Kyoto Food & Culture Full-day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

This is THE tour to get a local’s experience of Kyoto’s best street food and culture! Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides can help you efficiently enjoy a one-day tour of Kyoto.

Meet your guide at your hotel to start your day, then begin the tour with a possible trip to the 400m long Nishiki Market, nicknamed “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Learn about Kyoto’s food culture and history through the variety of unique dishes and goods available. Give your appetite a break at the nearby Gion district, famous as the geisha district of Kyoto. Your guide will introduce you to the history and culture of geisha—from their kimonos and hairstyles to the rules and rituals of their daily lives.

Our guides will customize a four-hour tour in detail according to your interests. We want to arrange a tour that’s best for you!

Note*:The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government.
* Duration: 6 hours
* Starts: Kyoto, Japan
* Trip Category: Day Trips & Excursions >> Rail Tours




This is THE tour to get a local’s experience of Kyoto’s best street food and culture! Our nationally-licensed and experienced multilingual guides can help you efficiently enjoy a one-day tour of Kyoto.

Meet your guide at your hotel to start your day, then begin the tour with a possible trip to the 400m long Nishiki Market, nicknamed “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Learn about Kyoto’s food culture and history through the variety of unique dishes and goods available. Give your appetite a break at the nearby Gion district, famous as the geisha district of Kyoto. Your guide will introduce you to the history and culture of geisha—from their kimonos and hairstyles to the rules and rituals of their daily lives.

Our guides will customize a four-hour tour in detail according to your interests. We want to arrange a tour that’s best for you!

Note*:The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Nishiki Market Shopping District, Nakauoyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture

Nishiki Market (錦市場, Nishiki Ichiba) is a narrow, five block long shopping street lined by more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, this lively retail market specializes in all things food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi.

Nishiki Market has a pleasant but busy atmosphere that is inviting to those who want to explore the variety of culinary delights that Kyoto is famous for. The stores found throughout the market range in size from small narrow stalls to larger two story shops. Most specialize in a particular type of food, and almost everything sold at the market is locally produced and procured.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Nishiki Tenmangu, 537 Nakanocho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8042 Kyoto Prefecture

You will know how to pray in Japanese Shinto Shrine. Also, you could know the basics about the worships among Japanese People. If you like, you can try a fortune paper.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Gion, Kyoto 605-0074 Kyoto Prefecture

Exploring the narrow alleyways of Kyoto’s Geisha District—Gion can be daunting for a first-time visitor. Eliminate the worry of getting lost by going on a guided tour. It’s a great way to discover hidden places that locals love, and to hear about Kyoto’s ancient past. Highlights include learning about Geisha culture and rituals, and visiting Gion, Pontocho, and Miyagawacho.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: The Site of Kitaza, Kawabatadori Shijo Agaru Higashigawa, Higashiyama-Ku, Kyoto 605-0079 Kyoto Prefecture

You will have original Kyoto Sweets in the beautiful building renovated from Kabuki Theater. The sweets is traditional one, but you can enjoy it by the unique way. You can eat it just here!!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Pontocho, Pontocho, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

Pontocho (先斗町, Pontochō) is one of Kyoto’s most atmospheric dining areas. It is a narrow alley running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, one block west of Kamogawa River. The alley is packed with restaurants on both sides offering a wide range of dining options from inexpensive yakitori to traditional and modern Kyoto cuisine, foreign cuisine and highly exclusive establishments that require the right connections and a fat wallet.

Business hours and closing days of the restaurants, bars and shops along Pontocho vary by establishment, but most places are usually open from around 17:00 to 23:00. Some also open for lunch. An increasing number of establishments offer English menus.

Duration: 30 minutes