Summer Courses in Japan

Japanese Culinary and Cultural experience in beautiful Atami city!

Summer in Japan – JCI Summer Courses offer a unique chance to enjoy the best parts of Japan. Within a week, you can learn popular Japanese cuisine such as "Ramen", "Yakitori", "Sushi", home cooking, and traditional Japanese desserts, directly from culinary professionals at Japan Culinary Institute, while enjoying the beaches, hot springs, and temples, and experiencing Japanese culture first-hand!

Each of the four lessons is taught by a very high-level culinary master and teaches highly specialized expertise in the pursuit of cooking. Offers the possibility to reproduce authentic Japanese cuisine anywhere in the world.


The school is located in Atami, a quaint city just 45 minutes from Tokyo by shinkansen (bullet train). It is a popular escape for people living in big cities, to feel nature and enjoy a peaceful time. During the day, you can enjoy beaches, shopping, and visiting historical spots in the area, or you can visit Mt.Fuji, beautiful Lake Ashinoko, the famous castle in Odawara, Firework Festivals, etc. on weekends.

The culinary lessons are offered with a FREE English interpreter, so do not worry even if you don’t speak any Japanese.


JCI Japanese Cooking Summer Course - 9 Special Features that promise a fulfilling time to learn and enjoy!

1.Variety of Subjects

In a one-week course, you will learn sushi, yakitori, ramen, and home cooking that represent Japanese food. You can learn one at a time, at a professional level. Lessons are held in a small group for both beginners and experienced cooks. Here, you can learn popular dishes that are typical of Japanese cuisine and most loved by Japanese people.

4.Welcome Kit

With our special welcom kit (guide map of Atami, pen, notebook, file folder, Atami

tourism information), you can enjoy the city of Atami from the very first day.

7.Popular Gourmet Tour

Enjoy street food and experience casual Japanese food.

2.Learn Japanese Food Culture

You can learn not only Japanese cuisine but also Japanese food culture.

​5.Visit of Japanese Food theme

A tour of the treasure trove of Japanese cuisine art with explanations, and deeper

understanding of Japanese cuisine.

8.Accommodation Support

For students, the school will introduce guesthouses, homestays, hostels, B&Bs, hotels, other convenient and economical places, and inns with hot springs. Ranges from US$ 30 to US$ 80 or more per night.

3.Classes with English Interpreter

Classes have an English interpreter, so you can learn authentic skills without language problems. Interpreters in Italian, Chinese, etc. can be provided on request with an additional fee.  

6.Cultural Activities

In the cultural visit, you  will visit one of the following sites: Mt. Fuji - a World Heritage Site, a sake

brewery, or a mysterious shrine where Japanese gods live. You can experience the

Japanese culture most familiar to Japanese people and experience the splendor of life in Japan.

9.Selectable Schedules

May to July 15, 2020: One-week Yakitori course, one-week Ramen course

July 20-September: One-week Professional summer course on Japanese cuisine and culture.


Authentic Sushi chefs train themselves for years to master the art of sushi, but remember, sushi was originally born as fast food. You will learn the basic of Sushi, and will be able to create hand-made sushi for your home party, special dinner meal at home!



Yakitori is a type of Japanese cuisine, BBQ style dishes with mainly chicken and vegetables grilled on wooden skewers over a charcoal grill. It is a popular and common food enjoyed widely in Japan. Once you learn the basics, you can freely arrange ingredients to your taste.



Ramen has become one of the most popular Japanese foods in recent years. Its carefully prepared soup and sauces, combined with various types of noodles, create harmony in a bowl. You will learn the basic type of Ramen so that you can enjoy hand-made ramen in your own home kitchen!


Home Cooking lesson

Home cooking is the base of all Japanese cuisine. You will learn how to make soup stock using the traditional method (with bonito, konbu, niboshi). You will enjoy the taste of Japanese home cooking easy to arrange for your taste.


Course Details:

Course Duration: 1 week


Start Dates: 

Yakitori Summer Course: May 30, Jun 6, Jul 4, Jul 11, Aug 29, Sep 5

​Ramen Summer Course: Jun 20, Jun 27, Aug 15, Aug 29

Summer Home Cooking Course: Jul 18, Jul 25, Aug 1, Sep 12, Sep 19.


Price: 1,800 US$


■Course fees include:

- 4 Culinary lessons 

- 1 Culinary visit

- 1 Cultural excursion (ex: Mt.Fuji view, sake brewery, Hakone, or Lake Ashinoko)

- English interpreter during culinary lessons

- Welcome lunch

- Welcome kit (city map, pen, notebook, file folder, bus pass, sightseeing guidebook)

- Daily meal vouchers (5 daily meal vouchers a week - rice, miso soup, pickles, vegetables, bread, coffee).

■Not included;

- Housing

- Travel insurance (necessary for culinary lessons)

- Round-trip airfare

- Transportation fee within the city.

[ Sample schedule ]

Day 1     SUN        Arrival in Atami

Day 2     MON       Lesson 1

Day 3     TUE        Lesson 2

Day 4     WED       Lesson 3 + Culinary Visit

Day 5     THU        Lesson 4

Day 6     FRI          Cultural Excursion

Day 7     SAT         Free

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