Daigo Oyaki Cooking School (Daigo Town)
‘Oyaki’ are a kind of steamed bun made from wheat flour and stuffed with a variety of seasonal fillings. These healthy buns are thought to have been a way to preserve fresh produce for longer and remain a popular and convenient snack to this day.
In the northern Ibaraki area, oyaki were traditionally made by baking the buns directly in ashes in a sunken hearth. Modern Japanese homes don’t have hearths so oyaki are usually steamed or baked in the oven. As well as traditional combinations of seasonal vegetables, modern oyaki are often stuffed with fillings like fruit or sweet red bean paste!
If you’d like to try your hand at making your own oyaki, head to Daigo Oyaki Cooking School in Daigo, northern Ibaraki! Daigo Oyaki Cooking School is housed in an old school building from the Meiji Era, the perfect setting to try your hand at this traditional Japanese dish. The school is also home to a shop and restaurant.
2469 Magi-no-chi, Daigo Town
By public transport: around 20 minutes' by bus from Hitachi-Daigo Station on the JR Suigun Line. Take a bus bound for Nishino-sawa and get off at Chise Bus Stop. Bus operate on weekdays only.
HOURSSouvenir Shop: 9:00 - 17:00
Oyaki Cooking Lessons: 9:30 -15:00