Eat like a local in Kyoto
Eat like a local in Kyoto
Eat like a local in Kyoto
Eat like a local in Kyoto
Eat like a local in Kyoto
Eat like a local in Kyoto
Eat like a local in Kyoto
Eat like a local in Kyoto

Eat like a local in Kyoto

Kaiseki, tachi-gui stand-and-eat restaurants and jostling for bentō boxes.

  • Private &

  • 4 hours

  • From
    $82.50  USD
    per person
    based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available
    (including English)

What you'll do

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 crispy kushikatsu, 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 gyoza dumplings and a cold drink as the sun sets over Kamo River. 


What you'll do

Christened “the kitchen of the Imperial Court”, 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, 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 tako tamago, a quail egg-stuffed octopus, or slurp up fragrant green tea noodles in a city known for its uji matcha. Veggie-lovers can dig into ultra-umami okonomiyaki – also known as the “everything pancake”.


  • Eat like a local in Kyoto
  • Eat like a local in Kyoto
  • 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

  • Experience local food traditions, like eating gyoza dumplings riverside at the sunset

  • 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
  • 4 hours with a Host
  • 6-8 tastings of various local food specialties
  • A glass of sake, wine, beer or soft drink
  • 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 experience)
  • 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

How it works

  • 1

    Tell us about you!

    Once you book, fill in a quick questionnaire and tell us what you’d like from your experience.
    Tell us about you!
  • 2

    We introduce you to your perfect local

    Build your perfect tour and experience together
    We match you with a host
  • 3

    The best part!

    Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there
    The best part!

If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me here. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

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Reviews for this experience

A must-do for foodies.

I originally had this tour planned for Tokyo, but I'm so happy I ended up doing it in Kyoto. The food was absolutely delicious. Honestly best food I had in all 3 cities I visited in Japan. Eko is an awesome guide. Very helpful, good taste in food and just fun to talk to. If you love food like I do, definitely go for it.

October 2019

Reviewed by A. S , hosted by Eko Heru

Reviews for Kyoto

Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kiyomizu-dera & Gion

We had a really good time visiting the three places in Kyoto. Eko Heru was friendly and knowledgeable, and he brought us to places only the locals would know. And the timing was impeccable as we were able to catch the sunset view at Kiyomizu-dera, and had less tourists around. Overall, it was a good company and we would surely recommend Eko to anyone who needs a private tour of Kyoto.

Reviewed by Sik S , hosted by Eko Heru

Wonderful time

My guide was Haruka, he is a polite young man with very good communication skills.This is a highly recommended tour for a first time visitor to Kyoto. Having a personal guide takes away the fear of being on another country and was able to enjoy the city. Haruka was so nice to take me around via train and bus, was able to see and learn the history of the country and the city. I would love to come back and again would love to have a guide. Thank you.

Reviewed by Elvira Garcia B , hosted by Haruka

Fantastic experience and wonderful memories

We were delighted to have Saki as our guide and host in Kyoto. She really gave us a wonderful itinerary and tour which she had carefully considered in advance in order to make the most of our time and to give us a rounded view of so much of what Kyoto has to offer. We loved every minute. Saki was great company and exceptionally attentive, great thanks for all the wonderful memories.

Reviewed by Gerry B , hosted by Saki

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