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 $94.38 USD per person
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
Cancel 14 days before the experience for a full refund
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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 half day tour of Kyoto with Juraj. It´s probably the best walking tour we´ve ever had. He´s passionate about his city and just loves showing it off. We had a perfect mix - a bit of history, culture, etc. Yuri is an exceptional guide as he is highly intuitive and so can quickly see what you want to do or don´t want to do. An exceptional guide!
We spent a perfect day In Kyoto with Airi as our guide. Her English fluency was excellent which made communicating with and learning from her very easy and enjoyable. She took us through Ginkakuji, Gion and Nishiki market, and shared her local knowledge of the shops and food stalls. Everyone in our family had a wonderful time, and we’re already looking forward to our next visit to Kyoto and spending more time with Airi!
Although not a native Japanese, Tanya is an experienced tour guide. She knows a lot about Kyoto as well as the history and culture of Japan. She contacted us in advance with a proposal for the private day tour based on our interests. She even managed to bring us to a temple, where a traditional ceremony was held. Thank you for this unique experience Tanya!
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