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Welcome to the JD Kai! In Japanese, it means a gathering to “meet” or “discover” Japan.

We offer two kinds of tours, a cooking class and Sake Tasting Events in the charming Fushimi area of Kyoto:

 

1. Food Tasting Tour  (approx. 3  hours) Walking, talking and tasting at 10 family owned and operated shops located in the very walkable shotengai (shopping streets) of Fushimi.  Come and experience the rich food culture of the local people. 5,000 Japanese Yen / Person

2. Saké Tasting Tour  (approx. 3 hours) Walking, talking and tasting through Fushimi, the heart of the saké brewery district in Kyoto. We will visit a  museum / brewery, a liquor shop specializing in sake from Fushimi, and a small family owned and operated brewery that produces only Junmaishu (pure rice sake). 5,000 Japanese Yen / Person

3. Cooking Class  (approx. 2 – 2.5 hours) Specializing in Obanzai- style food (Kyoto homestyle cooking) led by Yoshie Ishiguro, a specialist in this kind of cooking. Obanzai is both good for your body and tastes great as well!  6,000 Japanese Yen / Person

For more information or to join one of the tours:

jason.jdkai@gmail.com

 It’s very easy to access from either the center of Kyoto or Osaka. Are you travelling alone? with family? with a group? Not a problem, we can arrange a tour for you.

The tour days and times make it possible to do 2 tours back-to-back.

For more information: jason.jdkai@gmail.com

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  1. Stephanie kay says:

    Hi there,
    Any chance you have any places on the food tasting tour tonight 10th July?
    Kind regards,
    Stephanie

    • jdkai says:

      Hello Stephanie, Thanks for contacting me about the JD Kai Sake Tasting tour. We don’t have any tours on July 10th, unfortunately. We have a tour scheduled on July 11th at 12:00. Is that something you might be interested in joining? If so, please let me know. Regards, Jason Davidson

  2. Julian Soares says:

    Hi , I would like to book a food and sake tasting your for today or tmrw(16/10/13).

    Please could you let me know if you would be able to organise it for four people.

    Thanks,

    Julian

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Julian, Thanks so much for contacting us about JD Kai Food and Sake Tasting Tours. At the moment, we have tours on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Do any of these days fit into your schedule? Thanks, JD Kai

  3. Suki says:

    Hi,

    Is there any chance to book in for a food tasting on the 8 of March? For 2 people?

    Thanks
    Suki

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Suki, Yes, I can certainly arrange a food tasting tour for 2 people on Saturday, March 8th. I have sent details to your email address. Please let me know if you received them. Thanks, Jason Davidson

  4. Connie says:

    I would like to join the food and sake tasting tour. For food tasting, do you have one opening on July 24, 2014? On what day do you have the sake tasting? Thank you very much. Connie

    • jdkai says:

      Hello, I can arrange for both tours on Thursday, July 24th. Yes, I do have an opening for one. Please let me know if you are interested. Thanks.

  5. Denese says:

    We are a group of 8 adults.
    How much per person combined food and sake tour?
    This would be about July 11 or 12 2014.

    • jdkai says:

      Hello, Thanks for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours. Yes, I can certainly arrange both tours for your group. The price would be 10,000 Japanese / person for joining both tours. I can arrange tours for you on Saturday, July 12th. Please let me know if you are in interested.

  6. Erin Coleman says:

    Hi,
    We are just wondering if you have any spaces left for either your good or sake tastin tour on 27/5/2014?

    Erin

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Erin, at the moment, we are doing the tours on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Do any of those days fit into your schedule?

  7. saskia mueller says:

    Hi there,
    I would be interested in the sake or food tour for tomorrow night. Could you let me know the times if there any available seats?

    Thank you

    • jdkai says:

      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours. Unfortunately, I’m not running any tours at night. All of the tours I run are during the morning and afternoon. If you would be interested in joining a tour during the morning or afternoon, I can certainly help you out.

      Thanks,

      Jason

  8. Michelle says:

    Hello,

    Do you run tours on Saturdays?/today
    Are there any spots available?

    Thank you .

    • jdkai says:

      Hello,

      Thank you for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours.

      Yes, I do have tours on Saturdays, but today, Saturday November 15th is already booked up.

      The next available tour would be next Saturday, November, 22nd.

      If you are interested in joining tours on this day, please contact me and I would be happy to help you out.

      Enjoy your time in Japan.

      Thanks,

      Jason Davidson

  9. Franz says:

    Hi Jason,

    Do you have a schedule in the afternoon for a food tour on the 22nd Nov. My wife and I want to try out your tour.

    Regards,

    Franz

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Franz,

      Thank you for contacting me about the Food Tasting Tour. Unfortunately, I don’t have a tour scheduled for the afternoon. I do have one scheduled for the morning starting at 10:30. If that is something you might want to join, please let me know. Otherwise, have a great time in Kyoto and please think about me the next time you are in Japan.

      Thanks,

      Jason Davidson
      JD Kai
      Food and Sake Tasting Tours

  10. Melissa says:

    Hello!
    My friend and I are coming to Kyoto in early May. What days do the tours run? We can plan our trip around this knowledge to make sure we make it! What time is pick up and from where?
    Thanks JD

    • Melissa says:

      Also, what was the cost per adult?

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours. The tours run on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. They start at 10:00 in the morning. The meeting spot is Momoyamagoryomae Station on the Kintetsu Train Line. It is a 10 minute train ride from Kyoto Station. The cost per adult is 5,000 Japanese Yen. I hope this information answers your questions. If you are interested in joining one or both of the tours, please let me know. I would be happy to help you out.

      Thanks,

      Jason

  11. Alicia Yang says:

    Hi Jason,

    Do you have availability for the sake tasting tour on 26th May 2015 for 2 people?

    Thank you.

    Regards,
    Alicia

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Alicia,

      Thanks for contacting me about the Sake Tasting Tours. I would love to help you out, but unfortunately I don’t have any availability until Thursday, May 28th. Please let me know if you are interested in joining that tour. Thanks, Jason

  12. Mathew says:

    Hi! Do you have any food tours tomorrow, the 19th of may?

    Thanks

  13. ilona bykhovsky says:

    Hello, i am traveling with my boyfriend and we were wondering if you had availability today the 23 of may for the food tasting tour. Thank you.

    • jdkai says:

      Hello, Thanks for contacting me about the Food Tasting Tour. Unfortunately, I am all booked up until June 1st. Sorry about that. Please think about me the next time you are in Kyoto.

      Jason

  14. putingisda says:

    Hi! Would you happen to have 2 slots for the food tour on either the 21st or 22nd of july?

  15. Idalia Amaya says:

    Dear JD Kai,

    I would be interested in a saki and or food tour tomorrow night, wed June 17?. I am visiting Kyoto for the night.

    Thanks ,

    Idalia

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Idalia,

      Thanks for contacting me about the tasting tours. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tours running at night. Sorry about that.

      Thanks,

      Jason

  16. Stephen says:

    What tours do you have available on June 26 and June 27, 2015?

    Thanks!

    • jdkai says:

      Hi,

      At the moment, I have a Food Tasting Tour available on Saturday, June 27th starting at 10:00 am. Please let me know if you are interested in joining the tour. I would be happy to make arrangements for you.

      Thanks,

      Jason

  17. Melissa says:

    Hi, What do you have available on the 7th or 8th of August? We (2pp) would like to do the food + sake tour please.

    • jdkai says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours. Unfortunately, the tours are going on summer vacation for the month of August. They will resume again in September. Sorry about that. Please think about me if you ever find yourself in Kyoto again. Thanks, Jason

      • Melissa says:

        Hi, Thank you for the reply regarding August…not a problem, I am pleased your team gets vacation of their own. M

  18. stevielkelly says:

    Hi Jason

    I was wondering what the availability for the food tasting tour was this week (12 July). We are in Kyoto on the 13th,17th, 18th and 19th and would be very keen.

    Thanks,

    Stevie.

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Stevie, thanks for contacting me about the Food Tasting Tours. Unfortunately, I am all booked up for the week. Sorry about that. Please think about me if you ever come back to Kyoto.

      Thanks,

      Jason

  19. Hongfei says:

    Hi Jason,

    Me and my wife will be in Kyoto from July 27-August 1, and we’d like to sign up for your food tasting tour. Do you have any room left for two in your tour group? If yes, please let us know the day and time, and the meet up point of course;-)

    Thanks,
    Hongfei

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Hongfei,

      Thanks for contacting me about the food tasting tour. I would love to help you out, but I am going on summer holidays until the end of August.

      Sorry about that. Please contact me again if you ever find yourselves in Kyoto.

      Thanks,

      Jason

      • Hongfei says:

        Ah ok, too bad. it’s okay, and thanks for getting back to us anyway. Enjoy your holiday and maybe next time.

        Thanks,
        Hongfei

  20. Lezanne says:

    Hi Jason

    I sent an email to you on the 6th, but I have yet to receive a response. I was wondering if a food tour will be available for a friend and myself on the afternoon of September 10th? We will be visiting the Toei Kyoto Studio Park in the morning and will thus only have time for a tour in the afternoon.

    Please let me know if you will be able to accommodate us.

    Thanks,

    Lezanne van der Walt

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Lezanne, the food tour is only running in the morning until about 1:00. The sake tour follows that in the afternoon. Thanks, Jason

  21. Sadie Coe says:

    Hi — Just wondering if the 5000 yen per person for the food tasting tour includes all costs, or is food extra? Thank you.

    • jdkai says:

      Hi, Thanks for contacting me about the tasting tours. Yes, the 5,000 Japanese Yen tour fee includes all food costs. There are no additional costs along the way. If you would be interested a tasting tour, please let me know. I would be happy to help you out. Thanks, Jason

  22. Steph says:

    Jason,

    Hi. I was wondering if there is a better/best time of year for the tour (weather, etc.)? We are planning a future trip and would love to include these tours & class in our agenda.

    Thank you very much,

    Steph

    • jdkai says:

      Hello Steph,

      Thanks for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours.

      I do the tours year-round, so it would really come down to personal preference. My favorite would be the fall season, but there are also more tourists during that season as well. No matter which time of year you choose, you really can’t go wrong.

      I hope that helps.

      When you have made a decision, please contact me again. I would be happy to help you out.

      Thanks,

      Jason
      JD Kai
      Food and Sake Tasting Tours

  23. grace c. says:

    Hi!

    My family and I are in Kyoto from today the 7th to the 10th. We would love to do the food or sake tour if you have availabilities. Please email me at c.grace.89@gmail.com. Thank you!

    Best,
    Grace Chen

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Grace,

      Thanks for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours. I would love to help you out but unfortunately the tours are all booked up for the week. Sorry about that. Please think about me if you ever come back to Kyoto.

      Thanks,

      Jason

  24. Nat Bennison says:

    Hi,
    My friend and I are interested in doing a Saki tour. We are in Kyoto from the 6th – 8th Feb. Will you be running any tours at this time.

    Thanks,

    Nat Bennison

  25. Lindsay Kiefaber & Ryan Wing says:

    Hello,

    We are Interested in doing a private food tasting tour on April 30th for two people. What is your availability and is the 5,000 yen per person for a private tour? We don’t want to do a group tour.
    Also would we meet you somewhere or would you picked up. If we are meeting you how far are you from the Westin Kyoto?
    Thank you!

    • jdkai says:

      Hello, thanks for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours. At the moment, all of my tours are small group tours. Thanks, Jason

  26. Jade says:

    Hi,

    A friend and I are in Kyoto between May 2nd and May 5th and are interested in the Sake Tour. Would you have availability around these dates?

    Many Thanks
    Jade

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Jade,

      Thanks for contacting me about the tasting tours. Unfortunately, that is right during the Golden Week of holidays here in Japan. Unfortunately, I don’t have any tours during that time. Sorry about that…..Jason

  27. kelly says:

    Hello
    I’m gonna be in koyoto May 30-June 1.
    6 of us want to go on a sake tour.

    Any availability?
    Thanks kelly

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Kelly,

      Thanks for contacting me about the Sake Tasting Tour. I am looking at the calendar and Monday, May 30th would be the only day I would have available. Does that fit into your schedule? Jason

  28. Chris says:

    Hi there,
    are there two places left for a food and/or sake tour today or tomorrow?

    thanks
    Chris

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for contacting me about the food and sake tasting tours. I would love to help you out, but unfortunately the tours are all booked up. Sorry about that.

      Jason

  29. Mary says:

    Hi Jason, we will be in Kyoto from Dec 24 – Jan 2. Are you running tours at this time? I was thinking 29th?

    • jdkai says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for contacting me about the tasting tours. Yes, I will be running tours at this time. Can you please contact me again in September? I should be able to help you out then.

      Thanks,

      Jason

  30. Kathryb says:

    Hi, we were wanting to do either food tasting or sake tour; two adults with a small baby (5 months old). We are in Kyoto for the next few days and are free on 19, 20 and morning 21

    Please let me know if you have any availability

    Thanks

    • jdkai says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for contacting me about the food and sake tasting tours. Unfortunately, the next available tours aren’t until Monday, September 26th. Sorry about that….

      Jason

  31. pearline says:

    hi i m looking at food tasting n sake tasting tour for a family of 6 adults n 1 infant. hope to be on 30 jan 2017.

  32. Bob Pritchard says:

    Jason:
    We have a walking tour 9-5 pm tomorrow Thursday March 9th. We would love to be part of a Food Tour after our regular tour. What do you have available tomorrow evening?

    Bob Pritchard
    Rsp@johnstoneoc.com
    714-713-8162

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Bob,

      Thanks for contacting me about the food tasting tour. I would love to help you out, but unfortunately my tours are all in the morning. Sorry about that.

      Jason

  33. Martin Rokeach says:

    Do you have space for three of us for a food tasting tour this Wednesday July 12? Any time of day is ok.

    • jdkai says:

      Hi,

      Thanks for contacting me about the food tasting tour. At the moment, I only have food tasting tours on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Sorry about that…

  34. Rebecca Reid says:

    Hello
    We are traveling to Kyoto this November. Do you have any availability for a food and sake tour for four adults on the 25?


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