What Kind of Japanese Cuisine Can I Study in Japan?

May 27 2023 Updated

Three years have already passed since Japan immigration enacted border restrictions due to Covid 19. On April 29, 2023, the Japanese government largely abolished those measures, eliminating the need to present a vaccination certificate and a negative covid test when entering the country, allowing people to come and go freely as they did before the pandemic.

Therefore, we would once again like to share the latest information for those of you who are thinking about studying the culinary arts in Japan.

Japan lifted all restrictions for travellers after May 2023!

First of all, Sushi is the most popular dish in Japanese cuisine.

We recommend the “International Sushi Chef Course” (5 weeks) at the Tokyo Sushi Academy or the “Sushi Course” (1 week / 4 weeks / 7 weeks) at the Japan Culinary Institute.

* The “International Sushi Chef Course” at the Tokyo Sushi Academy is almost fully booked for 2023.

Tokyo Sushi Academy
Japan Culinary Institute


Kaiseki cuisine originated as a way for the host of a tea ceremony to entertain guests, and later developed into a multi-course meal that can be enjoyed with the senses of sight and smell as well as taste.

You can study Kaiseki cuisine by attending the “Kaiseki Course” (1 week) at the Japan Culinary Institute.

Japan Culinary Institute


In the 2010s, there has been a worldwide Ramen boom, and according to one source, there are 6,000 Ramen shops in the United States alone.

You can learn how to prepare authentic Ramen at the Miyajima Ramen School in Osaka (6-day course), at the International Ramen School in Yokohama (5-day course), or take the “Ramen Course” at the Japan Culinary Institute (1 or 2 weeks).

Miyajima Ramen School
International Ramen School
Japan Culinary Institute


Yakitori, once a dish of the common people of Japan, has evolved independently in Europe and the United States, and is still popular today.

You can study Yakitori by taking the “Yakitori Course” (1 week / 2 weeks) at the Japan Culinary Institute.

Japan Culinary Institute


Wagashi sweets are made mainly from azuki beans and rice flour, and are characterized by their soft texture and gentle sweetness. In recent years, Wagashi has been getting more attention from Western confectioners, and an increasing number of chefs want to learn how to make Wagashi in Japan.

Chefs who want to take a Wagashi course can do so at the Japan Culinary Institute (private lessons only).

Japan Culinary Institute

General Japanese Cuisine

For those who want to learn about all types of Japanese Cuisine, we recommend the “Japan Cuisine Chef Training Course” (7 weeks / 11 weeks / 22 weeks) at the Japan Culinary Institute.

Japan Culinary Institute

In addition, if you would like to learn about a specific dish not yet mentioned here, private lessons are also available, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We look forward to your visit to Japan!