Grandma’s Traditional Japanese Homemade Cooking Experience

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2.5 hours
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 4
Your Experience at a Glance

Let’s experience the traditional Japanese home-cooked cuisine, which is one of the secrets of Japanese longevity!

“Ichiju-sansai” consists of one soup and three simple and healthy dishes made from vegetables, tofu, meat, or fish. In Aichi Prefecture these dishes are seasoned with locally produced seasonings such as Soysauce, Mirin, Sake, Miso, and vinegar.

Get cooking with grandma Junko!

Experience Price

7500 yen/person

Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

Sakurayama Station (Google Maps)

End Location

Sakurayama Station (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

10:30 (2.5 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Conversational ★★☆☆☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★

Price Includes

  • Recipes (will be provided before the class)
  • Welcome tea and tea during lunch
  • All ingredients used during the cooking class
  • Use of aprons

Price Excludes

  • Transportation to and from Sakurayama Station

Additional Information

  • This experience is family and couple-friendly
  • This experience is stroller-friendly
  • This cooking class is wheelchair accessible
  • Let us know if you’re allergic to or cannot eat any foods in advance

COVID-19 Measures

  • Host will check their body temperature before the experience
  • Host will wear a face mask during the experience
  • Host will wash and sanitize their hands regularly before and during the experience
  • Guests body temperature will be checked before the experience
  • Guests are required to wear a mask during the experience except when eating or drinking
  • Guests are encouraged to wash and sanitize their hands before and during the experience
  • Host will provide hand sanitiser for the guests
  • Host will provide face masks for the guests
  • For local house experiences: Host will ensure that all the spaces are properly sanitized, wiped down and ventilated before and after the experience.
What You'll Do

This is a fascinating experience of Japanese food. “Ichiju-sansai” one soup and three dishes provide a good balance of nutrients. You can taste a wide variety of ingredients such as meat, fish, vegetables, and fermented foods all together. 

These dishes are healthy,  low calorie, low fat, and the flavor of the broth helps reduce the amount of salt used.

Recipes are included, so you can easily prepare the same dishes at home to remind you of your time in Nagoya with grandma Junko.

You can choose between fish or meat as your main dish. Please let us know at the time of booking.

  • Enjoy cooking a simple “Ichiju-sansai” set meal
  • Learn to cook with regional fermented seasonings such as Miso and soy sauce that are good for your health
  • Create dishes that are easy to make at home!
Your Experience Step by Step

Meetingat Sakurayama Station

Junko will pick you up outside Exit 7 of the Sakurayama Nagoya subway Station. It’s a two minute walk to the cooking studio.

FirstWelcome Drink and Recipes

Enjoy a cup of green tea while making introductions and getting an overview of the experience.

SecondLearn about local ingredients

Junko will introduce you to her family secret of longevity, cooking with local fermented ingredients such as Miso, Mirin, Sake, and vinegar.

ThirdTime to cook

Put on your apron and start cooking.

First, you will learn to make basic Dashi fish stock. Used as an ingredient in the soup and three dishes you will cook.

You will also make some riceballs to accompany your soup and main dishes.

Tasting partyTry your Ichijusansai

While learning how to serve Ichiju-sansai enjoy eating all the dishes you have prepared.

Closing UpSaying Goodbye

After the experience, your host would appreciate it if you could write a short questionnaire about the experience. 

We walk together to Sakurayama Station and say goodbye there.

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host

Junko Otake

I was born and raised in Nagoya City and like cooking and teaching how to cook, especially Japanese food.  Over the years I have learned many recipes from my mother and my mother-in-law and studied at cooking school.

I have a cooking license, am a Confectionery Hygiene Master, and a vegetable sommelier.  I opened a natural food shop about 50 years ago and started a healthy dessert and natural yeast bread cooking class in 2002.

I had a pleasant time cooking with my son’s host mother in the US. This experience made me want to teach Japanese cooking to foreigners.

I welcome everyone and look forward to teaching you.

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