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Host: Makiko

Tokyo, Japan

USD
$50-$90 per person

Creative take on traditional Japanese cuisine in a beautiful Tokyo home

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

Meet Makiko

A Tokyo native, Makiko lives in a beautiful, spacious townhouse in the residential neighborhood around Komazawa Olympic Park. Makiko is a kind, warm-hearted person who loves people and hosting dinner parties for her foreign friends. Makiko values fresh, seasonal food ingredients sourced locally and uses traditional Japanese ingredients such as ume, shiso, and myoga in her dishes which render a distinctive flavor to your food. Learn about ingredients essential to authentic Japanese cooking and see how they are transformed into creative, beautiful and flavorful dishes. Makiko was one of the first people to take care of foreign families who were sent to Japan for work, a couple of decades ago. She was responsible for helping foreigners get accustomed to the Japanese way of life and introduced them to Japanese culture, customs and shopping. She is a wealth of knowledge about Japanese food and culture, and looks forward to sharing it with travelers.

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: (2-10 guests) Makiko will pick you up at the station in her car or a taxi and drive you five minutes to her home. You will be served a cup of refreshing tea as you sit down in her living room and hear a rundown of the menu for the day. Your Japanese feast with Makiko may include dishes such as colorful chirashi-sushi with a plethora of Japanese ingredients and tuna avocado salad on chicory leaves or sea bream sashimi and chicken teriyaki or vegetable ohitashi, steamed and marinated eggplant in broth and Nishiki tamago (sweet cooked egg). Your menu may vary depending on the season. Makiko’s home is child friendly and she would be happy to host little foodies!

Cooking experience: (2-10 guests) Join Makiko in her kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson of traditional-inspired, homemade Japanese dishes. Makiko will explain the cooking process in detail and share important tips about Japanese cooking that are not taught in recipe books. The cooking portion of your experience will take 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the number of people in your group. After the dishes have been cooked, you will sit down together at her dining table and enjoy the feast you helped prepare.

Market visit: (2-10 guests) Makiko will meet you at Komazawa-Daigaku station on the Tokyu Denentoshi line - a seven minute train ride from Shibuya. Together you will walk to a local supermarket, as well as a fish and vegetable shop, and learn about important Japanese foods and ingredients that locals use in their everyday cooking. Makiko is an expert on Japanese cuisine so feel free to ask her anything about Japanese food and ingredients.

Notes: There is a cat in the house that is shy and quiet and is usually found hiding upstairs when guests are in the home.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

Traveler reviews

I booked a cooking experience via Traveling Spoon with Makiko T. of Tokyo Japan. We started the evening with tea and we discussed the recipes we would prepare. The recipes were challangeing enough to be interesting, but easy enough to recreate at home. We spent the majority of the evening cooking in which Makiko demonstrated her teaching skills as she patiently and expertly walked me through several recipes. From there we sat down to a truly delicious meal. We discussed food, Japan, family, and life, and for the first time since my arrival in Japan I felt relaxed and completely at ease. I found Makiko to be warm, generous, and hospitable, and I highly recommend booking a cooking experience with her. Makiko, If you happen to read this, thank you again.
- Angela July 21, 2018

Makiko was such a gracious host. She took us on tours of a butcher shop, wet market and grocery to show us how locals shop and what they buy. she then took us to her home where she taught us how to cook recipes that we had specifically requested. She was excellent and I would do this again.
- Emilia January 02, 2018

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Makiko

$50-$90 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
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $62
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $72
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $62
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $72
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm

Meet Makiko

A Tokyo native, Makiko lives in a beautiful, spacious townhouse in the residential neighborhood around Komazawa Olympic Park. Makiko is a kind, warm-hearted person who loves people and hosting dinner parties for her foreign friends. Makiko values fresh, seasonal food ingredients sourced locally and uses traditional Japanese ingredients such as ume, shiso, and myoga in her dishes which render a distinctive flavor to your food. Learn about ingredients essential to authentic Japanese cooking and see how they are transformed into creative, beautiful and flavorful dishes. Makiko was one of the first people to take care of foreign families who were sent to Japan for work, a couple of decades ago. She was responsible for helping foreigners get accustomed to the Japanese way of life and introduced them to Japanese culture, customs and shopping. She is a wealth of knowledge about Japanese food and culture, and looks forward to sharing it with travelers.

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: (2-10 guests) Makiko will pick you up at the station in her car or a taxi and drive you five minutes to her home. You will be served a cup of refreshing tea as you sit down in her living room and hear a rundown of the menu for the day. Your Japanese feast with Makiko may include dishes such as colorful chirashi-sushi with a plethora of Japanese ingredients and tuna avocado salad on chicory leaves or sea bream sashimi and chicken teriyaki or vegetable ohitashi, steamed and marinated eggplant in broth and Nishiki tamago (sweet cooked egg). Your menu may vary depending on the season. Makiko’s home is child friendly and she would be happy to host little foodies!

Cooking experience: (2-10 guests) Join Makiko in her kitchen for a hands-on cooking lesson of traditional-inspired, homemade Japanese dishes. Makiko will explain the cooking process in detail and share important tips about Japanese cooking that are not taught in recipe books. The cooking portion of your experience will take 1.5 – 2 hours depending on the number of people in your group. After the dishes have been cooked, you will sit down together at her dining table and enjoy the feast you helped prepare.

Market visit: (2-10 guests) Makiko will meet you at Komazawa-Daigaku station on the Tokyu Denentoshi line - a seven minute train ride from Shibuya. Together you will walk to a local supermarket, as well as a fish and vegetable shop, and learn about important Japanese foods and ingredients that locals use in their everyday cooking. Makiko is an expert on Japanese cuisine so feel free to ask her anything about Japanese food and ingredients.

Notes: There is a cat in the house that is shy and quiet and is usually found hiding upstairs when guests are in the home.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

Traveler reviews

I booked a cooking experience via Traveling Spoon with Makiko T. of Tokyo Japan. We started the evening with tea and we discussed the recipes we would prepare. The recipes were challangeing enough to be interesting, but easy enough to recreate at home. We spent the majority of the evening cooking in which Makiko demonstrated her teaching skills as she patiently and expertly walked me through several recipes. From there we sat down to a truly delicious meal. We discussed food, Japan, family, and life, and for the first time since my arrival in Japan I felt relaxed and completely at ease. I found Makiko to be warm, generous, and hospitable, and I highly recommend booking a cooking experience with her. Makiko, If you happen to read this, thank you again.
- Angela July 21, 2018

Makiko was such a gracious host. She took us on tours of a butcher shop, wet market and grocery to show us how locals shop and what they buy. she then took us to her home where she taught us how to cook recipes that we had specifically requested. She was excellent and I would do this again.
- Emilia January 02, 2018

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $62
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $72
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
Not offered $62 $50
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $78 $62
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $90 $72
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:00am-1:00pm 6:30pm-8:30pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm 5:00pm-8:00pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm 4:00pm-8:00pm
FAQ

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