Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour
Hosted by Anne and Lauren
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Number of Guests
2 - 10 guests
Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, With green tea, With lunch
Immerse yourself in Nishiki Market, a thriving hub of delicious smells, sounds, and sights, where food lovers from all walks of life collide.
Visit family-owned shops and stalls to sample local and seasonal food
Interact with local craftspeople and street vendors, hearing stories about the history and culture of the culinary hub of Nishiki Market from our local guide
Fresh seafood, local snacks and tastings, and other specialty items are just a few things you will taste and learn about from your local guide.
3-hour walking food tour in the world-famous Nishiki Market.
Explore the building blocks of what makes Japanese food special and why this historic cuisine has been given UNESCO World Heritage Status.
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.
Seasonal and regional lunch and food tastings at the market included
Visit around 10 market vendors and taste the flavors of Kyoto
Japanese tea included
Hotel pick-up not included
Additional drinks or food (not included but possible to purchase at guest expense)
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet-up details will be sent to your provided email upon booking is confirmed. If you don't receive details, please contact us.
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.
Nishiki Market is made up by over 130 shopfronts and restaurants spread across 5 blocks. Known as the “Kitchen of Kyoto” for over 400 years, the market sells all kinds of regional produce and locally-made goods. Visiting Nishiki Market makes for a wonderful sensory overload: feeding the eyes with colorful produce, stimulating the nose with the aroma of street food, and tantalizing the taste buds with fresh seafood and delicious local sake. Nishiki Tenmangu Shrine lies at the eastern end of Nishiki Market, intersecting the equally-as-long Teramachi Shopping Arcade.
Place a Booking
Select at least 2 guests
Select at least 2 guests
(13 - 90)
(3 - 12)
Earliest available date: October 3, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.