Try Wagashi (Japanese confectionery) making & Matcha, Tokyo

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Wagashi sweets have beautiful forms and colors which give us the sense of seasons. I offer easy way to make them with everyday utensils. Experience making seasonal Wagashi and enjoy a cup of Matcha tea in a traditional Japanese tea room!

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  • Make 2 pieces of Wagashi sweets
  • Have a Matcha tea with the Wagashi in a traditional Japanese tea room

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In front of “Kichijoji station east exit police Box (close to JR Kichijoji North exit)”, Tokyo


Important Information

Reservation should be completed by the previous day.
Time can be changed depends on the number of guests. It takes around 1.5 hours or 2 hours.


What you need to bring

Manicure & Nail art better be removed or rubber gloves will be prepared at a fee


Meet your host :
Kichijoji Yu-Art
  • 日本語 (Fluent)
  • English (Intermediate)
  • Français (Beginner)

Hi! I'm Yuriko, the host of "Yu-Art". I have worked as a product designer for about 30 years after graduating Art College. I'm also interested in Japanese traditional Art & Culture.
I’m a collector of Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock prints).
I have more than 10 years of Sado (the way of tea) experience. After I learned making Wagashi (Japanese traditional confectionery), I tried designing easier ways to create them. It’s really fun working with me!
I hope that you will enjoy Japanese cultural experience in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere my home!
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Reviews (10)

  • Yiu Kong Yiu Kong

    Really interesting to learn wagashi

    Yuriko san has given us a great fun experience with doing Wagashi, our daughter was also doing, and she thinks it's great fun, teacher are very experienced and professional, if you want to do more than just shopping in Japan this is one alternative.

  • Edward Edward

    An excellent way to spend an afternoon

    Yuriko-san is a thoughtful and superb host. She is very fluent in English and lovely to chat to.

    I appreciated the background PowerPoint and video before diving into the activity itself and thought that the informal tea party afterwards was an eye opening experience into the preparation of tea.

    I look forward to working through the other recipes and instructions on her website!

  • Elizabeth Elizabeth

    A wonderful traditional lesson!

    I had a wonderful time during this experience! I arrived at the train station right on time, and the host was waiting there with an umbrella and a Yu-ta Art sign. We walked for maybe 7 minutes to her house, where the class was to take place. I had absolutely no problem communicating with her, and she was very lovely. The set up was very clean and well-organized. My host had prepared several presentations about the history and origins of wagashi, and after we watched them we started making the wagashi! It was winter when I went, so we made narcissus flowers. It was very fun! After we were finished, we had a tea ceremony. All in all, it was a really lovely day! I definitely enjoyed my experience with Yu-ta Art!

  • Brendan Brendan

    Easy to understand and fun to make Wagashi

    This is an amazing class to learn how to make Japanese wagishi sweets!
    My partner and I were met at the train station by Yuriko, who had a sign, her instructions were clear and it easy to find her.
    After around a 5 minute walk to her house, Yuriko offered us tea to drink and started the class with an explanation of the background of wagashi making with a powerpoint presentation. Yuriko's English is very good and it was no problem communicating and asking questions.
    Yuriko was very helpful and went step by step in making the first wagashi sweet and was very patient. We were allowed to make the second one on our own, but with Yuriko's guidance when we forgot!
    Afterwards, Yuriko showed us a simple tea ceremony and our green tea went very well with the wagashi we had just made.
    I would highly recommend this activity as it is affordable and so much fun to make and eat your own wagashi sweets and watch and drink matcha.

  • 花

    very professional, a very sweet and patience person who encourages you to do your best!

    i would love to do it again in the future for different season and different style she was very nice and patience. I would recommend it to others and friends it was also a very good price!

  • Elizabeth Anne Elizabeth Anne

    A great introduction to Japanese sweets!

    Yuriko was a wonderful host, as she picked me up from the train station! I'm somewhat shy but we held nice conversations throughout the activity. Her English is great, I had no trouble understanding her and vice versa.

    Yuriko offered me tea and we watched a PowerPoint on Wagashi to start the activity. It was short but very informative!

    The activity is very enjoyable if you like baking or cooking and allows you to be creative! We dyed dough for the Wagashi, so it was a lot of fun making the colours of autumn leaves.

    The activity ends with an informal tea ceremony, as Yuriko will explain her actions during it. The tea she served wasn't as bitter as other green teas, which I really appreciated.

    Overall, it's a great activity to enjoy Japanese culture. Don't be concerned with the distance! It is the perfect activity to pair with the Ghibli museum as the two are 20min apart by walking.

    10/10 on all aspects :)

  • Orin Orin

    Great experience!

    I had a lot of fun and learned a lot! The host was very patient, well organized, and kind. Plus, the wagashi were delicious!

    (Also, Kichijoji is near the Ghibli museum and there's a really lovely public park, too.)

  • vision vision

    We had an amazing time making Japanese Sweets!

    I found Yu-Art on Voyagin and decided to have a go at making Japanese sweets. Having never tried anything of the sort before, I was worried whether or not I would be able to follow along and complete the process! My fears were completely unfounded however, as Yuriko-san was extremely accommodating! The concept of her program is to "make confectionary-making easy." She has the whole process streamlined with manuals and videos that she created herself (she is a designer so they are really easy to follow). You can tell how well she thought everything out so that anyone can have fun making wagashi. It's really a blast and I highly recommend it! Attaching a picture of one of the sweets I made (available during the summer program). I think it turned out pretty well!

  • Rochelle Rochelle

    Super educational and fun. Plus everything was delicious.

    Had an awesome time. Made wagashi and got to learn about traditional tea ceremony. Well worth the time and money. Totally recommend.

  • Anthony Anthony

    lovely and tasty

    the host was very nice, even waited for me at the train station, which was convinient.
    good with English, I was also able to practice a tiny bit of Japanese.
    the wagashi tutorial and the matcha presentation nicely layed out and easy to understand.
    the wagashi and the matcha also tasted really good.
    really good experience.

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