Takoyaki and Japanese cooking experience in Kyoto

Savoury Meal Workshops

Takoyaki (octopus balls) is more fun when you make your own takoyaki in a way you like it. You will enjoy learning how to make takoyaki from scratch in a traditional Japanese kitchen by wearing Happi.

When you’re in Kyoto for a visit, one thing that you absolutely must experience is the traditional treat called takoyaki. This is a popular snack enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s made with little chunks of octopus tentacles that are mixed in with thin batter and cooked in a special griddle to give them their identifiable ball shape. They’re served with a variety of toppings that people can choose from, and everyone has their personal favorite. Not only is takoyaki a delicious treat, it is nearly as fun to create as it is good to eat!

Here is what you will get to make your own takoyaki:

Brand new takoyaki makers with special griddles

Cooking and serving utensils

Pre-measured ingredients: dashi (base sauce), soy sauce, flour, eggs, pre-cut pieces of octopus tentacles, toppings, takoyaki sauce (a condensed soy sauce with special seasonings), mayonnaise, ground seaweed, bonito flakes, and more!

Friendly staff is also available, and are more than happy to answer all of your questions and help you as you prepare your very own takoyaki. This is one bit of Japanese culture that everyone should have a chance to enjoy!


*Takoyaki Basic course*

-Basic setting: Flour, Dashi powder, Eggs, Green Onions, Red ginger, Tempura flakes

-5 kinds of ingredients【Octopus, Cheese, Sausage, Corn, Mochi (rice cake) 】

-Seasonings: Sauce, Mayonnaise, Bonito flakes, Seaweed powder


-Water & Green tea (After meal) is free

*Takoyaki Premium course*

-Basic setting: Flour, Dashi powder, Eggs, Green Onions, Red ginger, Tempura flakes

-5 kinds of ingredients【Octopus, Wagyu beef stake (example: Kobe beef, Tajima beef), Hokkaido Mozzarella Cheese, Hakata Mentaiko, Shrinp】*It may change somewhat depending on the season

-Seasonings: Sauce, Mayonnaise, Bonito flakes, Seaweed powder


-Water & Green tea (After meal) is free


*Try a diverse range of ingredients and flavours unique to Japan

*A friendly host will explain and demonstrate correct cooking techniques

*Held in a Japanese styled kitchen

*Opportunities for taking photographs will be highlighted throughout

*Special experience to cook wearing Kimono costume

Learning about a country through cultural workshops and activities will give you a better understanding of our intricate history, valued social principals and holistic way of life. By learning about Japan and its people through activities lessons such as tea ceremony, kimono dressing, Japanese cooking and the life of a samurai, you will be immersed in different perspectives and approaches that are unique to this country. Maikoya offers you opportunities to understand this culture through local instructors and guides. There is no better way to learn about a new place from the viewpoints of those who grew up and live in this amazing country. What better way to spend a day than learning a traditional, beautiful new activity with a knowledgeable tutor in a picturesque setting? You wouldn’t find friendlier people to help you experience Japan in all its splendor.

The Japanese Cooking Workshop provides you will a once in a life time experience: learning traditional Japanese dishes from local cooks in Japan! Kyoto is considered the food capital in Japan and there are many appetizing dishes from the area for you to try. Not only will you get to eat this delicious food, but learn how to make it yourself so you can make a feast back at home!

In this workshop, a qualified instructor will walk you through step by step of a customary Japanese meal. There are a range of different cooking courses for you to choose from, including lunch, dinner and confectionery classes. The last one is very unique as Japanese desserts have a distinctive flavor as the history of cooking in Japan didn’t include processed sugar till only a few hundred years ago. You will learn even more about the flavors of Japan, as well as the range of utensils used and explanation of the techniques required, while cooking a great meal as well!


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  • All ingredients for cooking
  • Green tea and water
  • Kitchen items
  • Seasonings

Not Included

  • Transportation
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya Kyoto

Kimono Tea Ceremony Maikoya is a leading cultural experience provider in Japan and the only tea ceremony experience that has received TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice Award for four consecutive years from 2018 to 2022.

Maikoya Kyoto is found in a historic machiya townhouse in the heart of Kyoto, where the rich culture of Japan is most concentrated.

Learning about the traditions and practices of the country through our immersive cultural workshops and activities will surely give you a new perspective about the intricacies of the history and society in Japan.

Join us at Maikoya Kyoto as we guide you through Japan's traditional arts and history! Our friendly staff and hosts are fluent in English and Japanese and will make sure you have the best experiences and opportunities.

Contact Us

Email: kyoto@mai-ko.com
Address: 329, Ebiyacho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto 604-8076, Japan