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Discover Kyoto's renowned cuisine on a walking tour of Nishiki Market with a food specialist guide. Nishiki Market has been at the heart of Kyoto’s culinary world for centuries, and it features a range of Japanese cuisine and Kyoto specialties, in addition to cookware, fresh produce and other goods. Spend three hours in the famous market, tasting different food items as your guide provides a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culinary offerings. Your tour includes a full lunch along with many samples — bring your curiosity and appetite!
  • A 3-hour tour of Nishiki Market in Kyoto
  • Taste your way through Kyoto’s famous food market
  • Learn about Japanese cuisine from a culinary expert
  • Sample foods throughout the market
  • Savor a delicious lunch
  • Small-group tour limited to six people to ensure quality
After you make your way to the designated meeting point, your guide greets you and provides an overview of the beginnings of the Nishiki Market. Walk through the market alleyways to see a Shinto shrine that marks the birthplace of the market.

Also known as ‘Kyoto's kitchen,’ Nishiki Market is located inside a fully enclosed building and stays open year-round selling the ingredients and specialty items that make Kyoto a famous food destination. You can find all things food related at numerous vendor stalls, shops and kitchens, including fresh seafood and produce, savory and sweet snacks, bowls of ramen, sake, Kyoto specialties, cookware and more.

Your expert guide — who may be a chef, a food critic, or a culinary historian or anthropologist — leads you to the best spots in the large market. Sample a range of foods throughout the tour as your guide shares informative commentary about what the foods you taste at the different stalls. You'll get to try several Kyoto-specific foods, like tsukemono (pickled vegetables), wagashi (Japanese tea sweets), traditional Kyoto vegetables and more before enjoying a full lunch.

During the tour, learn about the four types of Kyoto cuisine: obanzai (home cooking), kaiseki (which developed out of the tea ceremony), vegetarian shojin-ryori (eaten at Zen temples) and yusoku-ryori (cuisine of the imperial court). Your guide also explains washoku (traditional Japanese food), which has become increasingly popular around the world and is now on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

By the end of the tour, you’ll have a new appreciation for Japanese cuisine and a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culinary offerings.


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, Dec 2016

This tour was in important intro to our week in Kyoto, and tasty fun besides! The 3.5 hour actually ran to 4 because we lingered with our guide over the included lunch and featured tons of thing to taste and examine. It's an absolute must for the 'foodie' tourist.

Tad, our American guide has lived in Kyoto for 20 years, and regaled us with in-depth history of the food traditions of the ancient capital. The tour is a long walk but an extremely comfortable slow-pace, as we constantly stopped for explanations, or to try tasty-looking mysterious things Not mysterious to Tad, who buys the samples for the guests.

The market is overwhelming without an insiders' info: why do the bean stores sell gift boxes? What's the fishy chunk of wood? Do Kyoto citizens really eat that much candy? Why is celery sold by-the-rib? Only your guide knows this and more.
I recommend taking this tour on your very first day in Kyoto, because what you learn about the city's food which is a distinct cuisine from the rest of Japan will inform everything you eat for the remainder of your stay. One of the highlights of our week!

, Jun 2016

Alex and Marie (our guides) were fantastic. Very knowledgeable in Kyoto food. We had a bonus because we were schooled in knives which my husband found to be more interesting than the food information. I highly recommend this tour especially if it is your first time in Kyoto.

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