Private Market Tour & Japanese Cooking Lesson with a Local in her Beautiful Home

Explore the local neighborhood street market (Demachiyanagi Shoutengai) with your host Aki and discover everything from basic Japanese ingredients to high-quality, regional produce. You’ll walk through the market together and pick out a few vegetables and ingredients that you will later use in your cooking class.

Back home, you will join Aki for a hands-on cooking experience in her beautiful kitchen and learn to make authentic dishes from scratch! Aki will provide you with recipes in English and guide you through the cooking process as she tells you all you’d like to know about Japanese food and culture. Your home-style meal may include dishes such as the traditional Chikuzenni (a main of braised chicken and vegetables that originated from Kyushu), seasonal vegetable sides such as marinated spinach with sesame or burdock root, and miso soup. The cooking portion of your experience should last about an hour before you sit down to enjoy the meal.
* Duration: 4 hours
* Starts: Kyoto, Japan
* Trip Category: Food, Wine & Nightlife >> Cooking Classes




Explore the local neighborhood street market (Demachiyanagi Shoutengai) with your host Aki and discover everything from basic Japanese ingredients to high-quality, regional produce. You’ll walk through the market together and pick out a few vegetables and ingredients that you will later use in your cooking class.

Back home, you will join Aki for a hands-on cooking experience in her beautiful kitchen and learn to make authentic dishes from scratch! Aki will provide you with recipes in English and guide you through the cooking process as she tells you all you’d like to know about Japanese food and culture. Your home-style meal may include dishes such as the traditional Chikuzenni (a main of braised chicken and vegetables that originated from Kyushu), seasonal vegetable sides such as marinated spinach with sesame or burdock root, and miso soup. The cooking portion of your experience should last about an hour before you sit down to enjoy the meal.

Aki’s love for cooking began as a young girl watching and helping her mother in the kitchen put together meals for the family. She especially enjoyed learning the recipes that her mother inherited from her grandmother that had been passed down through many generations in her family. Cooking is her deepest passion and the feeling of happiness she gets when sitting down and eating good food with loved ones is one she always craves.

Aki embraces omotenashi, a deeply caring and attentive sense of hospitality that you will immediately feel when you meet her in the peaceful atmosphere of her home and notice in the attention to detail in her cooking. An avid traveler, Aki spent many years on the island of Okinawa and in East Asia where she learned the art of textiles and colors from local craftspeople. She is eager to share the beautiful culture of her own country with travelers to make them fall in love with Japanese food and hospitality.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about Japanese culture and cuisine during a hands-on experience in a beautiful, authentic setting – so book, cook and enjoy!