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JD Kai - Food / Sake Tasting

Kyoto, Japan
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About JD Kai - Food / Sake Tasting
Welcome to the JD Kai. In Japanese, it means to "discover" Japan. We specialize in unique, off-the-beaten-path food and sake tasting tours. We eat and drink our way through the charming Fushimi neighborhood of Kyoto. We visit small, specialty shops all family owned and operated. At each location, we taste something different, giving you a good variety of Japanese flavors. Do you know what "dashi" is? How about obanzai? Junmaishu? We will learn about these important food and sake words and more while interacting with the families of each shop. Whether you are a seasoned foodie or just want to have fun discovering Japanese culture through food and sake, this might be for you!
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53MSG wrote a review Oct 2019
New York City, New York278 contributions76 helpful votes
This seems to be an inherent problem based on other reviews which we unfortunately did not see before we booked. We took the train to Fushimi and waited and waited and finally made several expensive phone call on our US cell phone and called several times. He finally picked up. First he denied ever setting it up and I forwarded him the confirmation. Then he claimed he didn't have it on his calendar ( I forwarded reconfirmation emails), then he claimed he was sick. So many excuses, none of them credible. We ended up going around Fushimi ourselves but wasted a lot of time waiting for him. If we had known he was so very unreliable or if he had the courtesy to alert us we would have made other arrangements.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Speedyfroggy wrote a review May 2019
Chicago218 contributions43 helpful votes
Took the food tour with Jason in May 2019 and it ended up just being the two of us. I didn’t count how many stops we made but it felt like around 10. Jason really takes you to the traditional stores that have been within the same family for hundreds of years. I’d recommend taking the tour early in your stay so you can get a chance to try the various local foods you’ll see everywhere in Kyoto. It was also a good opportunity to ask all of our cultural questions to someone who’s been living in Japan for close to 20 years. You can easily stop by Fushimi Inari temple on the way back to Kyoto (or do it beforehand if you are an early riser).
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Ms T F wrote a review Oct 2018
Honolulu, Hawaii13 contributions3 helpful votes
First of all communication with Jason for booking, email responses, reminders as our tour date approached was timely & excellent. This tour was highly recommended to me by a family in Honolulu that had 2 teenagers who said that this was one the highlights of their Japan visit. My husband & I took the train from Kyoto station to Momoyamagoryomae station which took us a total of about 45 minutes walking from our hotel, buying tickets, getting to the platform, etc. This was a food tasting tour in a covered mall most of the time which was good because it was a rainy day. At the start of the tour Jason taught us how to greet, compliment and thank the shop keepers in Japanese & requested that we ask the shop keepers if we could photograph before taking a picture. We liked the food in all of the shops that we ate at. Allow time to explore the quaint shops & extensive eateries in the mall after the tour ended. There were several interesting Indian curry restaurants that we would have liked to try, but we chose ramen because it's the perfect meal on a wet day
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Date of experience: September 2018
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MaroonPrune wrote a review Sep 2018
4 contributions2 helpful votes
It's basically a walk around an arcade (Japanese food market). But all the palces we went to we're so authentic and wonderful! We met awesome people and all the food was delicious!!! We even got to see matcha being made. I came back a year later and I think the tempura vendor couple are no longer there :( they were so sweet! I hope they come back!
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Luke S wrote a review Aug 2018
6 contributions7 helpful votes
After contacting JD Kai through the email I found on their website, I made a booking for our morning food tour in Kyoto. I don't want to spoil the location that we went to but it was an area I would not have found on my own and our instructions on how to get there from Kyoto station was very clear and was very helpful. Our guide was amazing, a great tour that really showed us an insight into some good stores. Tour guide was full of knowledge and shared a lot of knowledge on Japanese traditions and history within the region. I would highly recommend the tour.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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