• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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Discover the culture behind ‘Izakaya’ Japanese dining which is similar to pub food in the other countries during a 3 to 3.5-hour cooking class with dinner in Kyoto. Learn five or six of the popular home dishes during a session with a master chef before preparing and eating your own izakaya-style creations. It’s the perfect chance to explore the country’s cuisine beyond the typical sushi and teriyaki offerings. Your izakaya cooking session also includes all ingredients, an instructor and an apron.


  • A 3-hour Izakaya-style cooking class in Kyoto
  • Watch demonstrations by master chefs
  • Learn Japanese seasoning techniques as well as how to prepare dashi, Japanese soup stock
  • Cook five or six dishes following a chef’s instructions
  • Eat what you cook when you’re finished
  • Take the recipes home and cook these dishes for friends and family

What You Can Expect

Izakaya Style Cooking Class

Japanese Cooking Class: Izakaya Style

Take a deep dive into Japan’s culinary traditions as you learn to prepare home dishes which are not too familiar to you but are popular at home or casual restaurants in Japan. During your course, you’ll have the chance to learn preparations of typical izakaya favorites from a master chef before trying your hand at making (and eating) some of your own.

Start your izakaya cooking experience at 2pm at the designated cooking studio located in beautiful traditional wood house in Kyoto, the location of which will be provided at the time of booking. Begin your izakaya session with an introduction to the history and origins of this lesser-known Japanese culinary tradition.

Many historians believe the origin of izakaya dates back to 18th century when rice had been taxed to brew sake. The culture of izakaya evolved in Edo era when sake bottle shop started to serve dishes as well as sake to promote their sake. Now, izakaya is often used as a venue to have small parties at a reasonable budget throughout Japan from young adult to elderly.

Continue your cooking lesson with an introduction from your chef to the ingredients and techniques that define the izakaya tradition. After following along with the instructions and demo from your English-speaking chef, grab your knife as you try your hand at making some authentic Japanese home dishes of your own. Learn how to make dashi, the typical Japanese soup stock, before learning to prepare a variety of dishes. Some typical izakaya favorites include spinach with sesame sauce, teriyaki yellowtail, vegetable chowder, mushroom tempura and rice with vegetables. Please note that your class menu may vary from the above, as the dishes are adjusted based on the availability of seasonal ingredients.

Finish your izakaya cooking session by sitting down with the other participants to enjoy your dishes for dinner. Leave your session with the recipes so you can prepare them for friends and family in the future.

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Customer Reviews

Maria C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Amazing experience to know better Japanese culture and food! I was the only one attending the class and Kazumi was great, explaining me all dishes, Japanese history and ingredients behind every recipe. I would definitely recommend it. Thanks!

Louis M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our family went to do this cooking class and had a totally wonderful experience. Firstly the instructors, Hiro and Mia had excellent English, were very knowledgable and could explain everything. In addition they were very patient with the less skilled me. The class was informative and fun with a wonderful dining experience at the end. My wife is an excellent cook and she managed to learn a few secrets about Japanese ingredients, cuisine and cooking. Compared to many things in Japan this was great value for money.
Overall this was a great way to spend an afternoon and I would thoroughly recommend to anyone. Five stars

lynne G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

Excellent food and interesting recipes

Elizabeth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Keiko runs this fun, intimate cooking class in an impeccable kitchen, and this is a must for the 'foodie' tourist.
My husband and I were with 2 other couples, each with their own cooking station, for a fully hands-on class.
There was great food to cook a seven course meal! , recipes to take home, and personal insights and stories from our hosts What food do Kyoto-ites miss most when they leave Japan? What is everyone's favorite lunch snack? What are the staples on every Kyoto dinner table every night, besides rice?
Keiko's English is wonderful, probably because she's lived in the US before. We all laughed ourselves silly at certain points...you'll love this friendly and fun 3.5 hour class. Come hungry!
If walking as we did take note only the larger intersections Omiya Shijo, for example have English signs, so count your blocks carefully. The school is mid-block in a residential district. The English sign is at eye-level, with one foot letters easy to find once you're on the block.

Alfred N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great Japanese cooking class! Took the afternoon class which was different from the morning one. All ingredients were provided and instructions clear. Class was informative with explanations of each unique ingredient. Made seven home style Japanese dishes including green tea sorbet ice cream...and of course, we got to eat what we made.

Global Traveler

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great class! The instructors were super friendly and organized. The menu was awesome I've already made many of the dishes since my trip, and I really enjoyed meeting the other students in the class. I would totally do this again!

Elizabeth P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The cooking class was wonderful, interactive, and detailed. They even adjusted it for the vegetarian in the group. It's a little tricky to find but well worth it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our cooking class experience was fantastic. Great instruction and lots if hands on participation. It was also great fun finding cooking sun amongst all the streets without names!

Katherine A Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a very enjoyable class. Two of us went in knowing some Japanese style cooking and the other two were complete novices. All of us walked away learning new methods and recipes. Some of the ingredients I was not sure I could find in the states so I asked if they would write the name in kanji and romanji so I could take to local store to purchase and take home. It was such a help as I got what I needed and can recreate recipes at home. It goes without saying, that the best part was eating what we had just cooked!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Good food, great teachers

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