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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. 

Kyoto: Nishiki Market and Gion Cultural Walking Food Tour

2. 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 you out of mainstream hustle and bustle of the crowded streets and into the more photogenic and hidden spots. Not only will you be educated about the Geisha tradition, you may even meet one. The tour finishes in Gion District on Shijo Street. From the finishing point, you can easily access Kiyomizudera which is most famous temple in Kyoto known for its stage with a great view.

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

3. 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. To start, we'll walk around the Gion area and head to the first restaurant. On the streets, we'll see many old Kyoto-style buildings with machiya architecture, as well as tea houses. At the first location, we'll enjoy Kyoto vegetables or meats with simple seasoning in order to taste the ingredient's pure flavors. You can enjoy Japanese sake made in Kyoto, too! At the second cafe, we'll enjoy dessert & coffee!(You can order food and alcohol drink instead of the dessert, too.) Any type of traveler can enjoy this food tour, whether you're traveling with family, friends, or you're a solo traveler. Don't worry if you don't know what to eat or drink. Our guide will help you order and will explain everything! Let's try local food that you can only find in Kyoto, and explore the backstreets of this beautiful city with our local guide!

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What people are saying about Shijō Station

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 43 reviews

We had a wonderful (afternoon) lunch at Nishiki Market. You should definitely be hungry, because you will taste many different typical Japanese dishes. Our guide was really great! Since we were there off-season, there were only three of us and we were able to ask a lot of questions and talked a lot about our countries.

Such an excellent cooking class! We had to best time - the food was delicious! The class was very relaxed, yet very informative. A must activity whilst in Kyoto!!

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

Was a nice experience and the instructor was super sweet and helpful with us. We did in total 6 dishes. I loved all of them.

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