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
***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.
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 Bookings@ArigatoJapan.co.jp
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.
*Please note, if our regular lunch restaurant is unavailable in peak season or on holidays we will substitute with an equal quality and value traditional lunch restaurant in the area.
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 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)
Monday-Saturday (not available on Sunday)
Meeting Time 9:45 – 10:00 AM
Start Time 10:00 AM
End Time 1:00 PM
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.
If you are foodie, book the Nishiki Market Tour! Our guide was fantastic, no quite moments, every single minute of it was all about food, culture and excellent flavors! Knowing so much why food in Kyoto was so good really made such a big difference! This tour is a must, you will learn so much in 3 hours and sample a lot of stuff. The lunch was very delicious, what a great way to spend our first day in Kyoto! I can do this tour over and over again, amazing!
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.
Stephanie of Eat, Drink, Travel, Y’all! recaps her experience on our Nishiki Market tour as a love letter to Kyoto. Read her impressions here so that you can fall in love with the city as well.
Naramonochi 375, Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Shimogyō-ku, 〒600-8004
Train Station Access: From the Hankyu train Line, get off Kawaramachi Station and take exit 9.
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Our guide will be there holding an Arigato Japan sign, the tour involves walking so please wear comfortable shoes.
On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.