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Host: Emika

Kyoto, Japan

USD
$38-$64 per person

Sushi or Obanzai cooking and matcha with a Kyoto native in her home

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

Meet Emika

A Kyoto native and an avid traveler, Emika has a deep passion for food. She especially enjoys exploring the local cuisine of the regions she travels to and is eager to provide travelers with regional Kyoto cuisine in her home. Emika learned about the art of matcha from her father, a master of Sado (matcha tea ceremony) and loves to teach guests how to prepare the perfect cup of matcha green tea the traditional way. Her father may even lead the matcha demonstration when he is home. Emika's family owns an organic vegetable field where she harvests most of the vegetables that she uses in her cooking. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer variety of daikon radishes grown on their farm! Emika specializes in sushi making that she learned from professionals in the past, and Obanzai cooking, a traditional style of Japanese cuisine native to Kyoto in which at least half of its ingredients must be produced or processed in Kyoto. Obanzai cooking heavily relies on seasonal vegetables and seafood. Emika's food therefore includes locally sourced ingredients, whether it's miso soup from her family's homemade miso or sushi prepared from the freshest fish procured from her local fishmonger. Emika loves to meet new people and share stories of life in Japan - she looks forward to making friends with guests from all over the world!

Born and raised in Kyoto, Emika is a wealth of knowledge with regards to all things related to her city. Feel free to ask her for her local recommendations, whether it's important sites, shops or about Kyoto's unique Obanzai food culture.

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: (1-4 guests) Meet Emika at her home for a regional culinary experience that will start or end with a freshly made cup of traditional matcha green tea prepared by Emika or her father. You will sit down together around a dining table to share a traditional Obanzai meal over fun conversation. Your Japanese meal may include dishes such as miso soup, rice, traditional Obanzai dishes, and a sweet that goes well with matcha. 

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Learn how to make sushi of your choice or traditional Obanzai style dishes such as cooked and marinated mushrooms, pickled or slow-cooked seasonal vegetables and tofu dishes prepared the traditional way as well as homemade miso soup with Emika over an informative conversation in her cozy kitchen. The cooking portion of your experience may last about an hour before you enjoy the meal you prepared together. Emika will teach you about traditional Japanese cooking techniques from chopping to marination.

Notes: If you choose the paid transport option, Emika will pick you up from the Katsura station on the Hankyu Kyoto line NOT your hotel. Her home is a 5-10 minute drive from this station.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

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.
  • Oshi or nigiri-sushi or Obanzai main
  • Miso soup
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Gyoza

Traveler reviews

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

$38-$64 USD

per person
100% VETTED
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  • 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
$46 $38 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $54
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$12 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$46 $38 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $54
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$12 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 4:30pm-7:30pm

Meet Emika

A Kyoto native and an avid traveler, Emika has a deep passion for food. She especially enjoys exploring the local cuisine of the regions she travels to and is eager to provide travelers with regional Kyoto cuisine in her home. Emika learned about the art of matcha from her father, a master of Sado (matcha tea ceremony) and loves to teach guests how to prepare the perfect cup of matcha green tea the traditional way. Her father may even lead the matcha demonstration when he is home. Emika's family owns an organic vegetable field where she harvests most of the vegetables that she uses in her cooking. Prepare to be amazed by the sheer variety of daikon radishes grown on their farm! Emika specializes in sushi making that she learned from professionals in the past, and Obanzai cooking, a traditional style of Japanese cuisine native to Kyoto in which at least half of its ingredients must be produced or processed in Kyoto. Obanzai cooking heavily relies on seasonal vegetables and seafood. Emika's food therefore includes locally sourced ingredients, whether it's miso soup from her family's homemade miso or sushi prepared from the freshest fish procured from her local fishmonger. Emika loves to meet new people and share stories of life in Japan - she looks forward to making friends with guests from all over the world!

Born and raised in Kyoto, Emika is a wealth of knowledge with regards to all things related to her city. Feel free to ask her for her local recommendations, whether it's important sites, shops or about Kyoto's unique Obanzai food culture.

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: (1-4 guests) Meet Emika at her home for a regional culinary experience that will start or end with a freshly made cup of traditional matcha green tea prepared by Emika or her father. You will sit down together around a dining table to share a traditional Obanzai meal over fun conversation. Your Japanese meal may include dishes such as miso soup, rice, traditional Obanzai dishes, and a sweet that goes well with matcha. 

Cooking experience: (1-5 guests) Learn how to make sushi of your choice or traditional Obanzai style dishes such as cooked and marinated mushrooms, pickled or slow-cooked seasonal vegetables and tofu dishes prepared the traditional way as well as homemade miso soup with Emika over an informative conversation in her cozy kitchen. The cooking portion of your experience may last about an hour before you enjoy the meal you prepared together. Emika will teach you about traditional Japanese cooking techniques from chopping to marination.

Notes: If you choose the paid transport option, Emika will pick you up from the Katsura station on the Hankyu Kyoto line NOT your hotel. Her home is a 5-10 minute drive from this station.

Languages spoken: English, Japanese

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.
  • Oshi or nigiri-sushi or Obanzai main
  • Miso soup
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Gyoza

Traveler reviews

This is a new host who does not yet have any reviews. You can see reviews of our other Kyoto Traveling Spoon experiences on TripAdvisor:
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$46 $38 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $54
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$12 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$46 $38 Not offered
Cooking Experience + Meal
$64 $54 $54
Alcohol
$6 per person
Transportation
$12 per car
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
11:30am-1:30pm 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:00am-2:00pm 4:30pm-7:30pm
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