It was my first trip to Kyoto and I enlisted the Magical Trip tour company for guidance. I wanted to get a lay of the land for the food and beverage options in the city, so I joined the Kyoto Night Foodie Tour which met at Gion-Shijo Station. The tour was made up of three stops for food and drink. After meeting, we were quickly on the way to our first destination which was a traditional Kyoto restaurant.
This area was clearly a popular tourist destination as we made our way through a sea of people to get there. Once we entered, we took off our shoes and found our table with a lovely view of the restaurant’s atrium. Magical Trip offered a pre-arranged menu which had a decent overview of the restaurant’s food and beverage options. Actually, every single item I ate at this restaurant was just perfect! I accompanied the delicious food with a large glass of sake. Out of all the dishes I tried, I think my favorite was the oden, which is a famous Japanese dish comprised of boiled items. It doesn’t sound very exciting but in reality, it was bursting with flavor!
It was on to the next stop, but not before passing through different areas of Kyoto and learning a little bit about Japanese culture along the way. With all of the beautiful historical buildings I could imagine what it must have been like hundreds of years ago. After winding down some very narrow streets, we ended up at the second stop, which was a sushi restaurant.
Here they also had a prepared menu for the tour that had a handful of items to choose from. Overall, I thought there was a decent variety of beverages and foods to try. The sushi I ordered was enjoyable, but didn’t blow my mind.
The last stop was a stand-up bar. It was possible to get more alcohol but instead I went with the Hojicha ice cream and oolong tea for a lovely finish! If you’re unfamiliar Hojicha is a roasted green tea and makes for a delicious ice cream flavor, especially rich and creamy.
Overall, Magical Trip’s Kyoto Night Foodie Tour was quite fun! There was a decent selection of food and drinks to try, as well as some fun facts to learn. If you’re looking for a way to explore a part of Kyoto you might miss on your own, check out this tour. I can’t wait to go back to Kyoto to explore more!
The Nitty Gritty
Taste - 8
Value - 7.8
Feng Shui - 7.5
Convenience - 7.5
Service - 8
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Chuo, Tokyo 103-0013 Japan
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