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Kyoto Culture and Food Tour by Day and Night

Kyoto Culture and Food Tour by Day and Night

Experience an afternoon and evening packed with highlights on a guided tour of Kyoto by day and night. See the Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines, taste amazing street food and encounter geishas along the way.

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Duration 8 hours
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Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Taste some of the best traditional street food of Kyoto
  • Marvel at the many red torii gates of Fushimi Inari Shrine
  • Explore the famous geisha district of Gion and learn where the geishas live and work
  • Visit the arcade strip of Teramachi and see merchants selling Manga comics and more
  • Go to a typical stand-up bar in the Nishiki food market
Full description
See the temples, shrines and gardens of Kyoto and learn about the city's 1,200-year history and geisha traditions. Start at the 13th-century Tofukuji Temple and learn about the inspiration for its garden. Walk to the Fushimi Inari Shrine to see the red torii gates spread across the mountain.  Head to the geisha district of Gion as the sun sets and stroll past traditional teahouses from the 17th century. Soak up the atmosphere of the historic quarter and get some free time to explore on your own. Then, experience Kyoto at night in a group. Wander the lantern-lit wooden streets to the Yasaka Shrine, brought to life with its bright lights. Sample typical dishes at the street food stalls selling everything from frozen bananas to skewered squid. Cross the Kamo River to get a view of the restaurant district before entering the historic entertainment district of Pontocho. Continue to the arcade strip of Teramachi and see merchants selling Manga comics, high-quality sushi knives and more. End at a typical tachinomiya (stand-up) bar in the Nishiki food market. 
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Snacks and 1 drink during the evening portion of the tour
  • Entrance fees for sights mentioned in the itinerary
  • Public transportation fees during the tour
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Vegans
  • People under 20 years

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Meeting point

Meet in front of Central Post Office (Chu-o yu-bin-kyo-ku), less than 1-minute walk from the north side of Kyoto Station. Please meet in front of the door with the vending machine and traditional red mail box.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Please wear comfortable and modest attire as you will visit temples and shrines
  • People under 20 years old are not permitted to join this tour
  • This tour can be customized to accommodate vegetarians. However, the tour cannot cater to vegans or gluten-free travelers. You are welcome to bring your own food or snacks
  • This is a small group tour
  • Effective September 1, 2021, travelers aged 18+ must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccination on Intrepid Urban Adventures tours. Children aged 6-17 must present a negative COVID-19 test, proof of recovery, or proof of vaccination. View full policy at
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 6 reviews

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My partner and I really enjoyed this experience, the guide was personal and provided an experience we were interested in. If he didn't know the answer to a question he would research it and get back to us. Overall we found it lovely to learn about Kyoto and have someone take control for 8 hours (no more maps or wondering where to go next). For these reasons I would recommend the tour even if you've been to Kyoto before.

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March 20, 2020

actually 2 tours, so some double

After the first tour in the afternoon, the second part followed after a short break, but this started for about 1 hour with the same content as the first tour ended, same places, same explanations, a shame. Apart from that, the tour was very interesting and in the evening we also saw geishas.

April 6, 2018

No guide

Something must have gone wrong but no guide showed up. I contacted the company and they were prompt in responding and offering a full refund. This is why I gave it two stars not one I hope the refund will come through.

December 14, 2017

Product ID: 124607