Kyoto Casual Evening Pontocho Food Tour

Fun and Family Friendly with 5 Stops and Delicious Local Dishes

Family Friendly

Authentic local eateries

Every day

Starts promptly at 4:30 pm

Casual Evening Tour

Pontocho Tour

Enjoy a walking tour of Pontocho and Gion Shirakawa, two of Kyoto’s most charming and historical areas.  Travel back in time to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes in this rustic  neighborhood.  Discover tea houses, restaurants, and charming sights to see around every corner. This casual evening tour is perfect for families and those wanting to explore these historical and delicious neighborhoods.


You will experience 4 food and drink stops, with something for everyone. Start off in a retro “Showa-era” (post war Japan) restaurant to try seasonal and regional, tasty dishes. Next try several types of yakitori (charcoal grilled skewers) in a classic Pontocho eatery. Head on to a traditional Noodle shop with decades of history, for handmade noodle dishes.

Have fun beyond the temples and Kyoto tourist experiences and ask your guide about the history and culture surrounding the food of Kyoto! This fun and friendly tour is the perfect way to spend your evening. There are too many great restaurant choices, and a few that are certainly too touristy, so let us help you make the best choices. Create delicious memories with us!

Tour Highlights:

  • Spend a relaxed evening of food tasting with a local guide, meticulously planned to maximize your short time in this amazing place.
  • Walking Tour of the famous Pontocho and Gion Shirakawa districts
  • Enjoy 4 food and drink stops featuring classic, and seasonal dishes of Kyoto
  • Try sumi (charcoal) grilled meat and seafood skewers
  • Visit at traditional noodle spot and taste local sake (rice wine) along the way.

We have family friendly pricing on all our Arigato food tours- If you are traveling with children and need a price adjustment- please email our team at 


  • Babies and Toddlers 0 – 2 years old – free
  • Children 3 -12 years old – 50% of adult price
  • Children 13 and above – full price
Pontocho Noodle

Minimum Booking 2 people single travelers please contact us at

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to protect 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 please see the additional fees below and click the add on button on your cart when you check out. 

For a more customized experience, make your tour private for an additional $175 + TAX (min. 2 people) (5+ $250 + TAX)



Private Food Tour Add-on (1-4 people) (+$175.00)
Private Food Tour Add-on (5+ people) (+$250.00)

Tour Schedule:


Everyday (Mon – Sun)
Meeting Time Frame 4:15 – 4:30 pm
Start Time 4:30 pm
End Time 7:30 pm


This is a very family friendly, casual food tour in Kyoto that everyone can enjoy!

Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case. 

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¥19200 / Person

Our whole family enjoyed this tour. The sake stop was great even for the kids, and we had so much food. This tour was great value for the price.

Anne Beatrix C

Trip Advisor Member


Tour Details


For this tour, it is possible (with advanced notice at the time of booking) to make adjustments to support the following dietary restrictions:

Dietary restrictions

Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot make an allergy free or dietary restriction food guarantee since food is prepared in kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan. Also some stops may not have a viable substitution but we will make every effort to compensate at different stops throughout the tour.

TRAVEL BLOGGER Tested and Approved!

Sharon of the National Post made our Casual Pontocho Evening Food Tour part of her trip to Japan and love every moment of it. Read here for her thoughts and impressions.

Kyoto, Pontocho - National Post

Meeting Location

The meeting point is in front of Pocchiri, a charming souvenir shop on Gion Shijo Dori. ぽっちり 祇園本店

〒605-0073 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Kitagawa, 祇園町北側254−1

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〒605-0073 京都府京都市東山区祇園町北側 祇園町北側254−1


Your guide will be holding an Arigato Japan Sign, there is some walking on the tour so please wear comfortable shoes.


On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.


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