5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

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  • Location:Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Private Sushi and Tempura Cooking Class at a Local Kyoto Home

Perfect the art of home cooking in Kyoto with this private tempura and sushi-making class! You’ll be picked up from your hotel by a friendly guide who accompanies you by taxi to a local Japanese home (modern or traditional style), where a family teaches you to make an authentic meal. After, enjoy your delicious main course with side dishes like miso soup and salad prepared with seasonal ingredients. By the end of your 2-hour lesson (1-hour of round trip transfer), you’ll feel like part of the family.


  • Private 2-hour cooking lesson at a local home in Kyoto
  • Discover the art of rolling sushi and deep frying tempura from your instructor and guide
  • Learn about Japanese daily life as you enjoy a meal with a host family
  • Choose a morning or afternoon class
  • Receive a recipe to take home with you!
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by taxi included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

You get an opportunity to prepare sushi in a local's home kitchen. It's a rare glimpse into everyday life that a regular cooking class doesn't offer.

What You Can Expect

Private Sushi and Tempura Cooking Class at a Local Kyoto Home

Sushi Tempura Cooking at a Local Home (With Taxi Transfer)

From your hotel lobby in Kyoto, a guide accompanies you by taxi to a local home where your private lesson in Japanese cuisine takes place. Upon arrival at a local Japanese home (modern or traditional style), you’ll be welcomed by a family and resident instructor who share their culinary know-how as you learn to prepare an authentic home-cooked meal. Throughout the 3-hour lesson, your knowledgeable guide will also be on hand to help out as you get to know your host family in this truly memorable experience.

Watch as your instructor demonstrates how to roll rice with fillings like sashimi (thinly sliced raw fish) or Kamaboko (boiled fish paste) and egg, cucumber, pickled vegetables or instructors home-made fillings onto a sheet of nori (dried seaweed). After some practice assembling a few sushi rolls yourself, you’ll find Japan’s famous finger food is easier to prepare than it looks!

Then get ready for some sizzling fun as you learn to make tempura with your friendly hosts. Fresh vegetables, mushrooms and shrimp are typically battered in a seasoned rice flour mixture and then deep-fried in oil to create a crispy and crunchy dish — it's delicious! It's a dish that requires a lot of practice, and thankfully with your recipe (written in English) to take home, you’ll soon be a master of Japanese cuisine.

Sushi and tempura together are the main course, but miso soup (made from soy bean paste) and a seasonal salad are prepared along with it. When your meal is complete, sit down with your private party to enjoy your creations.

Your class concludes with hotel drop-off by taxi, accompanied by your guide.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The best part of the trip was the experience of Private Sushi and Tempura making in a local home. The hosts who welcomed us in their home were amazing, so sweet and gave us the best part of Japan...the people...It was a spectacular and amazing event and memory for a lifetime. It truly was worth every penny to spend time in a local home with a local of Kyoto...it is the only true way to get to know a place is in a person's home. I cannot say enough of what a blessed experience this was. Thank you Viator for making it possible. I have been on several tours of yours in several countries and you do not disappoint.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This cooking class was very well organised and highly enjoyable. Both the tour guide and the host were lovely and it was great to experience cooking in a typical Kyoto kitchen/home. We were encouraged throughout the session to participate in the preparation of every dish made. The host made us feel very welcome in her home and was more than happy for us to take pictures throughout the class and answer our questions.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Wow! This was a very personalized experience. Our interpreter/guide met us at the hotel with a car. On the drive to the home, our guide was engaging and interesting. She spoke perfect English as she had lived in Australia for eight years. Of course the best part was the lesson! Our hostess was gracious and informative. She and her nephew did a great job with all the parts of the dishes we prepared. Our 18 year old son loved everything. The food was spectacular and we enjoyed the conversation and learning customs as well as cooking. I would strongly recommend this experience!

4 star rating: Recommended September 2015

Great afternoon, thanks very much!

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