Guided tour

Kyoto Nishiki Market Food Tour

4.8 / 5

12 reviews

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

Kyoto Nishiki Market Food Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

From US$ 193 per person

Enjoy a walking food tour through the Nishiki Food Market, an area known to locals as the Kitchen of Kyoto.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 10 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Sample and taste your way around the marking visiting 12 family owned shops some dating back hundreds of years
  • Try the world's smoothest sashimi tofu, macha, dashi tamagoyaki and fresh seafood
  • Learn about the process of production from harvest, to sale at the market to preservation
  • Explore the flavors that make Kyoto cuisine special
Full description
Your experience will include stops at family owned stalls and shops which have stood the test of time. At a few of the stops sample specialty products like tsukemono (vegetables from the surrounding mountains preserved in vinegar), yuuba (the world’s smoothest sashimi tofu made from the world famous Kyoto mountain water), Kamaboko (seafood preserved in fish paste), Tako (Octopus with quail egg) and Macha Warabi Mochi (a special traditional sweet covered in ground tea leaves). During the tour learn detailed information about the ingredients of different Japanese dishes, how their food is prepared and what is used to eat it. Your experience will do more than just give you a chance to taste Kyoto’s delicious food but will also give you a sense the history and atmosphere of the Nishiki Market experienced by the Japanese for generations. You will be consumed with physical and visual stimuli every step of the way and enjoy stories from the past told directly from shopkeepers and families you will spend time with. After your market exploration walk to a nearby restaurant and have a course lunch featuring beautiful and delicious local dishes.
Includes
  • Delicious local food included
  • Visit 10-12 market vendors and taste the flavors of Kyoto
  • Japanese tea
  • Pick-up and drop off

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Meeting point

Outside Lacoste Kawaramachi, Kyoto 604-8005. Your guide will be there holding a sign. Please note we can only wait an additional five minutes after the starting time and then the tour will depart. In addition to our limited five-minute grace period, please note that we cannot give directions or contact the guides on the phone once the tour begins. This is to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all guests on the tour, And also to respect our relationships with restaurants.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • Please inform of any food allergies or dietary requirements
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A copy of your passport information is required for all participants aged 10 and over
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 12 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    5/5

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Kohei is a delightful young man.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with our guide,Kohei. He was well prepared and very gracious as well as being and interesting person with international experiences. The only thing I thought he lacked was information and insights about the foods and products that a person like his mother, who shopped daily at the Nishiki Market, might have had

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May 7, 2018

Great experience! They walk you thru the Nishiki Market and give you opportunities to try some of the foods. Our guide, Ida, was excellent!

November 4, 2019

Very interesting visit.

The Abiyam guide was very friendly and available. Explanations on the history of the market and the different stalls very complete. The lunch that closed the tour was fantastic. Very nice morning.

June 1, 2019

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