Enjoy Japanese Home Cooking and Tea Ceremony near Nagoya

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This is a home visit with a Japanese cooking class not far from Nagoya. You can experience both Japanese traditional home cooking and local culture at the same time!

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  • Handfolding sushi &Tempura&Misosoup are the most typical Japanese home party dishes.
  • Authentic tea ceremony experience with an artistic sweet.
  • If you like to watch,I will take you to drum,fencing performances,and saketasting by free of charge
  • Dashi-soup stock(kelp,bonito flake,baby sardines so on..) making & English recipe with pictures
  • Experience an ordinary Japanese house, meet local people

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Kachigawa Station on JR Chuo Line, about 20 minutes away from Nagoya Station.

Important Information

If you have specific food preferences such as Halal or Vegan, please let me know in advance.

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Meet your host :
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Español (Beginner)

I was born in Osaka, grew up in a suburb of Nagoya. I have been interested in food ever since.

When I was a kid, my mother was not so good at cooking. When I was in highschool, I used to make my bento myself. I've been cooking everyday for almost 40 years. After graduating from high school, I studied abroad in a college in California. Then I moved to L.A. where I met my husband who was a chief cook of a restaurant in Little Tokyo. He is so picky about food because his mother was an excellent cook. Thanks to them, I have countless recipes now.
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Reviews (7)

  • Marty Marty

    One of the highlights of our trip to Japan!

    One of the things that I think truly makes travel rewarding is when you get away from the typical tourist attractions and spend time with people in normal situations. So ,u wife and I jumped at the opportunity to spend our last evening in Japan with Akiko and her daughter with a tea ceremony and preparing a typical Japanese dinner. Communication with Akiko was great and she met us at the station promptly and took us a short drive to her house. There we met Meg, who led the tea ceremony. Next we helped Akiko in preparing a wonderful meal for the four of us. Great conversation throughout the whole process about anything and everything. Lots of laughs the whole evening. One of Akiko's friends leads a local drum school and we were fortunate enough that they were practicing that evening, so we went there after dinner. It was amazing watching the skill of these young musicians, and the joy they displayed. I even got a little time on the drums with them! Definitely a worthwhile activity if you have the time. All in all, I can not say enough nice things about our evening with Akiko and highly recommend this activity!

  • Tara Tara

    A Magical Evening

    Thank you to Akiko, her daughter, and her friend. I had the most magical evening. Akiko met me at the train station and brought me to her house. I was greeted by her daughter, where we had a Japanese sweet and the tea ceremony with matcha green tea. From there, Akiko and I spent time in the kitchen cooking dashi, Japanese omlette, tempera, sushi, and miso soup. We then enjoyed our meal together. It was delicious. After that, Akiko's friend dressed me in a kimono. Amazing! They then took me to a local taiko drumming practice. Upon our return, we had green tea and sweets, and then Akiko guided me back to the station. I am truly grateful for my experience last night. I feel so blessed to have visited Nagoya and met these wonderful women.

  • Yoshiko Yoshiko

    Very OISHII!

    We made a tofu Dish, tofu soup, tofu burger, tofu Dip, tofu Teriyaki and tofu cake. All of them were very OISHIII!
    Thanks to Akiko sensei; her daughter gave us matcha Tea with grape manju. Arigato gozai mashita!

  • Leon Leon

    great cooking class

    Thank you for your kindness and your great cooking class, and also for Megumi's tea ceremony.
    It was all really fun and educational, and I will certainly try to make some of it at home.
    I will also definitely check out your gyouza recipe!
    If I have any questions about Japanese cooking, I will not hesitate to contact you.
    Thank you for everything!

  • James James

    a wonderful time

    Dear Aki
    Thank you for a wonderful time last night. Kit and I really enjoyed cooking those recipes, which was something that we never eaten before, and so many new unusual ingredients.
    Also you taught me some new tricks like microwaving the pumpkin to make it soft first. I really like your knives, how do you keep it so sharp?
    I regret to say that that we are going to fly out on Sat morning. So we will have to decline your kind invite.
    But we are looking forward to visiting this area again, and when we do, we will definitely look you up!
    Please thank your daughter too for showing us the tea ceremony. I enjoy watching it because it is very calming to the mind and spirit.
    It’s a good experience for visitors like myself to learn not just the food part of Japan but also other cultural experiences too.
    Ki O tsukete kudasai!

  • Moytle Moytle

    Amazing experience!!

    This is hands down the best way to learn about the Japanese culture, learn how to cook some great tasting dishes and see inside of a Japanese families home. It was very clean, easy to schedule and safe. We had a wonderful time and would do it again anytime! Thank you Aki!

  • Kytherababe Kytherababe

    Memorable Japanese Cooking Experience

    Several months have passed since I took a 1/2 day cooking lesson from Akiko. It was a wonderful experience: personalized, educational and fun. Aikiko is very thorough in how she explains the art of Japanese cooking. We made sushi and tempura that was just delicious! It was amazing to watch her use only chopsticks to whip eggs, turn omletes and fry tempura-that was an art in itself. I hope to go back to Nagoya someday and take lesson #2. Great experience; I would highly recommend it.