Eat & drink like a local - izakaya experience Izakaya, tachinomiya, gyoza, sake and a host to help out with a translation or two.
- Kyoto, Japan
- 3 hours
from $90.63 USD pp >
based on 8 adults
Multiple languages available
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.
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 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 not included
Your hotel/apartment or any other central location
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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