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Host: Saori

Fujisawa, Japan

USD
$40-$56 per person

Traditional Japanese homestyle cooking in Kanagawa

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

Meet Saori

Saori grew up in the Kanagawa prefecture where she still lives. When she was very young, Saori’s mother and father both worked and were out of the home. Saori was responsible for cooking for herself and her sister and found herself loving being in the kitchen. When she got older, she went to work part time in a ramen restaurant and she continued to love being in the kitchen. She eventually went to study English at Northeastern University in Boston, and there she found herself surrounded by other international students. She loved cooking and hosting dinners for these students from all over the world, and it started a dream of creating her own bed and breakfast where she could host travelers and serve them the traditional Japanese food she grew up cooking and eating. When she returned to Japan she decided to learn as much as she could about Japanese food and she went to work in a small izakaya and traditional Japanese restaurant in Kamakura.

Saori now lives just outside Kamakura with her husband (whom she met when they worked at the same restaurant). She loves living in the Kamakura area, filled with history and surrounded by the mountains, beach and beautiful nature. Saori is so excited to invite travelers into her home to share her cuisine and culture while also learning about guests and their stories from around the world.

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: (1-3 guests) Join Saori in her home, a recently-constructed 2-story building in Fujisawa, in a small neighborhood near Kamakura. Sit together in her living room to enjoy a welcome tea and snack and share stories of your travels and Saori’s time growing up in the Kanagawa prefecture. Then begin your cooking class in Saori’s open kitchen and living area, where you will learn to make a traditional homestyle Japanese meal. Learn to make an ‘ichiju sansai’ meal, a simple, traditional Japanese meal featuring a main soup served with three side dishes, a style typical of Japanese homes. You might learn to make dishes like miso soup, tofu tempura, and seasonal vegetable sides like local mushrooms or sautéed Japanese greens. You will also learn to make a sweet dessert like mochi eaten with kinago powder and Japanese ‘black honey’ (kuromitsu). Saori loves cooking seasonal dishes so your menu will change based on the seasons. Then sit down to enjoy your meal together which will end with a selection of coffee and tea. Please note that Saori’s home does not have a large kitchen work space, so only about two people can work in the kitchen at a time. Saori prefers to offer a cooking demonstration where she describes most of the dishes as she is preparing them, and allows guests to help if they are interested in doing so. Sake or beer is also available as an optional addition during your cooking experience.

Market visit: (1-3 guests) Join Saori for a market tour, offered on Wednesdays evenings, where you will tour the local neighborhood market. Saori will pick up at the nearest train station and then you will walk to the market where Saori will introduce you to seasonal Japanese vegetables and their producers. Most of the vendors are family farmers who have been farming for generations, and Saori will introduce you to the farmers as well as the regional produce typical of the Kanagawa prefecture, where everything at the market is grown. After selecting some of the ingredients for your cooking, from Japanese mushrooms to lotus to Japanese sweet potatoes, walk a few minutes back to Saori’s home where you will begin your cooking lesson. Note that the market visit experience is only offered on Wednesdays when the local neighborhood market takes place.

Notes: Please note that Saori has one dog, a small Italian greyhound, who will be present during the 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.
  • Miso soup
  • Tofu tempura
  • Seasonal vegetable side dishes
  • Mochi with kinago powder and Japanese ‘black honey’
  • Selection of coffee and tea
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Saori

$40-$56 USD

per person
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  • Private experience
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$56 $46 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$56 $46 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-1:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
5:00pm-9:00pm

Meet Saori

Saori grew up in the Kanagawa prefecture where she still lives. When she was very young, Saori’s mother and father both worked and were out of the home. Saori was responsible for cooking for herself and her sister and found herself loving being in the kitchen. When she got older, she went to work part time in a ramen restaurant and she continued to love being in the kitchen. She eventually went to study English at Northeastern University in Boston, and there she found herself surrounded by other international students. She loved cooking and hosting dinners for these students from all over the world, and it started a dream of creating her own bed and breakfast where she could host travelers and serve them the traditional Japanese food she grew up cooking and eating. When she returned to Japan she decided to learn as much as she could about Japanese food and she went to work in a small izakaya and traditional Japanese restaurant in Kamakura.

Saori now lives just outside Kamakura with her husband (whom she met when they worked at the same restaurant). She loves living in the Kamakura area, filled with history and surrounded by the mountains, beach and beautiful nature. Saori is so excited to invite travelers into her home to share her cuisine and culture while also learning about guests and their stories from around the world.

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: (1-3 guests) Join Saori in her home, a recently-constructed 2-story building in Fujisawa, in a small neighborhood near Kamakura. Sit together in her living room to enjoy a welcome tea and snack and share stories of your travels and Saori’s time growing up in the Kanagawa prefecture. Then begin your cooking class in Saori’s open kitchen and living area, where you will learn to make a traditional homestyle Japanese meal. Learn to make an ‘ichiju sansai’ meal, a simple, traditional Japanese meal featuring a main soup served with three side dishes, a style typical of Japanese homes. You might learn to make dishes like miso soup, tofu tempura, and seasonal vegetable sides like local mushrooms or sautéed Japanese greens. You will also learn to make a sweet dessert like mochi eaten with kinago powder and Japanese ‘black honey’ (kuromitsu). Saori loves cooking seasonal dishes so your menu will change based on the seasons. Then sit down to enjoy your meal together which will end with a selection of coffee and tea. Please note that Saori’s home does not have a large kitchen work space, so only about two people can work in the kitchen at a time. Saori prefers to offer a cooking demonstration where she describes most of the dishes as she is preparing them, and allows guests to help if they are interested in doing so. Sake or beer is also available as an optional addition during your cooking experience.

Market visit: (1-3 guests) Join Saori for a market tour, offered on Wednesdays evenings, where you will tour the local neighborhood market. Saori will pick up at the nearest train station and then you will walk to the market where Saori will introduce you to seasonal Japanese vegetables and their producers. Most of the vendors are family farmers who have been farming for generations, and Saori will introduce you to the farmers as well as the regional produce typical of the Kanagawa prefecture, where everything at the market is grown. After selecting some of the ingredients for your cooking, from Japanese mushrooms to lotus to Japanese sweet potatoes, walk a few minutes back to Saori’s home where you will begin your cooking lesson. Note that the market visit experience is only offered on Wednesdays when the local neighborhood market takes place.

Notes: Please note that Saori has one dog, a small Italian greyhound, who will be present during the 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.
  • Miso soup
  • Tofu tempura
  • Seasonal vegetable side dishes
  • Mochi with kinago powder and Japanese ‘black honey’
  • Selection of coffee and tea
Pricing (per person)*
1 person 2-4 ppl 5+ ppl
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$56 $46 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
1 person 2-4 people 5+ people
Cooking Experience + Meal
$48 $40 Not offered
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
$56 $46 Not offered
Alcohol
$5 per person
*Does not include 3% payment processing fee applied at checkout.
Experience Timings
Lunch Dinner
Cooking Experience+ Meal
11:30am-1:30pm
Market Tour+ Cooking Experience + Meal
5:00pm-9:00pm
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