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Kyoto: Afternoon Japanese Izakaya Cooking Class

1. Kyoto: Afternoon Japanese Izakaya Cooking Class

Join an afternoon Izakaya cooking class to enjoy a great way to immerse yourself in Japanese dining culture as well as learn authentic Japanese foods that are eaten at home and in local restaurants. The cooking course consists of two parts. First, you will cook 2 or 3 dishes together with your chef and enjoy them. Then you will return to the kitchen and learn 2 or 3 more dishes before eating once more. As in many Izakaya (over the counter) restaurants, be ready to talk with your chef while cooking and eating at the same time. 

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Kyoto: 3-Hour Guided Food Tour in Gion at Night

2. Kyoto: 3-Hour Guided Food Tour in Gion at Night

Meet your guide at the Izumo no Okuni statue at Gion Shijo Station, then set off for a tasty 3-hour tour of local restaurants and street food vendors. The tour has been specially designed for you to experience the most authentic side of Kyoto and takes you to places that are normally hard to find for tourists. Throughout the night your guide is on hand to advise what you should order and how to order. Head to the first location of the night and admire Gion's picturesque streets and alleyways full of traditional Kyoto-style buildings with Machiya architecture along the way. Arrive at the restaurant and dine on a selection of meat or vegetables that have been simply but perfectly seasoned to create a pure and flavorsome eating experience. At the next stop, enjoy mouth-watering tempura skewers or traditional sushi, paired with authentic and unique matcha beverages. The final stop is a quirky standing sake bar, where you can taste a selection of sake drinks. This tour is an unforgettable opportunity to see and experience Kyoto nightlife like a real local, and visit bars and restaurants that most tourists miss.

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Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Walking Food Tour

3. Kyoto: Arashiyama Bamboo Forest Walking Food Tour

Start the tour from the JR Saga Arashiyama station. The Arashiyama district, located west of the Kyoto city center, has long been a scenic leisure spot. Many ancient aristocrats had their villas here 1000 years ago and enjoyed writing literature and poetry. Today, the area is one of the most popular tourist sites in Kyoto.  First, explore the Bamboo Forest and quiet Sagano District, a peaceful neighborhood known for its beautiful maple trees. Then, visit Tenryu-ji temple which was built in 1339 by the Shogun Ashikaga in memory of the Emperor Go-Daigo and was a complex of more than 100 buildings. They were mostly destroyed by fires and civil wars over the years, but the traditional garden remains in its original form, designed by the monk Muso. Enjoy walking in the landscaped garden. After walking, taste Japanese croquette, leek pancakes, and sweet potato. Then, head over to the Togetsukyo bridge which, as the area’s landmark, dates back to the 9th-century and provides a good photo taking spot for visitors today. At the end of this half-day tour, have a nice sweets. If you like, you can enjoy shopping around after the tour because the this tour finished in a district where you can find many souvenirs.

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Kyoto Evening Tour with a Local

4. Lonely Planet Experiences: Kyoto Evening Tour with a Local

Experience the best travel stories for yourself! Join a local expert and uncover hidden gems on this Lonely Planet Experience. Immerse yourself in the drama of Kyoto at night and walk the lantern-lit wooden streets. Get a feel for the nightlife scene with the help of a local guide. Go to the Minamiza Theatre in the famous Geisha district of Gion and keep a look out for the geiko and maiko. Escape the crowds and venture through the backstreets to arrive at Yasaka Shrine. Marvel as it is brought to life by the bright lights and buzzing crowds. Continue to the north part of Gion to find narrow streets lined with smaller and more modern clubs and bars that contrast with the Old Town. Cross the Kamo River and get a sprawling view of the restaurant district before entering the entertainment district of Pontocho, lit by traditional Japanese lanterns. Go to the Teramachi arcade, where merchants sell everything from Manga comic books to statues of ancient gods and high-quality sushi knives. End with a visit to the Nishiki food market to check out a tachinomiya (stand-up only bar) popular with the locals.

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Kyoto Nishiki Market Food Tour

5. Kyoto Nishiki Market Food Tour

Your experience will include stops at family owned stalls and shops which have stood the test of time. At a few of the stops sample specialty products like tsukemono (vegetables from the surrounding mountains preserved in vinegar), yuuba (the world’s smoothest sashimi tofu made from the world famous Kyoto mountain water), Kamaboko (seafood preserved in fish paste), Tako (Octopus with quail egg) and Macha Warabi Mochi (a special traditional sweet covered in ground tea leaves). During the tour learn detailed information about the ingredients of different Japanese dishes, how their food is prepared and what is used to eat it. Your experience will do more than just give you a chance to taste Kyoto’s delicious food but will also give you a sense the history and atmosphere of the Nishiki Market experienced by the Japanese for generations. You will be consumed with physical and visual stimuli every step of the way and enjoy stories from the past told directly from shopkeepers and families you will spend time with. After your market exploration walk to a nearby restaurant and have a course lunch featuring beautiful and delicious local dishes.

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Kyoto: Izakaya Food Tour with Local Guide

6. Kyoto: Izakaya Food Tour with Local Guide

Join a like-minded host to experience Kyoto's nightlife like the locals do - gathering in izakaya, the small local drinking houses, and tachinomiya, Japan's unique street-side standing bars, to enjoy a few beers, share plates of food, and sip sake with friends after work. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Spend the night bar exploring the historic Gion district, or for a truly authentic glimpse into izakaya culture, explore the city's train station bars where locals gather for drinks before catching the last train home. Once you've bar hopped your way through this tangled network of bars, perhaps head to another yokocho, the historic alleyways that are steeped in tradition and dotted all over the city, where you'll find more character than you thought could ever be squeezed into such narrow streets.

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Kyoto: 3-Hour Food Tour with Tastings in Nishiki Market

7. Kyoto: 3-Hour Food Tour with Tastings in Nishiki Market

Meet your guide at Karasuma Oike station and then walk to the local supermarket where you’ll see many types of vegetables, processed foods, and ready-made foods from all over Japan. Next, visit a local chocolate shop and find various types of chocolate ‘art’. Here you’ll get to taste a chocolate of your choosing. Your guide will then walk you to a cafe which has been loved by the locals for many years. Come back later for a cup of coffee. Stroll on to a snack shop and taste a unique snack made of buckwheat. Learn about Japanese pickles at local shop where you will taste a few different types of pickles. Your guide will explain how they are made and when the Japanese eat them in daily life. While on Teramachi Street, your guide will point out several restaurants for dishes like shabu shabu, tonkatsu, soba, tempura bowl, vegetarian food, and Japanese sweets. If you have a few more days in Kyoto after the tour, you may want to come back and try a few restaurants you get to know in this tour. On Nishiki Market Street, you will get the chance to try various types of foods. Savor the options from croquet, takoyaki (octopus ball), deep-fried vegetables, black bean, sashimi or sea food, Japanese spice, and more. The tour ends in Daimaru Department Store B1 food court. Learn why shops are so popular that people line up for long periods of time. Decide if your up for a wait to try some more delicious Japanese food!

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Kyoto: Evening Cherry Blossom and Food Tour

8. Kyoto: Evening Cherry Blossom and Food Tour

The true Hanami spirit during Cherry Blossom season in Kyoto can be found away from some of the busier neighborhoods by exploring around temples, gardens, and shrines (both big and small). Join this walking tour of the Demachiyanagi area of Kyoto to taste local treats and beverages under the blossoming cherry trees. Explore the history of the district, browse along a very local “Shotengai” shopping arcade, and discover a famous shrine and temple area. Later, finish up with a delicious foodie dinner experience in a local Soba or Udon restaurant. You can try local sake (rice wine), and a variety of other regional dishes, with the restaurant featuring seasonal menus so you can discover the best ingredients during the springtime in Kyoto. At the end of the tour you will also be welcome to enjoy a famous and traditional dessert, which will make for the perfect conclusion to your blossom-filled day.

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Kyoto: Walking Tour in Gion with Breakfast at Nishiki Market

9. Kyoto: Walking Tour in Gion with Breakfast at Nishiki Market

Start out the tour by enjoying the fresh, morning air while walking through Gion. A local tour guide will show you around the calm and quaint morning of Kyoto.  Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere which is a big contrast to the vibrant energy at night. After a healthy little walk, you will visit a shrine that is loved by locals. Once arrived at the market savor a one of a kind Japanese breakfast along with tasting 4 to 5 exquisite dishes selected by your local guide. Nishiki Market has over 400 years of history and has been loved by locals as the "Kitchen of Kyoto" for a long time. The name implies that Nishiki Market is rich with the famous gourmet cuisine of Kyoto. Your local and knowledgeable guide will provide you with valuable information that you cannot get from an ordinary sightseeing tour. During the tour, you are welcome to ask any questions about the history and culture of Kyoto. Your local guide is happy to answer all of them.

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What people are saying about Kyoto

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Gion is really pretty at night and our guide Ko was great, taking us on a good route and giving extra detail about the sights. We had good food at an okonomiyaki restaurant which we went back to again during our stay in Kyoto. Ko had a good sense of humour and it was a fun evening.

Zen was our guide and he did an incredibly insightful tour. Really enjoyed the evening, it was an absolute highlight and the Japanese pancake was so yummy too. Would recommend this tour anytime! Zen was great. Thank you.

This tour is very good, our guide took us to very nice local places, explained to us about Japanese culture and we tried a delicious meal, highly recommended.

Great experience! They walk you thru the Nishiki Market and give you opportunities to try some of the foods. Our guide, Ida, was excellent!

The tour was great, I highly recommend going if you have the opportunity.