• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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Become a sushi chef for the day, and then enjoy your creations for dinner, during this small-group, 90 minute sushi-making lesson with instructor in Kyoto. Join your professional instructor inside a traditional Japanese townhouse as you immerse yourself in the techniques for 'makizushi,' a rolled form of sushi made with dried seaweed. After a short demo, try your hand at making this uniquely Japanese cuisine, using your choice of ingredients. This small group class, limited to no more than 7 guests, also includes an English-speaking guide to help with translation.


  • 1.5-hour sushi-making class in Kyoto
  • Learn to make makizushi from an expert sushi chef
  • Experience a hands-on lesson in Japanese cuisine
  • Learn about Japanese culture in a machiya, a traditional townhouse
  • Eat your own sushi creations, along with soup and salad, for dinner
  • Small-group cooking class with a maximum of 7 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Kyoto Sushi-Making Class

Kyoto Sushi-Making Class

Learn the fine arts behind sushi-making during this fascinating and delicious class that allows you to eat your creations when you’re finished. Join a small group, limited to no more than 7 participants, at a traditional townhouse as you discover the skills behind the makizushi roll from your professional instructor.

Join your guide at a pre-arranged meeting point in the early evening, taking a short 5 minute walk to the machiya, a traditional Japanese townhouse near the city’s Imperial Palace that will host your sushi-making lesson.

At the machiya, join your instructor as you take a crash course into proper sushi-making technique and ingredients. After rolling a special rice onto the nori, which are sheets of dried seaweed, you’ll begin to add your fillings.

The word maki is Japanese for “rolling” and you’ll have the chance to roll a variety of ingredients such as sashimi (thin-sliced fish) and cucumber into your own creation. These delicate rolls may look complex, but as you follow the step-by-step instructions from your instructor and guide, you’ll be a maki-making expert in no time.

Finish your class with a chance to taste the results of your sushi-making prowess. Side dishes including miso soup (made from a soybean paste), sumashi (clear soup), salad and seasonal fruit will be served to accompany your meal. At the end of your dinner, your guide will direct you back to your starting point.

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Customer Reviews

Jamie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

My girlfriend and I took this class and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the highlights of the trip!

Holly S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Wonderful! Instructor and classmates made this a highlight of my adventure!

Beth B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

My husband, daughter and I LOVED this sushi-making experience! We learned a lot, our teacher/chef at WAK was the best, and the food was delicious!! Without a doubt a highlight of our trip. Thank you!

Megan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Learned a lot about making sushi as well as other items. Very personable.

Mary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The setting was lovely, the tutors, Meiko and Yoko, were clear and kind and the teaching was direct enough to learn from but hands on enough to feel as though we were having a real go at it.
The eating part afterwards was very elegant and pleasant.
The tutors were thoughtful enough to have small stools to sit on as westerners are so after uncomfortable at the very low tables. A recipe book was provided for us to use in the future.

Kevin M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This sushi making class was the first thing my wife and I did while in Kyoto and definitely was one of the highlights of our trip. The building was easy enough to get to. A short subway ride from the main Kyoto station and then a few block walk through some back streets. Our host Yumiko Ueda was wonderful. She was very easy to talk to and knowledgeable regarding Japanese cuisine and I tend to ask a lot of questions. We really enjoyed learning about exactly what we were making. The picture in this booking matched our meal to a tee. We also received a Japanese home cooking pamphlet so we could try other Japanese recipes on our own when we got home. We truly loved our cooking experience with Yumiko Ueda and would highly recommend this tour.

Kylie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

This class was one of the highlights of our trip to Japan. The instructor was lovely and very knowledgeable and the food we made was fantastic. I highly recommend it!

Martin M

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

Nice location, small group, very iteressting and learned a lot, good instructor.
Maybe a little bit too much of watching how to do things, instead of actually doing on your own.

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