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Host: Kiwa

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$40-$128 per person

Kaiseki cooking class with a chef in Tokyo

Host offerings
  • House
  • Professional cook
  • Pets
  • Vegetarian
  • Alcohol
  • Transportation
  • Cooking experience
  • Market visit
  • Food tour

Meet Kiwa

Kiwa grew up in the Kochi prefecture on Shikoku island in southeastern Japan, known for its unique seasonal vegetables and ingredients. Keeping with the Washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) tradition that respects the natural beauty by using seasonal and wild ingredients, Kiwa uses fresh, seasonal ingredients as much as possible in her cooking. She also enjoys using ingredients locally sourced from Kochi and other rural areas. Inspired by a gastronomic family that owned and ran a Ryokan (traditional Japanese style inn) for many years, that served authentic kaiseki (individual small dishes used to serve a variety of Japanese foods), she has been professionally trained to be a chef in the US, France and Japan. Now Kiwa is a culinary innovator whose passion is to teach Japanese cooking without ever compromising on the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients. She is excited to share with you the story behind Japanese cultural food and its spiritual nature.

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: (2-7 guests) Kiwa will greet you with a warm welcome as you step into her kitchen studio. As you sip on a refreshing drink, Kiwa will walk through what you might expect to eat. She offers either a petit kaiseki of meat or seafood cooked in a traditional Japanese method served alongside sides and soup or an inaka (rural style) sushi course and soup. If you are a big fan of sushi but a little tired of the typical sushi ingredients, her sushi will surprise you with its uniqueness in flavor.

Cooking experience: (2-7 guests) Join Kiwa in her kitchen and learn to cook 5-6 Japanese dishes. You will prepare authentic Washoku cuisine using time-honored, traditional Japanese cooking methods and techniques, bringing out the essence of the freshest, wildest, most seasonal flavors sourced locally. Kiwa teaches you to cook authentic recipes that are easy to master and provides handy tips and easy-to-remember instructions.

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.
  • A. Seasonal Kaiseki meal
  • B. Inaka sushi meal

Traveler reviews

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Kiwa

$40-$128 USD

per person
100%
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  • 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
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $128 $97
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $128 $97
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Kiwa

Kiwa grew up in the Kochi prefecture on Shikoku island in southeastern Japan, known for its unique seasonal vegetables and ingredients. Keeping with the Washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) tradition that respects the natural beauty by using seasonal and wild ingredients, Kiwa uses fresh, seasonal ingredients as much as possible in her cooking. She also enjoys using ingredients locally sourced from Kochi and other rural areas. Inspired by a gastronomic family that owned and ran a Ryokan (traditional Japanese style inn) for many years, that served authentic kaiseki (individual small dishes used to serve a variety of Japanese foods), she has been professionally trained to be a chef in the US, France and Japan. Now Kiwa is a culinary innovator whose passion is to teach Japanese cooking without ever compromising on the use of fresh and seasonal ingredients. She is excited to share with you the story behind Japanese cultural food and its spiritual nature.

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: (2-7 guests) Kiwa will greet you with a warm welcome as you step into her kitchen studio. As you sip on a refreshing drink, Kiwa will walk through what you might expect to eat. She offers either a petit kaiseki of meat or seafood cooked in a traditional Japanese method served alongside sides and soup or an inaka (rural style) sushi course and soup. If you are a big fan of sushi but a little tired of the typical sushi ingredients, her sushi will surprise you with its uniqueness in flavor.

Cooking experience: (2-7 guests) Join Kiwa in her kitchen and learn to cook 5-6 Japanese dishes. You will prepare authentic Washoku cuisine using time-honored, traditional Japanese cooking methods and techniques, bringing out the essence of the freshest, wildest, most seasonal flavors sourced locally. Kiwa teaches you to cook authentic recipes that are easy to master and provides handy tips and easy-to-remember instructions.

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.
  • A. Seasonal Kaiseki meal
  • B. Inaka sushi meal

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $128 $97
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $50 $40
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $128 $97
Alcohol
$7 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

    You can cancel your experience 48 hours or more before your experience date and receive a full refund. To request a cancellation once you have made a booking simply log in and click the "Request Cancellation" link from the bottom of your booking. Your refund will be processed immediately (note it can take up to 10 business days for this refund to post to your credit card statement). Please note that for cancellations within 48 hours of your experience we unfortunately cannot offer a refund; this is because our hosts typically purchase food and begin their preparations up to 48 hours before the experience.

    Most of our hosts are able to accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies, including vegetarian and gluten free options. For vegetarian travelers, we have an icon on each host profile to indicate whether that host can also offer a fully vegetarian menu. There is a section in the booking form to note any allergies or dietary restrictions which will be sent directly to your host.

    If you have a question about an experience, create a reservation and include your note in the field "Write a note to your host". Once you request a booking you can continue to message your host directly to ask any specific questions. You can always cancel your booking and receive a full refund as long as you cancel 48 hours in advance.

    Your card will not be charged until your host accepts your booking. Typically hosts respond to bookings within 72 hours. In the event your host is unavailable on your selected date and your host rejects your booking your credit card will not be charged.

    Your host's detailed contact information, including their phone number, address, and direction notes, will all be provided immediately upon successful confirmation of your experience (after your hosts accepts your booking and your credit card is successfully processed). This information will be emailed to you to the email address you used to sign up, and will also be visible on your Traveling Spoon profile.

    All prices are noted per person prices unless otherwise specified. Transportation is typically charged on a per car basis, but otherwise all prices are per person. Children aged 5-11 are 50% off, and infants aged 0-4 are free.

    Some hosts offer alcohol as an optional add-on for travelers who are of legal drinking age. Pricing for alcohol is visible on the host profile page and includes one to two glasses of wine, beer or local alcohol.

    Some hosts offer transportation as an optional add-on for travelers. Typically this is round trip transportation with pick up and drop off at your hotel. Pricing is quoted per car. Specific instructions for transportation will be provided in your confirmation details when your booking is confirmed.

    Many of our hosts accommodate solo travelers. You can see if a host accepts solo travelers by looking at the traveler range found next to the experience descriptions on the host profile (indicated by the numbers in parentheses next to "In-home meal", "Cooking experience" and "Market visit").

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    Hosts typically respond to booking inquiries within 72 hours. If for some reason you have not heard from your host or if you have any questions you can always contact us at reservations@travelingspoon.com.