Guided tour

Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

Kyoto Evening Gion Food Tour

Activity provider: Arigato Travel K.K.

From US$ 227 per person

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.

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Duration 3 hours
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Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • 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
Full description
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.
  • Local English-speaking Guide
  • 10-course dinner
  • Dessert
  • One drink
  • Hotel pickup (can be arranged for an additional charge)
  • Gratuities
  • Transportation costs
  • Additional drinks or food

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Meeting point

In front of Japan Kanji Museum & Library. Address: Gionmachi Minamigawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture 605-0074, Japan. Your guide will be there holding a 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

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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 12 reviews

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Mickey was great. We enjoyed a tour around the area and an education on the food we were lucky to eat. The food and conversation was a blast.

October 9, 2022

September 10, 2022

Yoshie was a very gracious and very knowledgeable tour guide

October 7, 2019

Product ID: 73587