TRADITIONAL EXPERIENCE

Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour

Japan, Kyoto

Traditional experience hosted by Arigato Travel

09:00 UTC
Private:
From 2 to 15 guests
Hosted in English

What you'll do?

This luxurious Kyoto night food tour through Gion and Shirakawa is a celebration of Japanese traditional culture and Kaiseki cuisine, a multi-course, multi-flavored Japanese dinner that mixes global and local flavors to produce delicious dishes.

  • Learn the history and current practices of the Maiko and Geiko culture of Kyoto
  • Enjoy a Kaiseki course meal experience with seasonal and regional food, and gain a deeper understanding of the historic food culture of Kyoto
  • Make several snack stops to sample Kyoto’s traditional cuisine
  • Experience Kyoto’s beautiful architecture on a walking tour
  • Explore the flavors that make Kyoto cuisine special

Starting in Kamogawa, you will stroll along the local streets and head toward Kamogawa River, with some possible seasonal food stops along the way, to gaze upon the many Japanese locals enjoying the cool of the evening, while sitting on the terraces along the water known as Kamogawa yuka noryo in Japanese.

After crossing the Kamogawa River, you’ll enter into the Pontocho area, a district of Kyoto, home to many Geisha houses and traditional tea houses. In the evenings you’ll be able to see Geisha walking the streets.

Not long after our time in Pontocho, we will be in historical Gion, the most prominent entertainment district and Kyoto’s center of traditional arts. Gion is clad with old wooden buildings, teahouses and very exclusive Japanese restaurants, mostly by invitation only. Your guide will tell you stories about this very exquisite part of Kyoto along the way.

At the end of the short journey, you will sit down to a 10-course Kaiseki dinner, prepared especially and specifically for Arigato Japan. This should be a moment in your life you will never forget, so the details will be  reserved for those who join the tour. To give you an idea, one of the 10 courses will be an ornate platter mounted with living fish, and you can enjoy the freshest sashimi straight from the bone. The other 9 courses are a mystery guaranteed to surprise and delight your culinary senses.

Includes

Local English-speaking Guide

10-course dinner

Dessert

One drink

Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • Please inform of any food allergies or dietary requirements
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A copy of your passport information is required for all participants aged 10 and over

Arigato Travel's commitment to safety

This host committed to Sonema COVID-19-related safety and cleaning guidelines—including adhering to social distancing guidelines, practicing good hygiene, and ensuring that all participants wear a mask.