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Have you had enough of dining out? Then how about learning how to cook at home, for yourself?

To all Japanese food fans: do you ever cook Japanese food at home for yourself, or your family and friends?

Recipes can easily be found in books or on the internet, so, many of you might have tried making one or two (or more?!) dishes. However, were they somewhat different in taste from what you ate in Japan? Or are you wondering how you could reproduce the flavors you tasted in Japan?

Here is the good news! In Tokyo, there are well over 100 cooking classes conducted in English, varying from laid-back classes to full-scale, instructed by a professional chef ones.

If you are looking for something new apart from sightseeing, why not join one of these classes and bring some of those recipes and techniques back home?

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*All classes require advanced booking. For details, please contact each cooking school directly.
Information is accurate at the time of writing, but subject to change.
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From shojin ryori (Buddhist vegetarian cuisine) and multi-course kaiseki ryori demonstrations, to hands-on, seasonal home cooking and vegetarian classes, you can learn sophisticated cooking techniques from professional chefs and experts. Other lessons include sake tasting & pairing, and soba (buckwheat noodles) making, as well as, intensive courses for professional or amateur chefs who wish to learn advanced skills.

Address: Roppongi Green Building, 3F, (inside Restaurant Shojin Sougo) 6-1-8 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032

A cooking school located close to the renowned Tsukiji Market, Tsukiji Cooking offers cooking classes combined with a guided-tour of the Market. In the cooking classes, you make dishes using the freshest ingredients sourced at the market. Tsukiji Cooking provides private and group classes, as well as, classes aimed at corporate team building. Classes can be adjusted to cater to vegetarian or other food restriction needs.

Address: 6-22-3, 6F Tsukiji, Chuo-Ku, Tokyo
For any questions, please contact via online contact form.

Kai House Japanese Cooking
Kai House Japanese Cooking is run by Kai Corporation, which is a Japanese knife manufacturer boasting the top share of the kitchen knife market in Japan. Kai House offers private lessons and group classes for corporate team building. It also provides a knife sharpening class unique to this cooking school.

Address: 3-9-5 Iwamotocho Chiyoda, Tokyo 101-8586
For enquiries, please use the online contact form.

Mayuko’s Little Kitchen
Mayuko’s Little Kitchen received the 2017 Certificate of Excellence award through TripAdvisor, from among numerous English-language cooking schools in Tokyo. You can learn how to make home-cooked dishes with simple recipes that ordinary Japanese people eat every day, as if you are just cooking with your friends at home.

Location: A 5-minute walk from Sendagata Station on the JR Chuo or Sobu lines
Contact: 080-3502-2005

Tokyo Kitchen
At Tokyo Kitchen, located in the popular tourist area of Asakusa, you can learn step-by-step how to make typical Japanese dishes, including tempura, okonomiyaki, donburi (rice bowls), and curry over rice with cutlets, as well as, elaborate, mosaic sushi rolls and bento boxed meals. Classes can be adjusted to accommodate vegetarian or gluten-free requests.

Location: Meet at the Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa and walk
For enquiries, please use the online contact form.

Musubi Cooking Class
Musubi Cooking Class is the cooking school recommended by Mari Nameshida, a culinary pioneer who used to host the hugely popular cooking class, “Cooking with Mari.” (Unfortunately, she does not currently provide classes.) You can learn how to cook basic Japanese meals consisting of a main dish, multiple side dishes, rice, and miso soup, at the instructor’s house. The instructor will teach you culinary techniques that can easily reproduce the taste of these dishes if you have some essential seasonings. Musubi Cooking Class also offers a ramen (Japanese-style Chinese soup noodles) class.

Location: In the middle of Tokyo. Please check the exact location with the school.
For enquiries, please use the online contact form.

Simply Oishii Japanese Cooking Class
At Simply Oishii Japanese Cooking Class, you can learn how to cook in the relaxed environment of a small group (up to six participants) at the instructor’s house. Choose from classes of home-cooked meals consisting of rice, soup and three dishes, a Japanese-style cocktail party menu with a glass of sake, Japanese sweets, and more! For participants of the private class, a free, 30-minute tour at a supermarket is available before the class.

Location: Walk from Meguro Station on JR Yamanote Line or Fudo-mae Station on Tokyu Meguro Line
Please use the online contact form for enquiries and registration.

Cooking School Yuka Mazda
Learn how to make washoku dishes, as if you were invited to your friend’s house. Offering five kinds of classes, Cooking School Yuka Mazda provides recipes that anyone, from any country, can easily learn. In the sushi making class, you will learn how to make nigirizushi (hand-crafted sushi) and sushi rolls from scratch, cook rice without an electric rice cooker and cut fish so that the pieces look professional and beautiful, and, of course, taste delicious. You will also learn how to make a sauce for hiyayakko (chilled tofu cubes) and a dashi for miso soup. At the end of the class, you will experience a tea ceremony.

Location: Walk from Shirokane Takanawa on Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line or Toei Subway Mita Line
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