Guided tour

Kyoto: Casual Pontocho Evening Food Tour

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Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

Kyoto: Casual Pontocho Evening Food Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

From US$ 193 per person

Enjoy a walking tour of Pontocho and Gion Shirakawa, 2 of Kyoto’s most charming and historical areas. Travel back in time to enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes in the rustic neighborhood. Discover tea houses, restaurants, and charming sights.

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Duration 3 hours
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Wheelchair accessible
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Spend a relaxed evening of food tasting with a local guide, meticulously planned to maximize your short time in this amazing place
  • Enjoy a walking tour of the famous Pontocho and Gion Shirakawa districts
  • Enjoy 5 food and drink stops featuring classic and seasonal dishes of Kyoto
  • Try sumi grilled meat and seafood skewers
  • Visit a 100-year-old soba noodle spot and taste local sake (rice wine) at a charming standing bar
Full description
This casual evening tour is perfect for families and those wanting to explore these historical and delicious neighborhoods. Experience 5 food and drink stops with something for everyone. Start off in a retro Showa-era (post-war Japan) restaurant to try seasonal and regional, tasty dishes. Next, try several types of yakitori (charcoal grilled skewers) in a classic Pontocho eatery. Then, head over to a privately owned sake tasting shop to try local nihonshu (rice wine). Bring the kids, because there is even a local plum soda for a kid-friendly tasting at this quaint backstreet spot run by a passionate entrepreneur who celebrates Kyoto sake culture. Head onto a 100-year-old soba restaurant for handmade noodle dishes. You are sure to feel pretty full by this point but don’t forget to save a little room for a tasty green tea dessert at a trendy new neighboorhood spot that blends tradition with modern innovation. Have fun beyond the temples and Kyoto tourist experiences and ask your guide about the history and culture surrounding the food of Kyoto. This fun and friendly tour is the perfect way to spend your evening. There are too many great restaurant choices, and a few that are certainly too touristy, so let the tour help you make the best choices. Create delicious memories with on this unique tour. 
  • 5 food stops
  • 2 drinks
  • Traditional desserts and snacks
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup
  • Gratuity
  • Transportation costs
  • Additional drinks or food

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Meeting point

In front of Pocchiri, a charming souvenir shop on Gion Shijo Dori. Staff will be there holding an "Arigato Japan" sign. Please note we can only wait an additional five minutes after the starting time and then the tour will depart. In addition to our limited five-minute grace period, please note that we cannot give directions or contact the guides on the phone once the tour begins. This is to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience for all guests on the tour, And also to respect our relationships with restaurants.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The tour starts promptly at 4:30 PM and ends at 7:30 PM
  • At least 2 people are required for the activity to take place. There will be a maximum of 10 participants on the tour
  • The tour is vegetarian-friendly and is unfortunately not advisable for those following a vegan and/or gluten-free diet
  • The operator and its guides reserve the right to refuse or withdraw guests that are unfit to take the tour for any reason or act in a dangerous manner. A guest's participation in any service will be terminated if the guest breaks any local laws or regulations put in place by Japanese authorities
  • You must be 21 years of age and present a valid photo ID in order to consume alcohol
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. A passport copy is required for children aged 10 and older.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 5 reviews

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Worth every penny! We did the Kyoto: Casual Pontocho Evening Food Tour and our guide Yoshie was the best part. She was an instant friend taking us on a tour of her city. The out of the way places, the amazing food, and the wonderful ppl made for one of the best evenings of our trip

October 26, 2019


Lauren was friendly and made us feel comfortable. We were the only guys and was like a personal tour. Kids loved it. Come to know little bit about Japan in general. Were taken to authentic family restaurant and other place. Last but not the least green matcha was the icing on the cake. Tks

June 4, 2019

Awesome evening with a fun and knowledgable guide Koichiro Ikawa

We had a great time drinking sake and sampling different dishes that ranged from chicken skewers and noodles to sardine cheese pizza that was a hit with everyone! We stopped at many of the guides favorite places off the beaten path which was nice. They all were very good and good choices. Thank you for showing us around Kyoto and for the great experience!

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March 19, 2019

Product ID: 189807