After a busy day in Kyoto visiting galleries, temple hopping, and souvenir shopping, a Kyoto Night Food Tour is an amazing way to explore the city at night. In this intimate walking tour, you’ll be in a group of no more than 6 people exploring the Gion District and Pontocho in the downtown area. At a few food stops, you can enjoy mingling among locals as you eat regional Kyoto specialties at 2 standing bar venues, while your English-speaking guide entertains you with stories and tidbits about Kyoto’s history, food culture, and nightlife.
At your first stop in Gion, let your guide introduce you to the world of geiko entertainment in Kyoto (more commonly known as geisha), and why they’re called that in this city. Gion, the resident geisha district, is well-preserved and offers a hit of nostalgia, where you might see a geiko, traditionally dressed and elegantly moving throughout the area at twilight. You’ll wander through the cobbled streets before heading to your first foodie venue. You’ll taste a number of dishes of Kyoto cuisine and wash it down with a local craft beer, some shochu, or sake! Whatever you fancy, your friendly guide can help you with any dietary requirements or preferences you may have.
You’ll head across the Kamogawa River to the youthful downtown area, where restaurants and entertainment awaits in the streets of Pontocho, Kiyamachi, and the Kawaramachi main street. You’ll explore the narrow streets of Pontocho, tiny streets lined with well-preserved traditional wooden houses that have been renovated into cool restaurants and bars. Next, you’ll visit a small local venue and enjoy some more Kyoto culinary delights with another drink. At the end of your Kyoto Night Food Tour, you’ll appreciate local foods from Kyoto and the city’s vibrant culture and nightlife, where past and present coexist.
A 3-hour food tour of Gion and Pontocho in Kyoto
An English-speaking local guide
2 drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options available)
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting point is in front of Gion Shijo Station, Exit #5
The minimum drinking age is 20 years and above in Japan. Alternative drinks will be served for participants who are below 20 years old
Please be reminded to wear comfortable shoes because there will be a lot of walking