Scoring an average traveller rating of 5
out of 5
based on the last 24 recent reviews
The cooking course was really friendly, easy to locate and most informative. Every question we had was politely answered by our host and we learned the basics of cooking several main Japanese dishes, which I intend to practice when I return home based on the ingredients and recipes provided to us along with memorable items used on the day. Many thanks YAYO, this was a fantastic course.”
Spencer H • Submitted 17 Oct 2019
Yayo is an excellent teacher with a great personality. She taught us how to make some Osaka favorites: okonomiyaki, takoyaki, tamagoyaki (Osaka style) among others. Lunch was followed by a traditional tea service.”
Rose F • Submitted 09 Oct 2019
Yayo was a wonderful hostess. We had a fabulous time cooking and conversing with her. Yayo was an excellent teacher very encouraging we made a variety of traditional dishes and were given the recipes which we will definitely try ourselves once home. Highly recommend cooking with Yayo.
Peta S • Submitted 23 Sep 2019
This class was very enjoyable and taught us some great Japanese foods. Yayo was an excellent teacher and guide for Japanese culture. They were so kind and gracious to our family and even gave us a souvenir bag with yummy goodies.”
kristian.soukup • Submitted 16 Apr 2019
I had a wonderful cooking class in Osaka last week. My host/chef was awesome, kind, funny and kept the food coming! It's hands on, which I really liked. You don't have to prepare the food just cook it how she shows you. You also get to take some home! I had some saki that was more like champagne! She has these containers that she keeps the saki in with pickled fruit and it's amazing. She also makes her own miso paste with her family and brings that in to cook with. Very authentic, very Osaka, and simply wonderful!”
Hilary H • Submitted 02 Apr 2019
Absolutely fantastic. Our experience was just perfect, definitely to not eat before as you will enjoy all the delicious food you learned to cook.”
Trip with Mr. Wonderful • Submitted 30 Mar 2018
Excellent experience. Much more than expected. Highly recommended. Our instructor was very knowledgeable and her dog delightful. The food was delicious.”
Aimee I • Submitted 03 Feb 2018
Yoyo and her dog Akane were two wonderful hosts! We went in her apartment in Osaka and she offered us tea and typical Osaka sweets. We then started the cooking class in which we learned how to make dashimaki japanese omelette, okonomiyaki and takoyaki. Yoyo was super nice and she answered all of our many questions. We chatted a lot about Japan and comparisons with Italy our country, food and habits. This is one of the nicest and most beautiful memories from our honeymoon in Japan. Thanks Yoyo!
Silvia and Vittorio”
Silvia P • Submitted 12 Nov 2017
What a wonderful experience my daughter and I had ...Yayo meet us at the station and after a short walk we arrived at her apartment where we met the adorable Akane her little assistant/dog...we were given some sweet treats and then onto cooking. Yayo was a wonderful host explaining all the techniques and giving each of us an opportunity to cook...all up highly recommend this experience as the food is delicious and I cooked it myself!”
Sally B • Submitted 02 Nov 2017
Yayo was an excellent host. She picked us up from the train station and it was a short walk to her apartment where we met her cute puppy. The course started with a tea ceremony where she presented us with a gift of chopsticks and holder. Then we moved onto making a variety of japanese food including the local speciality okonomiyaki and takoyaki balls. we also learned how to make japanese omelettes and accompaniments. It was an excellent afternoon and I highly recommend booking this in for your trip to Osaka.”
Kylie S • Submitted 16 Oct 2017
My daughter and I had an amazing time. Yayo was so hospitable and very talented. We did our best to make replica dishes but Yayo's were the best. We had lots of fun trying! We did the sake tasting as well and that was also good. Very worthwhile thing to do! The real Osaka! Thank you Yayo!”
Phil B • Submitted 06 Oct 2017
So nice, Yayo (the chief cook) show us how to enjoy matcha tea, how to prepare miso soup, okonomyaki, takoyaki, sushi and also subtleties for dashi and Sojasauce.
Do not take a breakfast before!”
Jordan P • Submitted 19 Sep 2017
This by far has been the highlight of my stay in Osaka. Yayo picked us up from the train station and led us to her apartment just a short walk from the station. There we were greeted by her assistant manager, the highly adorable dog Akane. Once inside we got to have a cup of Matcha before we started cooking. Yayo had a great balance of teaching and instructing. She would demonstrate the dish/ technique before encouraging us to make the dish for ourselves. She answered all our questions and kept the lesson fun. The homemade sake was a delicious treat and the added gifts were unexpected and very much appreciated. Yayo is an all around great person and instructor and I would love to have another lesson with her if she ever decides to have additional food options. She is a true gem of Osaka and this class isn't one to miss.”
Karen S S • Submitted 04 Jul 2017
Great class!!! Instructor was a very sweet woman and her English was excellent. I would recommend this class to anyone. Bring your appetite there is a lot of food.”
jason • Submitted 01 Jul 2017
Nothing much to add beyond what's already been said. Yayo was a great guide, and Akane was as charming as you'd hope. The cooking class was seamless even more impressive considering there were 2 of us doing the takoyaki/okonomiyaki, and 1 doing the sushi class, and both happened at once!
My only criticism was that once the class ended we had to find our way back to the station, which was a little difficult. This was especially true after the sake tasting, which is 6 glasses of sake straight-up! It was worth it opting for the tasting option, but definitely make sure you take it easy, as it was a lot of sake haha.”
Mike • Submitted 29 May 2017
A fantastic experience. Highly recommend it.”
Randall H • Submitted 14 Jan 2017
We really enjoyed this class!Chef Yayo makes everything from scratch.She makes her own dashi, soy sauce, and sake to name a few!We learned so much from her. Not only was she nice, she was extremely prepared and she makes sure you are well taken cared of as she teaches.Absolutely loved it!”
Charo and Lyn • Submitted 27 Nov 2016
Yayo's cooking experience was the definitely one of the highlights of my stay in Japan. It was so much more than a cooking class. It was an experience and insight into Japanese food, culture and way of living. Thank you so much Yayo for sharing your skills and expertise in cooking with me. You've truely inspired me!”
Kellie H • Submitted 02 Oct 2016
This tour was amazing!”
Ron M • Submitted 21 Jun 2016
Really enjoyable class. Yayo was lovely and friendly and helpful. We learned how to cook different dishes but also learned about normal life in Japan which was really interesting. Loved all the little gifts at the end... The chopsticks and rest we had used.. And also Yayo insisted on giving us both umbrellas when we left as it was raining. So sweet!”
Nikki J • Submitted 27 Apr 2016
This was a hugely enjoyable experience and well worthy of the 5 stars that I and the other reviewers have given it. The class takes place in Yayo's home and she is a delightful and welcoming host who is obviously passionate about cooking. We made a number of dishes see the class description using the 'watch one do one' format and recipe/instruction sheets are provided that you can take away afterwards. Everything tasted delicious and I only wish that I hadn't had breakfast that morning! The meeting arrangements were excellent and the station that you meet at is only a few stops out of central Osaka. This is well worth including in a visit to Osaka.”
A M • Submitted 24 Jan 2016
We had a very unique moment with our cooking teacher Yayo. She's very open-minded and we loved to ask her about japanese culture. We spent one month across Japan, and that cooking class is one of the best memories of our trip.”
Jeremy J • Submitted 13 Jan 2016
This was truly a memorable experience! Teacher Yayo came and picked me up from the railway station, along with two other participants who were waiting in the same spot. Yayo was dressed in traditional Yukata, and so was her little dog. :o
We were invited into her home where she prepared green tea for us and explained what we would be cooking.
There was a good balance between instruction/demonstration and us repeating the techniques after her.
It was nice that we also had the opportunity to eat together the dishes we had created: Dashimaki, Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and Miso soup.
When the cooking class was concluded, we received some nice souvernirs from Yayo. She escorted us back to the railway station.
The class lasted slightly longer than scheduled, so we didn't feel rushed at any time.
I'll be back next time to try the sushi lesson in the evening. :o”
Ben • Submitted 03 Nov 2015
Yayo-San was an incredibly kind and helpful cooking instructor! My wife an I showed up at the JR and Yayo-san walked up to us with a sign with our names on it, then walked us to her cooking class. After entering and donning slipperware, she led us to the tatami room where she made us Machya green powder tea from scratch. It was delicious. From there, we washed our hands and sat at the dining table where the lesson began. She was very kind and interested in our lives which made it a very personable experience. Her kawaii dog Akane was very friendly and enjoyed our company as we enjoyed hers! Yayo-san offered us some of her home made sake which was absolutely delicious. After the lesson concluded and photos were taken, she walked us back to the JR train station and helped us get on the proper train line. And by the way, she insisted I keep her umbrella since it was raining, and there was no refusing : she is a selfless person with a great class. I greatly recommend this class for anyone looking to learn about Japanese food and culture or just looking for a good couple of hours to fill their vacation. She speaks English very well, although she will modestly tell you she doesn't. :D Thanks Yayo-san and Akane-chan!”
Eric N • Submitted 17 Sep 2015