Cooking Sun
Lessons & Workshops • Cooking Classes
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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
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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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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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mintchip17
Beverly Hills, CA157 contributions
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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AJ I
New York City, New York, USA56 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Cooking Sun was very accommodating when we wanted to make a last minute switch from the market tour class to the bento box class, and we had a fantastic time. The bento box class is great as you get a chance to try a number of Japanese cooking techniques (tempura, rolled omelet, etc.). The variety of items within one class seemed fairly unique vs. other cooking schools. Our instructors (Maya and Keiko) were really friendly and more than happy to answer questions about the cooking as well as Japanese culture.
Written June 13, 2018
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_jennifersmart54
Tewkesbury, UK48 contributions
I am not a cook and as I’m just retired I thought maybe I’d better learn something new. The teacher has lovely English and is very patient.

She taught us so much in the 3 hours we were there and I was able to eat everything for lunch - I was very full.

The recipes are so good and the results are delicious. The teacher is very informative. I am now able to understand some of the basics about Japanese cooking. For example I didn’t know light soy sauce doesn’t colour the egg roll and is more salty than dark soy sauce!

I highly recommend this as a great way to spend a few hours. The kitchen is well equipped and a lovely atmosphere, with no washing up!

Written April 23, 2019
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derekkotara
Zurich, Switzerland97 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
3 of us found the address fast and with not big problems. Just search for the market address before. U will find the place.
Well, it wasn’t the best cooking class at all. We did lot other classes before, so we have some experience.
We booked a cooking class including walk on the fresh market. Well, we could walk alone as well. No a big difference with or without facilitation from the class leader.
When we returned, well it was so hectic. No ones explained exact how, why etc we are going to cook. It was 5 of us in the class and all
of us was lost. Then someone cook and the others not even knows what the others are cooking and how. Then everything was finished cooked. How we should to shear the food. It was no plan. Then we got the info “we are not on the time schedule”. So what? It wasn’t our problem. Well, we was not happy. 3 of us and like the the 2 other persons from Australia, unfortunately we was not happy. Well, at the end we are on vacation.
This cooking school is not really to recommend. Sorry for that!
Written September 11, 2019
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TravellingAussieBec
Perth, Australia129 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
Brilliant class. I was a bit concerned as a rice bowl seemed too simple, but I definitely wanted a market tour. I have done a few market tours in south east asia and its a great way to learn not only what that odd thing over there is, but how it is used. And in this case, what it tastes like. We were taken through the busy market with enough time to look, ask questions and taste many of the products on sale. Stuff I wouldnt have tried if I were on my own.
Our guide purchased ingredients for our chosen meals and then we returned to the studio for tea and the class. We had chosen the chicken and egg rice bowl and the seafood rice bowl. I am still talking about how something so simple as the chicken and egg ricebowl was so delicious.
I would definitely recommend to everyone
Written April 30, 2018
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melyoung
Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
I took the morning bento class at Cooking Sun and it completely exceeded my already high expectations. The venue was beautiful and well set up, and the class size was intimate, ensuring that everyone really did get to do their own cooking! Our instructor, Coco, was warm and inviting, and she spoke English fluently. She had a great sense of humour and really engaged everyone in the demonstrations. The pace of the class was just right and there was enough time to eat our bento boxes for lunch at the end. The recipes were easy to follow and the results were delicious! The ingredient lists were short enough to not be intimidating, and I anticipate that I will be able to find most, if not all of the ingredients when I return home. I would not hesitate to recommend this class to anyone visiting Kyoto.
Written September 7, 2015
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Joey L
New Orleans, LA1 contribution
Mar 2014 • Friends
We had a great experience at Cooking Sun! It was the perfect combination of hands-on learning and watching expert cooks create excellent Japenese dishes; plus, the staff was very friendly and willing to answer questions and talk with us about all things Japanese!

And, obviously, the food was fantastic!!!! I visited Cooking Sun on my first day overseas, and I couldnt have found a better way to start my holiday!!

Thanks for a great time, Cooking Sun!
Written April 7, 2014
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DaveW402
Austin, TX32 contributions
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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poppymum
Berks UK367 contributions
Sep 2019
We had a fantastic 3 and 3/4 hours cookery experience. There were 6 of us and we had plenty of individual attention. The recipes were fully adapted for our vegetarian needs and I learnt some new techniques that I feel confident about using at home. This was a hi-light of our trip to Japan and I can't recommend it more. It seemed expensive when I booked from the UK, but once we were in Japan I realised the cost was not excessive and we ate a really good meal as well as learning. Thank you
Written October 7, 2019
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Global Trotter
Singapore, Singapore39 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
Had the best time in Kyoto but it was even better with this cooking class with Cooking Sun!
The ladies are so professional and lovely! It was such a nice opportunity and we made delicious food which i will hopefully make when im home! I highly recommend it for anyone visiting Kyoto!!!
Written July 25, 2019
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