3-hour walking food tour in the world famous Nishiki Market.
Visit family owned shops and stalls to sample local and seasonal food. Fresh seafood, local snacks, preserved fruits and other specialty items are just a few things you will taste and learn about from your local guide. Find out about the journey from harvest, to sale at the market to home cooking– to give you a sense of how Kyoto cuisine has survived for hundreds of years.
Tours are limited to 8 people
*You do not need a PayPal account to purchase this course. You only need a credit card.
Minimum of 2 people needed to book this tour. If you are a single traveler, please email us directly. Please let us know your paypal email address and if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies.
***SAME-DAY BOOKING POSSIBLE. Please call this number: 03-6823-4615
*if you arrive more than 5 minutes after the meeting time, we will unfortunately have to start the tour without you.
Enjoy a walking food tour through the Nishiki Food Market, an area known to locals as the Kitchen of Kyoto as it plays a huge part in supporting the Kyoto food industry. Business has been conducted here for the past 400 years and with one of the richest culinary atmospheres in the world you will have a chance to sample some of the freshest food of your life.
Your experience will include stops at family owned stalls and shops which have stood the test of time. At a few of the stops we will sample specialty products like tsukemono (vegetables from the surrounding mountains preserved in vinegar), yuuba (the world’s smoothest sashimi tofu made from the world famous Kyoto mountain water), Kamaboko (seafood preserved in fish paste), Tako (Octopus with quail egg) and Macha Warabi Mochi (a special traditional sweet covered in ground tea leaves).
During the tour you will learn detailed information about the ingredients of different Japanese dishes, how their food is prepared and what is used to eat it.
Your experience will do more than just give you a chance to taste Kyoto’s delicious food but will also give you a sense the history and atmosphere of the Nishiki Market experienced by the Japanese for generations. You will be consumed with physical and visual stimuli every step of the way and will enjoy stories from the past told directly from shopkeepers and families we will spend time with.
After your market exploration you will walk to a nearby restaurant and have a course lunch featuring beautiful and delicious local dishes.
We look forward to welcoming you to one of most beloved tours in all of Japan and hope to see you soon.
We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to project the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.
Arigato Tours are a great way to meet other travelers and food fans from around the world. However if you would prefer a private tour our rates are an additional per group fee of $150 for a group of 1-4, $200 for groups of 5-8 and $250 for groups of 8-12. Larger groups please contact us by email to arrange.
Tuesday – Sunday (off Monday)
Meeting Time 9:45 – 10:00 AM
Start Time 10:00 AM
End Time 1:00 PM