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  2. Kyoto Prefecture
  3. Kyoto
  4. Gion

Kyoto: Historical Sake, Green Tea & Wagashi Shopping Tour

Product ID: 185432
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Take a unique shopping tour of Kyoto with a local guide, and learn the history of the city’s arts and crafts. Treat your taste buds to tastings of some of the city’s most beloved delicacies, such as green tea, wagashi sweets, and sake.
About this activity
Duration 3.5 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Discover the different blends of Japanese green tea and indulge yourself with a tasting in a 300-year-old tea room
  • Shop for beautifully handcrafted wagashi sweets at a traditional confectionary shop
  • Visit a sake brewery and taste your favorite varieties
  • Take the train to the most romantic and iconic area of the city, Miyagawa-cho
  • Meet one of the oldest woodblock printers in the city and pick up a beautiful and authentic souvenir
Full description
Kyoto is at the center of the traditional Japanese arts and crafts movement, so it’s the perfect place to take a shopping tour. You will stroll through Fushimi Momoyama, an attractive shopping area that is often overlooked by tourists, but is one of the most charming parts of Kyoto. Your first stop will be at a well-known tea shop that has been serving Kyoto’s tea lovers for over 300 years. Inhale the gentle aroma of freshly roasted green tea as staff tell you about the history of tea in Japan. Then continue your stroll past some fascinating local shops and artisan workshops that represent the best of Japanese culture.

After leaving the shopping arcade you will head to a candy shop where beautifully crafted wagashi, traditional Japanese sweets usually served with green tea, have been handmade for centuries. You will sample some Kyogashi, a favorite treat all over Japan. Then you will make your way through the sake district, passing some of the traditional brewery buildings, to visit a sake brewery. You will visit one of the historical breweries to learn about the brewing process, and to sample of a few of the most highly valued bottles. There will be an opportunity to buy your favorite, if you wish.

As the sun sets over the old capital of Japan, you will take the train to another part of the city, Miyagawa-cho. This is the least touristy of the five Geisha districts of Kyoto. Hidden in the shadow of the oldest Zen temple in the city, you will visit a unique workshop to witness ukiyo-e, the traditional art of woodblock printing. Ukiyo-e is one of the fading arts of old Japan, kept alive by a handful of skilled artists. Your tour will conclude at dusk at Gion Kobu Kaburenjo, or Gion Corner, home to the local geisha theater. It is recommend that you stay for the geisha performance, then take a stroll through the romantic alleyways decorated with glowing red lanterns. Before you part, ask your guide for tips on what else to see and do during your stay in Kyoto.
Includes
  • Local-English speaking guide
  • Green tea tasting
  • Traditional wagashi sweet tasting
  • Sake tasting
  • Train fare
  • Workshop admission fees
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Geisha performance

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Momoyamagoryo-mae Station, south exit, Kyoto.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable, casual dress and comfortable walking shoes
• Occasionally, the small local shops on the itinerary can close at irregular times. If this happens, you will visit a similar store instead
• The sake tasting is part of the tour, however it is not suitable for visitors who will be driving a vehicle and participants under the age of 20
• Children are allowed on this tour but they are required to pay the same price as adults. Instead of the sake tasting children will be provided with some additional sweets
• Some dietary restrictions can be accommodated
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Urban Adventures Japan

Product ID: 185432