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Kyoto Aroma Tour led by the author of “Kyoto’s world of fragrance”

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Kyoto Aroma Tour led by the author of “Kyoto’s world of fragrance”

This walking tour first provides you the seminar about Japanese aromas and then takes you to Nishiki food market where you can find special aromas.

From ¥5,400 per person


Kyoto Aroma Tour led by the author of “Kyoto’s world of fragrance”

Kyoto’s world of fragrance tour: Aroma seminar and visits to food market called Nishiki “Discovering Kyoto with your eyes closed”, this is the outstanding way to get to know different phases of this old traditional city, Kyoto by using the other sense through the nose. The author of “Kyoto’s world of fragrance” will explain about four categories of scent such as “Miyabi (Elegance)”, “Takumi(Craftsmanship)”, “Shizen(Naturalism)” and “Gourmet(Gastronomy). And you try to smell different Japanese aromas then visit the food shops knowing how the aromas are coming from.

Aromas (1): Seminar by the author / Incense woods, Woods, Citrus, Flowers

At the hotel Ethnography, the author explains the fragrance histories and seasonal aromas. And you will try to smell some of valuable incense woods which are used for the incense ceremony. You will also smell some natural wood and flower fragrances. You can have a chance to answer questionnaires knowing which is your favorite aroma category within 4 (Miyabi, Takumi, Shizen, or Gourmet).

Seminar by the author

Aromas (2): Hirano Tofu shop

First visiting place is Hirano tofu shop which has the 350-year history. Celebrities like the famous artist and the politician have loved the tofu here and the third generation, Mr. Hirano, devotes himself to make the good tofu starting to work at 5 o’clock every morning. You can smell the steamed soy-beans and boiled soymilk. The friendly owner explains you how he adjusts the ingredients to the climates through four clear-cut seasons.

Hirano Tofu shop

Aromas (3): Nishiki Food market

Nishiki market which has 400-year history is one of the most famous food markets in Japan. Each shop has a well and can keep the products fresh thanks for the natural underground water. You will visit vegetable, condiment, dashi (Japanese broth) shops along this market and find out the aromas of yuzu citrus, turnip, Japanese pepper called Sansho, as well as dashi (Japanese broth) which is the base of Japanese cuisine.

Nishiki Food market


pointMeeting point

Keihan railway Kiyomizu-Gojō Station exit5

Meeting point / Dismissing place

Keihan railway Kiyomizu-Gojō Station exit5 / Keihan railway Tofukuji Station east exit.


2 hours-3hours

From ¥5,400 per person



Official guide-interpreter, transportation from pickup point (hotels etc.)*, admission fees
*Public transportations such as JR railways or subways will be used for this tour. If you request to use a limousine or taxi, an additional fee will be required.

Know Before You Book

The Tour Fee Does Not Include

Meals, drinks, purchases for souvenirs

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booked reservation, the following fees apply.
1) 3-14 days in advance: 20% of original fee
2) 2 days in advance: 50% of original fee
3) Within 24 hours of commencement: non-refundable
*Additional fee for refund transfer will be required. Please check the note on our application form.

During the program, please follow the instructions of the guide at all times, or we cannot take any responsibility in case there are any accidents.

・If you need special care because of your religion, physical or health condition (specific allergies etc.), or age (traveling with children etc.), please send us an inquiry to tour@enjoy-kyoto.net in advance. Please note that we cannot confirm any special care unless informed before your purchase of the program.

・The basic language for our program is in English. If you would like to request for a guide speaking other languages (Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian etc.), please contact us to tour@enjoy-kyoto.net as early as possible so we can inform you the availability of the guide.

・Please send us the application 2 business days prior to the program date, by 10AM (Japan Time). If you wish to apply after that time, please inquire us directly to tour@enjoy-kyoto.net. We also advise you to inquire us directly during the peak season, from March 20th to April 30th, if the application is later than 3 days prior to the program date. Please note that, during those times, we cannot confirm your reservation unless inquired directly before your purchase of the program.

・Our business days are on weekdays from 9AM to 6PM. Inquiries during our non-working hours will be replied on the next business day.

From ¥5,400 per person