The food culture of Kyoto is deeply rooted in the city’s rich history. Factors such as access to high-quality regional produce and Kyoto’s place as the ancient political capital influenced the local cuisine, known as Kyo Ryori. Kyoto is also famous for its extravagant Kaiseki cuisine and the Buddhist Shojin Ryori cuisine, but the city also has local street food. Learn about Kyoto cuisine while touring the city in this Kyoto Food Tour! Explore Kyoto, visiting Nishiki Market, the Gion geisha district, and the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine on this food tour.
You’ll start at the 400-year-old Nishiki Market, known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen” for its history of providing locals with fresh produce and seafood. Over 130 shops line this undercover market. Then, you’ll rest your belly as you visit a local shrine dedicated to the God of Education. You’ll wander down to Pontocho Alley via the Teramachi Shopping Arcade. Feast your eyes upon modern Japanese culture here in the busy downtown area, then take a turn into Pontocho, one of Kyoto’s 5 geisha districts, full of beautifully preserved wooden buildings.
You’ll find yourself strolling across the Kamogawa River, tasting Japanese wagashi sweets, before heading to the more prominent geisha district of Gion. Your guide will lead you away from the crowds and into some secret spots, perfect for photo-taking. The final stop of this Kyoto Food Tour is the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine, famous for its thousands of red torii gates. After eating some delicious Kyoto food and exploring the city during this Kyoto Food Tour, you’ll leave with a satisfied tummy.
-Yuba (tofu skin)
-Fried fish cake
-Hamo (daggertooth pike conger)
-Sake (Japanese rice wine)
-Japanese wagashi sweets
*The menu may vary depending on the season
Discover the best of food in Kyoto, exploring the Nishiki Markets, the beautiful Gion geisha district, and the iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine
Enjoy learning about Kyoto’s rich history and gain knowledge about the culture of food in Kyoto with the help of your local English-speaking guide
Taste 7 different types of local Kyoto food along the way
A 4-hour Kyoto Food Tour, covering the Nishiki Markets, the Gion area, and Fushimi Inari Shrine
An English-speaking guide to teach you all about Kyoto cuisine and the city’s history, and Japanese food
7 different dishes to try along the way (see menu)
Train ticket fee to Fushimi Inari Shrine
Additional food, drink, or souvenir purchases
Meeting Point and Meeting Time:
The meeting point is in front of the Daimaru Karasuma Department Store on Shijo-dori Street, located in front of the Shijo Takakura Bus Stop. Please keep in mind that there are two Daimaru department stores, and that this meeting point is NOT at the Fuji Daimaru department store.
This food tour starts strictly on time. Please be respectful of the other guests. If guests do not arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will begin regardless.
Please notify us in advance if there are any food restrictions, preferences, and allergies (e.g. gluten allergy, vegetarian, vegan).
Minimum drinking age is strictly 20 years and above in Japan, so participants must be 20 years or older to join this tour.
Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking.