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WoodEgg Okonomiyaki Museum

Hiroshima, Japan
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WoodEgg Okonomiyaki Museum
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John G wrote a review Mar 2019
Melbourne, Australia30 contributions9 helpful votes
We love okonomiyaki and thought we would enjoy this. We tried to book in for the cooking class but they were full for many days to come. The good reviews of this place seem to be the ones who do the official tour and cooking. If you just front up, as we did, there is a very limited display, with limited information in English. I spent 20 minutes there usefully but took a bit longer, looking at displays with little content.
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Date of experience: March 2019
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Vera V wrote a review Apr 2018
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8 contributions4 helpful votes
We had already done all sight-seeing in Hiroshima and were looking for something else to do. And we were NOT disappointed!! It was a great experience to make your own okonomiyaki. Our cook spoke little English, but she was incredible sweet! With a little bit translating-help from a fellow participant we were able to make this delicious dish.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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shaynapet M wrote a review May 2017
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Horrible location. No one was there We went in took us no time to go through this place. Go google the history instead Wast of time not worth it all.
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Date of experience: May 2017
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JanHana wrote a review Apr 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii206 contributions177 helpful votes
Everyone in our group of 23 enjoyed our visit to WoodEgg Okonomiyaki Museum. Strange name coming from the egg-shaped building made of slats of wood. There are wonderful collections of antique otafuku, that icon of a smiling round-faced lady with the cute lips and chubby cheeks and historical photos. The English speaking guide took us on a tour and we learned how Otafuku sauce was invented. After the war, the inventor who lost his shoyu business, was told that sauces would be popular with Western food. Over 51 ingredients, including dates, go into this delicious sauce that is spread on okonomiyaki, the famous Hiroshima pancake filled with lots of vegetables. There are lots of historical photographs and interactive exhibits that the children would enjoy. The factory tour was in a separate building very close by. You'll be impressed by the efficiency and cleanliness. The fun part was making your very own okonomiyaki. The instructions were in English and there were several staff ready to assist. We had people in our group that were 86 years old that were able to make their okonomiyaki. The very best part was eating your perfect creation! It was very filling and most of us ate 3/4 of the pancake. All agreed that it tasted great! We had several people in the group with dietary restrictions and they simply adapted by not including some ingredients. Our tour leader planned this for us so, I'm not sure how hard it would be to arrange your tour, but, most everyone there could speak some English and were very helpful. It was about a 15 - 20 minute bus ride from the Peace Park and shopping area in an industrial area. Okonomiyaki is simple and easy to prepare for your friends and the recipe will be a lasting souvenir! They gave us a bottle of their warm, freshly made sauce to take home with us! My daughter-in-law said she uses the sauce for cutlets and in place of ketchup.
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Date of experience: April 2017
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tjensen47 wrote a review Mar 2017
Chicagoland, Illinois5 contributions4 helpful votes
This is a museum/factory tour/cooking class all in one set in a distinctive Wood Egg in an industrial part of West Hiroshima. Plan to spend half a day here and have a Japanese speaker book it for you in advance (your hotel can do this or even a rail station 'information' booth can help - Japanese people are generally so helpful and customer service oriented). Okonomiyake is deeply rooted in hiroshima's post war history and it's delicious. First we did a quick museum tour which talks about the history of the dish and then talks about the company that makes the Okonomiyaki sauce. Then we went and toured the factory where they make the sauce. For an American it gave some unique insight into Japanese manufacturing culture and you get a warm bottle of fresh sauce to take home with you. Then you get to cook Okonomiyaki on a teppanyaki grill and eat your creation. This was the best part. There are English instructions on the wall but you really don't need them. Just follow along with what the instructor is showing and you'll do fine. In true courteous Japanese fashion you even clean your dishes and the teppan at the end. The whole experience was ridiculously inexpensive (I think is was about $15 usd equivalent when we went) and you get a great meal, a cooking class, a tour, a bottle of sauce, and a unique cultural experience. This was one of the best things I've done in Japan. Everyone should do this. Even though it's a bit out of the way, I think once the word gets out, this place will be hard to get into.
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Date of experience: March 2017
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