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Kyoto Casual Evening Pontocho Food Tour provided by Arigato Japan

Kyoto Casual Evening Pontocho Food Tour

Kyoto Casual Evening Pontocho Food Tour
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
10
Wheelchair accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    10
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Important information
Inclusions
  • 5 food stops
  • 2 drinks
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Historic area sightseeing
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up not included (can be arranged for an additional charge)
  • Gratuity
  • Transportation costs
  • Additional drinks or food (not included but possible to purchase at guest expense)
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Pocchiri, 254-1 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0073, Japan Meet up point:In front of Pocchiri, a charming souvenir shop on Gion Shijo Dori Address: 〒605-0073 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Kitagawa Access: Gion Shijo Station - Keihan Line, Exit towards Minamiza or Yasaka Shrine
  • Pontocho Alley, Kashiwayacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8014, Japan End point: Pontocho area
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Passport information copy is required for kids 10 and above.
  • Family-friendly
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • For solo travelers, please email us
  • Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case.
  • Vegetarian friendly, unadvisable for Vegans and Gluten-free
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for Vegans and Gluten-free
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Inclusions
  • 5 food stops
  • 2 drinks
  • Local English speaking guide
  • Historic area sightseeing
Exclusions
  • Hotel pick up not included (can be arranged for an additional charge)
  • Gratuity
  • Transportation costs
  • Additional drinks or food (not included but possible to purchase at guest expense)
Departure details
  • Pocchiri, 254-1 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0073, Japan Meet up point:In front of Pocchiri, a charming souvenir shop on Gion Shijo Dori Address: 〒605-0073 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Kitagawa Access: Gion Shijo Station - Keihan Line, Exit towards Minamiza or Yasaka Shrine
  • Pontocho Alley, Kashiwayacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8014, Japan End point: Pontocho area
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Pontocho Alley, Kashiwayacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8014, Japan End point: Pontocho area
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Passport information copy is required for kids 10 and above.
  • Family-friendly
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • For solo travelers, please email us
  • Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case.
  • Vegetarian friendly, unadvisable for Vegans and Gluten-free
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for Vegans and Gluten-free
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
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Last updated: 18 Jun 2020
A note from Kyoto Casual Evening Pontocho Food Tour
Showing your voucher on your phone will be enough, and it is not necessary to print anything.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Pocchiri
    254-1 Gionmachi Kitagawa, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto, 605-0073, Japan
    Meet up point:In front of Pocchiri, a charming souvenir shop on Gion Shijo Dori Address: 〒605-0073 Kyōto-fu, Kyōto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gionmachi Kitagawa Access: Gion Shijo Station - Keihan Line, Exit towards Minamiza or Yasaka Shrine
    See address & details
  • 1
    Pocchiri
    Stop: 5 minutes
    Let's meet there and then enjoy a walking tour of Pontocho and Gion Shirakawa areas.
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    Pass by
    Tatsumi Bridge
    Tatsumi Daimyojin Shrine
    Statue of Izumo no Okuni
    Nishiki-Tenmangu Shrine
    Gion Corner
    Nishiki Market
  • You'll end at
    Pontocho Alley
    Kashiwayacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, 604-8014, Japan
    End point: Pontocho area
    See address & details
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

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annkreit
Scotch Plains, NJ25 contributions
Nov 2019
Arigato food tours soar above all others. Expert local guides. Personable, knowledgeable and most welcoming!
Written 20 October 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Graham F
Houston, TX14 contributions
Yoshie was an excellent guide. We were the only two on the tour, so we got very personal service. The food and sake was very good

We enjoyed Yoshie’s easy going personality. She was so easy to talk to and was easy to understand. Wish we had time to take a tour with her.
Written 18 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
YAY. So glad you had a great tour! Yoshie is a rock star. We love her so much!
Written 5 November 2019
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Sparkinheart
Riverside, CA52 contributions
So many great moments on this food tour! Go with Russ Mainwaring he was a great, super informative about Kyoto history and with extensive knowledge about the street taking us though lots of areas otherwise missed by every day tourist. The food was great and they are very good at making adjustments if someone in your group has food allergies. This is definitely a tour with taking.
Written 5 January 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for the great review and yes we all love RUSS he is a super guide- so glad you enjoyed! Thank you for mentioning the allergy part as we really try our best which can be a challenge in Japan but we want to make sure our guests can enjoy as much as possible.
Written 7 January 2019
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Kiki444421
Tulsa, OK8 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
This is a great food tour. We had an awesome time with Russ. Russ is very knowledgeable about the local customs. Loved the food and the places he chose to take us! You will definitely not go hungry on this tour!
Written 28 December 2019
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YAY! So happy you had a great tour with Russ, He is a terrific story teller. Kyoto has so much history and adding a food tour is a great way to see it from a different perspective.
Written 29 December 2019
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Mariana Pinto
Cascais, Portugal14 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
Our guide was Masaki. He was really nice and made this the best experience we've had in Japan. 
We went to 6 different places and tasted really good food - that we probably wouldnt have otherwise.
Along the way we talked about the food, Japan's history and culture and a lot of other things and got to see a few typical Kyoto neighbourhoods. 
It was a really fun afternoon (that because Masaki was so nice was actually a bit more than the 3 hours) and we really advise everyone to do this :) Thank you Masaki!
Written 31 July 2019
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WOW thank you for this lovely review. We really appreciate your kind comments and for sure this will help other guests know about our tours. Glad that you enjoyed the food and the information!
Written 13 August 2019
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Coastal296946
1 contribution
Nov 2019 • Couples
Favorite part was going to places that we never would’ve stopped otherwise. That, and having tables reserved for us so all proprietors were expecting us. No wait!
Written 20 October 2020
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THE LONDON LOUNGER
London, UK51 contributions
Nov 2019
We hit several restaurants and bars and the guide was really helpful and even found vegetarian options (in fact the one soba place that we went to had great veggie options).
Written 20 October 2020
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shabri b
3 contributions
The trip was a walk/ food tour. It was very interactive and fun, with Lauren as our guide who gave an unique insight of the city and Japan's culture. She was lovely to get to know and definitely made the tour worth it. The food was delicious and more than enough to fill your belly. I would suggest to not eat anything before the tour cause you don't want to miss out on the once in a life time experience.
Written 18 June 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for the lovely review. Glad you enjoyed the tour and the food. We are so glad you were full by the end of the evening. That is always our goal as well. We appreciate your comments and will pass them on to Lauren.
Written 22 June 2019
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Kiwitripper
Auckland, New Zealand2 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
We had a fantastic night with Russ, our friendly Welsh tour guide. Russ lives in Kyoto and was able to weave through the streets and alleys expertly, pointing out areas of interest in Gion. His casual approach made for an authentic experience. We sampled food and visited restaurants that we wouldn’t have discovered on our own. Our 11 year old daughter loved the tour and ate everything. My husband enjoyed the sake tasting!
Written 4 May 2019
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Mike S
8 contributions
Feb 2019 • Solo
I was very lucky to participate in this tour a couple of weeks ago. Koichiro was a fantastic guide, the selction of venues was very good and the food & sake were plenty. I can only recommend the tour as well as the company. Everything from first contact to saying goodbye after a great evening went exactly as it should be.
Written 19 March 2019
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Thank you so much for your lovely review. Glad you could enjoy our Kyoto tour with Koichiro. We love sharing local favorite spots and also enjoying great food, sake and cultural info! Glad you had fun.
Written 19 March 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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EmmaP3093
EmmaP3093
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A must do
More then expected, Thomas the guide was great, interesting and informative guide that included the context if matc
tokyoterri
tokyoterri
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a fantastic escape!
actually I took this one in March this crazy year, and it was a perfect escape! Looking at the trees was like being
Guide787742
Guide787742
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Disappointed
We did this tour in April of 2019 not 2020 as suggested below. I don't know why Arigato is asking for our review no
531andyf
531andyf
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Tour provided insights to a magical place you won't get on your own
My wife and I spent 22 days in southeast Asia. This was one of our favorite activites. You get a lay of the land
Maria B
Maria B
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A lovely tour with Pia
I had a lovely tour with Pia in February 2020. I very much enjoyed the evening walk in the Gion district and the si
801tamathaf
801tamathaf
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Very local
I’m a tour operator who works with Arigato Japan and was thrilled to partake in one of their tours on a business tr
mobilmac
mobilmac
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wonderful evening
Yoshiko did a great job guiding and teaching us (on a rainy evening) about the Gion District and the role of Geisha
jackiestew13
jackiestew13
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Breathtaking Opportunity
Our guide was incredible, the food was delicious, and the experience was unreal. Ada was our guide - she was energe
Gordon M
Gordon M
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A great cultural experience
Clear instructions beforehand meant we met our guide at the appointed time and headed off into areas of Kyoto that
Nick S
Nick S
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Hidden whisky gems
The guides took us to several unobtrusive bars with distinct atmospheres and wined and dined us with local specialt
Mariana N
Mariana N
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Best Japan Experience
Our guide was Masaki. He was really nice and made this the best experience we've had in Japan. We went to 6 differ
jay_frayy
jay_frayy
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Fantastic regional drinks and food
Had a fantastic time on the tour and immensely enjoyed all the bars and restaurants our very knowledgeable guide, G
farleiii
farleiii
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A great way to take things in
Sets the surrounding stage well culturally and historically. We were able to eat food that varied a lot from one a
RAPEDathotel
RAPEDathotel
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Great guide, great tour, great time!
Our guide, Abiyan, was knowledgable and fun to be with. We had a great time touring Nishiki Market and having lunch
gingerl828
gingerl828
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Lovely Stroll, Delicious Meal
We had a lovely evening with Yoshie. She was clear about where to meet, and she guided us to so many great little t
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