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

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    2:30 PM
  • Departure Details :
    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
  • Return Details :
    Concludes at the cooking class location
  • Cancellation Policy :
    • If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    • If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
    • Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


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.

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Your Kyoto afternoon adventure begins at Daimaru kyoto department store, where youll 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 Kyotos 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 its over, youll 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.


Local guide

Cooking class and dinner


Hotel pickup and drop-off


Additional Info

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

Traveler Reviews

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  • 03-Jul-2019

    Our tour of the Nishiki market was fantastic. Our guide did a great job of incorporating a lot of Japanese culture into her explanation of the market. The cooking class was also very fun!

  • 09-Jul-2018

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

  • 09-Feb-2018

    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.

  • 01-Oct-2017

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

  • 29-Sep-2017

    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.

  • 13-May-2017

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

  • 17-Oct-2016

    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.

  • 24-Sep-2016

    Good personal approach.

    Guide seemed a little shy during the introduction but I think it was due to waiting on some no shows. Tour at the market very good with lots of specific and interesting information on the food that would be impossible to know without the inside information.

    Sake tasting OK but somewhat basic an quick.

    Cooking class very hands an by nice lady. We wouldn't have minded that it would be longer with more dishes.

  • 18-Sep-2016

    Great experience our guide was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. The cooking class was first rate . I would highly recommend this to anyone traveling to Kyoto

  • 30-Jun-2016

    The tour guide was knowledgable, and the market we explored with her was fascinating. The brewery was similarly interesting, with samples of delicious beer and sake. We learned a lot about Japanese food and beverages, including the sake-brewing process. Finally, the cooking class was very fun and we produced simple, delicious food under the guidance of a patient instructor. This was a highlight of our time in Kyoto.

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