This is small-group guided tour of the city's best food spots Nishiki Market and exploring the Gion geisha district and Famous Fushimi Inari Shrine. Start at the deliciously 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the market with the local guide, learning about the history of food in the city and taste many dishes unique to Kyoto, including tofu skin, pickled vegetables, special rice ball, deep fried fish cakes, Japanese pike conger eel, Japanese omelet and Sake. After the market, visit a shrine dedicated to the god of education to learn about our religion. Then, you will walk around Pontocho and Gion district. If you are lucky, you can see real Geisha on the tour. Then we will rest our foot with traditional Japanese sweet in Gion. Then head to Famous Fushimi Inari shrine (Thousand of red Torii gate). You can talk and discuss about your trip with your local guide.
Your Kyoto culinary trip starts in front of the Kyoto Daimaru department store on Shijo Street, where you will meet your local guide at 10:45 AM. The guide will explain this tour including your food menu and give you three useful Japanese expressions, in order to your whole trip should be more comfortable, and then, make a team building for a whole small group. That is a kind of ceremony for starting your journey. Then, you will visit Nishiki market where you will find more than 130 stores on the narrow street. In the Nishiki market, our guide will introduce some special Kyoto foods.For instance, Rice cracker with your favorite flavor, Yuba (Tofu skin) which is an important and common foods for Kyoto traditional cuisine, deep fried fish cake, Hamo (Daggertooth pike conger eel) which is popular fish for local from 16th century, and Japanese omelet made by Kyoto style (The taste is different from Tokyo!!). Also, you can drink local high-quality Sake in a old Sake shop with more than 200 year history. Besides, you can taste Japanese spice, Dashi (Japanese soup stock), traditional pickled vegetables, and fresh honey drink. If you are tring to find some good souvenir, Nishiki market is must-see place and our guide will recommend a specific shop based on your preference. At each place, you will meet each special food or product. In addition, your guide will give you some essential tips such as culture, history, or tradition connecting to each food, in order to enable you to grab something more deeper. At the end of Nishiki Market, there is a shrine. Your guide show you how to pray in that type of shrine and talk about local superstition. After wandering Nishiki market, you will head to Pontocho Street by going down Teramachi Street, Shijo Street and Kiyamachi Street with encountering modern Japanese culture. Nevertheless, when you arrive at Pontocho Street, the atmosphere and scenery will be completely changed because that area is one of the five Geisha districts in Kyoto.(Pontocho Street is also famous as a drinking area for local) From Pontocho Street, you will across the Kamo river and have a Japanese sweets. Then, you will be in Gion District where is also Geisha district. Around there, your guide take you out of the tourist-crowded street and into some very photogenic and hidden place. Since the guide will introduce you to some interesting stories about Geisha (Actually we call Maiko or Geiko), after the tour, you must be knowledgable for Maiko culture. If you are lucky, you could meet real Maiko around there! Then we will head to Fushimi Inari Shrine by local train. You can see the thousand of red Torii gate and take a photo. Of course, your guide could advice you about your travel plan in Kyoto like your local friend!!