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Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Food & Drink 3 hours

Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience

Izakaya, tachinomiya, gyoza, sake and a host to help out with a translation or two.

  • From $90.63 USD pp (based on 8 adults)

  • Private & 100% personalized tour

  • 3 hours

  • Walking Tour

  • Hosted in English (On request: Arabic, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish)

What you'll do

Kyoto has retained its 1000-year status as a culinary capital in Japan. With your host playing the dual role of ingredient explainer and menu decipherer, let the smells of street food guide you down a five-block marketplace filled with spectacular snacks – from seafood-stuffed dough balls under a blanket of unfurling bonito flakes, karikari takoyaki, to fresh beef sushi (yes, beef!). The epitome of Japanese haute cuisine, kaiseki, is a must-try for any foodie. And if you’re feeling adventurous? Try Senmaizuke, a delicious, traditional Kyoto pickle made from Shogoin turnips, or slurp up fragrant green tea noodles in a city known for its uji matcha. Veggie-lovers can dig into ultra-umami Issenyoushoku!

Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience
Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience

Where you’ll go

In Kyoto, the number of foods you’ll try is only restricted by the size of your appetite, so come hungry! Jostle your way through the 400-year-old Nishiki Market in downtown Nakagyo - a large, central district -  where you’ll find all of Kyoto’s popular street foods in one mouth-watering place. Keep things moving with a quick trip to a 100-yen sushi bar and have a draft beer in an intimate izakaya, a small local bar where you’ll share small plates of Hamo (Conger eel), or take your time at a traditional kaiseki (a traditional, multi-course meal) restaurant in Gion, Kyoto’s central geisha district. For a uniquely Kyoto experience shared with your local insider, enjoy steaming bowl of Nishin-soba and a cold drink as the sun sets over Kamo River. 

    • Eat your way through an especially food-obsessed area of Kyoto with a local host who’ll suggest dishes according to your taste
    • Have a formal sit-down dinner, or simply snack on a variety of street foods
    • Learn about the history of Kyoto through food – from centuries-old Nishiki Market to traditional kaiseki dining
    • Have your helpful host on hand to translate, order, explain and recommend any dish
    • This experience will be personalized to you!
    • What’s included
    • Private and personalized experience
    • 3 hours with a host
    • 1 drink & 2 dishes or 2 drinks & 1 dish at each bar
    • Seating charges (table charge fees)
    • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
    • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)
    • What’s not included
    • Food and drinks other than the ones included in the list above
    • Drinks that cost more than 1000 yen each
    • Tickets to any attractions
    • Transportation costs
    • Gratuities (optional)
  • Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

  • Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund

    COVID-19 Flexible Policy: you can cancel for free up to a day before the experience and receive a full refund.

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