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Host: Koji

Kyoto, Japan

USD
$36 per person

Traditional Japanese cuisine in Kyoto

Host offerings
  • House
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit

Meet Koji

Koji and his wife Kaori live in a modern home in a quiet neighborhood just north of Kyoto’s city center. The husband and wife duo learned to cook from their respective parents and share a deep appreciation for Japanese culture and history. Koji is especially interested in architecture and Kaori loves learning about cooking and the health benefits of food. They are excited to share some of their favorite dishes with travelers while also practicing their English skills!

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: (1-4 guests) Your experience will start with a warm welcome in Koji and Kaori’s immaculate home, located a few minutes’ walk from the nearby subway station. Your meal will include traditional dishes like the famous okonomiyaki, a cabbage pancake filled with seafood, vegetables and topped with a savory sauce. Side dishes such as dashmaki tamago (rolled egg omelette) or yudofu (tofu hot pot) and fresh salad will also fill the table. And of course, no meal is complete without miso soup! One of Kaori and Koji’s favorite Japanese dishes, they love how this soup connects people - not just around the table - but to centuries of Japanese culinary and cultural tradition.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) After settling in, you will learn to make okonomiyaki, a fun dish to prepare with a group. Together you will mix the batter, chop the filling, and grill these tasty, savory pancakes. You'll eat the okonomiyaki along with other dishes that were prepared in advance.

Notes: Many Japanese households request that you leave your shoes at the door.

Koji and Kaori are only available to host on weekends and national holidays due to their work schedules.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Okonomi-Yaki
  • Miso Soup
  • Salad
  • Seasonal Dessert

Traveler reviews

Nic and I both really enjoyed our time with Koji and Kaori. They are very warm people, and excited to be part of Traveling Spoon. We really enjoyed the conversation between meal preparation; each sharing information about our customs and traditions, occasionally referencing Google translate and Google images and lots of laughs. They were a delight to be around, and it makes me so happy to see fellow travelers want to be part of this type of a cultural exchange.
- Mary, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

I had a great time with Kaori and Koji, they are wonderful hosts. I learned how to prepare Miso soup and Okonomiyaki, and it tasted wonderful. We had a long and very interesting conversation mostly about Japanese culture and differences to European culture. I'm very grateful I had the chance to meet a Japanese family at home and spend such a nice time with them. It was definitely one of the highlights in Kyoto. Arigatô gozaimasu!
- Wolfgang

We had a great time! The hosts Koji and his wife were very friendly and welcoming, it felt like we were visiting old friends. Our favorite dish served was Okonomiyaki.
- Sylvie

We had a very nice time meeting Kaori and Koji. We were greeted with some very tasty sweets and proceeded to prepare Miso soup and Okonomiyaki. Both tasted wonderful, and we learned a lot about Japanese cooking. All the while, we were having a pleasant conversation about the differences and similarities in our cultures. We are very grateful for having been allowed this opportunity and for Kaori and Koji for being such wonderful hosts!
- Florian

Koji and Kaori were wonderful hosts! We had a great time learning how to make okonomiyaki and the conversation was even better! We highly recommend Traveling Spoon and specifically Koji and Kaori for any traveler who is looking to enjoy a traditional meal in a lovely Japanese home.
- Stefani & Chris

My boyfriend and I really loved our lunch with Koji and Kaori! They were so warm and welcoming and shared their culture with us in an unforgettable way.
- Sky

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Koji

$36 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Your credit card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $36 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $36 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm

Meet Koji

Koji and his wife Kaori live in a modern home in a quiet neighborhood just north of Kyoto’s city center. The husband and wife duo learned to cook from their respective parents and share a deep appreciation for Japanese culture and history. Koji is especially interested in architecture and Kaori loves learning about cooking and the health benefits of food. They are excited to share some of their favorite dishes with travelers while also practicing their English skills!

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: (1-4 guests) Your experience will start with a warm welcome in Koji and Kaori’s immaculate home, located a few minutes’ walk from the nearby subway station. Your meal will include traditional dishes like the famous okonomiyaki, a cabbage pancake filled with seafood, vegetables and topped with a savory sauce. Side dishes such as dashmaki tamago (rolled egg omelette) or yudofu (tofu hot pot) and fresh salad will also fill the table. And of course, no meal is complete without miso soup! One of Kaori and Koji’s favorite Japanese dishes, they love how this soup connects people - not just around the table - but to centuries of Japanese culinary and cultural tradition.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) After settling in, you will learn to make okonomiyaki, a fun dish to prepare with a group. Together you will mix the batter, chop the filling, and grill these tasty, savory pancakes. You'll eat the okonomiyaki along with other dishes that were prepared in advance.

Notes: Many Japanese households request that you leave your shoes at the door.

Koji and Kaori are only available to host on weekends and national holidays due to their work schedules.

Languages spoken: English

Sample menu

This is just a sample menu to give you an idea of the types of dishes the host cooks. Your menu will vary according to seasonal availability.
  • Okonomi-Yaki
  • Miso Soup
  • Salad
  • Seasonal Dessert

Traveler reviews

Nic and I both really enjoyed our time with Koji and Kaori. They are very warm people, and excited to be part of Traveling Spoon. We really enjoyed the conversation between meal preparation; each sharing information about our customs and traditions, occasionally referencing Google translate and Google images and lots of laughs. They were a delight to be around, and it makes me so happy to see fellow travelers want to be part of this type of a cultural exchange.
- Mary, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

I had a great time with Kaori and Koji, they are wonderful hosts. I learned how to prepare Miso soup and Okonomiyaki, and it tasted wonderful. We had a long and very interesting conversation mostly about Japanese culture and differences to European culture. I'm very grateful I had the chance to meet a Japanese family at home and spend such a nice time with them. It was definitely one of the highlights in Kyoto. Arigatô gozaimasu!
- Wolfgang

We had a great time! The hosts Koji and his wife were very friendly and welcoming, it felt like we were visiting old friends. Our favorite dish served was Okonomiyaki.
- Sylvie

We had a very nice time meeting Kaori and Koji. We were greeted with some very tasty sweets and proceeded to prepare Miso soup and Okonomiyaki. Both tasted wonderful, and we learned a lot about Japanese cooking. All the while, we were having a pleasant conversation about the differences and similarities in our cultures. We are very grateful for having been allowed this opportunity and for Kaori and Koji for being such wonderful hosts!
- Florian

Koji and Kaori were wonderful hosts! We had a great time learning how to make okonomiyaki and the conversation was even better! We highly recommend Traveling Spoon and specifically Koji and Kaori for any traveler who is looking to enjoy a traditional meal in a lovely Japanese home.
- Stefani & Chris

My boyfriend and I really loved our lunch with Koji and Kaori! They were so warm and welcoming and shared their culture with us in an unforgettable way.
- Sky

Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $36 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$36 $36 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-2:30pm
FAQ

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    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

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    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

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