Private Cooking Class in Kyoto: Make a Tonkatsu Cutlet Meal

Organized by Midori
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Experience Details
Experience Location
2.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 6 guests
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly, Pet-friendly
Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Private Experience
Make a comforting Japanese-style pork cutlet (tonkatsu) meal in this home cooking class in Kyoto. Gluten-free, vegan, halal-friendly and vegetarian options can be accommodated.


Learn to make a classic Japanese tonkatsu pork cutlet and complete your meal with miso soup and onigiri rice balls, to be enjoyed with a side dish and fresh tea
Meet Midori, your friendly host! A culinary researcher and self-professed foodie, she will give you amazing tips on Japanese cooking and sightseeing in Kyoto
Everyone is welcome in this fun private cooking class! Optimal for families, couples, and groups of friends
This class can accommodate several dietary restrictions: gluten-free, vegetarian, pescatarian, and vegan options are available upon request, please inquire upon booking!
Convenient location in central Kyoto: Midori’s Kyoto kitchen venue is only a few minutes on foot from Tambaguchi Station, or 10 minutes by train from Kyoto Station
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

Embark on a unique culinary adventure ten minutes by train from Kyoto Station and step into Midori's Kyoto kitchen, where you can learn to make a classic Japanese meal. A culinary researcher and food enthusiast, Midori will teach you to make tonkatsu (a crispy pork cutlet), onigiri rice balls, and miso soup, to enjoy with a seasonal vegetable side dish and fresh tea. Tonkatsu is the ultimate comfort dish: a crispy pork cutlet deep-fried until golden brown and typically served brushed with a savory sauce in a cushion of shredded cabbage and warm rice. Everyone can enjoy this decadent dish thanks to this host accommodating several dietary restrictions. Atsuage (deep-fried tofu) is used instead of pork for vegetarian, vegan, and halal-friendly options and a non-gluten alternative to panko (bread crumbs) is used for gluten-free guests. Upon booking, let your host know your dietary needs and enjoy your time cooking! After welcoming you into the kitchen, Midori will go over the ingredients and give you an overview of Japanese condiments like sake, mirin, soy sauce, and miso. You will also taste dashi (a fish stock widely used in Japanese cuisine) before you get cooking. You will make your meal following Midori's careful guidance, learning about techniques and tips to improve your Japanese cooking. Before you know it, it will be time to enjoy your tonkatsu cutlet, onigiri rice balls (typically filled with grilled salmon and tuna mayonnaise), miso soup, and a side vegetable dish. While eating, feel free to ask Midori for her recommendations in Kyoto or ask for insights about Japanese cuisine. A friendly host and culinary researcher, Midori has over three decades of experience studying Southeast Asian cuisine and used to live in Singapore, where she ran a Japanese cooking studio. She loves connecting with travelers through her love of food and designs tailor-made private lessons so that you can enjoy cooking at your own pace no matter your dietary needs!


All ingredients and utensils
Instructor fee
Rental apron
Recipes to take home


Transportation to and from the meeting point

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

Meet your host at Midori’s Kyoto Kitchen, only 10 minutes from Kyoto Station by train, near Tambaguchi Station. A Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.


If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please specify so at the time of booking.
For groups of more than 7 participants, please inquire.
Please inquire if you are interested in joining the class outside of the dates shown in the calendar.

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

Featuring beautiful landscapes from mountain to sea, Kyoto Prefecture conveys traditional Japanese culture through its architecture and gardens, art and artisanal crafts, and delicious local cuisine made from regional produce.
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Earliest available date: July 27, 2024
¥ 13,000
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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