About Ai’s Cuisine


Our Concept

Ai’s Cuisine will offer you a great time while teaching you how to make authentic Japanese dishes. Just like visiting local Kyoto friends, you will experience the joys of cooking in an intimate environment. During our cooking class, you will be immersed in the culture of Japanese food and learn about the importance of seasonal ingredients in traditional cooking. 

We hope that our cooking class will not only be just a “one-day experience”, but a lasting memory for you from Japan. After the class, you will be able to confidently make authentic Japanese dishes and show off to your friends and family what you have learned. 

It is really important for us to share our culture with you and we look forward to welcoming everyone.

About Ai

Ai was born in 1984 near Tokyo. Growing up, she wasn’t a good cook at all! After graduating from university, she worked as a banking system engineer. It was during this time that she began to cook as a way to unwind and a form of enjoyment. One day, Ai discovered recipes from her Grandmother, who passed away when she was 5 years old. 

From this precious encounter, she became absorbed in cooking. In 2013, Ai moved to Paris and started a Japanese food catering business and taught Japanese cooking class to local French people. Her clients included various embassies and galleries, Grand Maison of Fashion, and individual artists. With this experience, Ai moved back to Japan in 2018 to begin her Kyoto cooking studio.

Ai is able to easily adjust recipes for guests with different food allergies as well as vegetarian, and other dietary requirements. Please let us know in advance so we can best accommodate your needs.   

Ai speaks English and French and is also learning German and Chinese!

※Recipe is written in English only.


About Our Cooking studio

Ai’s Cuisine cooking studio is located in a small alley in Higashiyama, one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Kyoto.

Yasaka-Jinja Shrine, Chion-in Temple, and Nanzen-ji Temple are within walking distance from the studio, so it’s convenient for guests to wander around before or after class.

Our Machiya house is more than 80 years old and was fully renovated in October, 2018 for Ai’s cooking class. The studio combines the best of traditional Japanese and modern design elements.

Most of our tableware is from Ai’s Grandmother’s precious antique collection.