Scholar-Led Nishiki Market Walking Tour

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Duration: 3h
Location: Nishiki Market, Umeyacho (Fuyachodori) Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan | Kyoto, Japan

Category: Food & Drink

Scholar-led culinary tour through “Kyoto's Kitchen”
Stroll in a labyrinth of food stalls & specialty restaurants
Produce of the traditional Japanese cuisine, washoku
Chance to browse authentic cookware & other cultural fare
Maximum group size of 6 people for an intimate experience

Guided food tour of Kyoto
Live tour commentary provided in English


Explore the culinary delights of “Kyoto's Kitchen,” Nishiki Market, famous for its fresh produce and specialty ingredients. Gain in-depth knowledge of washoku—traditional Japanese cuisine—and enjoy a typical lunch on this walking tour.

Nishiki Market is bustling with shoppers visiting small food stalls and restaurants that sell a variety of local fare—from fresh seafood and seasonal vegetables to dried spices and Japanese pickles.

Your in-depth gourmet experience starts at a Shinto shrine, where the market originated. Follow your guide through a labyrinth of stalls and shops that specialize in Kytoto foods. Study the various types of cuisine that make up the region's gastronomical style—from kaiseki ryori to shojin ryori to obanzai ryori—each of which falls under the umbrella of traditional washoku.

As you meet local vendors, explore more secrets of this UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage-listed cuisine. Learn about dashi, a simple miso made from a complex blend of ingredients. Find authentic Buddhist foods, like tofu and tofu skin, and admire the presentations of cookware and other fine Japanese fare. After a thorough walk through this fascinating market, it's time to wind down and taste what you've learned over a delicious lunch.

Cancellation Policy: 5 days
Know before you book: At least 2 people are required for this activity to take place., Maximum group size is 6 people., You must be able to walk on unpaved or uneven terrain., This activity is not wheelchair accessible., Check-in is 15 minutes prior to the booked tour start time.

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