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Expert-Led Nishiki Market Foodie Tour

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    After you make your way to the designated meeting point, your guide greets you and provides an overview of the beginnings of the Nishiki Market. Walk through the market alleyways to see a Shinto shrine that marks the birthplace of the market.
    Also known as ‘Kyoto's kitchen,’ Nishiki Market is located inside a fully enclosed building and stays open year-round selling the ingredients and specialty items that make Kyoto a famous food destination. You can find all things food related at numerous vendor stalls, shops and kitchens, including fresh seafood and produce, savory and sweet snacks, bowls of ramen, sake, Kyoto specialties, cookware and more.
    Your expert guide — who may be a chef, a food critic, or a culinary historian or anthropologist — leads you to the best spots in the large market. Sample a range of foods throughout the tour as your guide shares informative commentary about what the foods you taste at the different stalls. You'll get to try several Kyoto-specific foods, like tsukemono (pickled vegetables), wagashi (Japanese tea sweets), traditional Kyoto vegetables and more.
    During the tour, learn about the four types of Kyoto cuisine: obanzai (home cooking), kaiseki (which developed out of the tea ceremony), vegetarian shojin-ryori (eaten at Zen temples) and yusoku-ryori (cuisine of the imperial court). Your guide also explains washoku (traditional Japanese food), which has become increasingly popular around the world and is now on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
    By the end of the tour, you’ll have a new appreciation for Japanese cuisine and a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culinary offerings.
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    Reviewed 18 June 2019 via mobile

    The tour started with an overview from our guide, Kana, and then we started! What an amazing variety of food. Kana knew what everything was, and encouraged us to try new things. I tasted food I would never have tried without her encouragement. By the...More

    Thank CarolynK407
    Reviewed 10 June 2019

    During our first trip to Japan, my husband and I took the Nishiki Market tour with Robin. This was a great way to learn about the food culture of Kyoto and the benefit of an insider’s perspective on the market. The market is a complex...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Sue_G_10
    Reviewed 1 March 2019

    This was an excellent experience. Having someone who is familiar with the market lead us through and teach/recommend things was a great way to experience it for us first-timers. Our tour guide, Martin, did an excellent job of giving us opportunities to try a lot...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank AmyT2901221609
    Reviewed 8 November 2018

    I pretty interesting place to visit. We had read online it opens at 9am, however it was only the seafood and produce stalls/shops that were opened at that time. Most of the shops were opened around 10-11am. Lots of different things to see. Couldn't help...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    Thank Roxanne M
    Reviewed 22 September 2018

    We really enjoyed our Nishiki Tour with Marc. He was extremely informative, engaging and very personable. We were especially impressed with his passion and knowledge of the Market as well as Japan and Kyoto's culture and history. He shared many interesting facts and guided us...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
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