Guided tour

Kyoto: Luxury Sake, Whiskey, and Cocktail Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

Kyoto: Luxury Sake, Whiskey, and Cocktail Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

From US$ 291 per person

Explore the heart of Kyoto and discover the city's famous entertainment districts and center of traditional culture. Enjoy a taste of Japanese sake, whiskey, and unique cocktails on this nightlight tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reserve now & pay later
Keep your travel plans flexible — book your spot and pay nothing today.
Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures are in place. Check your activity voucher once you book for full details.
Duration 3 hours
Check availability to see starting times.
Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Explore small, hidden, and historic streets of Kyoto
  • Experience an evening stroll with a local guide
  • Try local seasonal dishes and a sake tasting (other beverages also available)
  • Visit an award winning bar and try a creative cocktail
  • Participate in a classic whisky bar tasting with chocolate pairing (or bar snacks if preferred)
Full description
At the heart of Kyoto are the “Flower Districts” around Gion and Pontocho. These are the city’s most famous entertainment districts and the center of traditional culture and nightlife. We will start our tour strolling around a more hidden flower-district. Flower-districts are the historic name for areas with tea houses featuring music and dance performed by Kyoto’s famous geisha. As dusk falls we will explore the alleys and back streets and make our way to a hidden cocktail bar that has been awarded for their amazing bartenders and gold-star original drink creations. At our first stop we will try local snacks paired with a delicious cocktail of your choice. This hidden gem bar has a few special features– you can even order a drink based on your “mood” just talk to the bar staff and they will make something special just for you! As the evening deepens we will make our way around the small side streets and see some of the best views of Japan’s ancient capital. Our next stop will be a restaurant in a family home that dates from over 100 years ago. The host of this delicious riverside gem will be sure to entertain us with stories and specialty food. Try a local Kyoto sake and learn about sake (rice wine) and why Kyoto is one of Japan’s best regions for brewing this famous beverage. At this spot we will try the proprietor’s famous “appetizer surprise box” and two small plates- dishes featuring mochi used in surprising ways. You will surely enjoy the signature Kamo tasting dish — the chef’s playful Kyoto take on Peking Duck. Our final stop is a whiskey tasting at a posh bar in the Pontocho district. Have a chance to try your choice of Japanese whiskies and see why they have become famous the world over. Non-whiskey drinkers can enjoy other beverages. We will pair our final drink with your choice of sweets or bar snacks and finish up the tour with an atmospheric stroll through this lively nightlife district.
  • Sake, cocktail, whiskey, and other beverage tastings
  • Dinner in a restaurant with specialty dishes
  • Local snacks paired with famous Kyoto Whiskey
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pickup (can be arranged for an additional charge)
  • Gratuity
  • Transportation costs
  • Additional drinks or food (available to purchase at your own expense)

Select participants and date



Meeting point

In front of Kyoto Marui Department store "World Map" at the crossing of Shijo dori -Kawaramachi Subway Station. 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.

Open in Google Maps ⟶
Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • The minimum drinking age is 20
  • A copy of your passport information is required for all participants aged 10 and over
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wearing comfortable shoes for walking is recommended
  • Please advise supplier of any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking

Product ID: 220635