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Host: Noriko

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$74-$88 per person

Learn to prepare a modern bento box or traditional Japanese dishes with an expert

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

Meet Noriko

Noriko was inspired to share her culture and cuisine after an incredible experience she had cooking and eating with a local family living in rural New Zealand, where they use a boat regularly to get around. On her return to Japan, she began offering cooking lessons in Tokyo with the sole objective of sharing authentic Japanese food and culture with the world. She specializes not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern trends that Japanese housewives’ use in their everyday cooking. Her specialty is ‘kyara-ben’, a character bento box in which she arranges food in elaborate styles to look like popular characters, people and animals. Her recipes are all about balance in flavor, nutrients and colors so your Japanese bento/gozen will be a treat for your eyes and taste buds. Noriko speaks impeccable English and is happy to share stories about food and culture in Japan over lunch. On the days Noriko is not available, another instructor at her school will be assigned to your cooking experience.

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.

Cooking experience: (1-7 guests) Noriko will host you at her kitchen studio which is within walking distance form JR Yotsuya station. Sip on a refreshing drink before rolling up your sleeves to prepare to cook the menu choice that you suggested when creating your booking, either the seasonal washoku gozen of seasonal, traditional Japanese dishes or the more modern Kyara-ben, character bento. If you chose kyara-ben, you will learn all about Japanese home-style bento box and its playful twist, with the help of handy new gadgets and old style Japanese tools. If you chose washoku gozen, you will learn how to make several kinds of traditional and seasonal Japanese dishes from scratch. Since dashi is the foundation for most dishes, you will learn the method for making dashi in either cooking class, and you will transform it either into a soup or small dishes. You will end your experience with recipes that you can use to recreate back home the dishes you learned in Tokyo.

Notes: Please specify whether you would prefer to learn the traditional Japanese washoku meal or the more modern bento box when you make your booking request.

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.
  • Seasonal washoku gozen
  • Kyara-ben (character bento)

Traveler reviews

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Noriko

$74-$88 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
$88 $74 $74
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$88 $74 $74
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm

Meet Noriko

Noriko was inspired to share her culture and cuisine after an incredible experience she had cooking and eating with a local family living in rural New Zealand, where they use a boat regularly to get around. On her return to Japan, she began offering cooking lessons in Tokyo with the sole objective of sharing authentic Japanese food and culture with the world. She specializes not only in traditional cuisine like washoku gozen, seasonal and authentic Japanese dishes but also in showcasing modern trends that Japanese housewives’ use in their everyday cooking. Her specialty is ‘kyara-ben’, a character bento box in which she arranges food in elaborate styles to look like popular characters, people and animals. Her recipes are all about balance in flavor, nutrients and colors so your Japanese bento/gozen will be a treat for your eyes and taste buds. Noriko speaks impeccable English and is happy to share stories about food and culture in Japan over lunch. On the days Noriko is not available, another instructor at her school will be assigned to your cooking experience.

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.

Cooking experience: (1-7 guests) Noriko will host you at her kitchen studio which is within walking distance form JR Yotsuya station. Sip on a refreshing drink before rolling up your sleeves to prepare to cook the menu choice that you suggested when creating your booking, either the seasonal washoku gozen of seasonal, traditional Japanese dishes or the more modern Kyara-ben, character bento. If you chose kyara-ben, you will learn all about Japanese home-style bento box and its playful twist, with the help of handy new gadgets and old style Japanese tools. If you chose washoku gozen, you will learn how to make several kinds of traditional and seasonal Japanese dishes from scratch. Since dashi is the foundation for most dishes, you will learn the method for making dashi in either cooking class, and you will transform it either into a soup or small dishes. You will end your experience with recipes that you can use to recreate back home the dishes you learned in Tokyo.

Notes: Please specify whether you would prefer to learn the traditional Japanese washoku meal or the more modern bento box when you make your booking request.

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.
  • Seasonal washoku gozen
  • Kyara-ben (character bento)

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$88 $74 $74
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$88 $74 $74
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm
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.

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    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.

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