Kyoto’s geisha and maiko dinner shows are magical and unforgettable experiences. Seeing Japan’s most elegant and mythical entertainers is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.
Make a night of it and savour multi-course kaiseki – Kyoto style haute cuisine.
- Enjoy a geisha (known as geiko in Kyoto) and maiko dance performance
- Experiences to suit all budgets: Best value to premium
- Traditional Kyoto food: Dinner and lunch, tea ceremony and unlimited drinks
- Exclusive tea house, restaurant or theatre shows
- Photo opportunities with Kyoto’s geiko and maiko
Ultimate food and walking tour in Kyoto. Includes Nishiki Food Market to learn about Japanese ingredients, old sake brewery for tasting, and preparing your own sushi meal.
Learn hands-on about the city’s famous food heritage.
- 3.5 hour culinary experience (total time) to explore Kyoto’s rich food culture
- 2 hour guided walking tour to Nishiki Food Market and Kyoto’s backstreets
- 1.5 hour cooking class to make sushi, miso soup and warm salad
- Sake tasting at a sake brewery and museum
- Enjoy eating the meal you have prepared
Guided walking tour of Fushimi Inari and sake brewery tasting session. Walk the shrine’s famous red ‘torii’ (gates).
Visit Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum to learn about sake production and drink sake.
- 3.5 hour tour of Kyoto’s Inari district with a local guide
- Visit Kyoto’s iconic Fushimi Inari Shrine and walk the famous red torii (gates)
- Guided tour and tasting session at the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
- Learn about sake production and tools used in an old atmospheric sake brewery
- Visit a boutique shop with over 80 different types of sake
Cook meals that originated in Kyoto and learn about the city’s culinary heritage from an experienced local chef. Choice of two options; traditional Kyoto ‘obanzai’ vegetable meal or teriyaki chicken with soup and salad.
The cooking class is housed in an authentic ‘machiya’ – a traditional Japanese wooden townhouse.
- 1.5 hour Kyoto style cooking class food tour
- Learn Japanese style cooking methods from a local chef
- Prepare an obanzai vegetable mal or teriyaki chicken
- Small group maximum of six people
- Enjoy eating the meal you’ve prepared with the rest of the class
Learn the culinary art of rolling sushi in a sushi-making class and enjoy your creations for dinner. Your 1.5-hour lesson takes place in a traditional Kyoto townhouse with a professional instructor, who will teach you to make ‘makizushi’ (rolled sushi with dried seaweed). After a demonstration, choose your ingredients and try your hand at making the rolls. With some practice, you might feel like a sushi chef! Numbers are limited to 7 people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of like-minded sushi lovers.
Japanese food is more than just sushi and teriyaki chicken. In fact, it’s a very diverse and delicious cuisine. Consider ‘kappo,’ a style of dining in which customers sit at a counter and order directly from the chef, who is cooking just feet away. Now you can learn how to cook traditional kappo dishes in Kyoto. This 3-hour class shows you how to make five or six Japanese dishes. And, best of all, when you pack up your knives and turn off the burners, you eat what you just cooked.
Perfect the art of home cooking in Kyoto with this private tempura and sushi-making class! You’ll be picked up from your hotel by a friendly guide who accompanies you by taxi to a local Japanese home (modern or traditional style), where a family teaches you to make an authentic meal. After, enjoy your delicious main course with side dishes like miso soup and salad prepared with seasonal ingredients. By the end of your 2-hour lesson (1-hour of round trip transfer), you’ll feel like part of the family.
It’s hard to get more traditional than the Japanese bento box. In a way, it’s the perfect meal: it might include an egg roll, rice, pickled vegetables, breaded chicken and even nourishing miso soup, each in its own section of the bento box. The word is derived from an old Japanese word for convenience, and convenient this boxed meal certainly is. In this 3-hour cooking class in the center of Kyoto, learn the art of cooking up a bento box meal. Master chefs demonstrate and then turn the kitchen over to you. In the end, eat what you cook.
Uncover the secrets of Japan’s elegant geishas during an evening dining experience in a private Kyoto restaurant. Stroll through the Gion district to delve into the fascinating history of geishas, beautiful performers trained in entertaining exclusive clientele. Then, pleasure your palate with a delicious Japanese meal and a selection of specialty drinks; sip sake as your expert guide translates the questions you have for your geisha. Gain insight into her profession and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small group tour, where numbers are limited to eight.
Discover Kyoto’s renowned cuisine on a walking tour of Nishiki Market with a food specialist guide. Nishiki Market has been at the heart of Kyoto’s culinary world for centuries, and it features a range of Japanese cuisine and Kyoto specialties, in addition to cookware, fresh produce and other goods. Spend three hours in the famous market, tasting different food items as your guide provides a deeper understanding of Kyoto’s culinary offerings. Your tour includes a full lunch along with many samples — bring your curiosity and appetite!
Taste your way through Kyoto’s famed Nishiki Market, the heart of Kyoto cuisine, on this private 3-hour tour. Nishiki Market is home to some of Kyoto’s top food purveyors and cookware shops. You’ll meander the market with an English-speaking food expert as your guide and discover the two concepts that make Kyoto cuisine unique: ‘shun,’ meaning ingredients that have reached their seasonal peak, and ‘umami,’ one of the five detectable tastes. By the end of the tour, you’ll be a Kyoto cuisine connoisseur.
Join your host, Keiko, for a private cooking lesson and lunch in her Kyoto home. In this hands-on lesson you will learn to prepare dishes that are unique to Kyoto. Keiko specializes in Obanzai cuisine, a method of cooking distinct to Kyoto that relies heavily on vegetables and seafood, prepared simply, with ingredients that are seasonal and local to the Kyoto region. In Keiko’s small but welcoming kitchen, you will learn to cook a traditional Obanzai meal which you will then share sitting on cushions on the floor at her low, Japanese-style dining table.
A Pilates session is led by a friendly instructor at a serene shrine to help you absorb its healing energy. This relaxing Pilates session is followed by cooking a delicious, homemade Japanese lunch. This tour is especially recommended for those who wish to relax on your trip in Japan.
Start your Kyoto vacation at the Tea Ceremony Room Ju-An, set in a tranquil Japanese garden, you will leave your Kyoto holiday with the lasting memory of your private workshop at the Chashitsu Ju-An.
This private workshop runs daily and is conducted in English; since it is private, all of the attention will be on you while you learn the principles and inner workings of the Japanese Tea Ceremony Ritual and words such as: Wa – Kei – Sei – Jaku – Chashitsu – Kissaten.
Each private workshop lasts about 50 minutes during which you will learn and observe the way of tea in a tranquil, uplifting atmosphere.
You will also be given guidance on making matcha green tea by yourself using a bamboo whisk, followed by a Japanese sweet delicacy and a going away donut/snack. You will also receive a personalized certificate of attendance about four weeks after your private workshop session.
Make your day about sake and sightseeing with this Kobe excursion from Kyoto. After a train ride to the port town, take a guided walk through Kobe’s Kitano quarters to see the historic ‘Ijinkan,’ or foreign mansions, that line the streets. Tuck into a buffet lunch, and then visit the waterside Meriken Park. Finish with a walk around Hakutsuru Sake Brewery to learn about the rice wine’s history, production and place in Japanese customs.