So if one of the big reasons you’re really looking forward to your first trip to Japan is for the FOOD, well, you have plenty of options!
Aside from typical restaurants, you can look to convenience stores, grocery stores, vending machine restaurants, and even train station lunch boxes to try a variety of Japanese food! See examples here of each of these places to try Japanese food!
Some hostels in Japan might even offer cooking classes so that you don’t even have to go far to learn how to make a Japanese specialty food!
And, there are also cooking classes in Japan if you want to do more than just eat! (Of course eating is included in cooking classes!)
No matter what part of Japan you’re visiting, you’ll probably find the opportunity to take a cooking class, whether that’s Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, and even Hokkaido or Okinawa!
Here are some cooking classes in Japan to consider when you want to learn how to make Japanese food!
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Okonomiyaki cooking class
Different regions of Japan have different food specialties. In Osaka and Hiroshima, one of the biggest things they are known for is okonomiyaki.
This is also one of the foods that it’s possible to see made right in front of you. There are restaurants that will do so, and there are street shops that you can see this too.
And why not learn how to make it yourself?!
And while Osaka or Hiroshima would be the perfect place to eat and learn about okonomiyaki, you can now find this special Japanese food all across Japan too.
Look for okonomiyaki cooking classes:
Takoyaki cooking class
This is another regionally famous Japanese snack, but now can be found all over Japan.
This is again something you can find made right in front of you on the street.
You can also commonly find takoyaki in grocery stores too as part of ready-made food to eat. (Japanese food tip: Find a grocery store in Japan to try out a bunch of Japanese for cheap compared to restaurants – most grocery stores have ready-made food for purchase! For examples of food in grocery stores in Japan, see here and see here.)
Once again, eating and learning about takoyaki can be perfect in Osaka.
But, you can find takoyaki cooking classes in many other places too!
Look for takoyaki cooking classes:
Sushi making class
Well you probably know that Japan is known for sushi, and yes there are plenty of classes in Japan where you can make too!
There are different types of sushi.
Look for sushi making classes:
More Japanese food to make!
You can learn about tempura, and there are also Japanese noodles like ramen, udon, and soba! (Soba is another regional specialty now found all over in Japan. But if you’ll be in Nagano, soba is particularly famous there, so be sure to go to a soba restaurant in Nagano where you might be able to see soba being made from scratch!)
There are vegetarian specific cooking classes too.
Search for cooking classes by region:
And if you’re looking for a cooking class outside of these areas, see more cities where you can take a class!
HAPPY COOKING JAPANESE FOOD IN JAPAN!
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Food in JapanIf you are in Japan for FOOD, then be sure to see where to try different types of Japanese food! (Sometimes for cheaper!)
And also have a look at some of these cooking classes in Japan too.
When the JR pass is worth itIn general, 2 long-distance shinkansen train trips will likely end up making it so the JR pass will be worth it. But here's how to calculate it to be sure. See the current price of a JR pass from an official vendor.
Natural disasters in JapanUnfortunately, Japan can be prone to natural disasters which means risk for travel delays. So be sure to look at travel insurance for natural disasters.
My travel insurance took care of my accommodation and food costs when I was forced to stay extra days in Japan because of a typhoon. There have been a few typhoons that have hit Japan in the past couple of years and they can cause real travel disruptions!
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