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Host: Satoru

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$80-$116 per person

Japanese cooking class with a humorous local

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

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: (2-4 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: (2-4 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: (2-4 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.

Notes: Please note that a Cooking + Meal experience with Sato will take 2.5 hours instead of 3 hours, so the actual timings would be: 10:30AM - 1:00PM for Lunch, 6:00PM - 8:30PM for Dinner. Please ignore the 'Experience Timings' shown on the left hand side of this page.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

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.
  • Wednesday Thursday Friday - everyone’s favorite Japanese meal day
  • Saturday - Home-style Sushi day
  • Sun - Tue: A main of either Donburi or Bento, Miso soup and some sides.

Traveler reviews

The cooking experience with Satoru-san more than exceeded my expectations. I reserved a cooking class as a surprise for my mom, who came to Japan for the first time to visit me as I live in Tokyo. The cooking class was one of the first things we did, and she could not stop talking about it for the entire rest of the trip! Satoru-san very kindly welcomed us into his home in Shinjuku, and the entire morning felt like cooking with a dear friend. Satoru-san very patiently explained each ingredient we cooked with, including his family's special miso, and entertained us with funny stories from his childhood. The entire experience was so fantastic that I might have to reserve another class with Satoru-san before I leave Japan!
- Emily

Satoru was a lovely host who opened his home graciously to share his knowledge of cooking and a meal with us. We made miso soup, several side dishes, and a sushi bowl, all of which were outstanding. He provided us suggestions throughout the cooking experience and gave us recipes to take with us. Satoru was very friendly, informative, and interesting to chat with throughout the experience. Great experience!
- Stef

My friend and I met Satoru at the train station and had a short walk to his home. Sato was a wealth of information and was always "on" providing background on the area and Tokyo life every step of the way. Cooking in a typical Tokyo flat was quite and adventure for an american living on the west coast. Amazing what you can accomplish in such a small space. Sato shared not just his home and kitchen but a slice of his life, his family, city and culture. An amazing experience overall and one that I would highly recommend. Oh, and the food was good too :)
- Damien June 29, 2018

I did not know what to expect with this class as it was the first time going to someone's house I hadn't met in person to cook food but it was a blast! Sato-san was a very funny, welcoming, and courteous host with great explanations of the food we cooked and directions on how to make it. Sato-san went out of his way the few days before our scheduled tour to contact us about meeting soon and where to meet which I really appreciated. His background history on his grandfather's recipe for miso soup was quite interesting and the soup flavor was very delicious. I definitely recommend taking his class, you will not be disappointed! I hope to take another cooking class soon!
- Thomas B June 10, 2018

My 14 year old son and I had a great class with Satoru, thoroughly enjoyed it and had some great miso and gyoza - highly recommended.
- Dan May 04, 2018

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

$80-$116 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
Not offered $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $116 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
Not offered $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $116 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-3:30pm

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: (2-4 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: (2-4 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: (2-4 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.

Notes: Please note that a Cooking + Meal experience with Sato will take 2.5 hours instead of 3 hours, so the actual timings would be: 10:30AM - 1:00PM for Lunch, 6:00PM - 8:30PM for Dinner. Please ignore the 'Experience Timings' shown on the left hand side of this page.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

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.
  • Wednesday Thursday Friday - everyone’s favorite Japanese meal day
  • Saturday - Home-style Sushi day
  • Sun - Tue: A main of either Donburi or Bento, Miso soup and some sides.

Traveler reviews

The cooking experience with Satoru-san more than exceeded my expectations. I reserved a cooking class as a surprise for my mom, who came to Japan for the first time to visit me as I live in Tokyo. The cooking class was one of the first things we did, and she could not stop talking about it for the entire rest of the trip! Satoru-san very kindly welcomed us into his home in Shinjuku, and the entire morning felt like cooking with a dear friend. Satoru-san very patiently explained each ingredient we cooked with, including his family's special miso, and entertained us with funny stories from his childhood. The entire experience was so fantastic that I might have to reserve another class with Satoru-san before I leave Japan!
- Emily

Satoru was a lovely host who opened his home graciously to share his knowledge of cooking and a meal with us. We made miso soup, several side dishes, and a sushi bowl, all of which were outstanding. He provided us suggestions throughout the cooking experience and gave us recipes to take with us. Satoru was very friendly, informative, and interesting to chat with throughout the experience. Great experience!
- Stef

My friend and I met Satoru at the train station and had a short walk to his home. Sato was a wealth of information and was always "on" providing background on the area and Tokyo life every step of the way. Cooking in a typical Tokyo flat was quite and adventure for an american living on the west coast. Amazing what you can accomplish in such a small space. Sato shared not just his home and kitchen but a slice of his life, his family, city and culture. An amazing experience overall and one that I would highly recommend. Oh, and the food was good too :)
- Damien June 29, 2018

I did not know what to expect with this class as it was the first time going to someone's house I hadn't met in person to cook food but it was a blast! Sato-san was a very funny, welcoming, and courteous host with great explanations of the food we cooked and directions on how to make it. Sato-san went out of his way the few days before our scheduled tour to contact us about meeting soon and where to meet which I really appreciated. His background history on his grandfather's recipe for miso soup was quite interesting and the soup flavor was very delicious. I definitely recommend taking his class, you will not be disappointed! I hope to take another cooking class soon!
- Thomas B June 10, 2018

My 14 year old son and I had a great class with Satoru, thoroughly enjoyed it and had some great miso and gyoza - highly recommended.
- Dan May 04, 2018

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

Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $116 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
Not offered $80 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $116 Not offered
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-9:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:30am-3:30pm
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