With lockdowns still in effect in some parts of the world and social distancing measures being taken, your plans to travel to Japan may currently be on hold. However, with the click of a button, we can bring Japan to you! If you’re missing Japan and craving Japanese cuisine, take your pick from this list of online cooking classes and virtual food experiences to learn about Japanese cooking, food culture, or gain a new skill.
From vegan ramen and beautifully crafted wagashi to cute bento sets, you’ll be cooking up a Japanese feast in your own kitchen in no time! Join these cooking instructors and tour guides who have had many years in the food and beverage industry in Japan; they’ll not only guide you through the courses and experiences, but also let you in on some travel tips and food tours that you can look forward to on next trip to Japan!
Here are some of the best online Japanese cooking classes and food experiences to try at home:
It’s always happy hour somewhere in the world! All you need are glasses, an optional shaker, your choice of alcohol, and an internet connection to join this virtual Mixology Mixer from anywhere in the world!
Lauren, the mixology guide, will teach you how to create your own Japanese cocktails and mixed drinks from the comfort of your own home, using common ingredients that can be easily found in supermarkets or convenience stores. Stay home and sip some delicious Japanese drinks!
If you’re craving sweet Japanese treats, join this delightful Online Wagashi Making Class to learn how to make traditional Japanese sugary delights from scratch! Wagashi are traditional Japanese sweet treats made from plant-based ingredients (primarily bean paste, so they're suitable for vegans), and are considered an edible art form in Japan, because of their deliciousness and pleasing aesthetics. Learn to color, shape, and decorate tasty nerikiri wagashi, to give you and your family a sweet taste of Japan, served right out of your kitchen!
Ever wondered how to make ramen at home? There is no better time than now to learn how to make ramen from the comfort of your own home kitchen! The Vegan Ramen and Gyoza Making Class will have you whipping up a hearty bowl of vegan ramen and gyoza that's incredibly delicious and totally free of animal products! If you’re interested in hearing about the vegan lifestyle in Japan and would like to get some delicious vegan restaurant recommendations for your next trip to Japan, your friendly guide is more than happy to share these with you!
As far as Japanese cooking classes go, this Character Bento Making Class might be the most kawaii virtual cooking class to date! After learning how to design cartoon characters using colorful ingredients and putting together your healthy Japanese bento, you’ll be proudly showing off your Instagrammable edible masterpieces! You’ll also receive the recipes to recreate your own bento at home, so you can make these delicious Japanese lunch boxes anytime you want!
Stuck at home wishing you were out exploring the streets of Tokyo instead? Fret no more, as you can now embark on an adventure across Shibuya and Shinjuku during this Virtual Tokyo Tour! During this online experience, your host will regale you with stories and histories of local Tokyo neighborhoods and provide you with tips, tricks, and off-the-beaten-path places to help you on your next trip to Tokyo!
As we hurry through our daily lives, we rarely take the time to slow down and appreciate what’s in front of us, including what we eat during mealtimes. This mindful eating virtual class will introduce you to the philosophy of mindfulness which originated from Buddhism, and lead you through the steps to practice this habit in your daily life.
As you make the conscious decision to slow down the pace of your harried life, take time to eat slowly, calmly, and more mindfully, to savor the joys of everyday life.
Take a break and join this Virtual Teatime with Japanese Green Tea Expert to learn all about the magical world of green tea and its significance in Japanese culture. This online class will introduce you to the health benefits of the antioxidant-rich green tea and demonstrate the perfect tea brewing method for you to try. You’ll learn about the secret connection between green tea and nori seaweed and also hear a recipe for a tasty green tea cocktail!
Okonomiyaki is a delicious Japanese street food that's often called “Japanese pizza.” Literally translating to “cooked as you like it,” okonomiyaki is a Japanese savory pancake that can include any ingredient of your choice but often uses cabbage, egg, and meat or seafood. During this online cooking class, you will learn how to make this classic Japanese food right in your own kitchen, as the basic ingredients for okonomiyaki are widely accessible. You can decorate it with various toppings, as well! Soon, you'll be able to whip up okonomiyaki for future at-home parties!
Nagoya usually wakes up with a slice of Ogura toast, a toast with a thick slather of red bean paste that complements white Japanese bread wonderfully. Join Lena, your host, as she introduces you to the origins of Ogura toast and teaches you the best way to make and enjoy it! She'll also give you tips on how to differentiate different types of red bean pastes, a major ingredient in traditional Japanese sweets. You can even chat with her about Nagoya and its rich historical culture to learn more about the city before you head there!
Are you missing delicious Japanese food? You can now partake in a virtual Japanese food tour online with a local tour guide, learning about five of the most popular Japanese foods. This virtual food tour showcases iconic Japanese foods and ingredients that commonly feature in traditional Japanese cuisine. You’ll learn how to eat like a local, pick up essential Japanese dining etiquette and have a chance to chat with your host and ask questions about anything related to Japan. After this virtual Japan tour, you’ll be all set for your next Japan trip!
With the convenience of virtual cooking classes and other online Japan experiences, even if travel to Japan is currently not possible, you can still spend time learning about Japanese culture, have fun experimenting with Japanese cuisine, and discover the secrets to mindful eating. Come join a virtual class to explore and experience Japan from the comfort of your own home!