Sushi Making Class in Kyoto

The beautiful serenity and scenery of Kyoto is the perfect setting to learn the art of sushi making. Round out your experience in the traditional and cultural hub of Japan with a class on how to make this traditional Japanese dish.

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FAQ About Sushi Making Classes in Kyoto

  • What is the best cheap sushi making class in Kyoto?

    Popular cheap sushi making classes in Kyoto include Temari-sushi (sushi-ball).

  • How much does it cost to join a sushi making class in Kyoto?

    On average sushi making classes in Kyoto cost ¥7222 per person (based on airKitchen prices).

  • Which sushi making class is popular in Kyoto?

    Homemade Sushi and Okonomiyaki is popular with other travelers visiting Kyoto.

  • Which sushi making classes are offered in English in Kyoto?

    All sushi making classes in Kyoto on airKitchen are offered in English.

  • What are the best sushi making classes in Kyoto for vegans?

    Some of the best sushi making classes for vegans in Kyoto include Vegan Sushi Class (two people or more).

What Does a Sushi Making Class Look Like?

Please note that this is an example, and classes vary by host.

Nigiri Sushi Making Class

See More How to Make Nigiri Sushi
  • Make sushi meshi

    Sushi meshi, or sushi rice, is made by combining freshly cooked rice with vinegar, sugar, and salt.

  • Prepare sushi neta

    Sushi neta refers to the sushi toppings, mostly commonly sashimi, seafood, and egg for nigiri sushi. Depending on the ingredients, different preparations are needed.

  • Grate wasabi into a paste

    Nothing compares to freshly grated wasabi from the wasabi rhizome. (Within minutes, wasabi begins losing its nuanced flavor!)

  • Shape rice

    Using wetted hands and fingers, shape the rice into rectangular or oval blocks.

  • Assemble nigiri sushi

    Now that the rice, sushi neta, and wasabi are prepared, you can assemble your nigiri sushi! The wasabi is often used to help stick the toppings to the rice.

  • Finish!

    Now you can dig in with a little soy sauce and wasabi!

Maki Sushi Making Class

  • Make sushi meshi

    Cooked rice is combined with vinegar, sugar, and salt to create the distinct flavor of sushi meshi (sushi rice).

  • Prepare sushi ingredients

    There are a wide array of possibilities when it comes to ingredients for maki sushi. Sashimi, seafood, egg, and both fresh and pickled vegetables are more traditional options.

  • Spread rice on seaweed

    To start assembling your roll, you'll have to spread a layer of rice on a sheet of nori (seaweed).

  • Add the sushi ingredients

    Then, the sushi ingredients are added in the middle on top of the rice.

  • Roll the maki sushi

    This can be tricky, but gets easier as you get the hang of it! Using a wooden sushi mat, roll up the seaweed and fillings into a cylinder.

  • Cut maki sushi into slices

    All that's left is slicing up the elongated roll into the familiar, smaller sushi rolls. A moistened knife will help with clean cuts.

  • Finish!

    Now you can dig in with a little soy sauce and wasabi!

Temari Sushi Making Class

  • Make sushi meshi

    Combine cooked rice with vinegar, sugar, and salt in order to make sushi rice.

  • Prepare sushi toppings

    You can use a variety of ingredients when making temari sushi. Fish, seafood, meat, and vegetables, both raw and cooked, are all common. It's recommended to thinly slice your toppings for the best results.

  • Place sushi toppings and rice on a sheet of plastic wrap

    After first placing the topping(s) on a sheet of plastic wrap, add a little wasabi (if you'd like) and a small amount of rice.

  • Shape the sushi rice ball

    Wrap and twist the plastic wrap around the ingredients to form a perfect sphere. With the plastic wrap to guide you and keep your hands clean, it won't be too difficult to make an evenly-shaped ball!

  • Finish!

    Your first temari sushi is done! Experiment with mixing and layering different colors and textures of ingredients for an attractive temari sushi set.

Chirashi Sushi Making Class

  • Make sushi meshi

    To make a batch of sushi rice, add vinegar, sugar, and salt to cooked rice.

  • Prep chirashi sushi ingredients

    Chirashi sushi toppings vary widely by region and taste in Japan. Raw fish, egg, cooked and uncooked seafood and vegetables, and other colorful garnishes are popular options.

  • Combine sushi toppings and rice

    Ingredients can be mixed in directly with the sushi rice, placed on top, or a combination of the two. Add colorful garnishes at the end to give your chirashi sushi bowl an attractive appearance.

  • Finish!

    With your sushi rice and ingredients now all together, your chirashi sushi is ready to be enjoyed!

Inari Sushi Making Class

See More How to Make Inari Sushi
  • Make sushi meshi

    Fold vinegar, salt, and sugar into cooked rice to make sweet sushi rice.

  • Boil and season aburaage

    Aburaage is deep-fried tofu that forms the outside pockets of inari sushi. In order to prepare it, you'll simmer the inari in a broth typically made of dashi, sugar, and soy sauce.

  • Shape rice balls

    Using your hands, mold cylindrical balls of sushi rice.

  • Stuff aburaage with rice and garnish

    Pack the rice balls into the aburaage pouches, sealing them as you finish. Lastly, if you'd like, sprinkle on black sesame seeds as a garnish.

  • Finish!

    Enjoy your simple and sweet inari sushi treat!

Oshi Sushi Making Class

  • Make sushi meshi

    Together, cooked rice, vinegar, sugar, and salt make up the foundation of sushi rice.

  • Prepare sushi ingredients

    Pickled fish and vegetables are popular toppings for oshi sushi. They'll need to be cut in a way that they fit in the oshibako – the wooden frame that the oshi sushi is pressed in.

  • Layer the sushi rice and toppings in the oshibako

    With hands and oshibako moistened with vinegar water, you're ready to assemble your oshi sushi! Start with adding layer of your sushi topping to the base of the oshibako, then add rice on top.

  • Apply pressure and press oshi sushi

    In order to achieve the distinct pressed style of oshi sushi, you'll place the top press of the oshibako on top of the rice and push down firmly.

  • Remove from oshibako and cut

    Slide the resulting long rectangular strip out of the oshibako. With the ingredients on top, slice into bite-sized pieces of sushi.

  • Finish!

    Time to eat your tasty oshi sushi!

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Let's Learn About Sushi Before Joining a Sushi Making Class in Kyoto!

Different types of sushi evolved throughout the various regions of Japan. Differing cultures, tastes, and ingredients influenced these distinct sushi styles, which continue to change and expand today. See More About Sushi

Types Of Sushi

  • Nigiri Sushi

    Nigiri Sushi

    Typically composed of sushi rice with thinly sliced raw fish atop, nigiri sushi is simple and elegant. Shellfish and egg are other common nigiri sushi toppings.
    See More About Nigiri Sushi

  • Chirashi Sushi

    Chirashi Sushi

    Chirashi sushi gets its name from the Japanese word "chirashi", meaning "scattered". Ingredients are mixed in and topped on sushi rice in a bowl.
    See More About Chirashi Sushi

  • Inari Sushi

    Inari Sushi

    A sweeter option than others, inari sushi refers to sushi rice that has been wrapped in a flavorful pouch of aburaage (deep-fried tofu).
    See More About Inari Sushi

  • Temari Sushi

    Temari Sushi

    Temari sushi is simple to make and thus a popular option for home cooking. Sushi rice is formed into spheres with ingredients placed on top, often decoratively.

  • Maki Sushi

    Maki Sushi

    Perhaps the most recognizable, maki sushi consists of sushi rice and ingredients delicately rolled in a sheet of seaweed that is then cut into smaller slices.
    See More About Maki Sushi

  • Oshi Sushi

    Oshi Sushi

    Also knows as hako sushi, oshi sushi is distinguished by its shape. It is formed by pressing sushi rice and toppings into a rectangular "oshiwaku" box before being cut into angular blocks or triangles

Sushi Ingredients

Why Taking a Sushi Making Class in Kyoto is a Must-Do

Sushi Is at the Heart of Traditional Japanese Cuisine

People often travel to Kyoto to experience the history and tradition of Japan, which includes enjoying traditional Japanese cuisine. Sushi holds great historical and cultural significance in Japan, with various styles evolving depending on regional and cultural differences. While in Kyoto, a perfect way to enjoy and immerse yourself in Japanese culture is through learning how to make your own sushi with a Japanese host.

Learn How to Make Sushi While Participating in Intimate Cultural Exchange

The opportunity to learn how to make sushi directly from a Japanese local in their own home is rare. Through an airKitchen sushi making class, you’ll get to peek into what daily life in Kyoto looks like for the city’s inhabitants, as well as participate in meaningful cultural exchange across national and cultural boundaries. After finishing making your sushi, you’ll sit down and enjoy your meal with your Japanese host.

Impress Your Friends and Family With Your Sushi Skills

With the help of your Japanese host, you’ll possess the skills to make your own authentic, tasty sushi after your cooking class. Continuing to make sushi is a great way to preserve memories of your travels to Kyoto and share your experience in Japan with your loved ones at home.