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Initia Japanese Cooking Class

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I had an excellent time!

My girlfriend and I found this under the experiences on Air BnB and thought we’d give it a try. I... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Brandon P
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Wonderful cooking experience in Kyoto

We really enjoyed our experience cooking with Taro and his mother. The environment was great and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rachel A
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Initia Japanese Cooking Class is a great way to learn how to make traditional Japanese dishes in English. What we teach is not fancy cuisine, but daily home style meal. We, a local family teach a small number of guests, so the atmosphere is just...more
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Hours Today: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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35-2, Aketacho, Higashikujo, Minami, Kyoto 601-8044, Kyoto Prefecture
Southern Kyoto
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+81 80-4807-6720
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Reviewed 14 June 2018

We had a wonderful time cooking with Taro and his mom Miyoko. It was very interesting to see how normal Japanese home-cooking is and a great opportunity to see a local Japanese home. We asked a lot of questions about Japanese culture and we had...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

We used to do cooking class in a different place, but now we do it at home. We are happy that now our guests can see inside of an ordinary Japanese house, and feel local atmosphere. The class was peaceful, and I liked how all...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My girlfriend and I found this under the experiences on Air BnB and thought we’d give it a try. I learned how to make one of my favorite dishes and how to Dashi, the proper way, which was really exciting to me. The meal was...More

Thank Brandon P
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

A lot of dishes are based on Dashi as you may notice. Knowing how to make dashi is very important, and now you know. Many of our guests come for our dinner class to take a rest after a long day/maximize their experience in Kyoto....More

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our experience cooking with Taro and his mother. The environment was great and Taro was very knowledgeable and able to answer a lot of questions about the food and Japanese culture. The recipes were delicious and I enjoyed that they were also...More

Thank Rachel A
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you Rachel! Besides the cooking knowledge, we try to share a lot of knowledge about Japanese culture, and information about Kyoto such as good restaurants, and our recommendations for the places to visit. We use recipes you can get in many countries, and It...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a fun and learning experience in the private home of a Japanese family. We were a small group of seven participants - Americans and Australians. We found out how to prepare several basic dishes with help from our teacher and his mother. We...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

I had a lot of fun having a class with you! Our house is a pretty typical Japanese house, so now you know how it looks like. The meal turned out to be great! and the best thing is that you cooked all the dishes:)...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a fantastic time learning to cook every day Japanese dishes with Taro. He was a very friendly and welcoming host to everyone. The dishes and recipes he picked out were not only delicious but also very accessible. The instructions were great. Everyone got...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I feel honored that it became one of the highlights in your trip! We try to make the menu as easy to make as possible. Also, we try to use the ingredients that can be found in many countries. Now you know those dishes are...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Whiles booking the experience we requested to cook 2 dishes in one session, so Taro kindly made us a bespoke booking. The website was very easy to navigate with clear instructions on their location (very close to Kyoto station). The Taro and his mum were...More

Thank Emily H
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Although that was our first time to try teaching those 2 dishes in one class, but it turned out to be a great combination! I think other guests were very happy with that, so thank you for your request:) We have a great variety of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dans une maison traditionnelle située à 20 minutes à pieds de la gare de Tokyo, Taro et sa mère font une équipe formidable qui nous a initié aux secrets de la cuisine japonaise. 2 heures de travail ont culminé avec un dîner traditionnel complet bien...More

Thank Lesjulkier
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Yes, when you make dishes by yourselves, they taste even better! It looked very pretty even though that was your first time making those dishes! The menu we cooked is very healthy and well-balanced, so please cook them again, finding ingredients shouldn't be too hard....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The course was perfect: - clean place - Taro and his mum are really kind - the food was delicious We really recommend !!! It's near from kyoto station, Just 12 minutes walk 👍More

Thank sabine S
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our house is not fancy, but we try to make it as clean as possible:) Since our house is close to Kyoto station, some of our guests take our dinner class before taking a night bus from Kyoto for Tokyo. We are happy to see...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The course with Taro and Miyoko was a good mix between having an entertaining evening, getting some japanese food knowledge, experiencing cooking on your own and chatting+dining with locals. Taros English is very good due to his studies in the US. Miyoko, his mum, knows...More

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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are trying to be hosts who I wanted when I was traveling. When I was traveling, I always looked for local people who are open to tourists and share their local insights. Spending time with those people helped me understanding each culture. I hope...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

ENGLISH A great evening. Taro and his mother gave us a great lesson on how to prepare a Japanese meal. They were very nice and warm, and it was a very pleasant evening. Taro sent us the recipes and photos after the event. He was...More

Thank Carlos K
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Yes, the meal looked very yummy, and it tastes great especially when you cook by yourself:) The class was very peaceful and relaxing with you. One of the things I like about the class is that we always have guests from different countries so we...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

La experiencia “Cook home meal...” superó todas mis expectativas. Aprendimos varios platos que cocinamos nosotros mismos con la guia experta de Taro y su madre Miyoko. El ambiente, la organización, la calidad de los ingredientes, la coordinación de Taro fueron simplemente perfectas. Lo recomiendo vivamente,...More

Thank Denise N
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed the class!! Our cooking class is small, but thanks to that we can do "hands-on" experience. We try to share experiences that you can't have when you just do sightseeing. I hope now you know more about Japanese cooking, Japanese culture in...More

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