Nishiki Market, nicknamed “Kyoto’s Kitchen,” is the beating heart of Kyoto’s food scene. People from all walks of life, from grandparents to children, street vendors to wholesalers, all come together to buy, sell, and celebrate Kyoto’s local produce, sizzling street food, and traditional crafts. There’s an abundance of local Kyoto specialties, like tofu, tsukemono (pickles), and sweets to be tried from little family-run shops. With an overwhelming amount to see, smell, and taste, the local guide will help you wind your way through the crowds and introduce you to Kyoto’s hidden gems. You’ll learn about the journey of these local specialties after they’re plucked from the ground, find out about how they make their way to Nishiki Market, and how they can be used in various recipes.
With over 400 years of history, food lovers and history buffs alike will be awed by Nishiki Market and the local people who are responsible for its spirited and lively atmosphere. Come along on this Nishiki Market Tour to experience the treasures of Kyoto’s most celebrated market. A street food paradise, your eyes will feast upon colorful pickles, adorable hand-crafted wagashi (Japanese sweets), smoky skewers of meat, and silky blocks of tofu. Then, you’ll get a chance to try these Kyoto delicacies for yourself! Handcrafted and engraved chopsticks and the glint of high-end Aritsugu knives might catch your eye, and so will the gorgeous Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine, built over 1000 years ago, glowing with lanterns.
3-hour tour of the lively Nishiki Market in downtown Kyoto
Try Nishiki Market specialties, for example: Tsukemono (Japanese pickles), Yuuba (sashimi tofu made with the purest Kyoto water), Kamaboko (fish cake), Tako tamago (octopus with quail egg)
7-course lunch meal at a local restaurant
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting location is in front of Lacoste Kyoto Store, Kawaramachi.
The food tour starts strictly on time. If guests do not arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will begin regardless, and no refund shall be given.
Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.