Osaka Festival Foods: Try Yakisoba & Karaage, Make Takoyaki

Organized by Max Uenishi
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Experience Details
Experience Location
2.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 13 guests
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly, Pet-friendly
Vegan, Vegetarian
How does fried chicken, stir-fried yakisoba noodles, and sizzling octopus dumplings sound? Try Osaka's quintessential festival foods and make takoyaki octopus dumplings in this fun cooking class!
Enjoy Japanese festival staple foods: your host will make yakisoba (stir-fried noodles) and karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken), and you'll make Osaka's classic takoyaki (octopus dumplings)
Learn the basics of Japanese cooking and discover new recipes to make again at home
This is a family-friendly class! Kids are welcome to join the lesson or play with toys and video games during cooking time
Solo travelers are welcome too! Meet fellow travelers over good food in this fun class
The meeting point is Matsuyamachi Station in central Osaka, which can be reached in less than 30 min from Osaka Castle and Osaka Station by train
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
There’s no better way to get to know a city than through food, and this experience is a fantastic introduction to the flavors of Osaka. Your host will make karaage (Japanese-style fried chicken) to crisp perfection, and stir fry noodles with a delicious savory sauce and toppings to make yakisoba. You'll learn to make Osaka’s classic dish, takoyaki octopus dumplings. These three are classic foods you'll find in yatai food stalls during festivals (matsuri)! After all the hard work, enjoy what you prepared for lunch with your host, bilingual Japanese-American instructor Samurai Max. Learn more about Japanese cuisine and culture with Max, and wrap up the experience on a sweet note with a seasonal dessert and green tea. Itinerary: -Meet Samurai Max at Matsuyamachi Station -Short walk to the kitchen venue while getting to know your host -Your host will prepare classic Japanese dishes (yakisoba and karaage), and will teach you how to make takoyaki octopus dumplings -Enjoy the lunch you prepared with tea and a seasonal dessert over a conversation with Samurai Max. -(Optional) Tour the market with your host. First time making Japanese food? No worries! Samurai Max has compiled easy-to-follow recipes so that everyone (from beginners to experienced chefs) will have fun making Japan’s signature dishes. This experience is family-friendly, too! Children are welcome to join the cooking or play with toys and video games in the meantime and join you for lunch. The best part is, this experience is held in the kitchen of a spacious and stylish private room in the upper floor of a building, and you can enjoy a spectacular view of Osaka from the balcony!
Ingredients and utensils to make takoyaki
Yakisoba and karaage prepared by your host
Seasonal dessert and green tea
A cooking instructor bilingual in Japanese and English
Souvenirs and recipes to take home
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet your host at Matsuyamachi Station Exit 3 (about 25 mins from Osaka Castle/20 mins from Osaka Station by train). More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Please make sure to arrive on time. The host will be waiting for you at the meeting point up to 15 minutes before the experience starting time.
If you are late, please notify the host. You’ll have to go directly to the venue (5-7 min walk from Matsuyamachi Station).
Please note that the kitchen is in a shared building, so stomping, shouting, running, and any other loud actions are strictly prohibited.
Children aged 6 and under can participate for free, while those 6 and older can participate for half of the adult price. For those who do not participate, the fee is a quarter of the adult price.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Osaka Prefecture is the birthplace of Kansai-style okonomiyaki and many classic Japanese street foods. Centered around Osaka (the prefectural capital), the clash of trade, traditions, and modern technologies contributes to the dynamic energy of this prefecture overlooking Osaka Bay.
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Earliest available date: April 18, 2024
¥ 9,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals