Kyoto Nishiki Market, Gion, Pontocho Food and Culture Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Kyoto
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Gain a riveting introduction to Kyoto’s food culture with this small-group guided tour. Begin with the vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls will beckon your taste buds. Learn about its learn history and taste the unique dishes including: Tofu Skin, rice ball, fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, omelet and Sake. Rest your appetite by a nearby shrine dedicated to the God of Education (Nishiki Shrine). Follow this up by sauntering through the famous Pontocho Alley- a narrow street dripping with color and melange. It’s lined with enduring shops and traditional restaurants waiting to be explored, and the complete dismal of cars and modern buildings invites you further to be engrossed by the mesmeric surroundings. Here, alongside our final destination, Gion district, is renowned for Geisha spotting. Not only will you be educated about this classical tradition, you may have the chance to even meet one but if you are lucky!

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Nishiki Market Shopping District, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiVisit 130 local shops in Nishiki Market and learn the local food culture!!You can have several traditional foods such as Yuba (Tofu Skin), Rice Ball, Freid Fish Cake, Hamo (Sea Eel), Japanese Omelet, and Sake.Also, you could sample various foods such as Pickled Vegetables, Japanese Spices, Chestnuts, Beans, Seaweed snacks, Honey Drink, and so on!!Apart from Food, there are also knife shops, soap shop, Fabric shops. You could find what you want wiz local knowledgeable guides!!Duration: 1 hour 50 minutesStop At: Nishiki Tenmangu, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiYou 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: 10 minutesStop At: Pontocho, Nakagyo, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiAfter Nishiki Tenmangu, you will go through Shinkyogoku Modern Shopping Street, Kawaramachi Street, and Kiyamachi Street.Since Kiyamachi Street is famous for Cherry Blossom (Sakura), you could view the blooming cherry in Spring.In other season, you can enjoy the quiet atmosphere with canal.After Kiyamachi Street, you will go through hidden alley and arrive to Pontocho Backstreet.Since Pontocho is one of Maiko (Geisha) Districts, if you are lucky, you can see Maiko!! Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Shijo Bridge, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiTo visit Gion District, you will across beautiful Shijo Bridge!!On the bridge, you could see ducks. And if you are lucky, you could see wild heron.Stop At: The Site of Kitaza, Higashiyama, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiYou 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: 30 minutesStop At: Gion Shirakawa, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, KinkiAfter having sweets, you will head to Gion Shirakawa area where is also famous for cherry blossomYou will see the traditional well-preserved townhouse area.There are many houses relating to Maiko.There is also Tatsumi Shrine which is known in the movie "Memoirs of a Geisha".If you have an interest, the guide tell you about the details of Maiko's life.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Japan Wonder Travel Kyoto officeThe whole town is your restaurant!!” Eating at one of the restaurants on the Michelin guide is nice. But don’t you want to try something else? Just imagine if the entire town was a one big restaurant. What we provide is an awesome time to visit the places in town, enjoy different types of food, and come in touch with the culture, history, and the local people.

What's included

  • Local and Professional guide
  • Food tasting
  • Pick up sample food
  • Bottled water

What's not included

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation fee
  • Other personal expenses


  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Lunch included
  • Led by a local guide