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Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour

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Make a food-lover’s journey through Kyoto, stopping at its best food shops, famous Nishiki Food Market and a sake brewery before finishing with a cooking class during this small-group, 3.5-hour excursion limited to 6 participants. Learn about Japanese ingredients at Kyoto’s top market, check out the city’s lesser known food shops and stop by a sake brewery for a tasting. End your food experience with a 1.5-hour cooking class making sushi, soup and salad. This small-group excursion also includes admission and tasting at the sake brewery.
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Stop At: Nishiki Market Shopping District, 609 Nishidaimonjicho Tominokoji Dori Shijoagaru, Nakagyo, Kyoto 604-8054 Kyoto Prefecture

Take a hands-on journey into Japan’s food culture during this exploration of Kyoto’s top food markets and a sake brewery, finishing with a 1.5-hour cooking class where you get to bring your day’s food experience to life. It’s the perfect excursion for anyone looking to take a deeper dive into the culinary ingredients and traditions of Japanese cuisine.

Start your food experience with a meet-up at the city’s Daimaru Kyoto Department Store in the afternoon, where you’ll meet your guide. Follow your guide out into the city for a 2-hour walking exploration of some of Kyoto’s food hotspots.

Visit the famous Nishiki Food Market, where you’ll explore the wide variety of Japanese foodstuffs for use in your cooking class later that day. Explore the market’s collection of spices and produce as you sit back and observe the blur of activity at the city’s main food center.

Then head to a former sake brewery and museum, where you can taste a few of the country’s wide variety of sakes. You’ll also learn about how this celebrated beverage is created (Please note, if the museum is not open on the day of your trip, an admission ticket will be provided for later use).

Continue after your tasting to the machiya, a typical Kyoto-style wooden home, which will host your cooking lesson. Your 1.5-hour session teaches you to prepare a classic Japanese dinner, including items such as miso soup, cooked salad, sushi and seasonal fruit.

Enjoy your meal with the other guests before spending the rest of the evening exploring Kyoto at your own leisure. For those who wish to return to their hotel after the tour, your guide will help coordinate transportation.

Note: Click the ‘View additional info’ link below to see a map of the meeting location.

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Horino Memorial Museum, 172 Kameyacho, Sakaimachidori Nijo-agaru, Kyoto 604-0811 Kyoto Prefecture

Sake Tasting

Duration: 20 minutes
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Important Information
Departure Point
Daimaru Kyoto, 79番地 Tachiuri Nishimachi, Shimogyō-ku, Kyoto, 600-8511, Japan
Departure Time
2:30 PM
3h 30m
Return Details
Wak Japan 「Wakwak-kan」, 761 Tenshuchō, Nakagyō-ku, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto Kyoto 604-0812, Japan
  • ・Local guide ・Cooking class and dinner
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Horino Memorial Museum
  • ・Hotel pickup and drop-off  ・Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please let us know your food allergy just in case.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Mieko Nomura is a gem. TAKE THIS CLASS YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED. We took the time to do the shopping and sake tasting but real star of the show was Mieko and her subtle and charming humor. She is an elderly lady that is kinda hip - Family or couples would be a fun
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Response from WAK_Chikako, Public Relations Manager at Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour
Responded Jul 10, 2019
Wao! Thank you for your good comment to Mieko. She is one of our best cooking instructor and of course, charming attendant! Hope you had a good memory of this time trip to Japan.
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By: WAK Japan
218 reviews
London, United Kingdom
Great Walking Tour
We had an excellent walking tour round the market and a fabulous cooking experience perhaps the Sake tasting could
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Price higher than advertised -BEWARE
Price was not as advertised. After booking and being initially charged. The company refused to give us the address
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Cultural afternoon
My husband and I had a fascinating, highly enjoyable afternoon experiencing some traditional Japanese culture! Our
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Wonderful insight into a beautiful area
Fushimi Inari is a wildly popular and crowded attraction, and we wanted to make sure we would get the benefit of
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James R
Tea Ceremony!
Let me start by saying if you’re on the fence about doing this experience, do it! My girlfriend and I did it in
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Munich, Germany
Fantastic market and cooking experience!
We were met at the entrance to the Nishiki Market by our very friendly and knowledgeable guide Yumiko. Yumiko
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Ferndown, United Kingdom
A once in a lifetime experience
My wife and we’re booked for the Kimono, Tea ceremony and origami. Whilst harder to find than expected we got
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The Best Traditional Sushi Experience
My boyfriend, myself and my cousin took this class together. It ended up just being the three of us in the class,
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Make tea with all your heart
The Women's Association guides you through a one-hour tea ceremony where you are taught the mindfulness of making
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Clearwater/Tampa Bay Florida
Wonderful Tea Ceremony
While on a recent visit to Kyoto my husband and I had an opportunity to attend a traditional tea ceremony. This
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Sophie F
Amazing tour
Seems like a strange combination however works really well once you begin the tour. Understanding the culture
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Dromana, Australia
This has been the highlight of our Japan visit
Their was only 2 of us in our group. We had a wonderful tea ceremony with excellent explanation of the process. So
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Yoshie and the course was fantastic
My wife and I was on this course as part of a package holiday. It was amazing, we were joined by another really
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Brandon R
Loved this tour!
We had such a great time!! It was fast paced but still casual. The tour was informative and energetic with the
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Fun and informative
Very casual yet informative tour with cooking class. The guide was very friendly and our cooking teacher taught us
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