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Dec 30, 2006 05:00 AM

Japanese Cooking Lessons In Japan

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

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