Guided tour

Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

From $86.57 per person

Visit Nishiki Market and discover “Kyoto’s Kitchen.” Taste local food and learn about Japanese culture along the way. Enjoy some matcha tea and Japanese sweets in the geisha district of Gion.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 6 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Taste many types of food unique to Kyoto
  • Visit the historic Nishiki Market
  • Learn more about the culture of geisha and "maiko"
Full description
Start at the 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, Japanese Pike Conger Eel, Sake, and etc. Then, rest your appetite by visiting a nearby shrine dedicated to the God of Education. Head for Pontocho Street by crossing 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 the tour will lead you to Gion district (which is also another Geisha district). 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 will you be educated about the Geisha tradition, you may even meet one. The tour finishes in Gion District on Shijo Street. From the finishing point, you can easily access Kiyomizudera which is most famous temple in Kyoto known for its stage with a great view.
Includes
  • English guide
  • Food on the menu
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

In front of main gate of Daimaru Kyoto department. It's in front of the "Shijo Takakura bus stop" along main big Shijo-dori street. There are two Daimaru department stores. This is not Fujii Daimaru. Please be careful, if you come by taxi.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Rain gear

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • If you have severe dietary restrictions, it may not be possible to arrange food for you
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 22 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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Mimi was amazing! She was punctual when she met us and so sweet. It was a small group of us (only four people, not including Mimi, our guide) so we were able to ask a ton of questions and take our time. She’s got some great suggestions for additional things to see and do while in Kyoto as well.

September 11, 2019

Awesome food and guide

The guide, Fuji-san, was incredibly nice and accomodating, guiding us through Nishiki market and Gion for 4 1/2 hours! The tour was really fun with lots of yummy food and interesting information about the market and Gion. We still tried new things and learned new things even though it was not our first time in Kyoto. Awesome tour! Well worth the money!

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June 13, 2017

Great time with Fuji

Our guide "Fuji" was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable as well just a sweet person. She was very understanding as another tour patron and I "went rogue" and started buying small treats like octopus-on-a-stick. (we kept our place in the tour) The tour included much more than I thought, and the details just kept coming. I would highly recommend.

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October 21, 2016

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