Kyoto is just as famous for its food as it is for its geisha, temples, and shrines. And what better way is there to experience the ancient capital by partaking in a locally held cooking lesson? Below we have listed 5 of the best cooking classes in Kyoto for you to enjoy.
- Cooking Sun
- Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen
- Haru Cooking School
- Kyoto Umemori Sushi School
- Uzuki Cooking Class
Cooking Sun, although based in Kyoto, also provides sushi classes in Tokyo. The school’s friendly and helpful instructors teach a morning bento class, which covers various types of sushi as well as an afternoon izakaya class. The Cooking Sun school can also give private one-on-one lessons on request, in addition to a five-day-long intensive course for more experienced chefs.
|Address||Funayacho 679, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 600-8466|
Ganko Takasegawa Nijoen
Ganko is a famous Japanese restaurant chain that also offers fun and educational sushi lessons in Kyoto. In their 1 hour-long class, you will learn to make not only sushi but also different types of tempura and red miso soup.
|Address||484-6 Higashi Namasu-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-0922|
Haru Cooking School
Taro runs a Japanese home cooking class from his home in the quiet suburbs of Kyoto. The Haru Cooking School’s class starts daily at 2 pm and lasts for 4 hours. You will have the option of choosing from a vegetarian cooking class or dishes featuring Kobe beef. Also, Taro can take you on a tour of the nearby Nishiki Food Market.
|Duration||3.5 – 4 Hours|
|Address||166-32 Shimogamo Miyazakicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, 606-0802|
Kyoto Umemori Sushi School
The famous Umemori Sushi School is based in Nara but offers lessons right here in Kyoto too. Their Nigiri course will show you how to make perfect sushi rice and the correct way to prepare seaweed for the eight pieces of sushi you will create — surely one of the most famous cooking classes in Kyoto.
|Address||8 Takeda Matsubayashichō Fushimi-ku, Kyōto-shi, Kyōto-fu 612-8371|
Uzuki Cooking Class
Emi has been teaching the art of Japanese home cooking from her private kitchen since 2004. In a typical lesson, you will learn to cook 3 to 4 different types of dishes, which can include soups, sushi, steamed dishes, and even how to make traditional Japanese sweets, to name but a few. Eight of her recipes have been featured at the WorldRecipes Expo. Lessons last 2 to 3.5 hours (depending on the course), and classes are limited to 2 or 3 people at a time.
|Duration||2 – 3.5 Hours|
|Address||418-7 Maruyacho, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8037|