Kyoto Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour
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Stop At: Nishiki Market Shopping District, 609 Nishidaimonjicho Tominokoji Dori Shijoagaru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture
Visit 130 local shops in Nishiki Market and learn the local food culture!!
You can have several traditional foods such as Yuba (Tofu Skin), Rice Ball, Freid Fish Cake, Hamo (Sea Eel), Japanese Omelet, and Sake.
Also, you could sample various foods such as Pickled Vegetables, Japanese Spices, Chestnuts, Beans, Seaweed snacks, Honey Drink, and so on!!
Apart from Food, there are also knife shops, soap shop, Fabric shops. You could find what you want wiz local knowledgeable guides!!
Duration: 1 hour 50 minutes
Stop At: Nishiki Tenmangu, 537 Nakanocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8042 Kyoto Prefecture
You will know how to pray in Japanese Shinto Shrine.
Also, you could know the basics about the worships among Japanese People.
If you like, you can try a fortune paper.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Pontocho, BetweenKamogawa and Kiyamachi-dori, Nakagyo, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture
After Nishiki Tenmangu, you will go through Shinkyogoku Modern Shopping Street, Kawaramachi Street, and Kiyamachi Street.
Since Kiyamachi Street is famous for Cherry Blossom (Sakura), you could view the blooming cherry in Spring.
In other season, you can enjoy the quiet atmosphere with canal.
After Kiyamachi Street, you will go through hidden alley and arrive to Pontocho Backstreet.
Since Pontocho is one of Maiko (Geisha) Districts, if you are lucky, you can see Maiko!!
Duration: 15 minutes
Pass By: Shijo Bridge, Nakagyoku - Higashiyamaku, Kyoto Kyoto Prefecture
To visit Gion District, you will across beautiful Shijo Bridge!!
On the bridge, you could see ducks. And if you are lucky, you could see wild heron.
Stop At: The Site of Kitaza, Kawabatadori Shijo Agaru Higashigawa, Higashiyama, Kyoto 605-0079 Kyoto Prefecture
You will have original Kyoto Sweets in the beautiful building renovated from Kabuki Theater.
The sweets is traditional one, but you can enjoy it by the unique way.
You can eat it just here!!
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Gion Shirakawa, Higashiyama-ku along Shirakawa River Minamidori, Kyoto 605-0000 Kyoto Prefecture
After having sweets, you will head to Gion Shirakawa area where is also famous for cherry blossom
You will see the traditional well-preserved townhouse area.
There are many houses relating to Maiko.
There is also Tatsumi Shrine which is known in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha".
If you have an interest, the guide tell you about the details of Maiko's life.
Duration: 15 minutes
- Local and Professional guide
- Food tasting
- Lunch (Tofu skin, Sesami Cracker, Daggertooth pike conger eel, Omelet, Croquette, Sake, Sweets)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Transportation fee to meeting point
- Other personal expenses
- Extra foods
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Minimum drinking age is 20 years in Japan
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- If you have any food restrictions, please let us know in advance definitely.
- If you will come with a stroller, please let us know in advance. Nishiki market is very crowded sometimes.
- Most travelers can participate
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
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!
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.
I'm not usually someone who does tours but I decided to give this a try and was pleasantly surprised. Naomi our guide was wonderful and we ended up being able to sample a wide array of foods while also learning about them. At the end of the tour they even gave us recommendations on where to head out for drinks and my new tour group friends and I went out after and had a wonderful time.
Fabulous tour! We had two guides, Aiko and Tanake for our group of 3. They were funny, informative and provided us with just enough of the Japanese cultural history. They knew all of the Nishiki Market vendors and were familiar with their food offerings. Great day! Highly recommend!