. We've tried so many new things on the Nishiki Market. Our daughters really enjoyed the tofu-donuts.
We also liked the combination with the 2 tempels, where Hiromi could explain us a lot. The stone on the Fushimi Inari Shrine was quite heavy!
Hiromi is a very nice lady, very kind. And flexible as well, which was great with the high temperatures and our two young girls.
Thank you, Hiromi!
by Wardit (08/19/19)
Excellent tour.with Yasuna.
by Lee (04/14/19)
COME HUNGRY! This is a real food tour. Going to a market like this can be so overwhelming what to try, what exactly are you eating, and this tour goes to so many store fronts to learn about the local food. We try Japanese omelet (which is different than in Tokyo), Sake, sweet, rice ball, fish cake, and soy milk donuts (which were my favorite) and tofu skin. Going through this tour helped me throughout the rest of the my stay in Kyoto. From there, we went to Fushimi Inari. I enjoyed going there with a guide just to learn the history of the shrines and some of the local customs. Thank you so much for an amazing tour!!!
by CROW (04/03/19)
Naomi was an excellent guide for our tour. She was informative and we tried many types of Japanese food as well as learning about the culture.it was a wonderful experience, thanks Naomi!