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Host: Rita

Kyoto, Japan

USD
$78-$106 per person

Tofu tour and Japanese cooking class with a fun local

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

Meet Rita

A delightful local with a zest for life, Rita is a wealth of knowledge about the local culture and speaks great English. After studying in the US, she returned to Japan to become an entrepreneur and make time for her main passion: cooking and sharing her food and culture with others! Rita follows the Japanese principles of mottainai (avoiding waste) and ichiju sansai (literally "one soup three dishes" or a balanced approach to menu planning). She tries to balance her dishes with a variety of flavors that come together as one. She tends to use fresh, seasonal vegetables in her cooking to make healthy, well-balanced and nutritious dishes. Washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list and Rita is eager to share her cooking practice related to Washoku. Rita delights in beautiful table settings using traditional plates and cutlery so guests can enjoy a visual and sensory experience of her food. This also contributes to making the perfect balance of a meal, as she believes.

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: (2-8 guests) Rita will give you an exciting introduction to authentic Japanese cuisine, starting with a brief tour of tofu production at a tofu shop established 90 years ago. She will walk you through the process of how tofu is made from soy beans and describe the variety of products that can be made from tofu. After your introduction to tofu, Rita will take you upstairs for your hands-on cooking class. You will have the opportunity to help prepare and taste the unique ingredients and seasonings that form the foundation of Japanese cuisine. Your cooking lesson with last about an hour and a half before you sit down together to enjoy the meal you helped prepared over fun conversation. Your well-balanced, fresh and seasonal homecooked Japanese meal might include dishes such as Chirashi-sushi, miso soup, Teriyaki of fatty Buri(yellowtail) fish, and some tofu dishes. You will go home with recipes in English for the dishes you learned, leaving you well-prepared to recreate a satisfying, authentic, and home cooked Japanese meal back home.

Market visit: (2-8 guests) Meet Rita at Kitaoji station before you explore a bustling, local supermarket that sells everything you need to make a traditional Japanese meal at home. Rita will teach you about the local products on offer, from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to Japanese traditional ingredients and spices. You will also learn how to choose the freshest produce. After exploring the supermarket together you will walk together to a tofu shop, where you will have your cooking lesson. Please note that unlike a typical open market visit, this is a visit to a supermarket where locals shop everyday.

Languages spoken: Japanese, English, Italian

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.
  • Chirashi-sushi
  • Miso soup
  • Teriyaki of fatty Buri (yellowtail) fish
  • Marinated seasonal vegetables

Traveler reviews

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Rita

$78-$106 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
Not offered $96 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $106 $88
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $96 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $106 $88
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm

Meet Rita

A delightful local with a zest for life, Rita is a wealth of knowledge about the local culture and speaks great English. After studying in the US, she returned to Japan to become an entrepreneur and make time for her main passion: cooking and sharing her food and culture with others! Rita follows the Japanese principles of mottainai (avoiding waste) and ichiju sansai (literally "one soup three dishes" or a balanced approach to menu planning). She tries to balance her dishes with a variety of flavors that come together as one. She tends to use fresh, seasonal vegetables in her cooking to make healthy, well-balanced and nutritious dishes. Washoku, traditional Japanese cuisine has been added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list and Rita is eager to share her cooking practice related to Washoku. Rita delights in beautiful table settings using traditional plates and cutlery so guests can enjoy a visual and sensory experience of her food. This also contributes to making the perfect balance of a meal, as she believes.

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: (2-8 guests) Rita will give you an exciting introduction to authentic Japanese cuisine, starting with a brief tour of tofu production at a tofu shop established 90 years ago. She will walk you through the process of how tofu is made from soy beans and describe the variety of products that can be made from tofu. After your introduction to tofu, Rita will take you upstairs for your hands-on cooking class. You will have the opportunity to help prepare and taste the unique ingredients and seasonings that form the foundation of Japanese cuisine. Your cooking lesson with last about an hour and a half before you sit down together to enjoy the meal you helped prepared over fun conversation. Your well-balanced, fresh and seasonal homecooked Japanese meal might include dishes such as Chirashi-sushi, miso soup, Teriyaki of fatty Buri(yellowtail) fish, and some tofu dishes. You will go home with recipes in English for the dishes you learned, leaving you well-prepared to recreate a satisfying, authentic, and home cooked Japanese meal back home.

Market visit: (2-8 guests) Meet Rita at Kitaoji station before you explore a bustling, local supermarket that sells everything you need to make a traditional Japanese meal at home. Rita will teach you about the local products on offer, from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to Japanese traditional ingredients and spices. You will also learn how to choose the freshest produce. After exploring the supermarket together you will walk together to a tofu shop, where you will have your cooking lesson. Please note that unlike a typical open market visit, this is a visit to a supermarket where locals shop everyday.

Languages spoken: Japanese, English, Italian

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.
  • Chirashi-sushi
  • Miso soup
  • Teriyaki of fatty Buri (yellowtail) fish
  • Marinated seasonal vegetables

Traveler reviews

Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $96 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $106 $88
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $96 $78
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
Not offered $106 $88
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
10:00am-2:00pm
FAQ

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