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In program you will experience various Japanese cultural things such as cooking / Shodo experience (about 50min) / Origami experience (about 30min) / Furoshiki experience (about 20 min) / Matcha tea time (about 30min).

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  • An estimated five hour Japanese cultural session in the comfort of a local home in Tokyo opens your heart and appetite and grasps the techniques behind cooking popular Japanese cuisine like sushi rolls.
  • Learn the trick behind whisking a good bowl of macha green tea and taste specially selected Wagashi, a well loved Japanese confectionery.
  • Savor the ambrosial flavors of a piping hot home-cooked meal which includes the choice of dishes like Okonomiyaki or other Japanese delicacies of your desire
  • Go back in time and experience the strokes behind authentic calligraphy writing.
  • Just how good are you at arts and crafts? Get your hands moving with a Japanese origami folding session and discover the versatility of Furoshiki!

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Shin Nakano station by Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line. (7 minutes from Shinjuku Station)

Important Information

※We are not responsible for any accidents during our programs.

What you need to bring


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

Hi I'm Mariko. Welcome to JAPAN!
I offer you several chances to experience Japanese culture in a Japanese home.

I used to be an experienced tour leader, having many years of experience traveling across Japan. 

I'll be happy to help you with detailed and valuable information, answer your travel-related questions, provide a itinerary and destinations. 
I will try my best to make your trip enjoyable and memorable!
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Reviews (14)

  • astrid astrid

    Fantastic way to spend a day and learn lots of different things. Our host was so lovely and her daughter, her mother and herself made us feel so welcome in their home.

  • Ho Ho

    It was a great experience, i really enjoy it.

    unlike going to disney or shopping in tokyo, this one stop experience gave me opportunity to stay with a japanese family, in their house, for half a day, interacted with them face to face, did specific activitis related to their culture.

    Each activities gave me a taste of japan and travel like a one day exchange student, more in depth experience than just a shopper or a landmark stop by traveller. i will really recommand my friends to go.

    PS, i really appreciated the food, really awesome, a family style in above average hotel quality and taste. And they taugh me how to make it too. Even though i am sure i cannot repeat such wonderful meal on my own.

  • Kari Kari

    This was one of, if not the most fun, tour of my entire trip to Japan. I loved it and find myself showing off my origami skills to anyone who will pay attention. I best part was the attention to detail and the opportunity to ask questions. I have practiced making gyoza since I came back as well.

    Now, I should add that my favorite meal (of all meals) is Chicken Katsu Curry and when I mentioned my failed efforts at finding the perfect and particular spice that is in use to make the curry sauce, Mariko answered that question and then took a step further. She showed me the spice, provided it as gift and delivered in email the directions in how to make it. Wow! Now every time I make the curry sauce following the provided instructions I think of this experience with a happy grin on my face.

    This experience really meant a lot to me. My brother and I had a great time. I recommend this experience to anyone and everyone.

    Thank you again!!!

  • Anand Anand

    I had a wonderful experience with Mariko she is very kind and patient and teaches you step by step In her lovely home with her lovely mother. In the following areas
                   Shodo experience
                    Origami experience
                    Furoshiki experience
                    Matcha tea time 

    I was gaining confidence with her helpful assistant and found all experience's enjoyable interesting and beneficial which I can apply to my modern lifestyle.

    Great experience and the wonderful food what more can you ask for.


  • Rachelle Rachelle

    Mariko and her mother were the perfect hosts for our day of calligraphy, origami, and cooking and eating! We highly recommend this experience to our friends and to any traveler visiting Japan.

  • Helena Helena

    Mariko was the most amazing host. We had a fantastic time in her home and felt really connected with Japanese culture after our time with her and her family.

    She meets you at the train station and takes you to a gorgeous traditional sweet/dessert shop to pick your own dessert to eat with your tea. You turn go to her house and you have a range if activities including origami, cloth folding and calligraphy writing. Everything is done with time and it was a great treat to have this personal time with a Japanese person in their home. Her daughter was there and did the origami and are lunch with us which was lovely as well. Her mother is an amazing cool and cooked us a feast!!! We got to roll our own sushi rolls as well which was so fun!! Please book this experience as you will not be disappointed!!!

  • shane shane

    Mariko welcomed us into her home and introduced us to a little Japanese culture. Thanks again.

  • Alke Alke

    This was a brilliant day, and I cannot recommend this experience highly enough! Mariko-san had thought of everything, from sending us detailed instructions on which train to take to dropping us off at the station afterwards (with some recommendations of where to go next), everything was taken care of.
    The activities really allowed us an insight into traditional Japanese past-times, and the food was simply delicious - best meal I had in Japan! (even if the gyoza I made were a bit mis-shapen...). We left with a full belly, a detailed handout, a cloth for wrapping, some origami paper and our own calligraphy artwork - as well as a new friend in Tokyo!

  • June June

    I really enjoyed this time in a real japanese home. It was lovely to take a few hours out of sightseeing and shopping and spend time with Marikosan and her family who were warm and friendly. The hours simply sped by.

    The meal was perfection- a real treat. It was great to be able to enjoy different traditional activities in one place in a 'let's do it' sort of way, so cultural in a sense of traditional Japanese experiences.

    I am going to start on my 1000 cranes as soon as I get back! I promise to practice my calligraphy which Marikosan made seem easier than I thought.
    if you can spare the time, treat yourself...

  • christel christel

    very rich experience, Mariko is a very nice host and I had the chance to meet also her family. I was warmly welcome, the food was exquisite (many different dishes to try) and the calligraphy part, the most interesting for me, was significant. I highly recommend this stop to anyone who wishes to have a first contact with various cultural aspects, be it for curiosity or to select one aspect one wants to "study" further.