Haru Cooking Class
Haru Cooking Class
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Lessons & WorkshopsCooking Classes
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Monday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
About
Thank you very much for finding our small cooking class in Kyoto, Japan. The class is not only about cooking, but learning about Japanese culture. We will do our best to share all that we can about our culture; we sincerely hope you enjoy it.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Neighbourhood: City Center
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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  • meaganl78
    110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    100 % would do this again...and will!
    I cannot recommend this experience enough! Taro and his lovely wife Yoshiko were excellent hosts, inviting you into their warm home. The conversation was incredible - Taro's English is excellent whihc gave us the opportunity to ask all of those questions we had been dying to ask someone!! The food was delicious - Japanese staples such as dashi, which is the basis for so many dishes. I took my 12 year old daughter with me who felt very comfortable with the experience. Would love to do this again (and will next time I am in Kyoto).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • Jennifer S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely Perfect Afternoon
    I am grateful to Taro and Yoshiko for inviting us into their home. We always like to participate in a cooking class when we travel abroad and my whole family agrees, this was one of the best we've ever done! Taro and Yoshiko are such gracious hosts and very knowledgeable about Japanese food and traditions. Personalizing the experience by sharing their childhood memories was a really nice way for us to get a deeper appreciation for the country, its people, and its cuisine. Two other couples joined us for the class and as a result, we had some very thoughtful and meaningful discussions since we hailed from different countries. Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon! I hope we will be able to meet again someday. ありがとう Arigató Taro and Yoshiko :)
    Visited July 2023
    Written 21 July 2023
  • Yoram B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    cooking experience with Taro
    The cooking class was great, Taro gave us more knowledge on the daily life in Japan. we started with a Dashi soup, moved to the Japanese omelet some fried vegetables and finished with grilled meat. we learned about the ingredients the way to cook them and learned about the daily life in Japan. The group was very diverse so we had a lot of fun wile cooking. and learned some Japanese phrases.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • livgrig
    London, United Kingdom281 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A highlight of our whole trip
    This is such a lovely experience. Taro & his family host you in their home, and he taught us how to make 5 delicious ‘everyday’ dishes, including some knockout wagyu beef. Beyond the actual cooking itself, he shared so many insights into Japanese culture and life - we honestly felt like we learnt more than we had on any tour. Make sure you don’t turn up hungry to eat straight away because you eat everything you’ve cooked altogether at the end, which is lovely. A wonderful window into normal Japanese family life and cooking - we couldn’t recommend it more highly.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Brandon J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience, highlight of your trip to Kyoto!
    Taro's Haro Cooking Class is a hidden gem that combines the joy of cooking with a deep dive into Japanese culture. Taro's friendly approach and genuine passion create a welcoming atmosphere, turning the class into an engaging journey for everyone involved. The diverse group dynamic adds a special touch, fostering lively discussions on various cultures and their culinary traditions. Taro's patient guidance makes the hands-on experience of crafting dishes like Dashi, Tamagoyaki, and wagyu steak accessible and enjoyable for all skill levels. Beyond the cooking, Taro seamlessly weaves in insights into Japanese culture and history. The class isn't just about recipes; it's a holistic exploration that enriches your understanding of Japan's culinary identity. The highlight, of course, is the delicious wagyu steak. With top-notch ingredients and Taro's expert guidance, the result is a dining experience that's both exquisite and memorable.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2024
  • jams1983
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great opportunity to learn about Japanese culture
    Taro and his wife are excellent hosts. We had seven people at our class and learned a great deal about Japanese culture as well as everyday cooking and eating habits. A delightful meal and charming atmosphere. Really enjoyed our afternoon together!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 April 2024
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Yorkie_Traveller
Brisbane, Australia2,483 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
An interesting afternoon learning about Japanese life culture and food. Taro was a great host.
I was a little disappointed to not do more actual cooking.
Written 3 June 2024
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jams1983
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Taro and his wife are excellent hosts. We had seven people at our class and learned a great deal about Japanese culture as well as everyday cooking and eating habits. A delightful meal and charming atmosphere. Really enjoyed our afternoon together!
Written 26 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Richard L
East Setauket, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fantastic experience. Highly recommend! Wife and I learned so much about Japanese home cooking and "real" life. Not the usual touristy experience.
Written 21 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Brandon J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Taro's Haro Cooking Class is a hidden gem that combines the joy of cooking with a deep dive into Japanese culture. Taro's friendly approach and genuine passion create a welcoming atmosphere, turning the class into an engaging journey for everyone involved.

The diverse group dynamic adds a special touch, fostering lively discussions on various cultures and their culinary traditions. Taro's patient guidance makes the hands-on experience of crafting dishes like Dashi, Tamagoyaki, and wagyu steak accessible and enjoyable for all skill levels.

Beyond the cooking, Taro seamlessly weaves in insights into Japanese culture and history. The class isn't just about recipes; it's a holistic exploration that enriches your understanding of Japan's culinary identity.

The highlight, of course, is the delicious wagyu steak. With top-notch ingredients and Taro's expert guidance, the result is a dining experience that's both exquisite and memorable.
Written 4 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

livgrig
London, UK281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is such a lovely experience. Taro & his family host you in their home, and he taught us how to make 5 delicious ‘everyday’ dishes, including some knockout wagyu beef. Beyond the actual cooking itself, he shared so many insights into Japanese culture and life - we honestly felt like we learnt more than we had on any tour. Make sure you don’t turn up hungry to eat straight away because you eat everything you’ve cooked altogether at the end, which is lovely.

A wonderful window into normal Japanese family life and cooking - we couldn’t recommend it more highly.
Written 14 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Yoram B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The cooking class was great, Taro gave us more knowledge on the daily life in Japan. we started with a Dashi soup, moved to the Japanese omelet some fried vegetables and finished with grilled meat. we learned about the ingredients the way to cook them and learned about the daily life in Japan. The group was very diverse so we had a lot of fun wile cooking. and learned some Japanese phrases.
Written 22 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jennifer S
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
I am grateful to Taro and Yoshiko for inviting us into their home. We always like to participate in a cooking class when we travel abroad and my whole family agrees, this was one of the best we've ever done! Taro and Yoshiko are such gracious hosts and very knowledgeable about Japanese food and traditions. Personalizing the experience by sharing their childhood memories was a really nice way for us to get a deeper appreciation for the country, its people, and its cuisine. Two other couples joined us for the class and as a result, we had some very thoughtful and meaningful discussions since we hailed from different countries. Thank you so much for a wonderful afternoon! I hope we will be able to meet again someday.
ありがとう Arigató Taro and Yoshiko :)
Written 21 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

meaganl78
meaganl78110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I cannot recommend this experience enough! Taro and his lovely wife Yoshiko were excellent hosts, inviting you into their warm home. The conversation was incredible - Taro's English is excellent whihc gave us the opportunity to ask all of those questions we had been dying to ask someone!! The food was delicious - Japanese staples such as dashi, which is the basis for so many dishes. I took my 12 year old daughter with me who felt very comfortable with the experience. Would love to do this again (and will next time I am in Kyoto).
Written 19 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

arobinow1
London, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Incredible cooking class with a very knowledgeable and friendly host! Really appreciated learning about what people really cook at home as well as interesting insights into Japanese culture. The food was absolutely amazing and we were treated so well throughout. Would thoroughly recommend this to everyone! Thank you so much to Taro and Yoshiko!!
Written 10 July 2023
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Tim I
Barrigada, Mariana Islands1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Taro's cooking class was a highlight of our trip. Not only did we learn about Japanese cooking basics, he gave us a cultural and historical lesson too. So much work and attention to detail goes into putting these classes together. Learn to make Dashi the traditional way. Hands on Tamagoyaki. And of course the Wagyu beef. It is truly a unique experience! Thank you Taro and family for welcoming us into your home.
Written 19 April 2023
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