Nishiki Market and Gion Tour in Kyoto

Hosted by Yu and His Team
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Experience Details
Experience Location
3 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 8 guests
Japanese, English
Gluten-free, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Regional food, With sake
Explore the local food of Nishiki Market, then perhaps catch a glimpse of a geisha during this food tour of Nishiki Market and Gion.
Discover the best of food in Kyoto, exploring the Nishiki Market and the streets of Gion, the beautiful old geisha district
Enjoy learning about the local food at Nishiki Market and Kyoto’s rich history of the Gion area with insights from your English-speaking guide
Taste 7 different types of local Kyoto food at Nishiki Market
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Kyoto is full of beautiful temples and shrines, galleries and gardens, and of course, wonderful Japanese food. The famous Nishiki Market in the center of town is one of the best places to try locally-made produce and local Kyoto foods. In a narrow, undercover market, you’ll find hundreds of shops selling all kinds of fascinating pickles and high-grade sake, as well as seafood and street food galore. Another famous district in Kyoto, Gion is full of shops and tea houses where you can still see beautiful geisha today. Filled with beautiful old buildings and cobbled streets, it’s one of the most picturesque areas in the city; you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Discover two of these iconic areas during a Nishiki Market and Gion Tour in Kyoto, two essential tourist stops to tick off your Kyoto bucket list. Reward your taste buds and experience these iconic attractions during this Nishiki Market and Gion Tour, where you’ll be able to try a number of local Kyoto foods while sightseeing along the way. This walking tour will guide you through the Nishiki Market, strolling along with expert insights from a local guide. You’ll head for Pontocho Alley, another district with traditional wooden buildings, via the bustling Teramachi Shopping Arcade, as well as Shijo and Kiyamachi Streets. Tasting local Japanese wagashi sweets, you’ll look out onto the Kamogawa River, before heading down to see Gion for yourself (and maybe even spot a geisha if you’re lucky!) Taste the flavors of Kyoto in Nishiki Market, and get a healthy kick of nostalgia in Gion; this Nishiki Market and Gion Tour in Kyoto makes for a great day out sightseeing and snacking on some of Kyoto’s best foods. Menu: -Yuba (tofu skin) -Onigiri rice ball -Fried fish cake -Hamo (daggertooth pike conger) -Japanese omelet -Sake (Japanese rice wine) -Japanese wagashi sweets *The menu is subject to vary depending on the season or the condition of the stores
A 3-hour Nishiki Market and Gion Tour in Kyoto, covering the Nishiki Market and the Gion district
An English-speaking guide to shed knowledge on local food in Kyoto and the history of the city
Tastings of 7 different dishes along the way (food menu below)
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.
Experience Location
Gion is the traditional entertainment center of Kyoto, where arts like kabuki theater, tea ceremony, and flower arrangement have flourished for hundreds of years. Gion is one of five hanamachi (geiko or geisha communities) in Kyoto. Some of the most gorgeous traditional tea houses are also in Gion, and geisha can be seen moving between ochaya tea houses, on their way to a performance. During sakura season, maiko and geiko perform at the Miyako Odori, one of the largest annual spring shows. But all year round, Shirakawa Dori (Shirakawa Street) is a stunning and timeless sight.
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Earliest available date: September 28, 2023
¥ 13,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals