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Initia Japanese Cooking Class

Open Now: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Open today: 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Fantastic experience and awesome food!

Absolutely amazing! I had never been to a cooking class before but Taro and his mum made the whole... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
seanjaydurham
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Interesting experience

We almost always attend a cooking class when we travel overseas. The reason why we chose this... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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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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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 3 days ago via mobile

Absolutely amazing! I had never been to a cooking class before but Taro and his mum made the whole experience fun and simple. The setting is traditional, but the atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. Our course consisted of Miso soup made from the start, spinach...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank seanjaydurham
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review! Since we mostly have classes for dinner, we try to make cozy atmosphere so that people can relax after sightseeing during the day. I was so surprised that you made the egg roll perfectly even though it was your first...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We almost always attend a cooking class when we travel overseas. The reason why we chose this cooking class in Japan is because the class size seemed the smallest and it’s owned by a family. It was much more than our expectation. It was a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Laura B
Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

We are so happy to hear that! We are a family, so our class is family friendly. This doesn't mean our experience is only for families, but it's for everyone from young solo traveler who loves Japanese food to elderly couple who are first time...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Taro and his mum were exceptionally warm and welcoming into their home. There was only one other couple in our class and Taro provided clear guidance on preparing the meals. We finished the night with a delicious meal that we had cooked - definitely something...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You cooked perfect! The meal at the end looked very nice. Isn't it great that you cooked everything? The dishes we cooked together were simple but tasty. Japanese dishes are popular in many countries, but not so many people know how to cook them, so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Their house is very pretty. The house is Japanese traditional house with Taro’s handmade lampshades. The cozy atmosphere made us very comfortable even though we were a bit nervous to visit Japanese family’s house at first. The hosts, Taro and Miyoko are very open minded,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You didn't need to be nervous. Our house is not something fancy, but a regular house, so you can come just like when you visit your friend's house. I'm glad you liked the udon restaurant. They don't have English menu, but I suppose that you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cooking class was definitely eye-opening into behind the scenes of Japanese cooking. Taro was exceptionally welcoming and helpful in teaching us the specifics of Japanese cooking to allow us to keep the experience as a souvenir for our trip to Kyoto. Highly recommended to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review! The guests will be able to cook the dishes for their families or friends as many times as they want. It's so nice to cook Japanese dishes as souvenir. You cooked everything very well. I was so surprised! If you...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are so glad we made this part of our trip to Kyoto. Not only did we learn great cooking tips, and ate an awesome dinner that we made ourselves, but it’s a wonderful way to see local living as they teach at their home....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our house is not something fancy, but ordinary Japanese house, but some of our guests find it interesting to see inside Japanese house because tourists have few chances to go inside the local houses. It must be very different from the houses you are used...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Initial cooking class was an awesome experience. The food we prepared will be easy to replicate, used a few ingredients and it was delicious! Taro was very knowledgeable and friendly! This cooking class is hands on, which makes it nicer for re-creating any of these...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our cooking class is focused on people who haven't cooked Japanese food, so we try to make the process as simple as possible. Also, we try to use the ingredients that are obtainable in most countries. I'm sure you will find all the ingredients if...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic! Me and my daughter were made to feel very welcome right from the start and the conversation was engaging and informative. Taro and his mum were so friendly and helpful. This was definitely one of my better highlights in Japan period!! Do not let...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I feel super honored that our class became one of your highlights in your trip! We also thought the class was very delightful:) We love to share our knowledge about Japanese food with people who are eager to learn about our culture just like you....More

Reviewed 14 December 2018

Loved our time with Taro and his mom. The food and hospitality was amazing. Would recommend for anyone wanting a real Japanese home cooking experience.More

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Date of experience: November 2018
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for coming! I had a great time with great guests too. We were able to have a class with very peaceful and warm atmosphere thanks to you:) Please cook the meal again back in your country, and send me message whenever...More

Reviewed 4 December 2018

We could tell that our host, Taro loves traveling. He speaks some Spanish which he learned in South America. Also, it was very interesting to hear his traveling story in Africa. That made the class very multicultural. The other guests were from Thailand and Germany,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Taro Y, General Manager at Initia Japanese Cooking Class, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Yes, when we often have guests from different countries, and you get to know not only Japanese culture, but also foreign food culture too! I really like it. We also learn something new in each class, so thank you so much for teaching us about...More

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