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Host: Satomi

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$84-$98 per person

Homecooked Japanese meal with a view

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Satomi

Satomi is a young woman who loves to entertain. Well-traveled and highly proficient in English, Satomi works in global sales for a large consulting company. She became a Traveling Spoon host after a trip to India where she had a wonderful experience and realized that she too wanted to share her culture and cuisine with travelers from around the world. Growing up in Kyoto, her father was a fantastic cook, making traditional dishes like kasujiru (a traditional Kyoto soup with a base of sake) and kinpira gobo (burdock root and carrot cooked in sugar and soy sauce). Since moving to Tokyo, Satomi has re-discovered a love of cooking, taking classes at a popular Tokyo cooking school in everything from traditional Japanese dishes to baking. Satomi’s father, Seiji, occasionally joins her to host travelers.

Curious to learn more? Here is a video of a blogger's experience with Satomi.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Satomi lives in a clean and modern apartment with views overlooking the city. Your home cooked Japanese meal might include dishes such as steaming homemade miso soup, mizuna salad or aji no namban-zuke (fried fish with vegetables in a vinegar based sauce), karaage (Satomi’s baked version of the traditional Japanese fried chicken), dashi-maki tamago (a Japanese style, dashi flavored rolled egg omelette) or one of Satomi’s favorite dishes, hambagu, Japanese style beef patties with onions and gravy. Your meal will conclude with Japanese tea.

If you are with Satomi for dinner, after the meal she can take you for a walk to the nearby Harumi Ship Terminal. With evening-lit views of Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and ships moving through the canal, it is a beautiful sight to see.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Have fun chatting with Satomi as she teaches you to cook a traditional Japanese meal. During your cooking experience you'll learn to prepare two to three simple, homemade Japanese dishes.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Humming with energy and excitement, the Tsukiji Market is like no other. With Satomi as your guide, you’ll get a glimpse of the incredible local seafood trade and learn about the variety of seafood that passes through the market. Getting to the market can be tricky, but don’t worry - Satomi will meet you at the Tsukiji Train Station, on the Oedo line, and you’ll head to the market together. After exploring the market you will go to Satomi’s home, which is a short one-stop subway ride away.

Satomi's market visits to Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market are not offered on Sundays, Wednesdays, or Japanese National Holidays as the market is closed.

Notes: Satomi offers dinner on weeknights. On weekends she offers both lunch and dinner.At an additional cost, Satomi offers a choice between beer, wine, sake or shochu (a distilled Japanese alcohol). If you would like to add alcohol, please indicate your preference at the time of booking.
Many Japanese households request that you leave your shoes at the door.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

Traveler reviews

4.57 (14)
Our host Satomi made us enjoy one outstanding experience, met at agreed time and place, spent one hour strolling shops and restaurants outside Tsukiji market, main market was closed today being Sunday. On the way to her home we stopped at a very nice small shrine. She is a warm hearted helpfull interested in teaching how to cook her recepies and for closing she sang for us, she sings very well making you wishing the experience to last longer!! Claudia my wife, Satomi and me all participated in preparing the 4 course 6 plate meal. the spinach and tofu apperizer, as well as the handmade japanese noodles and the makarele soup were delicious !!! Hope to come back again soon when fish market is open.
- viajerosmex April 01, 2018
We loved Sakomi and her Dad but her apartment as cute as it was was cluttered. We ate dinner with the remote and a box of Kleenex on the table. We were really looking forward to this experience but don't feel we got what we paid for.
- June 26, 2017
It was a pleasure to meet Satomi and her father, share a meal and enjoy their company.
- Dawn and Melanie May 30, 2017
SATUMI WAS JUST PERFECT. WE TOTALLY ENJOYED OUR EXPERIENCE. IT WAS GREAT. WE WENT TO THE FISH MARKET, THEN TO HER APARTMENT, HELPED HER TO COOK, ATE A GREAT MEAL, SHE EVEN SINGS SO BEAUTIFULLY, IT WAS VERY MOVING.
- GADI - ISRAEL May 06, 2017
This was one of the best parts of our two week adventure in Japan, and our first time ever using Traveling Spoon. Satomi gave us a tour of Tsujiki Fish Market, including the back-end where the wholesaling occurs. We were able to stop and buy souvenirs and gifts there. Then, we walked to her home and talked about Japanese culture and current events (the market is supposed to be where the 2020 Olympics are held and she gave us lots of info about it). Her home was very clean and happy-- she even had heated floors! Upon arrival, she already had some warm fish as a snack waiting for us.The cooking & eating were great. I learned how to use Japanese utensils and how to make tomagoyaki. (After our visit, I went to the local kitchen supply district to buy some utensils for myself!). Satomi had take-home instructions if we wanted, too. She was very hospitable, personal, and an excellent cook!
- April 08, 2017
Our first experience with Travelling Spoons, and an amazing one! We were looking to experience the japanese food and culture, more than just walking through the streets, guessing what everthing meant. We found Satomi! She took us on a great experience, brought us in to her home, and fed us until we couldn't eat another bite! We met near Tsukiji Market, and walked there together. Walking through the fish market with Satomi answering every little question about the food (and there were many), was great! We of course tasted plenty of small treats. We ended up at Satomi's apartment ready to eat. Satomi was a great and gratious host in her beautiful apartment. Her very good english made conversation and explanations very easy. She prepared dish after dish of tasty food, fitting the menu to our preferences, and also let us participate in the cooking, all while telling us all we wanted to know about the culture, the recipes and herself. When we finished lunch we knew that we made the right decision, and that we felt that we would have missed a big part of Tokyo without our experience with Satomi.
- Dana and David October 04, 2016
I have already sent u an email regarding our overall review we were very dissapointed with the class as everthing was prepared the night before so really learnt nothing and as a cook we felt like she was thumbling around the kitchen and she even could not work out how to open a packet of flour it was a waste of money it was more a dining experience please read my email and would appreciate your response
- Just joyce September 27, 2016
- September 17, 2016
- July 29, 2016
Satomi was a wonderful host! Her knowledge of the fish market was wonderful (and the sashimi!) and she was really flexible with the menu, identifying what foods we liked and teaching us those. Home made udon was amazing, as was the karage chicken, miso and egg roll! Her English is excellent and she was generally a fascinating person to chat to about Japanese culture in general! Thank you so much!
- Jacqueline and Elan May 25, 2016
My husband and I had a fantastic morning with our host in Tokyo, Satomi. After buying fresh prawns at the fish markets we visited Satomi's house and made a delicious meal with her. Satomi was a fantastic host, very friendly and courteous. Cooking aside, it was so nice to meet a local and chat about her life, our lives and all of things we had in common. A really unique travelling experience!
- September 06, 2015
Satomi was an excellent host but the experience was very costly relative to what we received.
- August 19, 2015
host was delightful and fun. This is a great way to connect with locals and eat some authentic regional food. It is difficult in a city like Tokyo where the language barrier usually leads you toward westernized blandness
- Tom lank July 22, 2015
Our traveling spoon experience was the highlight of our visit to Tokyo. Being able to hang out with a local and casually talk about the culture/food was an eye opening experience that fundamentally changes the way I will execute travel plans in the future.
- Allison July 21, 2015
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Satomi

$84-$98 USD

per person
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  • 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Credit card is not charged until the host confirms your booking
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$88 $86 $84
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$88 $86 $84
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 7:30pm-10:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm

Meet Satomi

Satomi is a young woman who loves to entertain. Well-traveled and highly proficient in English, Satomi works in global sales for a large consulting company. She became a Traveling Spoon host after a trip to India where she had a wonderful experience and realized that she too wanted to share her culture and cuisine with travelers from around the world. Growing up in Kyoto, her father was a fantastic cook, making traditional dishes like kasujiru (a traditional Kyoto soup with a base of sake) and kinpira gobo (burdock root and carrot cooked in sugar and soy sauce). Since moving to Tokyo, Satomi has re-discovered a love of cooking, taking classes at a popular Tokyo cooking school in everything from traditional Japanese dishes to baking. Satomi’s father, Seiji, occasionally joins her to host travelers.

Curious to learn more? Here is a video of a blogger's experience with Satomi.

What to expect

Please note menu might vary. If there are particular dishes you are interested in trying, please include your request in the booking form.

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Satomi lives in a clean and modern apartment with views overlooking the city. Your home cooked Japanese meal might include dishes such as steaming homemade miso soup, mizuna salad or aji no namban-zuke (fried fish with vegetables in a vinegar based sauce), karaage (Satomi’s baked version of the traditional Japanese fried chicken), dashi-maki tamago (a Japanese style, dashi flavored rolled egg omelette) or one of Satomi’s favorite dishes, hambagu, Japanese style beef patties with onions and gravy. Your meal will conclude with Japanese tea.

If you are with Satomi for dinner, after the meal she can take you for a walk to the nearby Harumi Ship Terminal. With evening-lit views of Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge and ships moving through the canal, it is a beautiful sight to see.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Have fun chatting with Satomi as she teaches you to cook a traditional Japanese meal. During your cooking experience you'll learn to prepare two to three simple, homemade Japanese dishes.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Humming with energy and excitement, the Tsukiji Market is like no other. With Satomi as your guide, you’ll get a glimpse of the incredible local seafood trade and learn about the variety of seafood that passes through the market. Getting to the market can be tricky, but don’t worry - Satomi will meet you at the Tsukiji Train Station, on the Oedo line, and you’ll head to the market together. After exploring the market you will go to Satomi’s home, which is a short one-stop subway ride away.

Satomi's market visits to Tokyo's famous Tsukiji Fish Market are not offered on Sundays, Wednesdays, or Japanese National Holidays as the market is closed.

Notes: Satomi offers dinner on weeknights. On weekends she offers both lunch and dinner.At an additional cost, Satomi offers a choice between beer, wine, sake or shochu (a distilled Japanese alcohol). If you would like to add alcohol, please indicate your preference at the time of booking.
Many Japanese households request that you leave your shoes at the door.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

Traveler reviews

4.57 (14)
Our host Satomi made us enjoy one outstanding experience, met at agreed time and place, spent one hour strolling shops and restaurants outside Tsukiji market, main market was closed today being Sunday. On the way to her home we stopped at a very nice small shrine. She is a warm hearted helpfull interested in teaching how to cook her recepies and for closing she sang for us, she sings very well making you wishing the experience to last longer!! Claudia my wife, Satomi and me all participated in preparing the 4 course 6 plate meal. the spinach and tofu apperizer, as well as the handmade japanese noodles and the makarele soup were delicious !!! Hope to come back again soon when fish market is open.
- viajerosmex April 01, 2018
We loved Sakomi and her Dad but her apartment as cute as it was was cluttered. We ate dinner with the remote and a box of Kleenex on the table. We were really looking forward to this experience but don't feel we got what we paid for.
- June 26, 2017
It was a pleasure to meet Satomi and her father, share a meal and enjoy their company.
- Dawn and Melanie May 30, 2017
SATUMI WAS JUST PERFECT. WE TOTALLY ENJOYED OUR EXPERIENCE. IT WAS GREAT. WE WENT TO THE FISH MARKET, THEN TO HER APARTMENT, HELPED HER TO COOK, ATE A GREAT MEAL, SHE EVEN SINGS SO BEAUTIFULLY, IT WAS VERY MOVING.
- GADI - ISRAEL May 06, 2017
This was one of the best parts of our two week adventure in Japan, and our first time ever using Traveling Spoon. Satomi gave us a tour of Tsujiki Fish Market, including the back-end where the wholesaling occurs. We were able to stop and buy souvenirs and gifts there. Then, we walked to her home and talked about Japanese culture and current events (the market is supposed to be where the 2020 Olympics are held and she gave us lots of info about it). Her home was very clean and happy-- she even had heated floors! Upon arrival, she already had some warm fish as a snack waiting for us.The cooking & eating were great. I learned how to use Japanese utensils and how to make tomagoyaki. (After our visit, I went to the local kitchen supply district to buy some utensils for myself!). Satomi had take-home instructions if we wanted, too. She was very hospitable, personal, and an excellent cook!
- April 08, 2017
Our first experience with Travelling Spoons, and an amazing one! We were looking to experience the japanese food and culture, more than just walking through the streets, guessing what everthing meant. We found Satomi! She took us on a great experience, brought us in to her home, and fed us until we couldn't eat another bite! We met near Tsukiji Market, and walked there together. Walking through the fish market with Satomi answering every little question about the food (and there were many), was great! We of course tasted plenty of small treats. We ended up at Satomi's apartment ready to eat. Satomi was a great and gratious host in her beautiful apartment. Her very good english made conversation and explanations very easy. She prepared dish after dish of tasty food, fitting the menu to our preferences, and also let us participate in the cooking, all while telling us all we wanted to know about the culture, the recipes and herself. When we finished lunch we knew that we made the right decision, and that we felt that we would have missed a big part of Tokyo without our experience with Satomi.
- Dana and David October 04, 2016
I have already sent u an email regarding our overall review we were very dissapointed with the class as everthing was prepared the night before so really learnt nothing and as a cook we felt like she was thumbling around the kitchen and she even could not work out how to open a packet of flour it was a waste of money it was more a dining experience please read my email and would appreciate your response
- Just joyce September 27, 2016
- September 17, 2016
- July 29, 2016
Satomi was a wonderful host! Her knowledge of the fish market was wonderful (and the sashimi!) and she was really flexible with the menu, identifying what foods we liked and teaching us those. Home made udon was amazing, as was the karage chicken, miso and egg roll! Her English is excellent and she was generally a fascinating person to chat to about Japanese culture in general! Thank you so much!
- Jacqueline and Elan May 25, 2016
My husband and I had a fantastic morning with our host in Tokyo, Satomi. After buying fresh prawns at the fish markets we visited Satomi's house and made a delicious meal with her. Satomi was a fantastic host, very friendly and courteous. Cooking aside, it was so nice to meet a local and chat about her life, our lives and all of things we had in common. A really unique travelling experience!
- September 06, 2015
Satomi was an excellent host but the experience was very costly relative to what we received.
- August 19, 2015
host was delightful and fun. This is a great way to connect with locals and eat some authentic regional food. It is difficult in a city like Tokyo where the language barrier usually leads you toward westernized blandness
- Tom lank July 22, 2015
Our traveling spoon experience was the highlight of our visit to Tokyo. Being able to hang out with a local and casually talk about the culture/food was an eye opening experience that fundamentally changes the way I will execute travel plans in the future.
- Allison July 21, 2015
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$88 $86 $84
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$88 $86 $84
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$98 $94 $94
Alcohol
$12 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 7:30pm-10:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:30am-2:30pm
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