Nishiki Food Market Tours

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With more than 100 shops, stalls, and vendors selling everything from fresh-off-the-boat fish and seafood, to tasty sweets and sushi takeaway, Nishiki Food Market is a wonderland of culinary delights. Kyoto’s biggest and most popular food market is a local institution and a popular attraction for traveling foodies.

The Basics
Although you can explore the market on your own, opting for a guided walking tour is a great way to bridge the language barrier, learn more about the vast array of foods on offer, and pick up tips on what to buy and from where. Sample local delicacies including sushi and sake during a food tasting tour; capture the colorful produce and bustling atmosphere on camera on a photography tour; or get hands-on and take part in a traditional Japanese cooking class, using ingredients purchased from the market. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is no entrance fee to the market.
  • Opening times vary, but most shops and stalls are open from 9am to 5pm.  
  • Make sure you bring local currency—many stalls won’t accept credit cards or foreign currency. 
  • The market is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
  • How to Get to There
  • Nishiki Market is located in downtown Kyoto, near the Daimaru department store. The closest subway stations are Shijo Station on the Karasuma line and Karasuma on the Hankyu line, both around a 5-minute walk from the market. 

When to Get There
The Nishiki Food Market is open daily, and the entire market is covered, so it’s a safe bet for a rainy day. Available produce and foods depend on the season, and some stalls may be closed on Wednesday or Sunday.

Dining at Nishiki Food Market
Among the heaps of fresh fish, pickled vegetables, and mushroom varieties, Nishiki also has plenty of options for lunch, from street food vendors to casual sit-down restaurants. Tuck into a tasty omelette or a steaming bowl of soup; order a platter of sushi, sashimi, and yakitori; or try something more adventurous such as tako tamago (quail egg embedded in octopus), candied kumquats, or pickled gourds. For snacks, pick up some roasted chestnuts, tofu donuts, mochi (rice cakes), and various wagashi (Japanese sweets). 
Location
Address: Nishikikoji-dori, Kyoto 460-0003, Japan
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Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour

Make a food-lover’s journey through Kyoto, stopping at its best food shops, famous Nishiki Food Market and a sake brewery before finishing with a cooking class during this small-group, 3.5-hour excursion limited to 7 participants. Learn about Japanese ingredients at Kyoto’s top market, check out the city’s lesser known food shops and stop by a sake brewery for a tasting. End your food experience with a 1.5-hour cooking class making sushi, soup and salad. This small-group excursion also includes admission and tasting at the sake brewery.
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Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

Get an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Kyoto with this small-group guided tour of the city's best food spots. Start at the deliciously vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the market with the guide, learning about the history of food in the city and taste many dishes unique to Kyoto, including pickled vegetables, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, mochi and Japanese omelet. After the market, visit a shrine dedicated to the god of education.
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Scholar-led Private Nishiki Market Walking Tour

Spend three hours tasting your way through the famous Nishiki Market, accompanied by a private guide who shares expertise on Kyoto's renowned culinary arts. Your walking tour takes you into the heart of Kyoto's multi-faceted cuisine, where you sample Kyoto specialties and a range of Japanese cuisine with a food specialist guide. In addition to prepared foods, the vendors at Nishiki Market carry cookware, fresh produce and other goods. Nibble many samples before eating a full lunch during your tour, an ideal excursion for exploring food and culture.
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Small-Group Nishiki Market: The Heart of Kyoto Cuisine

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!
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Private Tour: Full-Day Kyoto Photoshoot and Sightseeing

A professional photographer guides your to some of Kyoto’s most stunning and photogenic sites on this private full-day photoshoot and city tour. Visit the Golden Temple—considered one of the most famous buildings in Japan—as well as the Ryoanji Rock Garden, Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and more, all while your guide snaps posed and candid photos in front of these top Kyoto attractions. Take home an SD card full professional-quality photos at the end of the tour.
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Private Kyoto Tour with a Professional Photographer

Explore Kyoto with your own photographer, and take home professional photos of you at sights such as the Nijo-jo Castle, Ryoanji Temple, and Kinkakuji Temple. Stop at Nishiki Market for lunch, and then head to the Philosopher's Walk, a picturesque canal path that's lined with cherry trees. Hear the history behind the sights as you explore, and then leave with an SD card of unedited photos to impress friends and family back home.
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Private Tour: Kyoto Highlights in Full Day

Discover Kyoto’s highlights on this private day tour. It’ll be a stress-free experience with transport and admission tickets included. It’s the ideal way to make the most of your time in Kyoto, and see multiple dispersed attraction in a day. Highlights include Kinkaku-ji Temple, Nishiki Market, Gion District, and Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine. There will be no language barriers as you’ll have a guide to translate. 
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One Day Tour in Kyoto Including 4 Highlights

Kyoto is the previous capital of Japan for more than one thousand years and still preserves old traditional atmosphere of Japan. In the tour you can visit must -see places of Kyoto efficiently. Kiyomizu temple, famous for its platform of the main hall projecting over a cliff, Nijo castle which was the residence of the Tokugawa family when they visited Kyoto in the Edo period, and Fushimi Inari shrine with thousands of Torii gates are all World Heritages. At Nishiki market try some traditional Japanese food. If you are lucky, you happen to see Maiko at Gion district.Please choose 2 destinations out of Activity details 3,4 ,5 and 6.
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Short Trip in Kyoto Nishiki Market Walking Tour (Small group)

Nishiki Market is a famous traditional market in Kyoto. But if you go by yourself, you'll just walk 1,000 feet and not find what you want. We will take you to our recommended stores, and show you where to find the best food from a local's perspective. You can learn local culture during this experience. This tour starts at 13:00 pm or 15:30 pm. We'll introduce you to many good foods you can try. You can sample many things without hesitation. And we have a connection with the Japanese lifestyle store -great if you want to buy souvenirs. We'll spend about 1.5 hour in Nishiki Market. Hopefully you will have many shopping bags. At the end, we can tell you about other good spots to visit in Kyoto. We'd like to help you work out an itinerary for enjoying our town.
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Food Walking Tour in Nishiki Market and Gion District with Fushimi Inari shrine

It can be hard to know where to go to get the best local food in a city as full of delicacies as Kyoto. Join a professional guide for a 3-hour tour of the Nishiki Market, Gion district and beautiful Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine. Visit ‘Kyoto’s kitchen, learning about the history of food and tasting unique dishes such as tofu skin, pickled vegetables, and sake. Your guide takes you through Gion to see historic landmarks, spot Geisha, and give you a glimpse of Japanese spirituality.
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Kyoto Nishiki Market Tour with 7 Course Lunch

The Nishiki Food Market, known to locals as the “Kitchen of Kyoto,” is a huge 400-year-old market sprawling with food vendors. Navigate what can be an overwhelming space with the help of your guide, whose insight into the local food scene will give you a taste of Japanese culture — and plenty of food. All food tastings are included as per itinerary.
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Muslim-Friendly Kyoto Tour with a Local Guide

Personalize your sightseeing itinerary on a Muslim-friendly sightseeing tour of Kyoto, including a Halal Japanese lunch. A great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves, this sightseeing tour covers Nishiki Food Market, the historic district of Gion, Kiyomizu Temple, and many more. Plus, you’ll receive tailored attention from your guide in a small group limited to 10 people.
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Kyoto for foodies: Traditional Sweets Tasting

Go on a culinary adventure in Kyoto with a guide to show you where to find the best wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets), and other traditional treats. Take the stress out of language barrier obstacles by exploring Nishiki Market with a guide to translate. Your guide will teach you about staple ingredients in Japanese cuisine, and you’ll enjoy tastings too. A highlight is visiting a tea house for matcha tea and sweets. It’s a great way to discover top foodie spots in the city, and get local tips too.
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Kyoto Night Bar hopping tour in Nishiki and Pontocho

Enjoy an action-packed evening in Kyoto learning about Japanese food and drink. You won’t have to worry about navigating or getting lost as a guide will lead the way. By traveling in a small group, you’ll have better access to your guide for questions. Explore Nishiki Market together, visit a secret bar, restaurants, and learn about Kyoto’s Geisha culture in Pontocho. You’ll enjoy food and drink tastings along the way, making it a fun and interactive experience.
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Nishiki Market Food Tour in Kyoto

Explore Kyoto's Nishiki Market with a local guide. Your shared small-group tour (maximum of 10 people) will begin at a cooking studio near the market, where your guide will give a short talk about the tour and what it entails. Afterwards you'll exploring Nishiki market with the guide.While walking through the market, you'll learn about Japanese traditional foods in great detail, with many being mostly unknown outside of Japan. Your guides will help facilitate communication between you and the shopkeepers to provide a rare and genuine experience. After touring the market, you will return to the cooking studio and try cooking donburi (rice bowl dish with seafood, tempura or chicken & egg) with fresh ingredients you bought at Nishiki. If you bought something for yourself in the market, the friendly guide will gladly help you cut or warm up the food for you.
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Enjoy Cooking Experience with Exploring the traditional Kyoto Nishiki Market

Gain a local introduction to Kyoto’s food culture with this small-group guided tour and cooking experience. Start at the deliciously vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 shops and stalls will beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the Market and learn about its history and taste the sample snacks. What makes this tour even more special is a 1.5-hour cooking class making Western Japanese style local dishes such as Inari sushi, miso soup, egg omelette, and marinated vegetable. During the lesson, you will learn homemade, traditional technique of Japanese cooking.  You can enjoy your edible creation for lunch along with a selection of paired Shochu "Japanese distilled alcohol" after the lesson. Cooking ingredients, tools and lunch with a beverage are all included. Just please bring your empty stomach!!
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