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Japanese Cooking Class with a Local in a Beautiful House in Kyoto

Japanese Cooking Class with a Local in a Beautiful House in Kyoto

By Traveling Spoon
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Duration: 3h
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Live guide: Japanese, English

  • Private cooking class and homecooked meal with your host Aki
  • Non-alcoholic beverages
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Lunch
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

  • Ipponmatsu, Shimogamo Matsunokicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-0816, Japan
    Please meet your host Aki at her home, a few minutes walk from 'Ipponmatsu' bus stop. Please check the 'Before you go' section on your voucher for the exact address. Above only offers neighborhood details not exact address.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P256

    • Menu may vary depending on the season
    • If any travelers in your party have any allergies, dietary restrictions or cooking preferences please advise at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • Private, personalized experience
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 7626P256

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      Cook a home-cooked meal with a delightful couple
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      Amazing experience!
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      Amazing time
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      From start to finish this experience was wonderful. Initially we were a little uncertain of how things would be, but all directions from Michiyo were easy to follow so we relaxed once the cooking began. We were making a traditional Japanese evening meal - with 5 courses. Michiyo spoke excellent English and had us making miso, special omlette, marinated salmon, beef 'stew', spinach with sesame seeds and sticky rice. Then we three sat down, with her husband, to eat what we had made. It was delicious and they were both extremely friendly and easy to chat to. We washed it all down with sake and beer - really enjoyable. In fact we both decided that it had been one of the highlights of our trip to Japan and would certainly recommend it to anyone with an interest in Japanese cooking mixed with an insight into a Japanese family's way of life. Wonderful - thank you Michiyo!
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    • Katie F
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    Very good

    Lesley L
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    Apr 2024 • Friends
    What an incredible experience! Aki was delightful and well prepared. She welcomed us into her home and the food was delicious. The laughs and conversation flowed, and the session was a highlight of our trip!
    Written May 3, 2024
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    Jesper Mortensen
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    Apr 2019 • Solo
    I visited Aki in her beautiful house in Kyoto for a private cooking experience. Aki makes you fell at home right away and I enjoyed the evening so much. It felt like an evening together with friends. Futhermore Aki is a great cook and an excellent teacher and the food we cooked was so delicious. Not just Japanese food you know from the restaurants, but real Japanese home cooking, that I definitely will make again at home. I had a wonderful evening and an autentic experience and will certainly recommend it.
    Written April 20, 2019
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