Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour

4.5 34 Reviews

  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5163KYO_COOK
Take a guided walk through Nishiki food markets and enjoy a Japanese cooking class on this small-group walking tour from Kyoto. You'll explore the back streets of Kyoto with their many interesting shops, and learn how to make Japanese home-cooked food from ingredients bought at the Nishiki food markets in an afternoon Kyoto cooking class.
You'll meet your local English-speaking guide at a central meeting spot at 2:30pm to embark on a small-group Kyoto walking tour that will delight your senses.

During a one-hour guided walk of the mile-long Nishiki covered food markets, there are many interesting food stores to explore as you help your guide buy the ingredients for your Japanese cooking class. This is a great opportunity to learn about local Japanese produce.

After visiting the markets, you'll travel through the back streets and lanes of Kyoto, to a sake brewery museum. Enjoy sake tasting as you learn how this popular Japanese alcoholic beverage is produced.

Continue to a traditional 'machiya' wooden townhouse for your Japanese cooking class. At approximately 5pm you can start cooking your own Japanese dinner, you'll learn how to make rolled sushi, miso soup and cooked salad with seasonal fruit for dessert.

After dinner the afternoon is free for you to explore Kyoto, or your local guide can assist you in returning to your hotel.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Daimaru Kyoto department store, located in the front of silver cubes monument on the 1st floor of the North entrance (Nishiki Entrance).
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Return Details:
Concludes at the Kyoto machiya house

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Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour

Kyoto Cooking Class, Sake Tasting and Nishiki Food Market Walking Tour

  • Local guide
  • Admission to the sake brewery museum including sake tasting
  • Japanese cooking class
  • Dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Note: In unforeseen circumstances the brewery museum may be closed. If this does occur you will be offered admission tickets to the brewery so you can visit this attraction at another time.
  • This tour requires 2.5 hour flat walking. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes
2:30pm: Meet your guide at the central meeting point and start your one-hour guided walking tour of the food markets
3:30pm: Continue through the back streets of Kyoto to the sake brewery museum for sake tasting
5pm: Your cooking class begins
6:30pm Tour concludes

Please note: The above timings are approximate and subject to change without notice
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Dilip C, July 2014

This trip worth evry cent. The tour guide was well informed about myriad Japanese delicacies on display at the Nishiki market and our small group of eight people. At the sake outlet we tasted quality sakes and ended up buying a bottle for the cooking class. The cooking class gave us hands on experience at sushi-making. Our teacher was very clear in her explanations and all of us thoroughly enjoyed our experience, We will recommend anyone to take this tour.

Reviewed by: Nita, April 2014

From beginning to end this was a wonderful afternoon! We met our guide Yoshie at the designated spot and after waiting about 15 minutes for 2 other people who never showed up, we started our tour of the Nishiki covered market! Everywhere we turned, we saw food which we could not identify, but Yoshie answered all our questions in excellent English. She encouraged us to taste various items, some sweets some seaweed, some cakes. She explained the differences in types of rice, tofu, bean curd, tea and more. We munched our way through the colorful market for about an hour. Then, since our feet were tired, we took taxis to the Sake Brewery Museum for a brief tour and explanation of the sake brewery process, but the bulk of the time was a tastings presentation. I never realized there could be so many different nuances in the taste of sake! We loved it so much we bought 2 bottles! Afterwards, Yoshie accompanied us to the mahiya, a traditional wooden town house characterized by black wooden slats in front. There, Yoshie left us in the good hands of Akiko, our teaching chef. The cooking lesson was basic but we had a lot of fun learning the secrets to making miso soup and sushi rice. We were taught how to make tamagoyaki, an omelet in a square pan called a makiyakinabe. Then we used pieces of the tamagoyaki along with pickled vegetable, crab sticks and cucumber to make our very own maki. After cooking , our meal was served to us in a private dining room covered with tatami mats. Akiko poured the tea for us and we feasted on the fruits of our labor! EXCELLENT TOUR ON ALL ACCOUNTS!

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