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Host: Emi

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$56 per person

Learn to cook a traditional Japanese meal or Washoku

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

Meet Emi

Emi is passionate about cooking traditional Japanese home-style dishes. After years of learning from three renowned chefs, she became a culinary expert who can prepare almost any authentic Japanese or Washoku dish. She recently decided to open her own cooking studio to share her passion for food and Tokyo life with others. A Tokyo native, Emi enjoys meeting travelers and learning about other cultures. She adores food from every corner of the globe but is also passionate about Japanese cuisine and teas, in addition to cats, photography and hiking! She has a deep interest in nutrition science and values using the freshest, top quality ingredients. Your healthy and well-seasoned meal is guaranteed to be fresh and colorful, using more than 20 ingredients. Emi serves her meals on fine dining tableware, cutlery and utensils, so have your cameras ready for a fun photo journey of Japanese cuisine.

Please note that Emi's kitchen studio is not suitable for children 9 and under.

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: (2-3 guests) You will be served authentic Japanese food in the Teishoku style, characterized by the use of several vegetables as side dishes and a meat or fish as the main. Your meal may include dishes such as ginger pork, teriyaki chicken, chicken karaage or slow cooked grilled fish as the main. For side dishes you have a variety of choices between miso soup, nimono (slow cooked vegetables and meat with soy sauce and other traditional ingredients), marinated vegetables and fishcake, or stir fried egg and vegetables. You will end your meal with dessert and green tea.

Message Emi directly after your booking is confirmed to discuss the menu - she is more than happy to customize menus for you. Please note if you are vegetarian Emi is happy to accommodate your request but note that the menu for the entire group will be vegetarian.

Cooking experience: (2-3 guests) Emi will meet you at the station and together you will walk to her home. Join her in her kitchen where you will learn to make 3-5 authentic Japanese dishes from scratch. Your cooking class will last 1.5 – 2 hours during which you will learn about food and culture from Emi before you enjoy the meal you helped prepare. You will end your Japanese meal with a dessert and a cup of hot green tea or cold barley tea. Please note that Emi will not join you for the meal but you will get the chance to converse about food and culture as you cook.

Notes: Please note that this experience is not suitable for children of 9 and under.

Languages spoken: Japanese, 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.
  • *Please choose one main from the below choices. They all come with a side dish + rice + soup + Japanese dessert
  • MEAT mains: Teriyaki chicken, ginger pork, gyoza, chicken namban or chicken karaage
  • FISH mains: Yellow tail teriyaki or fried salmon with hijiki seaweed and edamame
  • VEGETARIAN main: Slow cooked nimono of seasonal vegetables
  • Dessert choices: Sweet mochi with anko, dorayaki or anko-donuts (Anko is a sweet red bean paste)

Traveler reviews

We enjoyed our dinner experience with Emi very much. We learned how to cook a traditional Japanese meal and learned many tips and tricks that we will use at home. We also learned about the intriguing concept of umami - the fifth flavour in Japanese cooking. The meal was delicious (oishii). Highly recommended!
- Philip May 06, 2019

My partner and I enjoyed an excellent private cooking class with Emi and learnt some great Japanese home cooking recipes. If you enjoy cooking and Japanese food, this is a great class to take and you’ll bring home some skills to recreate the recipes.
- Louisa April 24, 2019

The cooking class with Emi was lovely and such a treat to experience while in Tokyo. We learned all about Japanese food traditions as well as cultural insights, like why rice is always served on the left. We got to experience the intricate techniques of folding gyoza along with some delicious flavor combinations like toasted sesame spinach. Emi is very sweet, easy to talk to and is very informative! We really enjoyed our cooking experience with her.
- Erika April 14, 2019

Amazing food and delightful instructor! Emi was very kind, funny and a knowledgeable chef! We made two chicken dishes, miso soup, and sesame seed and spinach salad. We had such a fantastic time chatting, laughing and learning from Emi in our private session with her. Definitely recommend!
- kristenburgess42

Loved this experience! Our teacher Emi was so lovely and was great to chat with her about Tokyo also! Food was amazing- will definitely be recreating this at home! 100% recommend, so worth it! Thankyou Emi! Emily and Heather
- Emily and Heather January 07, 2019

We had such an interesting evening with EMI! She is really nice and taught how to cook 4 dishes from scratch. She was really patient with us and answered every question we had about food and Japanese culture in general. The recipes are easy to reproduce at home as well, we are looking forward to try! We would definitely recommend Emi to anyone looking to experience Japanese home cooking with a Japanese native!
- Georgina February 26, 2019

We would very much recommend this enjoyable cooking experience with Emi. Her school is very easy to find in Shibuya and she is a lovely friendly host with excellent English. We cooked Salmon with Hijiki dried sea weed and Edamame young soya beans, Gomaae Spinach Salad with Sesame Dressing using Komatsuna Japanese mustard spinach plus Miso Soup from scratch. Emi also gave us tea to start, Sake with our meal and some little cakes for after. Everything was extremely tasty, we will definitely be buying some Hijiki at home.
- Simon October 19, 2018

While there we learnt how to make some nice dishes in a very fun and welcoming environment. Any questions I had she answered in easy and understandable ways. When I got home I’m definitely showing off with the things I’ve learnt.
- Michael July 18, 2018

We had a great time and a great dinner whit loads of information and a fantastic conversation she even gave us some tips of what to go see overall a great experience
- Jelle June 28, 2018

We had a great cooking evening with Emi. She can tell you al lot about food and about Japan in perfect English. She was enthusiastic and interested in us/our country. The dinner was good and i was amazed about the kitchentool that she used to squash a cucumber Domo arigatou Emi!
- Christel v June 28, 2018

We had a great night cooking with Emi, she explained some traditional Japanese ingredients and techniques we made and ate a delicious meal, and had a great time discussing everything from travel to food to politics. Her English is excellent and the opportunity for some genuine cultural exchange is very much appreciated. Arigato Goziaimasu!
- Joseph June 20, 2018

Emi taught 2 of us to cook teriyaki chicken, spinach and mixed sesame seed salad, miso soup with tofu which were all delicious! We had a fun night, learnt a lot and would highly recommend this experience with Emi in Tokyo for anyone!
- Christine and Adrienne June 02, 2018

Thank you Emi for the wonderful time by cooking with you. We felt so welcome in your kitchen and enjoyed learning to prepare the perfect Teriyaki Chicken. Your cooking class has inspired us to learn more about japanese cuisine. We had a lot of fun and recommend your cooking class to everyone when in Tokyo.
- Roland and Katia May 31, 2018

My husband and I had an unforgettable experience at Emi's cooking class. We've been to Japan several times and wanted to do something different this time. The location was very easy to find, Food we've learned was Japanese home style which I wanted to learn. Emi kindly sent us email with pictures and recipes after class so we can try make at home. She is such a lovely lady also speaks good English. Definitely recommend to people those want to learn more culture and food of Japan.
- Soo May 12, 2018

This was a truly fun cooking class with Emi. There were three of us in the party and Emi catered to our specific request ( no seafood). We learned to make some very simple but traditional Japanese dishes. We even bought ourselves a Japanese Omelet pan after the class so we could try at home. Fun!
- Beth March 21, 2018

Emi was great - her English was wonderful and she was patient and welcoming of questions. The food she taught us to make was delicious - typical Japanese home cooking. Highly recommended!
- Nassim February 19, 2018

The location was only several minutes away from all the Shibuya crossing action. Inside we met up with Emi, she spoke both Japanese and English. Her English is perfect, but fortunately she allowed me to speak in Japanese so I could practice as well. The class ran for about 1 1/2 hours and her explanations as well as the meals were easy to follow and delicious. She was kind enough to send us the recipes through email, and she even allowed me to film during our cooking lesson.
- Edward February 05, 2018

I had a great time! Emi is very kind and a helpful teacher.
- DK October 02, 2017

Emi shows you step buy step how simple it is to create a Japanese dishes at home. I attended a lunch session and was extremely full after the meal! She was extremely kind enough to show me the best green tea to buy for presents after class. I will be back again when I visit Tokyo!!
- Alexis September 26, 2017

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Emi

$56 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
Not offered $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 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

Meet Emi

Emi is passionate about cooking traditional Japanese home-style dishes. After years of learning from three renowned chefs, she became a culinary expert who can prepare almost any authentic Japanese or Washoku dish. She recently decided to open her own cooking studio to share her passion for food and Tokyo life with others. A Tokyo native, Emi enjoys meeting travelers and learning about other cultures. She adores food from every corner of the globe but is also passionate about Japanese cuisine and teas, in addition to cats, photography and hiking! She has a deep interest in nutrition science and values using the freshest, top quality ingredients. Your healthy and well-seasoned meal is guaranteed to be fresh and colorful, using more than 20 ingredients. Emi serves her meals on fine dining tableware, cutlery and utensils, so have your cameras ready for a fun photo journey of Japanese cuisine.

Please note that Emi's kitchen studio is not suitable for children 9 and under.

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: (2-3 guests) You will be served authentic Japanese food in the Teishoku style, characterized by the use of several vegetables as side dishes and a meat or fish as the main. Your meal may include dishes such as ginger pork, teriyaki chicken, chicken karaage or slow cooked grilled fish as the main. For side dishes you have a variety of choices between miso soup, nimono (slow cooked vegetables and meat with soy sauce and other traditional ingredients), marinated vegetables and fishcake, or stir fried egg and vegetables. You will end your meal with dessert and green tea.

Message Emi directly after your booking is confirmed to discuss the menu - she is more than happy to customize menus for you. Please note if you are vegetarian Emi is happy to accommodate your request but note that the menu for the entire group will be vegetarian.

Cooking experience: (2-3 guests) Emi will meet you at the station and together you will walk to her home. Join her in her kitchen where you will learn to make 3-5 authentic Japanese dishes from scratch. Your cooking class will last 1.5 – 2 hours during which you will learn about food and culture from Emi before you enjoy the meal you helped prepare. You will end your Japanese meal with a dessert and a cup of hot green tea or cold barley tea. Please note that Emi will not join you for the meal but you will get the chance to converse about food and culture as you cook.

Notes: Please note that this experience is not suitable for children of 9 and under.

Languages spoken: Japanese, 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.
  • *Please choose one main from the below choices. They all come with a side dish + rice + soup + Japanese dessert
  • MEAT mains: Teriyaki chicken, ginger pork, gyoza, chicken namban or chicken karaage
  • FISH mains: Yellow tail teriyaki or fried salmon with hijiki seaweed and edamame
  • VEGETARIAN main: Slow cooked nimono of seasonal vegetables
  • Dessert choices: Sweet mochi with anko, dorayaki or anko-donuts (Anko is a sweet red bean paste)

Traveler reviews

We enjoyed our dinner experience with Emi very much. We learned how to cook a traditional Japanese meal and learned many tips and tricks that we will use at home. We also learned about the intriguing concept of umami - the fifth flavour in Japanese cooking. The meal was delicious (oishii). Highly recommended!
- Philip May 06, 2019

My partner and I enjoyed an excellent private cooking class with Emi and learnt some great Japanese home cooking recipes. If you enjoy cooking and Japanese food, this is a great class to take and you’ll bring home some skills to recreate the recipes.
- Louisa April 24, 2019

The cooking class with Emi was lovely and such a treat to experience while in Tokyo. We learned all about Japanese food traditions as well as cultural insights, like why rice is always served on the left. We got to experience the intricate techniques of folding gyoza along with some delicious flavor combinations like toasted sesame spinach. Emi is very sweet, easy to talk to and is very informative! We really enjoyed our cooking experience with her.
- Erika April 14, 2019

Amazing food and delightful instructor! Emi was very kind, funny and a knowledgeable chef! We made two chicken dishes, miso soup, and sesame seed and spinach salad. We had such a fantastic time chatting, laughing and learning from Emi in our private session with her. Definitely recommend!
- kristenburgess42

Loved this experience! Our teacher Emi was so lovely and was great to chat with her about Tokyo also! Food was amazing- will definitely be recreating this at home! 100% recommend, so worth it! Thankyou Emi! Emily and Heather
- Emily and Heather January 07, 2019

We had such an interesting evening with EMI! She is really nice and taught how to cook 4 dishes from scratch. She was really patient with us and answered every question we had about food and Japanese culture in general. The recipes are easy to reproduce at home as well, we are looking forward to try! We would definitely recommend Emi to anyone looking to experience Japanese home cooking with a Japanese native!
- Georgina February 26, 2019

We would very much recommend this enjoyable cooking experience with Emi. Her school is very easy to find in Shibuya and she is a lovely friendly host with excellent English. We cooked Salmon with Hijiki dried sea weed and Edamame young soya beans, Gomaae Spinach Salad with Sesame Dressing using Komatsuna Japanese mustard spinach plus Miso Soup from scratch. Emi also gave us tea to start, Sake with our meal and some little cakes for after. Everything was extremely tasty, we will definitely be buying some Hijiki at home.
- Simon October 19, 2018

While there we learnt how to make some nice dishes in a very fun and welcoming environment. Any questions I had she answered in easy and understandable ways. When I got home I’m definitely showing off with the things I’ve learnt.
- Michael July 18, 2018

We had a great time and a great dinner whit loads of information and a fantastic conversation she even gave us some tips of what to go see overall a great experience
- Jelle June 28, 2018

We had a great cooking evening with Emi. She can tell you al lot about food and about Japan in perfect English. She was enthusiastic and interested in us/our country. The dinner was good and i was amazed about the kitchentool that she used to squash a cucumber Domo arigatou Emi!
- Christel v June 28, 2018

We had a great night cooking with Emi, she explained some traditional Japanese ingredients and techniques we made and ate a delicious meal, and had a great time discussing everything from travel to food to politics. Her English is excellent and the opportunity for some genuine cultural exchange is very much appreciated. Arigato Goziaimasu!
- Joseph June 20, 2018

Emi taught 2 of us to cook teriyaki chicken, spinach and mixed sesame seed salad, miso soup with tofu which were all delicious! We had a fun night, learnt a lot and would highly recommend this experience with Emi in Tokyo for anyone!
- Christine and Adrienne June 02, 2018

Thank you Emi for the wonderful time by cooking with you. We felt so welcome in your kitchen and enjoyed learning to prepare the perfect Teriyaki Chicken. Your cooking class has inspired us to learn more about japanese cuisine. We had a lot of fun and recommend your cooking class to everyone when in Tokyo.
- Roland and Katia May 31, 2018

My husband and I had an unforgettable experience at Emi's cooking class. We've been to Japan several times and wanted to do something different this time. The location was very easy to find, Food we've learned was Japanese home style which I wanted to learn. Emi kindly sent us email with pictures and recipes after class so we can try make at home. She is such a lovely lady also speaks good English. Definitely recommend to people those want to learn more culture and food of Japan.
- Soo May 12, 2018

This was a truly fun cooking class with Emi. There were three of us in the party and Emi catered to our specific request ( no seafood). We learned to make some very simple but traditional Japanese dishes. We even bought ourselves a Japanese Omelet pan after the class so we could try at home. Fun!
- Beth March 21, 2018

Emi was great - her English was wonderful and she was patient and welcoming of questions. The food she taught us to make was delicious - typical Japanese home cooking. Highly recommended!
- Nassim February 19, 2018

The location was only several minutes away from all the Shibuya crossing action. Inside we met up with Emi, she spoke both Japanese and English. Her English is perfect, but fortunately she allowed me to speak in Japanese so I could practice as well. The class ran for about 1 1/2 hours and her explanations as well as the meals were easy to follow and delicious. She was kind enough to send us the recipes through email, and she even allowed me to film during our cooking lesson.
- Edward February 05, 2018

I had a great time! Emi is very kind and a helpful teacher.
- DK October 02, 2017

Emi shows you step buy step how simple it is to create a Japanese dishes at home. I attended a lunch session and was extremely full after the meal! She was extremely kind enough to show me the best green tea to buy for presents after class. I will be back again when I visit Tokyo!!
- Alexis September 26, 2017

Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $56 Not offered
Alcohol
$8 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
FAQ

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