Host: Satoru

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$58-$92 per person

Japanese cooking class with a humorous local

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

Meet Satoru

Satoru was born in Hokkaido and grew up surrounded by nature and large vegetable fields. As a child, he would always harvest fresh vegetables from his family's fields and cook with his mother and grandmother who were wonderful home cooks. His grandmother never compromised in quality or technique when cooking and taught him everything she knew. Satoru is now a passionate home cook himself. His grandfather owned an organic miso factory that Satoru believed to be the best in the world. Although it closed after his grandfather passed away, his grandfather passed down his miso making techniques to his mother who sends Sato her handmade organic miso. This miso is the secret of Satoru's signature miso soup, something you won't want to miss. Satoru enjoys teaching people about Japanese food and helping them explore his local culture through food. He believes that there are so many delicious homemade Japanese foods that cannot be found in the restaurants and delights in sharing these dishes with travelers.

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) After meeting Satoru at the JR Shinjuku station, you will walk together to his cozy apartment in the heart of Shinjuku. As you sip a welcome drink, Satoru will share stories about life and culture in Japan. You will then sit down to a traditional Japanese meal of home style Japanese dishes at his dining table. Depending on the day your menu might change. Your menu might include teishoku (a fixed plate of miso soup, donburi, tonjiru and rice) or chirashi sushi or Japanese street food treats like okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) or karaage (fried chicken). Sato is happy to tailor the menu to your preferences so feel free to request a particular dish when making your booking. Enjoy a laid-back, stress-free meal and conversation about Japanese cuisine and culture with this knowledgeable local.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Satoru in his small but efficient kitchen and learn how to cook 2-3 dishes from scratch. You can expect your cooking class to take about an hour and a half before you sit down and share the meal you helped to prepare over engaging conversation with Satoru. Feel free to ask him about the ingredients that go into making the dish from savory dashi to sweet organic honey and he will give you tips and a story relating to his choice.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Please note that this is not a tour of a food market and will take place after your cooking class. Instead of a market tour, Satoru will take you on a street tour of a local district that tourists typically do not see. Stroll through the neighborhood with Satoru as he shares information about Japanese culture and trends.

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.
  • Sun - Tue: Miso soup, main of either donburi, tonjiru or obento, rice and sides.
  • Wed - Thu: Japanese street food of okonomiyaki, takoyaki, karaage and sides.
  • Fri - Sat: Chirashi sushi bowl and temaki

Traveler reviews

Whether it’s your first time eating or cooking Japanese food or you have some prior experience, we’d highly recommend taking a class with Satoru. He is very talented, thoughtful, and observant. Non-judgmental, positive and encouraging. The food was delicious; we had a great time. Oishi! - Scott & Rita November 17, 2017

We signed up for a lesson but 100% left with a friend. Sato’s class was more than you could ask for on a trip to Tokyo. He welcomed us into his sweet place and immediately made us feel at home. The dinner was fresh, delicious and informative but what set the experience apart was his hospitality and charm. We ended with a tour around the area and drinks at his cool local bar. Highly recommend if you’re looking for some local hospitality and an all around fun evening. Thank you for a fantastic evening! Best part of our trip and far exceeded any expectations we could have had! - Sophia October 27, 2017

My wife and I took Sato's cooking class and really enjoyed ourselves. Sato is a great host and taught us a lot about Japanese culture and cooking. We enjoyed the meal and it was a nice alternative to eating in a restaurant by ourselves. His apartment is convenient to central Tokyo. Strongly recommend! - Justin August 28, 2017

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Satoru

$58-$92 USD

per person
100%
Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Satisfaction guarantee or your money back
  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • This host accepts same day and next day bookings

Meet Satoru

Satoru was born in Hokkaido and grew up surrounded by nature and large vegetable fields. As a child, he would always harvest fresh vegetables from his family's fields and cook with his mother and grandmother who were wonderful home cooks. His grandmother never compromised in quality or technique when cooking and taught him everything she knew. Satoru is now a passionate home cook himself. His grandfather owned an organic miso factory that Satoru believed to be the best in the world. Although it closed after his grandfather passed away, his grandfather passed down his miso making techniques to his mother who sends Sato her handmade organic miso. This miso is the secret of Satoru's signature miso soup, something you won't want to miss. Satoru enjoys teaching people about Japanese food and helping them explore his local culture through food. He believes that there are so many delicious homemade Japanese foods that cannot be found in the restaurants and delights in sharing these dishes with travelers.

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) After meeting Satoru at the JR Shinjuku station, you will walk together to his cozy apartment in the heart of Shinjuku. As you sip a welcome drink, Satoru will share stories about life and culture in Japan. You will then sit down to a traditional Japanese meal of home style Japanese dishes at his dining table. Depending on the day your menu might change. Your menu might include teishoku (a fixed plate of miso soup, donburi, tonjiru and rice) or chirashi sushi or Japanese street food treats like okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) or karaage (fried chicken). Sato is happy to tailor the menu to your preferences so feel free to request a particular dish when making your booking. Enjoy a laid-back, stress-free meal and conversation about Japanese cuisine and culture with this knowledgeable local.

Cooking experience: (1-4 guests) Join Satoru in his small but efficient kitchen and learn how to cook 2-3 dishes from scratch. You can expect your cooking class to take about an hour and a half before you sit down and share the meal you helped to prepare over engaging conversation with Satoru. Feel free to ask him about the ingredients that go into making the dish from savory dashi to sweet organic honey and he will give you tips and a story relating to his choice.

Market visit: (1-4 guests) Please note that this is not a tour of a food market and will take place after your cooking class. Instead of a market tour, Satoru will take you on a street tour of a local district that tourists typically do not see. Stroll through the neighborhood with Satoru as he shares information about Japanese culture and trends.

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.
  • Sun - Tue: Miso soup, main of either donburi, tonjiru or obento, rice and sides.
  • Wed - Thu: Japanese street food of okonomiyaki, takoyaki, karaage and sides.
  • Fri - Sat: Chirashi sushi bowl and temaki

Traveler reviews

Whether it’s your first time eating or cooking Japanese food or you have some prior experience, we’d highly recommend taking a class with Satoru. He is very talented, thoughtful, and observant. Non-judgmental, positive and encouraging. The food was delicious; we had a great time. Oishi! - Scott & Rita November 17, 2017

We signed up for a lesson but 100% left with a friend. Sato’s class was more than you could ask for on a trip to Tokyo. He welcomed us into his sweet place and immediately made us feel at home. The dinner was fresh, delicious and informative but what set the experience apart was his hospitality and charm. We ended with a tour around the area and drinks at his cool local bar. Highly recommend if you’re looking for some local hospitality and an all around fun evening. Thank you for a fantastic evening! Best part of our trip and far exceeded any expectations we could have had! - Sophia October 27, 2017

My wife and I took Sato's cooking class and really enjoyed ourselves. Sato is a great host and taught us a lot about Japanese culture and cooking. We enjoyed the meal and it was a nice alternative to eating in a restaurant by ourselves. His apartment is convenient to central Tokyo. Strongly recommend! - Justin August 28, 2017

Pricing
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$62 $58 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$92 $88 Not offered
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-3:30pm
Host Contact
  • You can message your host directly once you've made your booking
  • Address and phone number will be provided upon booking confirmation