Hyatt Regency Kyoto cooking classes

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is again offering its popular small-group cooking classes this year, through Nov. 21.

These classes were first started in 2008, and this is the fifth consecutive year that the hotel is holding them. The courses allow customers to experience cooking firsthand with the hotel’s chefs in a homely atmosphere.

The head chefs from the restaurants Touzan, The Grill and Trattoria Sette, along with the hotel’s pastry and bakery chefs, will be among those conducting classes, sharing professional techniques and unique ideas in a lively kitchen cooking setting.

This year, each class will be programmed by the chef who leads it. These include demonstration-style, workshop-style and tasting-style classes. An experience-based class will begin with participants going to a market with The Grill’s head chef, Yoshiki Nishimura (above right), to select the ingredients.

Classes are available at ¥8,000, including tax, and cooking events cost ¥6,000, including tax and a service charge. Both also include textbooks, lunch and a souvenir, except pastry classes and special summer classes.

The next class will be held on June 13, led by Touzan’s head chef, Koichi Fujiguchi (above left), at the Japanese restaurant. He will give a lesson on making a hot-pot using seasonal ingredients.

Each class is limited to 10 people on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Hyatt Regency Kyoto is a 5-minute walk from Shichijo Station on the Keihan Line or a 15-minute walk from JR Kyoto Station. For more information or reservations, visit, email or fax (075) 541-3256.

Hotel New Otani’s Island Pancake

Pancakes continue to be popular in Japan and many specialty stores are opening in Tokyo. The Hotel New Otani Tokyo has also been offering a special pancake at its international cuisine restaurant, Trader Vic’s.

The Island Pancake has a tropical taste associated with its birthplace, Hawaii. Rich vanilla sauce is poured over two big, soft pancakes, and fresh pineapples and bananas add a tangy sweetness. Topped by a strawberry and mint, the dish makes for a good brunch or afternoon snack.

The pancakes are available Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at ¥1,800, including coffee or tea, and tax, but is subject to a service charge.

The Hotel New Otani Tokyo is a 3-minute walk from Nagatacho or Akasaka-mitsuke stations on the Tokyo Metro subway lines. For more information, call Trader Vic’s at (03) 3265-4707, or visit

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