Get to the heart of Japanese culture and discover the kind of cooking that goes on in everyday homes and at 'Izakaya' restaurants (cozy Japanese style pubs!) Spend an afternoon learning how to prepare an array of authentic dishes. Try your hand at making dashi steamed rice, or show off your skills preparing steamed egg custard. You'll have the opportunity to dress in traditional buddhist monk wear to enhance the cultural experience - make sure you take a photo! It's a fun filled afternoon of cultural and culinary exploration - foodies, this one's for you!
Ever wondered how Japanese chefs manage to pack so many interesting flavors into the tiny treats in a bento box? Come along to a traditional cooking class to learn the tricks of the trade from expert local chefs. The sessions provide a fun and interactive environment for learning about the preparation of sushi, sesame salads and many other specialities. Your teachers will also offer you an insight into the historical background of 'Bento', and you'll be able to dress in sumae (the traditional dress of a working buddhist monk) to complete your cultural experience.
Nara Park is a must-visit for travelers who find themselves around the area. If you're coming from the city of Kyoto, you can avail of the one way transfer service that picks you up from your hotel and drops you off at Nara. Once you get to the park, put on a beautiful kimono that includes a cute Japanese tote bag and off you go to walk around the place and take wonderful photos to share on your social media sites.
Take away more from your trip to Japan than just cool pictures. Learn how to cook some of the most signature dishes of Japanese kitchen that you can later surprise your loved ones with. See a different side of Kyoto as you explore its backstreet kitchen —the famous Nishiki Market boasting over 400 years of history. Buy the ingredients for your cooking class at the same spot where professional chefs do their grocery shopping and learn about Kyoto’s unique food culture. Go on to your hands-on cooking experience and prepare a traditional Japanese Donburi meal under the guidance of an English-speaking instructor.