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

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    Take a hands-on journey into Japan’s food culture during this exploration of Kyoto’s top food markets and a sake brewery, finishing with a 1.5-hour cooking class where you get to bring your day’s food experience to life. It’s the perfect excursion for anyone looking to take a deeper dive into the culinary ingredients and traditions of Japanese cuisine.
    Start your food experience with a meet-up at the city’s Daimaru Kyoto Department Store in the afternoon, where you’ll meet your guide. Follow your guide out into the city for a 2-hour walking exploration of some of Kyoto’s food hotspots.
    Visit the famous Nishiki Food Market, where you’ll explore the wide variety of Japanese foodstuffs for use in your cooking class later that day. Explore the market’s collection of spices and produce as you sit back and observe the blur of activity at the city’s main food center.
    Then head to a former sake brewery and museum, where you can taste a few of the country’s wide variety of sakes. You’ll also learn about how this celebrated beverage is created (Please note, if the museum is not open on the day of your trip, an admission ticket will be provided for later use).
    Continue after your tasting to the machiya, a typical Kyoto-style wooden home, which will host your cooking lesson. Your 1.5-hour session teaches you to prepare a classic Japanese dinner, including items such as miso soup, cooked salad, sushi and seasonal fruit. 
    Enjoy your meal with the other guests before spending the rest of the evening exploring Kyoto at your own leisure. For those who wish to return to their hotel after the tour, your guide will help coordinate transportation.
    Note: Click the ‘View additional info’ link below to see a map of the meeting location.
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    Reviewed July 13, 2019

    This is such a well run, and interesting tour! I'd highly recommend to anyone interested in Japanese food culture and cooking. The tour of Nishiki market was interesting and we got to learn about all sorts of interesting foods and but some ingredients for the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    Michi075, マネージャー at WAK Japan, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for joining our tour and cooking program. We're glad to hear you were satisfied with our offerings especially from our attendant and cooking instructor. Please try cooking it again in your home!

    Reviewed June 15, 2019

    This tour was exactly as promised. Our guide showed us through the market, explained types of foods on sale, encouraged us to sample wares, and taught us basic words for shopping. Enjoyed the sake factory tour and tasting. Finally, the cooking lessons was perfect, focusing...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    WAK_Chikako, Public Relations Manager at WAK Japan, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2019

    Thank you for your good comment. WAK JAPAN's Nishiki market walk and sushi cooking is the most popular program among our variety of tour courses. We hope you made Japanese dishes again in your country!

    Reviewed June 4, 2019

    I took this tour and cooking class with my wife and friend and it was a lot of fun. We learned some history in the market, a little Japanese language and culture and had a great time critiquing each other's cooking skills. Definitely a great...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
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    WAK_Chikako, Public Relations Manager at WAK Japan, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2019

    Thank you for your good comment for our most popular tour program, Nishiki market walk and cooking. We're glad to hear you were satisfied with every step of this tour. Hope you tried Japanese dishes again in your home.

    Reviewed July 27, 2018

    We were very fortunate to take a cooking class at a private home. Machiko Kimura, our cooking Instructor was incredible. With a perfect English and a lot of patience, she showed us how to cook typical Kyoto specialties. The meal was delicious and we wish...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
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    Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

    The Street Market tour was useful though we had been through the market already and it is a very busy environment. The sake tour was interesting and testing 3 types of sake was good fun. The cooking was an enjoyable activity for a family. A...More

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