Cooking Sun

Cooking Sun, Kyoto: Hours, Address, Cooking Sun Reviews: 5/5

Lessons & Workshops • Cooking Classes
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
About
Morning Bento Class (9:30-12:20) and Afternoon Izakayta Class (14:00-17:00). Easy access from central Kyoto, Shijo or Karasuma station. Friendly, English fluent local Japanese ladies welcome you in half a day Japanese cooking class. Beautiful machiya traditional townhouse is also something you can definitely enjoy during your visit.
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More than 3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: Shimogyo-ku
Shimogyo-ku is centered around the busy train hub, Kyoto Station. A nexus for commerce, shopping, dining, and hotels, the Shimogyo-ku area is infused with tourists and local business travelers, making it a competitive location for ever-new commercial structures. The shops and cafes here are chic and trendy, as a result, with many recognizable chains. Commuters flood the Shimogyo-ku area twice a day, and with Kyoto Station itself being a modern mega-complex and an architectural marvel, this neighborhood is one of the most contemporary and energetic areas that the city has to offer. Buildings here look futuristic, and huge department stores, shopping arcades, and public meeting spaces provide every possible convenience. It is also nearly the only place in Kyoto where rooftop dining and socializing is available, completing its modern tone.
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Yumay C
Mountain View, CA5 contributions
Cooking with Chef Chiaki is a highlight of our Kyoto stay!
Mar 2020
My husband and I wanted to not just eat good Japanese food, but learn the skills to recreated them at home and this class delivered on this promise and more. We realized that the food we made in this class, though not as beautifully crafted as the Michelin star restaurants due to our lack of "shaping" skills, it tasted just as great.

Chef Chiaki speaks fluent english, is incredibly personable and patient, and we enjoyed every moment of the class with her. I would highly recommend asking to see if she is available to teach if you have the option to do so.

Living in the bay area, we can source all the ingredients easily, so we're definitely going to be making again what we learned and explore more internet recipes.
Written March 2, 2020
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nataliyausc
16 contributions
Cooking a Traditional Izakaya Meal
I had so much fun at Cooking Sun Izakaya class! We made 6 different dishes including dessert using traditional Japanese ingredients and seasonings. Our chefs spoke very good English and were engaging and easy to follow.
The space is very clean and everything is convenient and easy to access.
Recipes are easy to replicate and are very diverse: from something I would cook for a party appetizer to a plate that can be an easy meal on a weekday. I think cooking is a great way to learn about local culture and customs - this class was no exception.
Definitely recommend if you have some time in Kyoto.
Thank you!
Written February 29, 2020
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Felicity A
Newcastle, Australia22 contributions
Fantastic way to end our stay in Kyoto
I have never been to a cooking class whilst travelling, however after attending this class I will be trying to find them the next time I am on holidays.
The hosts were friendly and spoke English very well. They demonstrated each dish in the bento box before we made them, ensuring that we succeeded along the way! They also offered to take pictures with our phones of us cooking.
At the end of the class we were able to enjoy our freshly made bento boxes for lunch! We also received a card with the recipes so now we can try them when we get home!
I would highly recommend this if you enjoy Japanese cuisine and are interested in how it is made. Good for individuals or groups
Written February 22, 2020
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mintchip17
Beverly Hills, CA157 contributions
What a Great Experience!
Dec 2019
We did a private cooking class for 3 of us that included tempura vegetables and sashimi bowls (plus miso soup and rice) and we LOVED the entire experience! We shopped the outdoor market with our chef/ instructor for the freshest ingredients. Our 24 yr old daughter doesn't eat fish but we were able to tailor everything to our liking (I wish I could remember our instructor's name because she was terrific). I definitely recommend this as a fun way to immerse yourself in the local food and culture scene of Kyoto.
Written January 26, 2020
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DaveW402
Austin, TX32 contributions
A great class!
Jan 2020
I did the afternoon class and loved it. The delicious dishes we prepared are remarkably simple to put together, and you get a hardcopy of the recipes to take with you. Note that you make a substantial amount of food and eat it in three rounds. I would encourage you not to eat a big lunch before coming here, because you will be too full to eat everything that you make!
Written January 26, 2020
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NERREDA H
Perth, Australia5 contributions
Cooking in Kyoto
My 11 year old daughter and myself joined this cooking class- it was wonderful. Learnt a lot about Japanese ingredients. We cooked many dishes and all of the recipes will be able to be cooked easily at home in Australia. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks Cooking Sun.
Written January 21, 2020
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Roving774547
5 contributions
Looking for a cooking class? Look no further!
This was so good!! Tasted amazing and we learnt so much about Japanese cooking. We were 8 people age 18-64 and everybody enjoyed it so much! One vegetarian and that was no problem either. The ladies who held the class were so kind and great teachers!
Written January 14, 2020
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Renae
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania27 contributions
Great intro to Japanese cuisine
We LOVED our izakaya cooking class with Cooking Sun. We arrived a bit late (chose to walk from Gion, bit of a hike) and it was no issue for the hosts, they settled us right in and were so lovely throughout. The whole experience felt so authentic, they really want us to use these recipes again! We enjoyed all the food, especially the variation of sauces that are so easy and we can definitely make on our own. I didn’t partake in the sake but my husband did and we were definitely advised of the small extra fee for that so it was completely our choice. This was such a great way to break up the temple and garden sightseeing in Kyoto! Would do it again in a heartbeat.
Written December 28, 2019
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kimis
Austin, TX24 contributions
Very fun and learned a lot
Dec 2019
I did the Izakaya Cooking class earlier this month. It was fantastic. We really cooked a lot of dishes, and I learned about the basics of Japanese cuisine. It was all very tasty and I have some recipes to try at home. The instructor was very patient (even when I had to re-chop some veggies I had chopped wrong) and kept things moving along. Lotus root is my new favorite vegetable!
Written December 19, 2019
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Johnell H
Kyle, Texas33 contributions
Such a fun experience!
Dec 2019 • Family
We loved our cooking class at Cooking Sun! Our instructors made the experience really fun and easy with great tips and a relaxed environment! The two things I wish we could have done was eat throughout ( they had breaks built in when we would eat the food we prepared, but we would cook something and they would set it aside and it about killed me to see my food getting cold while I drooled!) secondly I wanted to have sake while we cooked! They did offer us sake at the end, but I cook when I drink!! Haha! But the kids (10&14) loved it and overall it was a great experience!
Written December 4, 2019
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