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

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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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  • Local guide
  • Cooking class and dinner
Not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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
William T
5 | 2018-07-09

Walking through Nishiki was great, but the sake tasting and the cooking class was a even better time.

Dennise T
5 | 2018-02-09

Fantastic evening, Yoshi was a generous and informative guide who gave us much more than just a market tour, she shared a lot of local habits and hints, language and traditions. The cooking class was wonderful, it felt like we were in the ladys home and were made to feel very welcome. This tour is suitable for any age as the markets are fascinating and the cooking class a lot of fun.

Lorraine C
3 | 2017-10-01

Too rushed through food market and cooking course was not interactive enough.

Giuseppe V
5 | 2017-09-29

We had a wonderful time. We visited the Nishiki Food Market. It was jam packed , but we had a chance to purchase some ingredients for our cooking class. We then visited the Sake museum and had the chance to sample some local sake and beer. Both were delicious and our hosts were gracious and charming. Our guide was lovely and so pleasant, we were a little sad when she handed us over to our cooking instructor. Our cooking class was great fun and our teacher was a delight. We got to enjoy our items we prepared in a lovely dinner. This is a fun tour and good value.

Malia F
5 | 2017-05-13

Good for first timers to Kyoto. Recommended for those who like to meet people and interested in cooking and sake tasting.

Jenny L
5 | 2016-10-17

Yoshie, our guide for the Market tour and Sake tasting was excellent. At the market, we purchased the ingredients for our cooking class and learned about the various foods on sale. She also taught us some small Japanese phrases to use. Mieko, our teacher for the cooking class also was outstanding - we made dashi, miso soup, rolled egg omelette and Sushi for dinner. The whole experience was fun and informative and our groups was only 4 people. Highly recommend the experience.

4 | 2016-05-08

The guide was very knowledgeable with regards to the various ingredients and fresh produce at the market. It was an eye opener walking through the market. We had a very nice time making sushi too!

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