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Discover the culinary traditions of Japan in Osaka, one of Japan’s best food cities, during this small-group, 2.5-hour cooking lesson. Learn the preparation methods for popular Japanese foodstuffs including green tea, 'takoyaki' (octopus balls) and miso soup, offering you a newfound appreciation for the country’s cuisine and culture. Best of all, you get to eat your creations when you’re finished. This small-group course, limited to just 8 participants, also includes a guide, a cooking instructor, and an optional sake and beer tasting or 'yukata' dress-up option.

Highlights

  • A small-group, 2.5-hour Japanese cooking class in Osaka
  • Master traditional Japanese cooking techniques
  • Learn new recipes for favorite Japanese dishes
  • Taste beloved Japanese fare like green tea, takoyaki and miso soup
  • Enjoy a sake and beer tasting (if option selected)
  • Small group tour with a maximum of eight participants ensures a personal experience

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What You Can Expect

Osaka Cooking Class

Osaka Cooking Class

Receive a fun, delicious introduction to the world of Japanese cooking as you learn to prepare three of the country’s most-popular dishes during a 2.5-hour, small-group lesson. You can further add to the fun with an optional add-on of a beer and sake tasting, as well as an option to dress up in a casual kimono, called a yukata, during your course.
Start your class in the morning, meeting your guide at Nishikujo train station in Osaka and continuing on to the cooking studio. For those that select the yukata option, dress up in your kimono before starting your session. Kick off the cooking portion of the day with a matcha tasting, allowing you to sample this popular green tea drink made from powder in a room decorated with traditional tatami floor mats. 
Continue your class by following your instructor to prepare miso soup, a dish where subtle differences in technique can have large impacts on the final dish. Then prepare to try your hand making takoyaki, a ball-shaped snack filled with chopped octopus, pickled ginger and wheat flour, that’s cooked in a special pan. Finish your cooking lesson by learning to prepare okonomiyaki, a filling pancake made with egg, flour, cabbage, pork and dried bonito flakes.
Once you’ve completed your cooking, enjoy your finished food with an optional sake and beer pairing, or simply sit back and savor the delicious flavors of your meal with the other guests.

Customer Reviews

Charo and Lyn Philippines

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We really enjoyed this class!Chef Yayo makes everything from scratch.She makes her own dashi, soy sauce, and sake to name a few!We learned so much from her. Not only was she nice, she was extremely prepared and she makes sure you are well taken cared of as she teaches.Absolutely loved it!

Kellie H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Yayo's cooking experience was the definitely one of the highlights of my stay in Japan. It was so much more than a cooking class. It was an experience and insight into Japanese food, culture and way of living. Thank you so much Yayo for sharing your skills and expertise in cooking with me. You've truely inspired me!

Ron M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

Nikki J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really enjoyable class. Yayo was lovely and friendly and helpful. We learned how to cook different dishes but also learned about normal life in Japan which was really interesting. Loved all the little gifts at the end... The chopsticks and rest we had used.. And also Yayo insisted on giving us both umbrellas when we left as it was raining. So sweet!

A M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This was a hugely enjoyable experience and well worthy of the 5 stars that I and the other reviewers have given it. The class takes place in Yayo's home and she is a delightful and welcoming host who is obviously passionate about cooking. We made a number of dishes see the class description using the 'watch one do one' format and recipe/instruction sheets are provided that you can take away afterwards. Everything tasted delicious and I only wish that I hadn't had breakfast that morning! The meeting arrangements were excellent and the station that you meet at is only a few stops out of central Osaka. This is well worth including in a visit to Osaka.

Jeremy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

We had a very unique moment with our cooking teacher Yayo. She's very open-minded and we loved to ask her about japanese culture. We spent one month across Japan, and that cooking class is one of the best memories of our trip.

Ben Netherlands

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This was truly a memorable experience! Teacher Yayo came and picked me up from the railway station, along with two other participants who were waiting in the same spot. Yayo was dressed in traditional Yukata, and so was her little dog. :o
We were invited into her home where she prepared green tea for us and explained what we would be cooking.
There was a good balance between instruction/demonstration and us repeating the techniques after her.
It was nice that we also had the opportunity to eat together the dishes we had created: Dashimaki, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Miso soup.
When the cooking class was concluded, we received some nice souvernirs from Yayo. She escorted us back to the railway station.
The class lasted slightly longer than scheduled, so we didn't feel rushed at any time.
I'll be back next time to try the sushi lesson in the evening. :o

Eric N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Yayo-San was an incredibly kind and helpful cooking instructor! My wife an I showed up at the JR and Yayo-san walked up to us with a sign with our names on it, then walked us to her cooking class. After entering and donning slipperware, she led us to the tatami room where she made us Machya green powder tea from scratch. It was delicious. From there, we washed our hands and sat at the dining table where the lesson began. She was very kind and interested in our lives which made it a very personable experience. Her kawaii dog Akane was very friendly and enjoyed our company as we enjoyed hers! Yayo-san offered us some of her home made sake which was absolutely delicious. After the lesson concluded and photos were taken, she walked us back to the JR train station and helped us get on the proper train line. And by the way, she insisted I keep her umbrella since it was raining, and there was no refusing : she is a selfless person with a great class. I greatly recommend this class for anyone looking to learn about Japanese food and culture or just looking for a good couple of hours to fill their vacation. She speaks English very well, although she will modestly tell you she doesn't. :D Thanks Yayo-san and Akane-chan!

Ely El Salvador

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We Lived and interesting expirence With YAYO. Great way of teaching Japanese food cooking. Her cordiality, kindness and teaching was amazing and also to Have the opportunity to penetrate in the common way of leaving of Japanese People. We really enjoyed. Congrats.

Michael A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

There is a good reason this class receives 5 stars from everyone...my wife and I are very happy that we took the class.

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