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 locals, 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 spots. Not only you will be educated about the Geisha tradition (we call them Maiko or Geiko), you may even meet one if you're lucky.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm (3.0 hours)
Kyoto Daimaru Department (Karasuma) / Gion area
For a prompt departure at 11:00 AM.
Please arrive by 10:45 AM and meet in front of the 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 2:00 PM
1. Yuba (Tofu skin)
2. Sesame Cracker
3. Hamo (Daggertooth pike conger)
4. Japanese omelet
5. Sake (High Quality Daiginjyo)
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)
・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 at when the tour ends, if you have an appointment or plan right after this tour, please let us know in advance.
【Pricing & Payment】
・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).
・All payment is expected before the tour.
【Private Tour Option】
・If you would like to do a PRIVATE tour, please send an 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)