- 3.5-hour Kyoto culinary experience
- Take a 2-hour walking tour with a guide
- Visit the Nishiki Food Market to learn about native produce and other foods used in Japanese cooking
- Enjoy a sake tasting at a sake brewery museum
- Make your own rolled sushi, miso soup and cooked salad at a 1.5-hour cooking class
- Tour the back streets of Kyoto to admire shops and architecture you might otherwise miss
- Small-group tour limited to seven people provides a more personalized experience
Recent Photos of This Tour
- KyotoPhoto by: Anonymous
- Sake breweryPhoto by: Anonymous
- Sake breweryPhoto by: Anonymous
- Cooking ClassPhoto by: Anonymous
- Kyoto Food marketPhoto by: Anonymous
- Kyoto Food MarketPhoto by: Anonymous
- Making rolled omlettesPhoto by: Allison B
- Cooking classPhoto by: Nita
- Cooking ClassPhoto by: Nita
- Kyoto Nishiki MarketPhoto by: Nita
- The finished product...Photo by: Ronald M
- Learning to make Japanese ...Photo by: Ronald M
- The Nishiki Market Biscuit ...Photo by: Ronald M
- Kyoto Market PeoplePhoto by: Ronald M
- Kyoto Tempura at Nishiki ...Photo by: Ronald M
- Japanese Pickles at Nishiki ...Photo by: Ronald M
- Dinner!Photo by: Rudy F. G
What You Can Expect
At the famous Nishiki Food Market, your guide will introduce you to the many ingredients that may be used in your Japanese cooking class later in the day. Learn about local produce and spices, and enjoy being part of Kyoto’s bustling food scene.
Next, travel through the back streets and shop-lined lanes of Kyoto to a former sake brewery, now a museum, where you can enjoy a sake tasting as you learn how this iconic Japanese beverage is produced (if the museum is closed on the day you visit, you will receive an admission ticket to use at a later date). Then make your way to a machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse typical of Kyoto, for your cooking class.
Your cooking class lasts approximately 1.5 hours; when it’s over, you’ll know how to prepare a classic Japanese dinner to wow your friends back home. Learn how to roll your own sushi, make miso soup, put together a cooked salad and pick out seasonal fruit for dessert.
After sitting down to enjoy your meal, you have the rest of the evening free to explore Kyoto on your own. If you want to return to your hotel after the class, your guide can help you find transportation.
Note: Click the ‘View additional info’ link below to see a map of the meeting location.
We were looking for a tour that offered a cultural experience of Japan and felt this tour experience looked to meet what we were seeking. We began with a tour of the Nishiki Market. Our tour guide Yosie, was excellent and knowledgeable about the foods and products available at the market. She taught us how to ask in Japanese for items to be used in our cooking class. Thie tour enabled us to see products and vendors we wanted to spend more time visiting. We were able to return to the market for shopping the next day to visit some of the vendors we wanted to spend more time shopping.
We then walked to the sake tasting. Since Yosie had been educated on sake brewing, she was able to share interesting insights about the sake and brewing process.The highlight was to taste the sakes and beer .
Our next stop was the machiya, where the cooking class would take place. Mieko was our teaching chef, who walked us through preparing miso soup, spinach salad with roasted sesame seed dressing, and maki sushi. We watched demonstrations and took part in some of the cutting and assembly. The result was a delicious dinner.
A couple notes for the experience. The directions to meet our guide were not provided and required calling the listed number for questions. Second, there is a bit of walking through out the tour sidewalk walking that might be difficult for some.
The entire experience was excellent and we recommend it for anyone.
This tour was amazing! The women were so sweet and knowledgeable and spoke English well. It was very interactive. I would 100% recommend this tour and the company.
Very interesting tour, even for men. The guide takes you to the market to get the components for making sushi. Then, you go to this house where the teach you how to make a perfect sushi. After that you eat your own masterpiece. It was great!
Our tour through the Nishiki market was great, discovering the various types of preserved vegetables and fish was interesting and fun to look at. The artistry and creativity of the candies and all the foods was amazing. Our sake tasting was very educational and well done. The cooking class was so much fun and Yayoi did a fantastic job teaching us how to make miso soup, a delicious sesame dressing for our spinach salad and the trick to making rolled sushi. A big highlight for our family of 4! Domo Arigato Gozaimashta!!
I LOVED this tour! My husband and I ended up being the only ones on our particular tour, but that actually worked out great! Our tour guide was fantastic and I learned so much about the history of the market and the things we were buying. It was fun to pick out ingredients and ask for them in Japanese. The sake tasting was a lot of fun, too, and it was even cooler to see the historic area where it was made.
The cooking lesson really topped it off for me, though I had a great time! I already really love to cook, and I had tried a few things already with minimal success. Our teacher was really nice, and was able to show me how do things better or more neatly. I really can't wait to try cook everything at home. Dessert was new for me---vanilla ice cream with dark brown sugar syrup and soybean flour on top---but it might just be my new favorite.
All in all, I can't recommend this tour highly enough. I loved every minute, and hope that you will too! This tour company is amazing!
My family went on this tour in June. We had a great time.
The first half is a tour of the market -- great explanations of the products on sale there.
A lot of stuff is different than what it appears. The second half was cooking and eating a meal using what we had bought in the market. Really well done and worth the time and money.
Amazing tour ! Our guide was wonderful and the cooking class was fun and delicious ! Truly a highlight to get to know the city and its culture with a wonderful guide and two funny, kind cooking instructors whose lessons help support female entrepreneurs ! who helped me and my dad make a delicious meal :
This tour was amazing!
Nobu, our guide was very nice. It was an amazing tour.
We enjoy the market tour, sake distillery without a feeling of being rushed.
The cooking class was a lot of fun.
THIS WAS A GREAT ADVENTURE. THE ONLY ISUE WE HAD WAS LOCATING THE TOUR GUIDE IN THE BEGINNING. WE HAD A BLAST IN THE MARKET AND THE COOKING CLASS WAS FUN TOO. THE COOK BOOK WAS AN EXTRA BONUS. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO OTHERS!