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Japanese Cooking Lessons In Japan

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I am coming to Tokyo next September for an event at Big Site and would love to extend my stay in Japan to take Japanese cooking lessons.

I have a number of American friends who have gone on cooking school vacations to Italy where they stayed in the countryside and learned to cook various Italian meals, but as far as I can tell, there is not a similar tourist industry in Japan.

Does anyone know of what options, if any, there are for cooking lessons for tourists in Japan?

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  1. I've only heard of one: the Tsuji Cooking School, and I can't speak to the quality of the instruction.

    1. You might try here:


      Though I have never taken any lessons from her, Elizabeth Andoh is highly regarded authority on Japanese food.

      1. You should book in advance with A Taste of Culture. Elizabeth Andoh is extrememly knowledgable and her classes are great. She also give market tours if specially arranged. Check her website atasteofculture.com.

        1. It looks like she doesn't have any cooking classes scheduled, at least in the next three months. (The site is tasteofculture.com, by the way.)

          1. Robb S in Tokyo! Hi there. Love your food page.
            She's probably doing more travel for her book etc. Oh well.

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            1. re: Tabetai yo

              Thanks! And good luck with the book.

            2. Does anyone know this place near Tsujiki?


              From best I can understand from a beta translation of their website, they offer lessons in the art of shaving katsuo. I would doubt that they are equipped for gaijin, but perhaps the "show and tell" method would work, with the emphasis on "show" or a Japanese friend could be cajoled to come act as translator.

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              1. re: omotosando

                Omotosando, I am going to Japan in May of this year and would like Japanese cooking lessons in English. Did you find a class? If so, how was it?

                1. re: ponocat

                  There is always the option of a soba-making class near Tsukiji.

                  This guy seemed to like it: