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Expert Led Private Nishiki Market Tasting Tour

Kyoto, Japan
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • A 3-hour food tour of Nishiki Market in Kyoto
  • Learn about the four types of Japanese cuisine from a culinary expert
  • Taste your way through Kyoto’s historic food market
  • Enjoy a Japanese lunch
  • Tour is private and led by a food expert, ensuring that you’ll learn a lot in a short time
Washoku (traditional Japanese food) has become increasingly popular throughout the culinary world, and UNESCO has put it on its Intangible Cultural Heritage list. You’ll taste the best of Kyoto’s washoku as you walk through the alleyways of the expansive Nishiki Market with your guide, and enjoy the flexibility to focus on the topics that interest you most during your private tour.

Make your own way to the meeting point near Nishiki Market to meet your expert guide — who may be a food critic, a chef, a culinary historian or anthropologist. Set out to explore the market, learning from your guide about two key concepts in Kyoto cuisine: ‘shun,’ meaning ingredients that have reached their seasonal peak, and ‘umami,’ meaning a delectable savory flavor. 

Sample a range of foods throughout the tour, stopping to see a Shinto shrine that is known as the market's original starting point. Your guide leads you to various stalls to taste particular dishes that reveal the depths of Kyoto’s culinary world. You'll come to understand more about four types of Kyoto cuisine: obanzai (home cooking), vegetarian shojin-ryori (eaten at Zen temples), kaiseki (which developed out of the tea ceremony) and yusoku-ryori (cuisine of the imperial court).

The chefs of Kyoto specialize in specific foods such as tsukemono (pickled vegetables), traditional Kyoto vegetables and wagashi (Japanese tea sweets). Taste these signature foods and more before sitting down to a full lunch. Enjoy a new appreciation for the cuisine of Kyoto and Japan by the end of your 3-hour tour, and get insider tips on other food establishments to visit on your own.
Stop At:  
Nishiki Market Shopping District
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Teramachi-dori Street
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nishiki Tenmangu
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Context Travel Kyoto
Admission Ticket Free
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What is the maximum group size during Expert Led Private Nishiki Market Tasting Tour?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

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Great tour
, Dec 2019
Robin was our tour guide for the Nishiki Market Tasting Tour. She was excellent. We met right on time and spent the morning walking through the market. We sampled lots of food, bought some souvenirs and then had a great lunch together. Thank you!
Too short for the price and expensive...
Dennis D
, Mar 2015
Too short for the price and expensive. But very informative.
Passionnante cette visite du marché...
Thérèse C
, Apr 2017
Passionnante cette visite du marché avec Tad. Nous avons eu la possibilité de goûter à des tas de mets et pickles et découvrir les gâteaux et le moulin à grain de sésame je crois avec le thé Macha. Bonne matinée instructive et agréable. Accompagnateur attentif et plein d'humour. La boite bento aux anguilles fut un plaisir du goût et mangée avec plaisir sur un banc avant l'excursion à Nara. Il faisait enfin beau.

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