Getting in touch with local life in Kyoto

by Rick - Japan Licensed Guide
(38) Reviews

As a private tour guide in Kyoto, I am sometimes asked by my customer that they want to get in touch with local life in the city. In this case, I take them to a local shopping arcade. It is not famous Nishiki food market, but very much local market where only local people come to purchase daily necessaries.

Getting in touch with local life in Kyoto

There are groceries, fruit store, 100 yen shop, bakery, pastry shop, confectioner, coffee shop, box lunch shop, Ramen, Udon, Sushi restaurants which are popular with local people, book store, bicycle shop, barber shop, and so on and so forth. 

Getting in touch with local life in Kyoto

The other day, I was strolling this kind of shopping arcade with my customers upon their request and they wanted to buy a piece of mandarin orange in front of a fruit shop. Unfortunately they are sold as a set of five pieces in a bowl only. However I just asked a shop lady if they can buy just one piece. She said, “ OK, OK, there is no problem. I will sell it with discounted price because the customer have come to Japan from a country so far away!”. 

Sometimes we have a small but nice contact with the local people like this. My customer was saying that it became a nice memory with local people in their trip to Japan.

Getting in touch with local life in Kyoto

If you are interested in the local life in Kyoto, I am happy to help you in making your customized tour. 

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Excellent
3 days ago Traveler: William -   Tour Guide: Rick

It was a pleasure spending our day in Kyoto with Rick. He was patient, thoughtful and very informative. We would definitely recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto.
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“ Very enjoyable morning! ”

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1 week ago Traveler: Pru -   Tour Guide: Rick

An early morning tour in Kyoto is definitely worth doing. Our first stop was the Fushimi Inari Shrine, so stunning to see, especially with few people around, at 7:30 am. Rick speaks excellent English, and his knowledge of the shrines and temples we visited is also excellent. We were very well taken care of.
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If without Rick, this tour will just be "tour". Mr. Rick, is like an angel. My husband who have difficulty of walking really appreciate Rick help and assistance in pushing his wheelchair especially in places were hard to get it. He helped , he is very thorough and knowledgeable about the topic.patient and knowledge is Mr. Rick forte .I won't hesitate to booked him anytime . If money is not the obj...
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We had a wonderful day with Rick: explored all that we had agreed to do and ended up with a Maiko dinner, as he had suggested, which gave us an otherwise unexplored view of Japanese lifestyles and traditions. Strongly recommend his services.
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