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Host: Sakura

Sapporo, Japan

USD
$38-$68 per person

Japanese cooking with a charming local in the heart of Sapporo

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

Meet Sakura

A true Hokkaido local, Sakura was born and raised in Chitose, a neighboring city of Sapporo. Her passion for cooking developed when she got married and had a child as she valued making healthy, well-balanced meals using fresh, seasonal produce for her loved ones. Sakura fell deeper in love with cooking when she watched her family enjoy her meals, and thus began her quest to learn about different cooking techniques used around the world. She is always curious about what people of other cultures cook and eat and enjoys meeting new people and sharing new experiences. Cooking for people brings Sakura joy and and she is excited to meet Traveling Spoon guests from all over the world and share homemade Japanese cuisine with them.

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: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Sakura at her beautiful apartment, located in a peaceful residential area within a ten-minute walk from the Higashi-Sapporo station. Relax over a welcome drink before joining Sakura for a homestyle Japanese meal. Her husband who is originally from the U.S. and their son might join you for a fun family meal when they are present. Your menu might include dishes such as chikuzenni (chicken and vegetables stewed in soy and mirin), miso soup, dashimaki tamago (egg roll cooked with dashi stock), and hand shaped onigiri (rice balls). Your meal will conclude with a cup of freshly brewed tea. Please note that the menu may vary depending on the season and availability of fresh ingredients in the market.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Sakura in her kitchen for a hands-on cooking experience. She will teach you how to prepare 2-3 authentic, home-style Japanese dishes that are easy to replicate at home. You can expect to cook together for about 1-1 1/2 hours before sitting down to enjoy the meal you helped prepare together at the dining table.

Notes: This is a child friendly experience!

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.
  • Chikuzenni (chicken and vegetables stewed in soy and mirin)
  • Dashimaki tamago (egg roll cooked with dashi stock)
  • Miso soup
  • Onigiri (rice balls)
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Sakura

$38-$68 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
$56 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 $46
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$56 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 $46
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm

Meet Sakura

A true Hokkaido local, Sakura was born and raised in Chitose, a neighboring city of Sapporo. Her passion for cooking developed when she got married and had a child as she valued making healthy, well-balanced meals using fresh, seasonal produce for her loved ones. Sakura fell deeper in love with cooking when she watched her family enjoy her meals, and thus began her quest to learn about different cooking techniques used around the world. She is always curious about what people of other cultures cook and eat and enjoys meeting new people and sharing new experiences. Cooking for people brings Sakura joy and and she is excited to meet Traveling Spoon guests from all over the world and share homemade Japanese cuisine with them.

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: (1-6 guests) Meet your host Sakura at her beautiful apartment, located in a peaceful residential area within a ten-minute walk from the Higashi-Sapporo station. Relax over a welcome drink before joining Sakura for a homestyle Japanese meal. Her husband who is originally from the U.S. and their son might join you for a fun family meal when they are present. Your menu might include dishes such as chikuzenni (chicken and vegetables stewed in soy and mirin), miso soup, dashimaki tamago (egg roll cooked with dashi stock), and hand shaped onigiri (rice balls). Your meal will conclude with a cup of freshly brewed tea. Please note that the menu may vary depending on the season and availability of fresh ingredients in the market.

Cooking experience: (1-6 guests) Join Sakura in her kitchen for a hands-on cooking experience. She will teach you how to prepare 2-3 authentic, home-style Japanese dishes that are easy to replicate at home. You can expect to cook together for about 1-1 1/2 hours before sitting down to enjoy the meal you helped prepare together at the dining table.

Notes: This is a child friendly experience!

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.
  • Chikuzenni (chicken and vegetables stewed in soy and mirin)
  • Dashimaki tamago (egg roll cooked with dashi stock)
  • Miso soup
  • Onigiri (rice balls)
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
In-Home Meal
$56 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 $46
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
In-Home Meal
$56 $46 $38
Cooking Experience + Meal
$68 $56 $46
Alcohol
$6 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
In-Home Meal
12:00pm-2:00pm
Cooking Experience+ Meal
10:30am-1:30pm
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FAQ

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