Food Tasting

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What?  A food tasting tour through the shotengai (shopping streets) of the Fushimi area of Kyoto.

When?  Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Where?   We will meet you  at Momoyamagoryomae Station located on the Kintetsu train line at 9:30 am. Easy access from central Kyoto or Osaka. Please try to be on time! 

Who? The tour will be led by Jason Davidson.  Born and raised in Minnesota, a state in the Midwest region of the United States, he has spent the past 10 + years living in the Fushimi area of Kyoto. 

How Much? 5,000 Japanese Yen per person to be paid in cash on the day of the tour. Please try to have the exact amount. That would help out.

 Do you know what konbu is? How about dashimaki? Obanzai? We’ll learn about, and of course taste these important food words and more on this 3 hour walking tour through the shotengai (shopping streets) of the quaint Fushimi area of Kyoto. We will visit 8 – 10 family owned and operated shops. Some of these shops have been in the family for more than 100 years. At each location, we will taste something different. Emphasis will be placed on seasonal foods. This should give you a great inroduction into the world of Japanese food! The tour will be conducted in English. It is an open tour, so you might be walking and tasting with other particpants. Children are welcome to join the tour with parents. Whether you are a seasoned foodie, or just want to have fun learning about Kyoto culture through food, this just might be the tour for you!

 How to Join?  Please send an email to:

We need the following information: 

1. Names of all participants 

2. Date of tour you are interested in joining

3. Contact person’s email address 

4. If children are joining, please let us know.

5. Please tell me if you have any dietary restrictions

IMPORTANT: Once I receive an email request for a tour, I will send a suggested plan via email. Please confirm with me to reserve your spot(s) on the tour(s). I cannot reserve spot(s) until I get a confirmation email.

Questions? For more information: or check us out on Facebook.

4 Comments on “Food Tasting”

  1. Arka says:

    is there any tour on Wednesday, July 8th??

    • jdkai says:


      Thanks for contacting me about the Food and Sake Tasting Tours. Unfortunately, at the moment, the tours are running on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. If any of these days fit into your schedule, please let me know, I would be happy to help you out.



  2. Michelle says:

    Hello! Are there any times/holidays (like New Years) where tours are not provided? I’m specifically interested in Saturday, Dec 31st, 2016 and Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

    Thank you!

    • jdkai says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for contacting me about the tasting tours. Usually, the tours are finished for the year around December 28th and won’t resume again until the 2nd week of January.


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