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Host: Emi

Tokyo, Japan

$54 10% off

$48

USD per person

Traditional Japanese cooking class with a local

Host offerings
  • Apartment
  • Home cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking class
  • 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 a main from a choice such as gyoza (potstickers), udon with shrimp tempura, ginger pork, teriyaki chicken, chicken karaage or slow cooked grilled fish as the main. Your main is accompanied by miso soup, rice and a side vegetable like nimono (slow cooked vegetables and meat with soy sauce and other traditional ingredients), marinated vegetables or stir fried egg and vegetables. You will end your meal with a Japanese dessert and green tea. Emi may not join you for the meal but you will get the chance to converse about food and culture as you cook. Emi offers sake as an optional alcohol add-on.

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 group may change accordingly.

Cooking experience: (2-3 guests) Emi will meet you at the Nerima station and together you will walk to her home where she will welcome you with mugi-cha (barley tea). Join Emi in her kitchen where you will learn to make 3-5 authentic Japanese dishes from scratch. If you're interested in cooking gyoza or udon with tempura, please let Emi know in advance. Your cooking class will last 1.5 – 2 hours during which you will learn about traditional Japanese food and culture from this local expert.

Notes: After your cooking class + meal experience, Emi will take you to a supermarket before dropping you off at Nerima station. At the supermarket, Emi will share more about Japanese chocolates, seasonings, ramen soups, seasonal fruits etc. She will also help you buy any ingredients that you’d like to take back home, such as miso paste, organic sesame, ramen, different kitkat flavors (a popular choice!) etc.

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: Gyoza, udon noodles and tempura, 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

4.78 (9)
To begin with Emi was friendly with great communication and provided easy to find her instructions. She then escorted us to her beautiful and clean home. We made delicious gomai, rice, miso soup and the most delicately flavoured salmon! This is a menu that is absolutely reproducible at home which is a key element for us when attending classes! We had a little spare time so Emi kindly toured us around her local supermarket so we could pick up delicacies we wouldn’t otherwise have known about! It was wonderful chatting to Emi about culture and life in Japan, and we would highly recommend this class! Thanks Emi!
- FreudianTraveller November 01, 2019
We had a wonderful time with Emi during our stay in Tokyo ! The cooking part was great but it was nothing compared to the human experience we lived during these few hours chatting and laughing with Emi. We recommand it thousand times! Thanks again for having us!
- titesha971 May 01, 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 S April 01, 2019
If you love Japanese food, you will love learning to cook it with Emi. My husband and I had a private class with her yesterday. We knew as soon as we met her we were in for a treat. Emi is a delightful woman. She welcomed us by making us green tea. We learned that Japanese food is all about the presentation,- how to make it look inviting. While we were preparing it, we talked about the ingredients and Japanese food in general. We also talked about Japanese caligraphy, culture and festivals. We learned about so much more than cooking. Having prepared and cooked the food, we sat down to eat a delicious lunch of miso soup, chicken and green onions with sesame flavoured spinach, and a sweet treat, finished with a glass of sake. We were surprised to find two and a half hours had flown by, while we were getting to know an interesting and very different side of Japan. It was a wonderful experience that we would highly recommend to everyone.
- 306Jess April 01, 2019
This class was amazing. I attended with my partner. Emi was incredibly friendly and loved teaching us about Japanese culture and learning about Australian culture. Her English was very good which made her easy to understand. We made our own gyoza, and can not wait to make it at home.
- Alyssa M April 01, 2019
Spent the night cooking up gyoza, miso soup and spinach with crushed sesame seeds for dinner. She was knowledgeable about the dishes and the traditions around dining etiquette.
- Travelingbozo April 01, 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.
- Lou April 01, 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 P February 01, 2019
She explained in English the ingredients and we all got involved in diving, chopping, straining and Cooking Japanese Chicken Karaage, Daikon Soup and Sesame seed coated Spinach. Very lively experience and fun cooking with EMI-san.
- Oreo January 01, 2019
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Emi

$54 10% off through Aug 31
$54
10% off through Aug 31
$54
10% off
through Aug 31

$48

USD per person
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  • Free cancellation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $54 $48 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 $9 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $54 $48 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 $9 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 a main from a choice such as gyoza (potstickers), udon with shrimp tempura, ginger pork, teriyaki chicken, chicken karaage or slow cooked grilled fish as the main. Your main is accompanied by miso soup, rice and a side vegetable like nimono (slow cooked vegetables and meat with soy sauce and other traditional ingredients), marinated vegetables or stir fried egg and vegetables. You will end your meal with a Japanese dessert and green tea. Emi may not join you for the meal but you will get the chance to converse about food and culture as you cook. Emi offers sake as an optional alcohol add-on.

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 group may change accordingly.

Cooking experience: (2-3 guests) Emi will meet you at the Nerima station and together you will walk to her home where she will welcome you with mugi-cha (barley tea). Join Emi in her kitchen where you will learn to make 3-5 authentic Japanese dishes from scratch. If you're interested in cooking gyoza or udon with tempura, please let Emi know in advance. Your cooking class will last 1.5 – 2 hours during which you will learn about traditional Japanese food and culture from this local expert.

Notes: After your cooking class + meal experience, Emi will take you to a supermarket before dropping you off at Nerima station. At the supermarket, Emi will share more about Japanese chocolates, seasonings, ramen soups, seasonal fruits etc. She will also help you buy any ingredients that you’d like to take back home, such as miso paste, organic sesame, ramen, different kitkat flavors (a popular choice!) etc.

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: Gyoza, udon noodles and tempura, 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

4.78 (9)
To begin with Emi was friendly with great communication and provided easy to find her instructions. She then escorted us to her beautiful and clean home. We made delicious gomai, rice, miso soup and the most delicately flavoured salmon! This is a menu that is absolutely reproducible at home which is a key element for us when attending classes! We had a little spare time so Emi kindly toured us around her local supermarket so we could pick up delicacies we wouldn’t otherwise have known about! It was wonderful chatting to Emi about culture and life in Japan, and we would highly recommend this class! Thanks Emi!
- FreudianTraveller November 01, 2019
We had a wonderful time with Emi during our stay in Tokyo ! The cooking part was great but it was nothing compared to the human experience we lived during these few hours chatting and laughing with Emi. We recommand it thousand times! Thanks again for having us!
- titesha971 May 01, 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 S April 01, 2019
If you love Japanese food, you will love learning to cook it with Emi. My husband and I had a private class with her yesterday. We knew as soon as we met her we were in for a treat. Emi is a delightful woman. She welcomed us by making us green tea. We learned that Japanese food is all about the presentation,- how to make it look inviting. While we were preparing it, we talked about the ingredients and Japanese food in general. We also talked about Japanese caligraphy, culture and festivals. We learned about so much more than cooking. Having prepared and cooked the food, we sat down to eat a delicious lunch of miso soup, chicken and green onions with sesame flavoured spinach, and a sweet treat, finished with a glass of sake. We were surprised to find two and a half hours had flown by, while we were getting to know an interesting and very different side of Japan. It was a wonderful experience that we would highly recommend to everyone.
- 306Jess April 01, 2019
This class was amazing. I attended with my partner. Emi was incredibly friendly and loved teaching us about Japanese culture and learning about Australian culture. Her English was very good which made her easy to understand. We made our own gyoza, and can not wait to make it at home.
- Alyssa M April 01, 2019
Spent the night cooking up gyoza, miso soup and spinach with crushed sesame seeds for dinner. She was knowledgeable about the dishes and the traditions around dining etiquette.
- Travelingbozo April 01, 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.
- Lou April 01, 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 P February 01, 2019
She explained in English the ingredients and we all got involved in diving, chopping, straining and Cooking Japanese Chicken Karaage, Daikon Soup and Sesame seed coated Spinach. Very lively experience and fun cooking with EMI-san.
- Oreo January 01, 2019
Read More
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $54 $48 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 $9 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $54 $48 Not offered
Alcohol
$10 $9 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
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