Host: Akiko

Nagoya, Japan

USD
$48-$96 per person

Nagoya cuisine with a local in her home

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

Meet Akiko

Akiko's love and excitement for cooking began as a child growing up in a suburb of Nagoya. By the time she was in high school she could prepare her own bento box! She still has fond memories of takoyaki, the crispy Octopus dumplings, a quintessential Japanese snack that was cooked in her home almost everyday! She has been cooking for almost 40 years now and it is the one thing that truly keeps her happy. Besides cooking, Akiko enjoys salsa and Latin music. She has been learning Spanish for the last few years so she can better understand the music while dancing.

After graduating from high school she studied abroad in a college in California. Later she moved to L.A, where she met her husband who was a chef at a Japanese restaurant in Little Tokyo. Both her husband and mother-in-law are excellent cooks and thanks to them, she has inherited several family recipes. Akiko’s mother-in-law has jars of homemade pickles that are 50+ years old that Akiko hopes to adopt when her MIL retires. Akiko is thrilled about the opportunity to share specialties from Nagoya as a lot of people don’t know how to cook Nagoya-style food. Because of this, many Nagoyans themselves eat their local specialities at restaurants.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Akiko lives in a modern Japanese home that includes pieces of traditional Japanese décor and tatami on some floors. After she welcomes you to her simple home with the classic welcome tea and Japanese sweets, she will give you an understanding of Japanese food especially from the Nagoya region. Later you will join Akiko for a meal that may include dishes such as doteni (red miso stew), tebasaki (fried chicken Nagoya style), misokatsu (miso pork cutlet sandwich) and tenmusu (shrimp tempura in a rice ball).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Akiko in her kitchen to make classic Nagoya dishes such as red miso stew and shrimp tempura in a rice ball or fried chicken, Nagoya style. You will also learn how to make dashi stock from scratch for the miso stew. Your cooking class will last about an hour before you sit down to share the Nagoyan style Japanese meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Market Tour here means a local supermarket tour. Akiko will accompany you to a local supermarket located near the JR station. After you meet Akiko at the station she will take you the local supermarket located in the JR station, where she will show and describe the different ingredients used in Japanese cooking and seasoning. If you like, Akiko can help you purchase local ingredients that you can take back home from Japan.

Notes: If you have specific food preferences such as Halal or Vegan, please let Akiko know when making your reservation.

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.
  • Doteni (red miso stew)
  • Tebasaki (fried chicken Nagoya style)
  • Misokatsu (miso pork cutlet sandwich)
  • Tenmusu (shrimp tempura in a rice ball)

Traveler reviews

We loved our visit to Akiko's house in Nagoya for the cooking class. Akiko, her sister and daughter spoke really good English so we could ask lots of questions about the food and their daily life. The food we cooked - Nagoya style fried chicken, miso soup, tempura rice balls was really delicious. They also picked us up from the nearby station and dropped us back. One of the highlights of our trip to Japan. - Lynley September 26, 2017

Overall, I had a very good time, the experience with Aki-san was fun! I was quite surprised when Aki-san put the udon dough in a plastic bag, set it on the floor, and proceeded to knead it with her feet! Genius! And it was neat to see solid katsuo-bushi grated the old-fashioned way for dashi; I’d heard about that, but never seen it before. The presentation of all the food was good, and Aki-san has a whole cupboard crammed with dishes and bowls to choose from (typically Japanese, and fun). I did learn about Nagoya-style food, which was very tasty. Aki-san thoughtfully provides a printed copy of the recipes, which I appreciate. - Misch, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

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Akiko

$48-$96 USD

per person
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  • This host accepts same day and next day bookings

Meet Akiko

Akiko's love and excitement for cooking began as a child growing up in a suburb of Nagoya. By the time she was in high school she could prepare her own bento box! She still has fond memories of takoyaki, the crispy Octopus dumplings, a quintessential Japanese snack that was cooked in her home almost everyday! She has been cooking for almost 40 years now and it is the one thing that truly keeps her happy. Besides cooking, Akiko enjoys salsa and Latin music. She has been learning Spanish for the last few years so she can better understand the music while dancing.

After graduating from high school she studied abroad in a college in California. Later she moved to L.A, where she met her husband who was a chef at a Japanese restaurant in Little Tokyo. Both her husband and mother-in-law are excellent cooks and thanks to them, she has inherited several family recipes. Akiko’s mother-in-law has jars of homemade pickles that are 50+ years old that Akiko hopes to adopt when her MIL retires. Akiko is thrilled about the opportunity to share specialties from Nagoya as a lot of people don’t know how to cook Nagoya-style food. Because of this, many Nagoyans themselves eat their local specialities at restaurants.

What to expect

In-home meal: (1-6 guests) Akiko lives in a modern Japanese home that includes pieces of traditional Japanese décor and tatami on some floors. After she welcomes you to her simple home with the classic welcome tea and Japanese sweets, she will give you an understanding of Japanese food especially from the Nagoya region. Later you will join Akiko for a meal that may include dishes such as doteni (red miso stew), tebasaki (fried chicken Nagoya style), misokatsu (miso pork cutlet sandwich) and tenmusu (shrimp tempura in a rice ball).

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Akiko in her kitchen to make classic Nagoya dishes such as red miso stew and shrimp tempura in a rice ball or fried chicken, Nagoya style. You will also learn how to make dashi stock from scratch for the miso stew. Your cooking class will last about an hour before you sit down to share the Nagoyan style Japanese meal you helped prepare.

Market visit: (1-6 guests) Market Tour here means a local supermarket tour. Akiko will accompany you to a local supermarket located near the JR station. After you meet Akiko at the station she will take you the local supermarket located in the JR station, where she will show and describe the different ingredients used in Japanese cooking and seasoning. If you like, Akiko can help you purchase local ingredients that you can take back home from Japan.

Notes: If you have specific food preferences such as Halal or Vegan, please let Akiko know when making your reservation.

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.
  • Doteni (red miso stew)
  • Tebasaki (fried chicken Nagoya style)
  • Misokatsu (miso pork cutlet sandwich)
  • Tenmusu (shrimp tempura in a rice ball)

Traveler reviews

We loved our visit to Akiko's house in Nagoya for the cooking class. Akiko, her sister and daughter spoke really good English so we could ask lots of questions about the food and their daily life. The food we cooked - Nagoya style fried chicken, miso soup, tempura rice balls was really delicious. They also picked us up from the nearby station and dropped us back. One of the highlights of our trip to Japan. - Lynley September 26, 2017

Overall, I had a very good time, the experience with Aki-san was fun! I was quite surprised when Aki-san put the udon dough in a plastic bag, set it on the floor, and proceeded to knead it with her feet! Genius! And it was neat to see solid katsuo-bushi grated the old-fashioned way for dashi; I’d heard about that, but never seen it before. The presentation of all the food was good, and Aki-san has a whole cupboard crammed with dishes and bowls to choose from (typically Japanese, and fun). I did learn about Nagoya-style food, which was very tasty. Aki-san thoughtfully provides a printed copy of the recipes, which I appreciate. - Misch, Traveling Spoon Ambassador

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$60 $54 $48
Cooking Experience + Meal
$82 $66 $52
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$96 $82 $68
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:30am-1:30pm 5:30pm-7:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 5:30pm-8:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 5:00pm-9:00pm
Host Contact
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