5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:  90 minutes (approx.)
Discover Kyoto’s rich culinary heritage during a cooking class in the former imperial capital. Your 1.5-hour lesson takes place in a ‘machiya,’ a traditional wooden townhouse, which offers an authentic atmosphere for you to learn from a local instructor. Choose from two options: a traditional home-style vegetable meal called ‘obanzai’ or teriyaki chicken with soup and salad. Numbers are limited to six people, ensuring an intimate experience with a small group of fellow food lovers.


  • Kyoto cooking class
  • Prepare delectable dishes of teriyaki chicken or obanzai, depending on which option you select
  • Learn Japanese cooking methods from an experienced local chef
  • Enjoy your complete lunch with fellow food lovers
  • Small-group class with a maximum of six people ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Kyoto Cooking Class

Kyoto Cooking Class

Meet your guide at the machiya, just a 5-minute walk from the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Your cooking class takes place in this traditional Kyoto townhouse, where your instructional chef teaches you to make a healthy meal of Kyoto-style teriyaki chicken or a vegetable-based dish called obanzai (depending on your selection).

In this relaxed and friendly atmosphere with your small group, learn Japanese culinary secrets and cooking techniques. You’ll prepare several dishes — enough for lunch — that you can enjoy together at the end of your lesson. Afterward, explore Kyoto on your own or make your way back to your accommodation.

Option 1: Obanzai
Enjoy cooking this traditional home-style meal, made up of several small and healthy dishes that are simple to prepare. You’ll use local Kyoto vegetables and plant-based foods, including fried tofu, bean curd and leafy greens such as spinach. Obanzai is typically prepared using fresh and seasonal ingredients, such as bright yellow rapeseed blossoms in spring and mushrooms during autumn. You will be amazed how Japanese vegetarian dishes can be so colorful and wholesome!

Please note: Obanzai is not 100 percent vegetarian cuisine. Your dish may use some eggs or fish (for soup stock), but meat and dairy products are not used.

Option 2: Teriyaki Chicken
Your cooking instructor teaches you step-by-step to successfully cook teriyaki chicken with a shiny finish (without burning the skin!). In addition to this Kyoto-style dish, which includes grilled chicken flavored with soy sauce, as your main course, you’ll prepare misoshiru soup (soy bean paste soup) or osumashi (clear soup) along with a side salad and seasonal fruit.

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Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We arrived early, as we were unsure about the location. Our instructor accommodated us and began the class 30 minutes earlier than planned. She was warm, and helpful, and encouraged us to participate in all the cooking. It was not a formal class in a learning kitchen, but in a personal kitchen with everyday utensils and cooking containers.

Pauline G
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

This was a lovely lesson which I enjoyed to such an extent that I have cooked the teriyaki chicken 3 times since returning home. My Asuka San was an excellent instructor and we talked extensively about life in Japan.

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