Air New Zealand Activities

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

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  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5163KYO_COOK
Explore the Nishiki Food Market and learn how to make a home-cooked Japanese meal on this Kyoto culinary walking tour. With a knowledgeable guide, learn about typical Japanese ingredients at the food market, and go off the beaten path with a walk through the city's back streets, filled with interesting shops. Visit an old sake brewery for a tasting, and then prepare your own sushi, soup and salad at a 1.5-hour cooking class. This tour is limited to seven people, ensuring you enjoy a small-group experience.
Your Kyoto afternoon adventure begins at Daimaru Kyoto department store, where you’ll meet your guide and head out on a 2-hour walking tour.

At the famous Nishiki Food Market, your guide will introduce you to the many ingredients that may be used in your Japanese cooking class later in the day. Learn about local produce and spices, and enjoy being part of Kyoto’s bustling food scene.

Next, travel through the back streets and shop-lined lanes of Kyoto to a former sake brewery, now a museum, where you can enjoy a sake tasting as you learn how this iconic Japanese beverage is produced (if the museum is closed on the day you visit, you will receive an admission ticket to use at a later date). Then make your way to a machiya, a traditional wooden townhouse typical of Kyoto, for your cooking class.

Your cooking class lasts approximately 1.5 hours; when it’s over, you’ll know how to prepare a classic Japanese dinner to wow your friends back home. Learn how to roll your own sushi, make miso soup, put together a cooked salad and pick out seasonal fruit for dessert.

After sitting down to enjoy your meal, you have the rest of the evening free to explore Kyoto on your own. If you want to return to your hotel after the class, your guide can help you find transportation.

Note: Click the ‘View additional info’ link below to see a map of the meeting location.

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Departure Point:
Daimaru Kyoto department store (exact meeting spot will appear on your voucher); see a map of the area by clicking 'View additional info' on the Overview tab
Departure Time:
3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Concludes at the cooking class location

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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 and sake tasting
  • Cooking class and dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 7 people per booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Note: In unforeseen circumstances, the brewery museum may be closed; if this occurs, you will be offered an admission ticket so you can visit this attraction at another time
  • This tour requires 2 hours of flat walking; we recommend that you wear comfortable shoes
Terms and Conditions:
If you cancel at least 8 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 4 and 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 20 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 2 and 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 60 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 1 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: RONALD M, November 2015

We were looking for a tour that offered a cultural experience of Japan and felt this tour experience looked to meet what we were seeking. We began with a tour of the Nishiki Market. Our tour guide Yosie, was excellent and knowledgeable about the foods and products available at the market. She taught us how to ask in Japanese for items to be used in our cooking class. Thie tour enabled us to see products and vendors we wanted to spend more time visiting. We were able to return to the market for shopping the next day to visit some of the vendors we wanted to spend more time shopping.
We then walked to the sake tasting. Since Yosie had been educated on sake brewing, she was able to share interesting insights about the sake and brewing process.The highlight was to taste the sakes and beer .
Our next stop was the machiya, where the cooking class would take place. Mieko was our teaching chef, who walked us through preparing miso soup, spinach salad with roasted sesame seed dressing, and maki sushi. We watched demonstrations and took part in some of the cutting and assembly. The result was a delicious dinner.
A couple notes for the experience. The directions to meet our guide were not provided and required calling the listed number for questions. Second, there is a bit of walking through out the tour sidewalk walking that might be difficult for some.
The entire experience was excellent and we recommend it for anyone.

Reviewed by: Laura N, September 2015

This tour was amazing! The women were so sweet and knowledgeable and spoke English well. It was very interactive. I would 100% recommend this tour and the company.

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Tour code: 5163KYO_COOK