"Tendon" Tempura Cooking Experience

Learn to prepare a traditional Japanese tendon at the base of Mt. Fuji
Fujikawaguchiko, Japan
2 Hours
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Fitness Level
Fitness Level
English / Japanese
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
What's Included

  • 2-hour cooking class
  • Experienced local chef
  • Learn to prepare "Mt. Fuji Tendon" featuring crispy batter and sweet, savoury sauce
  • Perfect the art of frying nice, crispy tempura
  • Easily accessible location after visiting Mt. Fuji
What to Expect

In this 2- hour cooking class, you will learn how to cook tempura, a traditional Japanese dish beloved around the world. You will be taught by an experienced chef in a venue that is very close to Lake Kawaguchiko, making it an ideal destination after visiting Mt. Fuji.


They say it is difficult to fry tempura to a crisp at home, but your instructor will help you perfect the art. They will also teach you how to make rice and miso soup to accompany your meal. 


The dish you will be preparing is called 'Mt. Fuji Tendon', named after the tallest mountain in Japan. Tendon is a type of Japanese rice bowl topped with fried meat or vegetables.  It's a signature menu item of the tempura restaurant "Idaten" close to the Kawaguchiko Station. It consists of six fried prawns, eggplant, green pepper and salmon roe sushi roll piled on top of the rice bowl. You are sure to be satisfied with both the size and taste of this dish.


As you prepare your dish, enjoy stunning views of Lake Kawaguchiko against Mt. Fuji. You will also learn about the history of tempura and the origins of the 'Mt. Fuji Tendon' as you cook. There are several ideas about the origin of the name tendon, but most believe it is derived from Portuguese. Not only will you cook and eat it, but you will also receive an explanation of its background so you can understand the traditional Japanese dish more deeply. 


For your class, you will have the option to rent the same Kappogi as the chef wears. Kappogi is a coverall apron with sleeves designed in Japan.



  • Explanation on the history of tempura
  • Making assorted tempura
  • Eating the tempura
Frequently Asked Questions
  • Meeting point: HOUTO Lab Cooking Experience / 2746-1, Kawaguchi, Kawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi-ken 401-0304 
  • Access:
    • Take JR Chuo Main Line from Shinjuku and get off at Otsuki Station
    • Change to Fujikyu Railway and get off at the last stop, Kawaguchiko Station
    • Approx. 10 mins. by car from Kawaguchiko Station 
    • Located on the opposite side of Kawaguchiko Museum of Art
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Terms & Conditions:

  • Our Advertised Price and Net Rate DO NOT include the Japanese Consumption Tax.
  • Children (3-5 years old) can watch but cannot join the workshop for safety's sake as fire and oil are used in the cooking process.
  • Junior high school students or under need to be accompanied by a guardian.
  • A single participant needs to pay for two persons.
  • Please refrain from wearing high heels as the floor is slippery.
  • If you have any food allergies, please contact the restaurant beforehand. 

Cancellation Policy:

  • 7 to 4 days before the tour date 40% of the tour price
  • 3 to 2 days before the tour date 60% of the tour price
  • The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour 100% of the tour price
  • Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
  • The cancellation fee includes handling charges.


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