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  • Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

    1. Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

    Start at the vast 400-year-old Nishiki Market, nicknamed 'Kyoto's Kitchen,' where over 130 food shops and stalls will beckon your taste buds. Stroll through the Market and learn about its history and taste the various dishes unique to Kyoto including: Tofu Skin, Sesame Cracker, Japanese Pike Conger Eel, Sake, and etc. Then, rest your appetite by visiting a nearby shrine dedicated to the God of Education. Head for Pontocho Street by crossing through Teramachi Street, Shijo Street, and Kiyamachi Street- all of which will enable you to immerse yourself in modern Japanese culture. Pontocho street is very special, even for locals, because it is one out of the five Geisha districts in Kyoto. From here, you will walk across the majestic Kamo river and taste local sweets. The final section of the tour will lead you to Gion district (which is also another Geisha district). The guide will take y...

    My guides have been excellent- warm, gives wonderful insights into Kyoto culture and cuisine, very polite and excellent service!

  • Kyoto: 4-Hour Arashiyama Walking Tour

    2. Kyoto: 4-Hour Arashiyama Walking Tour

    Start the tour from the JR Saga-Arashiyama station North Exit. Skip the regular and crowded route which leads directly to the bamboo forest, and make your way to the lesser-known Saga-Toriimoto area.  Visit the local gift shops and beautiful local temples and shrines. Learn about the local stories and legends of the area from your guide. Enjoy the beauty of the bamboo forest and learn about its significance for the locals.  Next, visit Tenryu-Ji temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous its beautiful Sogenchi pond and garden which was once owned by local aristocrats. Walk towards Arashiyama's iconic Togetsukyo bridge. Then, enjoy a traditional lunch with typical Kyoto cuisine. Enjoy the views over the Togetsukyo bridge from the restaurant while you are eating.

  • 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 Togetsu...

    Thank you for providing so much information in such an enjoyable way. Highly recommend this tour and this company.

  • Kyoto: Bus Day Trip Through Kyoto and Nara with Lunch

    4. Kyoto: Bus Day Trip Through Kyoto and Nara with Lunch

    Start your journey with a train ride from JR Kyoto Station to Arashiyama, accompanied by your expert guide. The bamboo grove of Arashiyama has been a popular nature-viewing destination since the Heian Period. Take a stroll through the cool Sagano Bamboo Forest and listen to the distinct rustle of bamboo leaves as you walk. Later, drive through Kyoto proper and arrive at Kinkaku-ji: the Golden Pavilion. Admire picturesque views of the grand temple reflected in the mirror-like pond it overlooks, and then wander through the sprawling garden that has retained its original design from the 14th century. After Kinkaku-ji, board your bus again and head south to Nara. Take a short walk through Nara Park, famous for the 1,200 or so wild deer that live freely within the park. These deer are famously very friendly, and allow visitors to feed them by hand. Within Nara Park you will find the Todai-j...

  • Nara: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage & Local Culture Walking Tour

    5. Nara: Half-Day UNESCO Heritage & Local Culture Walking Tour

    Meet your knowledgeable guide at the meeting point and begin your cultural half-day walking tour of Japan's first historical capital. As you walk by the shopping arcade, explore a Japanese old town extremely different from a metropolis like Tokyo. Walk between the historical buildings, and go inside a traditional merchant's house to see how people around here live in the past. Next, take a break from walking to observe the mysterious pyramid-shaped structure in the middle of the quiet town. Admire the view of the city of Nara from the hill, then visit Todai-ji Temple and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Learn about the distinct Japanese religious culture as you see a huge temple with a great Buddha statue, then explore a beautiful shrine housing hundreds of lanterns. In this area, meet and feed the wild deer living in Nara Park. For over 1,200 years, locals have ...

  • Kyoto: Walking Tour in Gion with Breakfast at Nishiki Market

    6. 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. ...

  • Awaji Island :Hello Kitty Show Box Lunchtime Performance

    7. Awaji Island :Hello Kitty Show Box Lunchtime Performance

    Spend your lunchtime in a theater restaurant and be entertained by a live Hello Kitty performance. Watch an exciting media art performance from the world-famous  Hello Kitty character and be transported into her unique world. Be surprised continually throughout as the performance seeks to amaze and excite. While you watch, indulge without feeling guilty by eating from the plant-based organic menu. Treat your insides to exquisite dishes that replenish and fuel the body. 

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What people are saying about Kansai

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Mimi was amazing! She was punctual when she met us and so sweet. It was a small group of us (only four people, not including Mimi, our guide) so we were able to ask a ton of questions and take our time. She’s got some great suggestions for additional things to see and do while in Kyoto as well.

Very personal tour experience

Very friendly and knowledgeable Guide! Hiromi provided so much information even for plans we had the next day. She described customs and traditions and really helped provide a full experience!

My guides have been excellent- warm, gives wonderful insights into Kyoto culture and cuisine, very polite and excellent service!

This tour was so interesting. A great way to learn so many things!

Thank you for providing so much information in such an enjoyable way. Highly recommend this tour and this company.

We enjoyed the tour so much that we returned to the market after with more confidence to try new things!