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Nishiki Market Tour and Donburi Cooking Class

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Experience Details
Experience Location
3 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 8 guests
Japanese, English
Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, With green tea
Discover the culinary wonders of "Kyoto's Kitchen" and explore Nishiki Market with a local guide. Head back to the cooking studio to make a rice bowl using ingredients bought at Nishiki Market.


Learn about the culture and history of Japanese cuisine and Nishiki Market
Sample some delicious Japanese food throughout the tour
Purchase fresh ingredients during the Nishiki Market tour to make your own donburi rice bowl!
Head back to the cooking studio and learn how to make donburi from scratch
Finish the combined food tour and cooking class by eating your delicious rice bowl
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 7 meals

Experience Details

Running through the heart of Kyoto’s bustling downtown area, Nishiki Market has long been known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen,” with hundreds of stalls running down a packed undercover arcade. Spanning multiple blocks, it’s a popular spot for locals to grab street food and local produce, with lots of fresh ingredients and delicious foods to taste. A feast for the senses with over 1200 years of history, Nishiki Market has been serving the beautiful cultural capital of Kyoto the tastiest local offerings for centuries. Join this Nishiki Market Tour and Donburi Cooking Class for an awesome combination experience During this Nishiki Market Tour and Donburi Cooking Class, it’s the perfect opportunity to be able to explore the best of Nishiki Market with the help of a local guide. Your guide will explain different local ingredients and traditional preparation methods, and you’ll be able to taste various types of unique Japanese foods along the way. In this combined food tour and cooking class, after the Nishiki Market tour, you’ll head back to the cooking studio to make your very own delicious donburi, using ingredients that you bought at Nishiki Market! But what is a donburi? A donburi is a classic rice bowl dish that’s commonly eaten in Japan, a comforting and simple meal usually with meat or vegetables served over a fluffy bed of rice. You’ll find donburi served at restaurants, though it’s often made at home, too. There are several different types of donburi. When seafood is served over a rice bowl, it’s called “kaisendon;” when the topping is deep-fried tempura, it’s a “tendon;” while beef over rice is known as a “gyudon.” During this Nishiki Market Tour and Donburi Cooking Class, you’ll be make a tendon, oyakodon (chicken and egg donburi) or a kaisendon.


Japanese food samples during the Nishiki Market tour
Cost of ingredients purchased to make a donburi bowl during the food tour
Utensils, tools, and equipment to make various donburi
Recipes in English
Complimentary green tea


Additional food or drink purchases during the Nishiki Market tour

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

Nishiki Market Western Side Entrance. Our instructors will welcome you there!


For vegetarian customers, fish and meat can be replaced with vegetables and other ingredients.
Other dietary requirements can be accommodated for, please let us know.
Children under 5 are free of charge.
Upon booking, you can expect a confirmation within 24 hours. Once confirmed, present your booking information at the experience.

Cancellation Policy

Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

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.
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Earliest available date: July 15, 2024
¥ 9,500
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Host will donate 7 meals