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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 class
  • 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

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Tokyo Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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Kiwa

$40-$128 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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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
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

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Tokyo Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
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
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