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Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour

Kyoto, Japan
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  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Get an excellent introduction to the cuisine of Kyoto on 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.
  • Small-group guided tours of Kyoto's food scene
  • Spend some time wandering around Nishiki Market, home to 130 food stalls
  • Sample some foods unique to Kyoto, including pickled vegetables, fried fish cake, and Hamo
  • Small-group tour ensures ample amounts of attention from the guide

What's Included

  • Local and Professional guide
  • Food tasting
  • Lunch (Tofu skin, Sesame Cracker, Daggertooth pike conger eel, Sake, Tsumami, Sweets)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation fee to meeting point
  • Other personal expenses
  • Extra foods

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • ete 大丸京都店
    Japan, 〒600-8511 Kyoto, Shimogyo Ward, Tachiuri Nishimachi, 79 大丸京都店 1F

    [Meetup]10:45 am in front of the South West Main entrance of DAIMARU KYOTO. *In front of the "Shijo Takakura bus stop" along big Shijo street. *This is NOT FUJI Daimaru. *Please find a big Tapestry of Daimaru. (

Start time

10:45 AM

End point

  • Gionmachi Kitagawa, 266
    Japan, 〒605-0073 Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Gionmachi Kitagawa, 266 井澤ビル

    Gion District

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum drinking age is 20 years in Japan
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you have any food restrictions, please let us know in advance definitely.
  • If you will come with a stroller, please let us know in advance. Nishiki market is very crowded sometimes.
  • If you have severe dietary restrictions, it may not be possible to arrange food for you.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour?

    A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

    Q:What is the social distancing policy during Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour?

    A:The policy on social distancing is:
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Daytime Kyoto -Nishiki Market and Gion District Cultural Walking Food Tour?

    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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    109 reviews
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    A must do experience for families!
    Keisha_A, Jul 2022
    My 10yo son and I had a great food tour with our guide! She was patient, gave us an opportunity to buy items as we went through the market, and gave us a good understanding of the local food and culture in the area. This made a great addition to our Kyoto visit and encouraged us to try different food items throughout the rest of our stay!
    Food tour
    Joy_B, Jul 2021
    I enjoyed my time with my guide. I ate food I would not have tired and explored places I would go back to if I ever find myself again in Japan.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    Great guide and best market experience in Japan
    Christopher_M, Oct 2019
    Hiromi was a super guide with a thorough background of Kyoto and Nishiki market. Must to experience in Kyoto.
    Amazing tour!
    Sara_G, Jun 2019
    I had a great experience with this tour! Tour guide (Aki) was friendly and very knowledgeable. She was easy to find at the meeting spot and was a joy to be with for a few hours on the my first day in Kyoto. No one else had signed up for the group tour so it was a private tour! Wonderful to walk through the market with someone who knew the ropes and when it wasn't crowded (mornings are pleasant, afternoon are horrendously crowded in the market). She also explained many other aspects of Kyoto culture besides food along the way and I learned so much! Do not hesitate to book this tour!
    Response from Host, Jun 2019
    Thank you for your review!! It sounds marvelous!! We are glad to hear that Aki helps you to know the Kyoto culture on your first day. Kyoto is one of the most historical and cultural city with a lot of traditional yummy food. We are looking forward to your come back!! Thanks a million. Best Regards, Kazuyuki
    Amazing guide. Kaori knows Japanese...
    asena m, Sep 2018
    Amazing guide. Kaori knows Japanese food, its history and its deep tradition and her English is perfect so we learned so much in such a short time. Because we are living in japan for a few months, Kaori also introduced us to items that would be part of our Japanese Kitchen while providing numerous other resources for us. She is very sweet and knowledgeable and made the day really fun for both my mother and my daughter who is eight. I highly recommend this tour.
    I went on this tour with my wife and...
    Devin T, Aug 2018
    I went on this tour with my wife and 11-year-old son. Our tour guide was Kaori. Kaori was very prepared and knowledgeable. She knew her way around the market and the Gion District. She was able to provide a lot of information as we walked around. It was very hot on the day of our tour, but Kaori made sure the group was hydrated and we took enough breaks to keep us comfortable. I even learned the difference between a Geisha, Geiko, and Maiko. I mentioned to Kaori my family became separated while riding the bullet train from Tokyo to Kyoto the day prior to the tour. The doors shut while my wife was still outside the train. My son and I were still on the train and the train left. We ended up finding each other later, but the experience was terrifying. Kaori took note of all this to ensure it did not happen again. She knew what time the tour ended and what time our bullet train was going to depart. She made sure we made it to the train station with plenty of time to spare. She hailed a taxi for us and gave the driver instructions on what he needed to do to get us there early. Additionally, she emailed me later to check on us to make sure we made it on the train. She said she was worried about us. Kaori went above and beyond what a tour guide regularly would do. I highly recommend her for your next tour!
    I work part-time as a food tour...
    Rachel G, Apr 2018
    I work part-time as a food tour guide and I try to take food tours on most of my major trips. This was definitely one of the best I've done! Fuji-san was so personable and knowledgeable. We had some small children on our tour and she was so easy going and flexible. We got so much more than what the tour said we'd get and I felt like I learned a lot but in a totally chill atmosphere.
    If you ever so choose to go on this...
    Carlo V, Apr 2018
    If you ever so choose to go on this tour, make sure you come with an empty stomach, as you will go through a number of scrumptious and delectable treats once you get into the market itself. I would also like to say that it was a treat to have Naomi as our tour guide. Not only did she go over how each of the dishes you eat were expertly prepared, she also went out of her way to explain several aspects of the Japanese culture that you come across during the tour.
    This tour was one of my favorites, a...
    Alfredo G, Mar 2018
    This tour was one of my favorites, a different cultural experience, the guides were so nice
    I'm not usually someone who does...
    Chris H, Mar 2018
    I'm not usually someone who does tours but I decided to give this a try and was pleasantly surprised. Naomi our guide was wonderful and we ended up being able to sample a wide array of foods while also learning about them. At the end of the tour they even gave us recommendations on where to head out for drinks and my new tour group friends and I went out after and had a wonderful time.
    Fabulous tour! We had two guides...
    Maureen R, Mar 2018
    Fabulous tour! We had two guides, Aiko and Tanake for our group of 3. They were funny, informative and provided us with just enough of the Japanese cultural history. They knew all of the Nishiki Market vendors and were familiar with their food offerings. Great day! Highly recommend!
    Keiko was very nice but if you are a...
    helen_l, Jan 2018
    Keiko was very nice but if you are a foodie, like we are, this is not the tour for you. All the stalls that Keiko brought us to were not very good. I'm not sure why we weren't taken to the more popular ones. Keiko was more than patient. She allowed us to shop which ran the tour overtime by an hour.
    We LOVED our food and culture tour...
    Dina M, Sep 2017
    We LOVED our food and culture tour in Kyoto. Eriko Ellie was our guide and she did an outstanding job introducing us to the culinary treats of Nishiki as well as notable features of Gion. We had been in Kyoto for a few days already and had some knowledge already, but learned new things nonetheless. We would recommend taking the tour early in one's stay in Kyoto - it will help you get acquainted with the city and provide tips for restaurants. In fact, we were thrilled with Ellie's recommendation of a wonderful tempura restaurant located in an alley off an alley in Pontocho. We also greatly appreciated Ellie's and her colleagues' there were two others assistance in recommending antique kimono shops and other textile-related recommendations. By the end of our tour, we not only were stuffed, but we felt as though we had made new Japanese friends!
    Besides being a great insight and...
    Greg M, May 2017
    Besides being a great insight and confidence builder for experimenting with a new cuisine, this tour was well planned and conducted with lots of tips and information about the food and drink as well as Japan and Kyoto. The soybean grinding in the sweet shop especially was lots of fun.
    Wonderful experience, I would recommend...
    Carlos M, May 2017
    Wonderful experience, I would recommend very much
    Our guides, Tatsuya and Yumiko were...
    Ian_H, Mar 2017
    Our guides, Tatsuya and Yumiko were amazing. Thank you for a wonderful foodie and cultural experience. The official list of items on the tasting menu was just the start, we stopped at many more stalls in the market and sampled and tasted lots of delicacies that we would not have realised were there. This is a must do tour and experience for any visitor to Kyoto.
    I could not have had a better...
    Joyel O, Mar 2017
    I could not have had a better introduction to Kyoto!! Nishiki Market is such an amazing place and was an unforgettable experience. Strolling through the less-traveled areas of Gion was also unforgettable. Tatsuya was a wonderful guide and took the time to answer all of my questions as well as offer directions and his recommendations on dining and further sightseeing - he went above and beyond to make this an incredible experience! If you are seeking a true local experience which to savor the cuisine and culture of Kyoto, this is the tour to book! 5 Stars to Japan Wonder Travel and Viator!
    The best part during my stay in...
    Di_W, Mar 2017
    The best part during my stay in kyoto. Tatsuya-San will make you feel that you are a kyotonese! Definitely will take this excursion again if I went back. :)
    Great tour! Very informative! Saw so...
    CATHERINE_P, Feb 2017
    Great tour! Very informative! Saw so much of Kyoto!! Guide is very energetic and speaks very good English! Guide loves what he does and you can tell by his knowledge and enthusiasm. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
    I was privileged enough to get a...
    Felicia S, Jan 2017
    I was privileged enough to get a solo tour with the very smart and fun, Naomi! She was so knowledgeable about the market, traditional Japanese cuisine, and even altered the samples to suit my taste. By far, the BEST tour I've taken so far. Highly recommended.


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