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Izakaya Style Cooking Class

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  • 3 hours (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

Sample Menu


Grilled chicken and burdock meatball


Deep-fried chicken fillet with salted plum and shiso leaf

What's Included

  • Dinner
  • All ingredients for cooking
  • English-speaking cooking instructor
  • Apron
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Cooking Sun
    679 Funayachō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8466, Japan

Start time

02:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Izakaya Style Cooking Class?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Izakaya Style Cooking Class?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Izakaya Style Cooking Class?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Izakaya Style Cooking Class?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Absolutely delicious!
Brooke_B, Dec 2021
I was the only one in my class so the instructor and I chatted together the whole time. The instructions were easy to follow and the food was delicious. The instructor spoke really good English and was very nice and encouraging! 11/10 would do it again and hopefully next time, I can bring my family and/or friends with me!
Leah_A, Feb 2020
Amazing! We did 6 dishes they were so good. The ladies were so friendly and patient! 100% recommend for everyone.
very pleasant and well organized class
colette_v, Oct 2019
excellent organization. Class very well structured, from two very nice ladies, in a japanese house. The receipes were simple yet very good and we all had a very pleasant time.
Fun and enjoyable
Richard_S, Oct 2019
The instructors are very friendly and knowledgeable. The participants were also enjoying the process of cooking and it definitely nice to taste what you cooked. A good program to attend.
Fun class, great food!
Dreamer12494035717, Apr 2019
The class was fun. We learnt to cook 7 dishes which were delicious. The instructors were friendly and attentive, it got a little chotic at times which sort of added to the joyful nature. The food was simple but delicious and I feel confident that I could try making them at home myself.
So much fun
Departure764797, Apr 2019
The class was lots of fun, the girls all spoke English ingredients we can find in NZ. Cooked 7 dishes in 3 hours. Excellent
Wonderful Japanese culinary experience
Maggie P, Oct 2018
Very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful staff ran this enjoyable and informative food experience. I thoroughly recommend it.
Amazing experience to know better...
Maria C, Jan 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!
Our family went to do this cooking...
Louis M, Jan 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
Small group of nice participants and...
Brett A, Nov 2017
Small group of nice participants and instructors. However, not enough hands on and a bit disorganised. Charging an additional amount for a glass of Sake that cost 3 time as much a small bottle at the end seemed a bit mean on top of the price.
Great Japanese cooking class! Took...
Alfred N, Nov 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.
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Great class! The instructors were...
Jennifer_L, Aug 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!
The cooking class was wonderful...
Elizabeth P, 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!
Our cooking class experience was...
kiernanthomas, Apr 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!
This was a very enjoyable class...
Katherine A Q, Oct 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!
My boyfriend and I were caught up in...
Julie L G, May 2015
My boyfriend and I were caught up in Kyoto on a very rainy day and this cooking class was a wonderful way to spend a wet day indoors! The cooking class was extremely enjoyable - we did the afternoon class and cooked and ate our way through a four course meal which was absolutely delicious. We are going to try some of these recipes back home in Australia - would definitely recommend this for a fun afternoon.
This cooking class was great...
LOREEN L, Feb 2015
This cooking class was great! The day for my class fell on a public holiday and I was the only student that afternoon. This was probably what made it such a great experience as I had all the attention from the teacher. She was so lovely! She taught me about some basic ingredients and the differences between certain ingredients soy sauce, miso etc. The class was very casual. We just talked through the class and after class we talked some more over tea with the founder of Cooking Sun. I learnt a great deal and keen to start cooking some Japanese food back at home. Highly recommend! I wouldve booked a morning class the next day but had to leave Kyoto


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