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Host: Masahito

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$80-$160 per person

Sushi and traditional Japanese cooking class in Asakusa

Host offerings
  • Cooking studio
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Masahito

Masa and Junko are experts in the field of Edomae sushi (using fish from the Tokyo Bay) and washoku (traditional Japanese food). Masa was in the export business and often entertained his partners over a homecooked Japanese meal. They enjoyed it so much that they convinced Masa to start a cooking studio to share his passion for food. Masa learned to cook from his parents and further developed his skills by reading books and inviting friends over to try new recipes. After Junko graduated from university she worked at a food company where she cooked every day and developed her culinary skills. She owned a cooking studio herself before joining Masa. Together they offer a variety of cooking classes - sushi, sashimi, tempura, shokado bento and Wagyu beef. Masa and his team delight in showcasing Japanese cuisine and hospitality. Depending on the day you visit, you might be hosted be Masa or Junko.

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: (1-20 guests) You will be greeted with a warm smile, some refreshing tea and printouts of the menu you will prepare for lunch or dinner. Masa and Junko's cooking studio is spacious, clean and decorated with an array of Japanese bowls and cups, giving the space a homey feel. The cooking studio is centrally located and is just a short walk from the Tawaramachi station. After you get a better understanding of Japanese food and culture, you will sit down with your host to share an authentic meal that may include dishes such as nigiri (rolled sushi) or mille-feuilles sushi, Wagyu sukiyaki (Japanese beef hot pot), or tempura and okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake).

Cooking experience: (1-20 guests) Enjoy a two hour hands-on cooking class where you will make your own sushi. Your host will first demonstrate the cutting and cooking technique and then will let you roll your own sushi. At the end of the class you will be able to throw your own sushi party! Alternatively, you can also choose one of the other cooking classes they offer - tempura, bento, hot pot and Wagyu beef. Please let us know your preference when you book the experience.

Market visit: (1-20 guests) After you meet your host at the Senju-Ohashi station you will take a bus together to the Adachi fish market, a 10 minute ride away. The Adachi fish market is the second largest wholesale fish and seafood market in Tokyo after Tsukiji. While the Adachi fish market is not as popular with tourists as Tsukiji, it is where the locals usually shop, giving you a very authentic feel of how a market in Japan looks. Here you will see a wide variety of tuna, fresh fish and shellfish as well as salted and dried sea products (salmon, dried fish, roe).

Please note the days that this market is closed as listed on this site (grayed lattice pattern shows the days it is closed): http://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.jp/calendar/pdf/calendar/29suisanseika.pdf. Please be sure not to book a market experience on this day.

Notes: Please note that this experience takes place in a professional cooking studio, not in a home. Masa also offers a vegetarian sushi class for those who are interested.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

Traveler reviews

Our entire experience with Masa and his team was filled with laughter, kindness, and levity. The experience took place in their cooking school which gave it a slightly more formal feel. However, their attentiveness and care for our experience made the experience very enjoyable. The space is incredibly clean and organized (as you would expect in Japan). All ingredients were ready upon arrival. Then it was very hands-on at each and every step. Their team would demonstrate the technique and then hand over the reins to us. Even when we messed up, they would help us fix the issue and then give it back to us to try again. Piece by piece, we assembled our sushi, nigiri and omelet feast. All three hosts were extremely kind, attentive to our needs, and supportive of our efforts in the kitchen. Then at the end we arranged it on a beautiful platter and sat down with our hosts to the best meal of our entire three weeks in Japan! Truly memorable and enjoyable!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador s, Angel and Kasey

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Masahito

$80-$160 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
$140 $100 $80
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $120 $100
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$140 $100 $80
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $120 $100
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm

Meet Masahito

Masa and Junko are experts in the field of Edomae sushi (using fish from the Tokyo Bay) and washoku (traditional Japanese food). Masa was in the export business and often entertained his partners over a homecooked Japanese meal. They enjoyed it so much that they convinced Masa to start a cooking studio to share his passion for food. Masa learned to cook from his parents and further developed his skills by reading books and inviting friends over to try new recipes. After Junko graduated from university she worked at a food company where she cooked every day and developed her culinary skills. She owned a cooking studio herself before joining Masa. Together they offer a variety of cooking classes - sushi, sashimi, tempura, shokado bento and Wagyu beef. Masa and his team delight in showcasing Japanese cuisine and hospitality. Depending on the day you visit, you might be hosted be Masa or Junko.

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: (1-20 guests) You will be greeted with a warm smile, some refreshing tea and printouts of the menu you will prepare for lunch or dinner. Masa and Junko's cooking studio is spacious, clean and decorated with an array of Japanese bowls and cups, giving the space a homey feel. The cooking studio is centrally located and is just a short walk from the Tawaramachi station. After you get a better understanding of Japanese food and culture, you will sit down with your host to share an authentic meal that may include dishes such as nigiri (rolled sushi) or mille-feuilles sushi, Wagyu sukiyaki (Japanese beef hot pot), or tempura and okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake).

Cooking experience: (1-20 guests) Enjoy a two hour hands-on cooking class where you will make your own sushi. Your host will first demonstrate the cutting and cooking technique and then will let you roll your own sushi. At the end of the class you will be able to throw your own sushi party! Alternatively, you can also choose one of the other cooking classes they offer - tempura, bento, hot pot and Wagyu beef. Please let us know your preference when you book the experience.

Market visit: (1-20 guests) After you meet your host at the Senju-Ohashi station you will take a bus together to the Adachi fish market, a 10 minute ride away. The Adachi fish market is the second largest wholesale fish and seafood market in Tokyo after Tsukiji. While the Adachi fish market is not as popular with tourists as Tsukiji, it is where the locals usually shop, giving you a very authentic feel of how a market in Japan looks. Here you will see a wide variety of tuna, fresh fish and shellfish as well as salted and dried sea products (salmon, dried fish, roe).

Please note the days that this market is closed as listed on this site (grayed lattice pattern shows the days it is closed): http://www.shijou.metro.tokyo.jp/calendar/pdf/calendar/29suisanseika.pdf. Please be sure not to book a market experience on this day.

Notes: Please note that this experience takes place in a professional cooking studio, not in a home. Masa also offers a vegetarian sushi class for those who are interested.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

Traveler reviews

Our entire experience with Masa and his team was filled with laughter, kindness, and levity. The experience took place in their cooking school which gave it a slightly more formal feel. However, their attentiveness and care for our experience made the experience very enjoyable. The space is incredibly clean and organized (as you would expect in Japan). All ingredients were ready upon arrival. Then it was very hands-on at each and every step. Their team would demonstrate the technique and then hand over the reins to us. Even when we messed up, they would help us fix the issue and then give it back to us to try again. Piece by piece, we assembled our sushi, nigiri and omelet feast. All three hosts were extremely kind, attentive to our needs, and supportive of our efforts in the kitchen. Then at the end we arranged it on a beautiful platter and sat down with our hosts to the best meal of our entire three weeks in Japan! Truly memorable and enjoyable!
- Traveling Spoon Ambassador s, Angel and Kasey

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$140 $100 $80
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $120 $100
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$140 $100 $80
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$160 $120 $100
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-7:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
9:00am-1:00pm
FAQ

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