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Haru Cooking Class

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Address: 166-32 Shimogamo Miyazaki-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606-0802, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 90-4284-7176
12:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 18:00

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Thank you very much for finding our small cooking class in Kyoto, Japan! Please come visit our home and cook Japanese food together! No need to be an expert cook. If you like Japanese food you will be successful cooking them. The class is not only about cooking, but learning about Japanese culture. We will do our best to answer all the questions you may have for food and lifestyle!

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Taro and his cooking class are wonderful ambassadors for Japan

This is not just a cooking class, it's an immersive experience. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to literally have a seat at the kitchen table and learn about Japanese food... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Atlanta, Georgia
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Atlanta, Georgia
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64 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is not just a cooking class, it's an immersive experience. Take advantage of a rare opportunity to literally have a seat at the kitchen table and learn about Japanese food and culture from a knowledgeable and passionate host. While food is definitely the focus, it serves as a touchstone to ignite conversation about a wide-ranging conversation that goes far... More 

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great class with a bit of hands on training. Cooked soup, salad, meat, and veggies. Taro was great to work with, responsive, and knowledgeable. Easy to get there using the subway. If you're looking for a great time, book this class.

Thank Zulu1million
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Combination of a great host, intimate venue, straightforward recipes and delicious final banquet make this a must do for foodies. Taro is a fantastic guy who is passionate about his country and the cuisine. My wife and I learned so much about many aspects of Japanese food and left with full bellies and even more enthusiasm for cooking than we... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Getting to Haru's cooking class is relatively easy, either by bus or subway. The class is effectively divided into 3 sessions. Firstly Haru gives an explanation into Japanese cooking and what makes Japanese cuisine unique. He gives everyone a run through of Kobe beef and why it's regarded as the best beef in the world. He also gives a run... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I usually write a detailed review but everyone else has already highlighted the professionalism, fun, & coziness of Taro & his family. Read the other reviews & just sign up. You won't be disappointed by this unique experience.

1 Thank CAlittlemiss
San Francisco, California, United States
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

Taro-sensei presents an amazing afternoon program that is informative, hands on, warm, thoughtful, tasty and relaxing all in one package. Whether you're totally new to Japanese cooking or have been practicing for some time, there's something for everyone in Taro-sensei's rich, kind-spirited delivery. He not only knows food and cooking, he can regale you with the history and context of... More 

2 Thank JohnDunham
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

We had a fantastic time and look back on it as one of our favorite things we did in Japan. Firstly, it's so neat to step off the touristy streets, be welcomed into a Japanese family home, see what the houses are like, watch the cute kids run around. Taro does a fantastic job explaining Japanese ingredients (e.g. how to... More 

2 Thank celestial605
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Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

My friend and I decided to do this cookery class after reading all the positive reviews about it and we sure weren't disappointed. Taru and his family were so welcoming and he was very informative and knowledgeable about everything we were seeing and cooking. We didn't do a lot of cooking ourselves but I think the relaxed, informative and friendly... More 

2 Thank Jessica S
Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 9 February 2017

We really enjoyed the cooking class we did with Taro and his family. It was an excellent introduction to Japanese food where we learnt about the basis of a lot of Japanese cuisine, Dashi. Taro explained everything in great detail and was happy to take all of our many questions throughout the lesson. The different dishes we cooked were delicious.... More 

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Reviewed 31 January 2017

We loved our time at this cooking class and learned more about Japanese culture from this experience than we had at any other tourist attraction we've been to. Taro and his family are really welcoming and Taro is happy to answer any questions. During our four hours, we made five dishes and finished by eating a truly delicious meal of... More 

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No district of Kyoto is quite as representative of its blended nature as the City Center. By day, the covered shopping arcades along Kawaramachi and Shijo Street bring deal hunters and fashionistas out in droves to peruse the clothing, accessories, gifts, and home goods offerings. When it grows dark, the City Center is a hip spot for nightlife, alive with bars and clubs. A trendy culinary scene and an abundance of local watering holes give the Center its youthful vibrancy. In contrast, the quieter areas of the City Center seem a world away, shielded from noise by the foliage of the public gardens and zen spaces surrounding the area's shrines, castles, and the Imperial Palace. These ancient and sacred spots are seamlessly folded into the scenery, providing a respite from the energy of the city, but close enough to put you directly back onto the pulse of the city when you're ready.
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