Cooking School Yuka Mazda

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  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
  • Cooking School Yuka Mazda
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from $109
Duration

3.5 - 5 hours lesson in a chef's house in Tokyo, Hiro-o.

Location

Tokyo, Japan

Address

5-10-17 Shirokane, Minato 108-0072, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan

Getting there

Access: If you prefer to go back to JR Ebisu station, you are able to walk about 15 min. or just 1 stop from Hiro-o station.

Telephone

+81 3-3461-2279

Email

cooking.school.yuka@gmail.com

More information

http://www.japanese-cooking.jp/, https://yukamazda.wordpress.com/, https://web.facebook.com/Cooking-School-YUKA-MAZDA, https://foursquare.com/v/cedros/

Prices

Price range: ¥7500 - ¥8800

Opening hours

10AM–Evening

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For those who would like to amaze your friends with some fine Japanese food but just can’t handle the stress then this is probably the cooking class to take! Yuka will teach you traditional Japanese dishes without the hassle! She’ll let you in on handy tips and easy-to-remember instructions. If you take her sushi classes, you’ll learn how to slice raw salmon and tuna to make really pretty sushi pieces to wow your guests! 

Cooking with Yuka-san is like cooking with a friend. Her bubbly and chatty personality wins her students over from the time she picks them up at the train station. Yuka has appeared in tv shows and her recipes made it to the local magazines. In fact, her class was featured in the Japanese TV station, NHK. The class is held in Yuka’s home in Hiro-o, an area with pretty houses and embassies. In the class, Yuka shares a lot about Japanese culture and food, which the guests find very entertaining. She encourages students to replicate the dish as they return to their home countries by offering a Japanese grocery tour nearby to buy cooking ingredients. If you’re just simply curious about food souvenirs and labels in Japan, you are very much welcome to join the tour too!

Yuka’s cooking School in Tokyo is a great way to learn how to make traditional Japanese dishes if you don’t speak Japanese and/or are visiting Japan.  You can  experience a REAL JAPANESE HOME as well as learn to cook TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MEALS.  Most sushi courses in Tokyo are taught in Japanese, therefore it can be very difficult to understand and enjoy the class.  So if you really want to make the most of your time in Japan, try Yuka’s sushi class in little Tokyo! 

There are four different Japanese cooking courses to choose from listed below.  Yuka’s cooking class is different from the other cooking classes in Tokyo because you are able to experience a real Japanese cooking class from the comfort of a traditional Japanese home.  In actuality, making sushi is much harder than it looks.  There are specific things you have to do in order to make sure the shape, texture and flavor of the sushi is just right.  In addition to preparing the sushi, Yuka teaches her students how to cut the fish block at just the right angle to make the sushi look extremely professional. Sushi also has different levels of quality, and with Yuka’s sushi class you will get the most delicious savory tuna and salmon cuts that you can find in Tokyo.

There are five different cooking courses to choose from at Yuka's Cooking Class in Tokyo.  You can see the details of each class by clicking on the following links: Gyoza (dumplings) & Wagyu Beef Gyudon Course,  Sushi Course, Teriyaki Course,  and  the Tempura Course.  

Location

Their class is situated in a central area of Tokyo near Hiro-o station (Hibiya-line), in the Minato-ku area.  From Hiro-o station, you can ride the Hibiya-line to conveniently access many famous places such as Tsukiji fish market, Ginza, Akihabara, Roppongi, you can access sight seeing places from our place.  If you prefer to go back to JR Ebisu station, you are able to walk about 15 min. or just 1 stop from Hiro-o station. Hiro-o is known for it's international flavour, therefore you can see many interesting embassies and mansions on the way to Yuka's house.

What tourists like about them

Cozy cooking class located at a Japanese home
Supermarket tour after class
English speaking instructor
Easy to learn recipes and Japanese etiquette

Yuka Mazda offers

Pre-defined cooking classes + nearby supermarket tour
Cooking classes for a maximum of 8 people in a session
Private and professional lessons
Pick up at Hiro-o train station

Type of food

Yuka Mazda’s menu offerings include Gyoza & Wagyu Beef, Sushi, Teriyaki, and Tempura

Recommended for

Solo Traveler
Couples
Groups

Average Price

¥8100 – Gyoza & Wagyu Beef
¥9504 – Sushi course
¥8640 – Teriyaki course
¥8640 – Tempura course

How to get there

Yuka will meet you at Hiro-o station (Hibiya line), Exit 2

How to book / schedule a class

Step 1.
Please write your preferrered dates on the "Booking form"and send it to me.  If you have any questions, please use their "contact" form and send it to me. 

Step 2.
During business hours, I will send you a reply and let you know the available dates.

Step 3.
After adjusting, open the "payment" page, and pay by credit card. Then your booking will be completed. 

Step 4.
After you have paid I will reconfirm our meeting time as well as our meeting point. Yuka's contact information and address will be included in the confirmation email.

Step 5.
On the day of the class, I will meet at Hiroo station and Yuka or Yuka's staff will escort everyone to her house. 

Step 6.
We are going to cook and learn all about Japanese cooking!

Step 7.
Once we have finished cooking and eating, Yuka or Yuka's staff will escort everyone back to Hiroo station, which is about a 7 minute walk.

Cooking School Yuka Mazda Courses

Gyoza & Wagyu Beef Gyudon Course

Gyoza (dumplings) & Wagyu Beef Gyu-don (beef bowl) Course : 7500 JPY + VAT 8%

Duration : 3.5~4 hours

It's easy to make Gyoza at home

In this activity, we will be making Gyoza, Gyu-Don, sticky rice and miso soup. We will have a Japanese dessert and hold a tea ceremony after the meal. I’ve made easy-to-use recipes with ingredients that can be bought back at home! The menu will be the following:

1) Gyoza - We make fillings with minced pork and vegetables and wrap with gyoza wrappers, then make crispy gyoza. Gyoza is one of the most popular dish in Japan. I teach you much nicer than you eat in the restaurant.
     
Gyoza -  To make gyoza we first make fillings with minced pork and vegetables.  Then we will wrap the fillings with gyoza wrappers, then we steam and fry the wrapped dumplings to create crispy Japanese gyoza.
gyudon, beef bowl,

2) Wagyu Gyudon (Beef bowl) 

- We simmer beef and onion with sweet and salty sauce. Then we place the simmered beef with the sauce on top of the warm sticky rice.

3) Miso Soup - First we will by making Japanese dashi stock by taking cooked bonito flakes and dried konbu and cooking them both with the miso. In our class, we use a yellow type of miso because this type of miso is the most popular and common in Japanese home cooking.  Depending on the season, the types of vegetables we put in the soup will vary.

4) We are very particular about how to cook sticky rice.

Instead of using a rice cooker, we will cook rice in an ordinary pot using an easy but efficient method.

We make soup stock (dashi) from konbu kelp and bonito flakes.   
 
Tea ceremony with Japanese dessert

5) Tea ceremony - After the meal, family style Japanese tea ceremony and sweets are waiting for you!! Sweets can be changed depending on the season.

Tea ceremony - After the Japanese sweets everyone can enjoy the long anticipated traditional Japanese tea ceremony! 
During the class we will use a bamboo spoon to make some traditional Japanese Matcha tea (green tea).  The Japanese tea ceremony is a very important part of Japan’s culture and a great way to relax and reflect on your Japanese cooking experience in Tokyo.

Sushi Course : 8800 JPY + VAT 8%     

Duration : 5 hours

We use high-quality raw fish from Tsukiji fish Market

Enjoy a real fresh wasabi!!

Sushi schools and sushi classes in Tokyo are really popular.  Yuka’s sushi class is taught in English, so it is one of the few sushi school’s in Tokyo where you can learn how to make sushi if you don’t speak Japanese and are new to and/or visiting Japan.

In this sushi course in Tokyo, we will make Japanese nigiri sushi, sushi rolls miso soup as well. Once we finish eating the sushi we will enjoy Japanese style chilled tofu. Then Yuka will introduce you to a traditional Japanese dessert.  Once dessert is finished we will perform a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. I’ve made easy-to-use recipes with ingredients that can be bought back at home!

The menu will be the following:

1) Sushi 

- First we will be making sushi just like the picture here.  Contrary to its simple appearance, making Japanese sushi requires a lot of concentration and preparation.  Starting off, instead of using a rice cooker, we will cook rice in an ordinary pot using an easy but efficient Japanese cooking method. After making rice vinegar, we will make a variety of sushi. Yes, the process of making sesame sprinkled sushi rolls is rather complicated, but lets enjoy the challege!  Additionally, Yuka will will even teach the students how to cut the block of fish in the way Japanese professionals cut sushi.  Depending on the season, the ingredients can be changed.

2) Cutting fish - We cut tuna and salmon blocks for sushi which is complitely different from sashimi.

3) How to make steamed rice in a pot - After we wash the rice in the special method, we soak the rice then prepare in the ordinary pot with a small amount of water.

Now you can make perfect sushi rice at home.

4) Chilled Tofu -It's one of the most popular dishes with people taking a Japanese cooking class. We will make a soba dipping sauce and pour it on chilled tofu.  Yuka also uses the soba dipping sauce in many of the other Japanese cooking classes at Yuka’s Japanese cooking school in Tokyo.

We use real fresh wasabi, which is not as hot or spicy as processed or imitation wasabi (It is much more flavorful then imitation wasabi).  We gently grate the savory wasabi on a sharkskin grater (skin of shark fish).  A delicate condiment such as wasabi really brings out the flavor of Nippon's beloved comfort food.

5) Miso Soup -First we will by making a real dashi stock by taking cooked bonito flakes and dried konbu and cooking them both with the miso. In our class, we use a yellow type of miso because this type of miso is the most popular and common in Japanese home cooking.  Depending on the season, we will also change the types of vegetables used in the soup.




We make soup stock (dashi) from konbu kelp and bonito flakes.

6) Tea ceremony - After the meal, family style Japanese tea ceremony and sweets are waiting for you!! Sweets can be changed depending on the season.

During the class we will use a bamboo spoon to make some traditional Japanese Matcha tea (green tea).  The Japanese tea ceremony is a very important part of Japan’s culture and a great way to relax and reflect on your Japanese cooking experience in Tokyo.

Teriyaki Course : 8000 JPY + VAT 8%     

Duration : 4 hours

You can make delicious Teriyaki at home

In this Japanese cooking course, we will be cooking Teriyaki chicken, Yakisoba, boiled rice, miso soup as well as the popular Strawberry-Daifuku. After dessert there will be a traditional tea ceremony. Yuka has even made easy to follow recipes that use ingredients you can buy back at home!

1) Teriyaki 

Chicken- First we will cook Teriyaki chicken for the main dish, then put the teriyaki chicken onto the hot Japanese rice we have prepared in a bowl.  Then pour sauce on the teriyaki chicken and rice to make “Teriyaki-don”.

2) Yakisoba - We will stir-fry yakisoba noodles and some vegetables with Japanese yakisoba sauce.     

3) Miso Soup - First we will make dashi stock by taking cooked bonito flakes and dried konbu and cooking them both with the miso. In our class, we use a yellow type of miso because this type of miso is the most popular and common in Japanese home cooking. However, most restaurants use red miso, and if you prefer the red miso soup, we are flexible, just ask during the class. Depending on the season, we will also change the types of vegetables used in the soup.

4) Boiled rice - We are very particular about how to cook sticky rice.

5) Strawberry-Daifuku -We wrap the beans paste and strawberries with Mochi to make Daifuku. We will use other fruits for to make our Japanese dessert depending on the season.

Instead of using a rice cooker, we will cook rice in an ordinary pot using an easy but efficient method.

We make soup stock (dashi) from konbu kelp and bonito flakes.   

6) Tea ceremony - After the meal, we will eat Strawberry Daifuku, then everyone can enjoy the long anticipated traditional Japanese tea ceremony! 

During the class we will use a bamboo spoon to make some traditional Japanese Matcha tea (green tea).  The Japanese tea ceremony is a very important part of Japan’s culture and a great way to relax and reflect on your Japanese cooking experience in Tokyo.

Tempura Course : 8000 JPY + VAT 8%     

Duration : 3.5~4 hourse

In this activity, we will be cooking a Japanese food called “Tempura” as well as a Tempura dipping sauce and Takikomi-Gohan (Japanese pilaf). As a starter, we have Hiyayakko (chilled tofu) with Japanese Sake. After the meal, we can have a traditional Japanese style Japanese tea ceremony. After the meal the Japanese sweets are waiting for you!

I’ve created easy-to-use recipes with ingredients that can be bought back at home!

The menu will be the following:

1) Tempura - We will deep-fry prawns and vegetables of the season such as asparagus, lotus roots, broccoli and squash.  Using the most common methodology we will mix the tempura batter.  Once we have mixed the tempura batter, we will deep-fry the ingredients until the edges are nice and crispy with the insides being soft and juicy. We prefer light tempura rather than greasy (deep fried). 

2) Chilled Tofu -It's one of the most popular dish with people taking Yuka's Japanese cooking class. We will make a soba dipping sauce and pour it on chilled tofu. Yuka also uses the soba dipping sauce in many of the other Japanese cooking classes at Yuka’s cooking school in Tokyo.

Using the most traditional Japanese method, we will make tempura dipping sauce from bonito flakes. The dipping sauce of tempura goes with grated raddish. This dipping sauce has various uses such as Japanese soba sauce, salad dressing, broth and so on.

3) Takikomi Gohan - Instead of using a rice cooker, we will cook the rice in an ordinary pot using an easy but efficient method. Enjoy the unique flavor of Japanese mushrooms and burdock. The aroma of Takikom-gohan and soy sauce will stimulate your appetite.

We make soup stock (dashi) from konbu kelp and bonito flakes.

4) Tea ceremony - After the meal and Japanese sweets everyone can enjoy the long anticipated traditional Japanese tea ceremony! The type of dessert will vary depending on the season.

During the class we will use a bamboo spoon to make some traditional Japanese Matcha tea (green tea).  The Japanese tea ceremony is a very important part of Japan’s culture and a great way to relax and reflect on your Japanese cooking experience in Tokyo.

Reviews by visitors

Yuka's cooking class was wonderful! She met us at the metro station and walked us to her cute apartment and we got started cooking right away. She spoke excellent English and was able to explain so much about her cooking techniques and the ingredients as she was demonstrating. It was a small group class, so very intimate and easy to ask questions. Yuka was very careful about cleanliness and the safe handling of the raw fish that we were using for our sashimi. We learned to make several different types of sushi, sushi rice, delicious miso soup, dashi, and a yummy versatile dipping sauce. We each cut our own fish, rolled our own sushi, and sliced it up. It was very hands on. We also got to eat everything we made if we wanted to. It was all delicious! We also were given written recipes to take home with us so that we can each host our own sushi parties. The whole experience lasted from 10am (when we met at the metro station) until 3pm. I know that may feel like a large chunk of time, but it was definitely a memorable experience and well worth it. It was fun talking with Yuka on the way back to the metro station, as she was able to make recommendations about what to do next and also able to answer questions we had about quirky Japanese things (i.e., why are there so few trash cans? where are all the homeless people? etc...)
Overall, I give this experience 2 thumbs up!

~panlaura

I took this class a few weeks ago with my husband and about 6 other people and it was GREAT! Yuka is fun and entertaining and does a great job of explaining and demonstrating everything. We did the sushi class, and while I don't think it's something I might be doing at home, it was a fantastic course to learn all about sushi making as well as Japanese culture. It was definitely great value for the money as the quality of the products were top notch and the sushi was delicious. This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~david

Yuka is very friendly and full of information on traditional Japanese food and cooking. She shares all her expertise in cooking, knife sharpening, and grocery shopping, even tips on finding good restaurants. If you like to learn about Japanese eating culture and cooking, Cooking School Yuka Mazda is the right one for you.

~jo

We did the sushi course with yuka. The course lasted about 5 hours and was a really fun experience. Yuka teaches well and explains the background of a lot of ingredients and why we use them in Sushi.

The course basically consisted of preparing all the ingredients, cutting tuna (in which yuka is a really strict teacher haha) and rolling the sushi and nigiri.

Yuka is a nice person (she let us store our bags too for a couple of hours) who knows a lot about cooking and maybe even more about tokyo and nice places to eat.

If you want to have a good afternoon and want to learn something new, try this out!

Cheers,

~Sven & Sanne

I greatly enjoyed Yuka's sushi class! Learned a lot and cannot wait to experience another one of her classes next time I am in Tokyo. Yuka provided so many tips and advises, greatly appreciated. Thank you!

~dimi

My boyfriend and I were attending at Yuka's sushi course, and we really found it very educational and interresting. It is so nice that Yuka's courses find place in her own home, it really makes it a bit more authentic and cosy. 
Yuka is really good at learning and you are almost allowed to try everything on your own. One thing is definetly for sure, Yuka gives you value for your money. This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~kimberly

We attended Yuka's sushi course, which lasted 5 hours and was a comprehensive breakdown of all of the components of sushi-making, from how to prepare the rice to how to properly slice the fish. It was an eye-opening insight into how difficult it really is to make sushi, but with Yuka's encouragement we all managed to produce an array of sushi by the end of the day! There were 8 people in our class - a really great group of people, topped off by Yuka who is fun and extremely enthusiastic! A really good way to spend a day in Tokyo, and a high quality course that has provided me with skills that I can definitely take home to impress friends and family.

~zoe

Yuka has years of experience as a chef and is well taught in many cuisines. Her experience really shines through in her class and she makes it easy to understand and cook what seem to be complicated recipes.
On top of that she's funny and enthusiastic which made the experience loads of fun!
Definitely a recommended addition to your trip to Tokyo.

~audrey

I received this cooking class as a birthday gift and can happily recommend this experience. Yuka makes it easy to dive into the japanese culture and with her great english she shares perfectly what she has learned in many years about the secrets of preparing sushi! I definitely recommend her and the class! Arigatō Yuka

~linsay

We spent a week in Tokyo and as foodies this was the highlight of our trip. We did the gyoza and wagyu beef gyuden class - where we also learned how to make miso soup and sticky rice. We have already trialled some of these recipes since we got home with great success. Yuka is great fun and full of useful information about Japanese cooking and the small group environment made the morning feel relaxed as we got to meet the others in our group. Would highly recommend this experience.

~daniel

We thoroughly enjoyed our morning with Yuka. Such a fab class and an honour to meet such lovely people. I have never laughed so much or had so much fun in a cookery lesson, Yuka is a great teacher and has some fab stories to tell. The class size was just right and the guidance and lesson was at a great pace. The ingredients used are an exceptional quality and the end product was simply delicious. Yuka also gave us some valuable information and advice on where to buy the best Japanese knives. This was such a great experience and one I will always remember.

~belinda

Yuka is so amazing!. The class was absolutely outstanding. Yuka is so passionate and offers the right amount of individualized instruction. She also sprinkles in great tips concerning restaurants, places to visit, things to buy. Yuka even went beyond our class schedule to teach our group how to buy and sharpen Japanese chef knives.
Certainly a highlight of my trip!
Make time during your stay to take her class! Don't miss it!

~lee

I would take this class over and over again. I loved it! It was so personal and fun. You truly learn how to make a full meal and she'll even take you to the market after and show you what items to buy! You get to spend time with unique people from all over the world and learn how to make delicious food. I would highly recommend taking any classes with Yuka Mazda.

~patience

One of the experiences I was interested in was to take a sushi class in Tokyo. We decided on Yuka's class because of the positive reviews and the fact that it seemed much more personal than others available. We were not disappointed! The day flew by as she taught us all about not only sushi but tips on Tokyo in general. Her bubbly personality made it that much better too! I would highly recommend this class to anyone!

~jodilyn

Yuka invites tourists into her own small, immaculate home and shares her cooking knowledge with exceptional English. She offered us several free pieces of advice and even took the time to show us how to sharpen a Japanese knife.

~miley

My son and I spent our last full day in Tokyo learning to make Sushi with Yuka. It was a wonderful day filled with fabulous smells, laughs, and lots of great tips on how to make great sushi when we get back home. Yuka went out of her way to answer questions and offer tip not only about sushi, but things to see and do in Japan.

~matt

We were lucky with our booking since we had a private session with Yuka. We opted for the Wagyu beef and Japanese dumplings... and it was very good. Yuka was very personable and very knowledgeable. She was very organized and made the whole experience very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this activity for anyone looking for a unique Japanese food experience. This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~taya

Yuka has starred in TV cooking shows and written a cook book. Her stories during the class will entertain you. The food she provides is excellent quality. 

We made sushi with Blue fin tuna, egg omelet and several other high quality ingredients. The focus for the sushi making includes making the rice, choosing the ingredients, preparing (cutting etc) and assembling the sushi.

Yuka also provided dessert, tea, a knife sharpening demonstration and a visit to the supermarket where she assisted me in finding all the Yuzu based condiments we could find.

Finally, Yuka gave us great advice on where to eat, what to see and what knives to buy in Tokyo.

Thank you!

~jason

We've done a ton of cooking classes and this was by far our favorite, Yuka was friendly, hilarious and very informative; walking us through all the surprisingly complex steps to making delicious sushi.

The ingredients she uses are the highest quality possible and for the price its an absolute steal.

She went over our allotted time with no clock watching and showed us how to properly sharpen Japanese knives, where to buy the best quality cookware and ingredients in Tokyo and even took us to a local supermarket after to showcase the best ingredients.

Can't rate her highly enough.

~max

This was a fun, informative class with hands on experience. Yuka is a great teacher who has a passion for cooking and Japanese culture and food. She shares cooking pearls but also what ingredients and special utensils to buy. She even gave knife sharpening instructions to us. The food was fabulous. We were 8 in the class and met people from Spain, Canada and Hawaii. I would recommend this highly recommend this class to others.

~dorian

We took the sushi course. Yuka was very responsive from the very beginning and she provided all the details about meeting place and time. She came directly to the metro station to meet us and took us to her place for the class. Yuka is a very enthusiastic and nice person. The course is not just a cooking class but it is also a cultural class and Yuka also provides hints about shops, souvenirs, food, and restaurants! We were in a group of 8 and everybody gets the right amount of supervision from Yuka. Of course we couldn't learn all the secrets of sushi in such a short class but it's a nice initiation, in particular if you have never prepared sushi before.

~alessandro

My group of 4 had an excellent time! Yuka is full of information about Japan and Japanese food. We took the sushi class and really enjoyed ourselves. Be sure to budget in the time, because the sushi class, at 5 hours, is quite long. I would definitely recommend this class. Yuka is really accommodating and engaging and happy to answer questions and give out recommendations. It would be good to book this in the beginning of a trip, because Yuka makes many restaurant and other recommendations that we would have taken advantage of if we were not leaving Tokyo the next day.

~tristin

We had an amazing time with Yuka learning to make Sushi in October. 

Not only was the class very enjoyable (lots of laughs along the way), it was also very informative and practical. We had a class of 8 people (myself included) and were able to make our own plates of sushi, then eat the scrumptious things afterwards. Yuka also made us some miso soup, green tea and a small dessert.

I realise I have been making sushi all wrong! But with Yuka's thorough explanations I now know how much the littlest things are important in making sushi. 

The class was held at Yuka's own home which was about a 5-10 minute walk from the station. We were warmly invited in and I loved how we were able to see just a small glimpse into the Japanese culture. 

I can confidently say we can come back to Australia and cook what we were taught by Yuka.

I would definitely come back to this class again and I highly recommend anyone who can, to go to this class!

~silvia

The cooking class is very enjoyable and informative. I learned a lot , not just about food, but the Japanese approach to cooking and other aspects of the culture. Yuka is knowledgeable and professional in her teaching. I highly recommend her classes.

~taylor

Yuka is a very good and entertaining teacher and a very chatty lady. We really enjoyed her sushi class. She uses high quality fish and patiently explains everything, from how to cook rice to how to eat sushi. We would highly recommend it!

~valentina

I have made sushi before, but while in Japan, I wanted to join a cooking class. So glad, we found Yuka! From the moment she picked us all up at the station, she won us over with her unique charm, incredible friendliness and very japanese comedy talent After a quick stroll to her house, we spent the afternoon preparing our rice, cutting our (excellent) tuna, made a dashi, a dessert, rolled the sushi and all throughout laughed a lot and learned a lot about sushi, fish, wasabi, knives and japanese culture. I can't say I was bored a single minute! And at the end we ended up with a fantastic meal, as well! On our way back to the station, she even took us to a nearby supermarket and showed us all those hidden gems there, which you often have trouble finding not speaking/reading japanese. If you have a little more time than other short 2h classes, I definitely recommend Yuka. You won't be disappointed! This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~olsson

My daughters had organised a cooking class for my wife and I as a gift for our recent holiday to Japan. Their research had led them to Yuka. We were certainly not disappointed and had a great 4 or 5 hours learning about the finer points of making good sushi and having fun with other like minded holiday makers. Yuka's enthusiasm, knowledge and passion comes through to give you a new appreciation of Japanese cooking. A highly recommended thing to do when in Tokyo

~seamer

It was amazing meeting Yuki and being so welcomed into her home. She taught us so many amazing things about Japanese food and culture. It made us true sushi experts. It was fun and informative and gave plenty of hands on experience. I would recommend this class to any foodie who wants to learn about Japanese food and culture and again some hands on experience. Yuki is a big book of knowledge and is more than willing to share it with you to make sure you get what you want out of your trip to Japan.

~daneeka

What an excellent experience we had. Not only did we learn how to cook sushi and the history surrounding the culture and technique, but we also learned so much about the interworking of Japanese culture from Yuka! She is so knowledgable, friendly, and passionate about cooking - a must do experience for tourists! Language barrier was nonexistant and her home was comfortable and welcoming. Only regret - we should have done BOTH classes!

~michelle

This is a really cool way to kick off a trip to Tokyo - learning about how to make sushi and the proper way to eat it. Yuka is a great host (very chatty) and hospitable and it makes for a fun afternoon! We did the 10am sushi class and didn't leave until 3pm -- so factor that into your plans. Would definitely recommend!

~taylor

We had a lovely afternoon learning not only about Sushi but Japanese food, culture and society in general. Yuka has a very engaging teaching style, is extremely knowledgeable and takes her time to answer any left field questions. The small class size really helps and Yuka's use of high quality ingredients results in a fantastic overall experience. She also gave me a knife sharpening lesson at the end of the class. Would highly recommend and will be going back next time we're in Tokyo.

~nabeel

Yuka's cooling class was the first and one of my favorites activities in Tokyo on my first visit in Japan. She is very acknowledgeable, fun and loving person. I would definitely attend the other classes Yuka offers. THANK YOU Yuka for being such a great teacher and such a loving person.

~christian

I went to two of the classes here, one for sushi and one for onigiri and teriyaki. Yuka was really great picking us all up from the nearby Metro stop, and is an amazing teacher, being very friendly, really inspiring and incredibly entertaining at the same time. The classes are just the right size (6-8 people), she picks some great ingredients, and it was excellent fun getting hands-on. It's a really friendly atmosphere, and you get all kinds of extra tips on things like which Japanese knives to buy, where to get the best macha tea etc. This was very good value for money, a good way into Japanese food culture, and excellent way to meet new people with similar interests. I'll be going back to her classes when I return to Tokyo in April.

~alma

Yuka picked us up from the station; group size was great and we learnt a lot about sushi and Japanese food in general. She was a great teacher. Food was delicious and we had a really fun and memorable morning!

~sarah

This class is great for sushi making first-timers. Yuka is extremely hospitable and went out of her way to pick us up at the station and return us there at the end of the class. I agree with other reviewers that quantities were a little stingy, but in my mind, the bigger issue was waiting around 5 hours to be allowed to even eat anything. I'm sure that Yuka will offer snacks in the future once she becomes aware of this, as that is the kind of host that she is! The techniques learnt were perfect for sushi newbies but too basic for food service professionals seeking continuing education.

~patrick

Yuka's sushi course that we took was really phenomenal, if we had more time in Japan, we would've gone back for more! She was really professional and knowledgeable while being easygoing, funny and most importantly genuine at the same time, covering so much information (including a lot of extra bits and tips) in the 4/5 hours spent with her.

Definitely give it a go whether you want to learn more of the Japanese cuisine or you're into cooking(any level)!

~karolina

I am a bit late in writing this review but my husband and I took this class in August while we went to Japan for our honeymoon! It was an amazing experience, and I would highly recommend it for anyone interested in making japanise food and learn about the culture. Yuka was so friendly and helpful and we learn a lot not only about food but culture too.

~judit

I was a bit on the fence about booking this class (Sushi making) as I was traveling alone and didn't want to feel out of place in a group. I'm glad I went ahead and booked. Yuka was great about answering all my questions and was very quick in her response times. Payment was a breeze with paypal. The meeting point was easy to find and Yuka is very personable, putting everyone at ease and made us feel welcome in her home. Yuka entertained us the entire time with funny stories while still teaching us so much. The class was entertaining and I felt like I learned quite a bit. After class she took the time to show us how to properly sharpen knives on a stone and even walked with us to a local grocery store for an impromptu tour. I couldn't recommend this class more! This is one of best things to do in Tokyo.

~larry

My family and I enjoyed Yuka's Sushi workshop yesterday.
Yuka was extremely friendly, explained clearly about the various ingredients, techniques, processes, do's and don'ts and ensured that every participant in our (small) group of six will practice hands on what they learnt.
Eventually, before escorting us back to the Metro station Yuka was kind enough to offer to join us to a Supermarket tour, where she explained about various ingredients and answered many questions.
A great experience, both for trained cooks as well as armatures.

~danso

I was lucky enough to attend two cooking classes with Yuka. The first experience I went along with a friend and together we made Sushi. The sushi making was tricky but Yuka soon made you feel like a pro and you left with recipes that you can make at home. The friend and I soon after made sushi for our other halves and they thoroughly enjoyed learning how to roll! Both my friend and I live in Japan(short term) and the learning about the ingredients and the shopping experience afterwards enabled us to have a much better understanding of Japanese cooking and how to navigate around a supermarket. The Gyoza cooking class I went alone but soon made friends. It was a just as fun and yummy experience. Yuka herself is great fun and makes you feel at ease. The groups are small and all the dishes that you make are to die for.

~lizclare

We had a fantastic experience today , learned about several key points on making and eating Sushi ! The "chef Yuka Mazda" really were prepared and ready to make us very confortable through the all experience . Highly recommended!

~claudya

Yuka is an excellent teacher. She made everything seem easy, and you know what - it really was! We made gyozas and the wagyu beef gyudon - all or which turned out excellent even though we were amateurs in the kitchen. Tried out the recipes back home and it was all good too! Yuka, we'll be back for more!

~rina

This was already my second cooking class with Yuka. Last year I was in her sushi class and I really liked it. This time I booked the Gyoza and Wagyu Beef Gyodon class and again I liked it very much. Yuka is really a "chef" and she can explain to everybody what are the important steps to prepare a good Japanese meal. 

Thanks Yuka and see you next time when I'm in Japan.

~umay

We came here for the sushi making course for our honeymoon. Our class had 7 people in total and it was at Yuka Mazda's house. Yuka was very thorough with her teaching and her english was superb. Instead of the normal places where they demonstrate most of the time, Yuka demonstrated and let us follow each step to make the sushi. It started from cooking the rice to fanning it and then shaping it to a sushi. The experience is expensive however it is well worth it. You actually spend about 4 hours with her and she also provides recipes to you after the class. Unfortunately we lost the recipes while we were travelling but we still have a very clear idea what was taught which is amazing. She was even nice enough to show us ingredients at a nearby supermarket after the class and dropped us off at the nearest subway station. 

What a blast we had. We would recommend this class to anyone who enjoys eating and cooking. Not to miss, we ate all the sushi we made and had miso soup and the appetizer Yuka made ahead of time. Thanks Yuka.

~mike

I had this experience given to me as a birthday gift and was so thankful for the experience. The class was nice and small and Yuka is quite humorous also! Would highly recommend for a real local experience!

~ena

Yuka was fantastic, we had a few issues with the trains meaning we were running slightly later than we wanted but as promised Yuka and the rest of the class were waiting for us still at just after 10. Yuka was very patient and clearly explained everything we were doing. She is clearly very passionate about food and it was a great experience for myself, my girlfriend and her mother to all do together. Eating what we had prepared was fantastic and Yuka had clearly bought the very best of ingredients as it was the best we had ever had. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is coming to Tokyo and wants to experience really high quality food and be taught about proper Japanese style sushi to make again at home.

~tom

Yuka's sushi class was a great experience. She taught us a lot of details you need to do when preparing sushi so you get the best rice. She's very entertaining and loves to talk about Japan and ofcourse food. Must try when you are in Tokyo!

~helmie

Yuka's course was incredible. We did the gyoza and beef session. She was an engaging and inspiring tutor. She not only taught us how to cook some great food, but had so much to tell us about Japanese food in general, as well as local recommendations for restaurants and shopping. To top it off, she took us to the supermarket after the morning was over, and showed us all sorts of exciting things. We got a real insight into Japanese food, which was especially good at the start of our trip to Japan. Much more than a straight-forward cooking lesson - thanks so much!

~chris

we went with an open mind and came out feeling like we can actually prepare Sushi! Yuka was entertaining and we learnt a lot about the right way to cook rice. The quality of Tuna and how tuna and salmon are rates in Japanese Cuisine.
The environment was comfortable. Yuka was really good and we look forward to going back and doing the Wagyu class also. This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~ming

Yuka is an amazing and funny teacher. Multiple times in the lesson she was able to make a few jokes that all had us on the floor laughing. She speaks great English, so don't be afraid that you won't understand. I took both the Gyu and Gyoza lesson as well as the Sushi lesson. Both were great, but if you can only do one I would say do the Sushi Lesson because she will teach you a lot about the culture and history around sushi. Hope you have fun!

PS. She taught Taylor Swift and her guitar tab is sitting under the table cover ;)

~darren

Me & my girlfriend went to the sushi-course. Not only was it a greate class but Yuka made it even better. She's very good in english, very kind and it was not only real fun to learn all the small details in sushi but also to get a glimpse into the japanese way of living today.

~hampus

Yuka taught a group of 9 of us in her kitchen at home. She covered a lot of ground and I have been successfully making some of her recipes back home in London. There is a lot more to know about making sushi than I expected, and some of her tips are invaluable.

~steve

I loved the experience, Yuka Mazda really knows what she is teaching , that class is of 8 people is not extremely big, it is nice, neat and she listens and pay attention to every person in the class , answering all the questions.
I plan to do it again for another course when I can come back to Tokyo.

~anna

I have been Tokyo a few times,so I decided to take a Japanese cooking class. I like Yuka's way of teaching, quite interesting and entertaining. Her English is very good among Japanese cooks. Just a few points, she didn't make herself very clear but most of the time, we know what she was trying to teach. I am a little bit slow learner but Yuka was very patient with me. Besides teaching sushi class, she also gave us some tourist information at the end of the class, which is quite helpful. I would recommend her class.

~kojika

The reviews were great so expectations were high and Yuka still exceeded them. So many cooking classes work in 'stations' where you hear all of the lessons but only get to try the pieces assigned to you. Not in this class. In this class, you make your own sushi from start to finish under Yuka's careful guidance. Even if you never made sushi again, you still learn everything you need to know about eating sushi -- what to watch for and how to eat it authentically. And after the class, Yuka even took us to the grocery so we could learn what ingredients to use in a number of dishes. Worth every penny and more!

~nicole

She waited for us in the station. She welcomed us with an amazing smile. We went to her house and she started explaining about the food, the culture and we prepared sushi and other three side dishes. She showed us everything from cooking the rice to rolling and everything. 

She is a humble person. an important note: the materials that she uses to cook sushi, are the best materials. Expect to find the best tuna, best wasabi plants and everything.

~kassem

Yuka is really a top teacher and cook. Her classes are very well organized and explained and really hands-on. We were very happy to attend her class and we also had a very abundant lunch with all the different courses that, following her guidance, we had previously cooked. We are looking forward to book another class with her next time we come to Tokyo.

~mina

If you are visiting Japan and you are interested in Japanese cuisine, you must attend to this course! Yuka is very nice, welcoming and speaks great English as well, during the class we not only learned how to make delicious sushi, also miso soup and other traditional Japanese dishes. She also gives you advice about where to eat, what to do and solves any doubt you may have about Japanese food or culture! It was great and very useful for understanding better this amazing country! When I go back to Japan I will repeat! This is one of best things to do in Tokyo.

~anton

Yuka is a very passionate teacher when it comes to cooking and making sushi. She is very knowledgeable and eager to share her knowledge with her students. Through the course, I learned how to make sushi rice the right way, how to roll a sushi, how to make a sashimi, and best part of all, how to eat them in the most proper and delicious way :P

~yaorui

Japanese Cuisine is really broad, going from OKONOMIYAKI to SHABU-SHABU, including YAKITORI, YAKISOBA, COLD SOBA, UDON, Ramen, Curry...etc...etc...(no enough lines to describe them). But SUSHI is the best known all over the world.
We had an excellent time with YUKA and her Kitchen. Great time, good advices...Thanks a lot...

~kinley

We had a nice time with Yuka for sushi class. Learning begins with cooking rice and how to mix it with rice vinegar (the most important step), and then how to roll sushi. Throughout the time spent with Yuka, the atmosphere was very friendly. She is funny, and knows how to make person confortable. After the class, we visited a supermarket and she showed us each kind of ingredients. We do not regret at all.

~didier

My husband and I and my two young adult kids thoroughly enjoyed our sushi making class. Yuka met us at the subway station and escorted us back to her home where she spent the next 5 hours teaching us about Japanese cooking and making sushi. She was very entertaining and informative and we had a wonderful time making several different kinds of sushi. There were two other couples in the class with us, for a total of 8, which seemed the maximum that her space would allow. Yuka explained how to prepare sushi rice and dashi broth and miso soup. We also learned the proper way to slice tuna and scallops, how to roll two different types of sushi, and how to make nigiri sushi. Yuka was an excellent and animated teacher and we really appreciated knowing how much care and preparation goes into making proper sushi. This activity was a highlight of our trip to Japan and well worth the time and expense. I highly recommend Yuka and her class!

~carkwern

Yuka came to the station to pick us up and walk us to her class. It was boiling hot so I really appreciated the gesture. 

We were a group of 7, myself and a lovely family of 6. Yuka got everyone involved in the cooking which was good as I was concerned from other reviews we would have no input. There are moments when Yuka is doing the cooking and talking you through the process but a lot of the time she will am a volunteer to do part of it. She also did a great job of letting us do the cutting for the sushi nd teaching us Japanese cutting technique. 

Great course, I'll recommend to anyone travelling to Tokyo. Thanks Yuka! This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~gerrard

Being able to bring something back home from a trip, is nice. Bringing back something, that is not only a thing, but a memory, an adventure, is something completely different and - in this case - really awesome.
4 hours of food, history, japanese traditions, all told by - and learned from mrs. Mazda, is something that I will think of and take in to my life, for ever. Have just made my first serving of gyoza, back home .. Big success. All thank to mrs. Mazda.
When going back to Japan (and I will) I'll make sure to stop by for more courses.

~lene

My family went for a sushi cooking class. Very clumsy to prepare some pieces of sushi. The teacher was very cute and spoke good English also. We learn many complicated rules about making sushi and even eating sushi in different places too. Both the chef and customers are artists to promote sushi as a culture.

~charles

My partner and I came across Yuka's Cooking Class on tripadivsor and so we decided to contact Yuka's and to participate in her Sushi Making Class. It was 1 of the best decision we made for our 6 days trip in Tokyo.

Yuka was clear with her instructions and preparation for our class. Lesson was conducted in English so we have no problem understanding Yuka.

We had fun and were impressed by how our sushi looks like after the class and also being able to understand more about Sushi.

Both my partner and I would recommend Yuka's Cooking class to anyone who is interested in learning Japanese culinary! :)

~shuinz

During our second trip in Japan, me and my wife want to try a sushi class. We find a lot of courses but at the end we choose this of Yuka. We really recommend Yuka's class if you are in Tokyo and you have the opportunity do it! Yuka is an amazing chef and her lesson is clear and funny! We really like it and we learn a lot of useful things to do sushi and miso soup. At the end of the course, Yuka took us in a super market and show us which things to buy... GREAT!!

~luca

We booked Yuka's class for cooking Gyoza, rice and Gyudon. It was soooo amazing. We had a great time and also with the other participants. Yuka is a great teacher, and we have alreafy made the recipes back home. At our next time in Tokyo we will definitely book Yuka's other classes. After class she took us to a supermarket and helped us shop the right ingredients , to take them home. :) Thank you once again and see you soon. ;)

~francis

I had the most incredible time at Yuka's cooking class. She taught us everything from what ingredients to use to how combine them to make the most amazing sushi. Her experience working within food is incredible and her knowledge is insightful. After the cooking class, Yuka was kind enough to guide us to the supermarket where she gave us a guided tour of what ingredients are best to get to ensure our dishes can be just as good as what Yuka discussed and showed us. 
I can't emphasis how incredible her class was and if you're planning a visit, please make sure to book with Yuka. You will not regret t. This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~nima

My daughter and I had an excellent time learning how to make and enjoy sushi. Yuka is extremely personable and makes the class enjoyable and educational. The class is well-organized and the quality of the instruction and the ingredients are impeccable. Thanks for a memorable experience! It's definitely one of the highlights of our trip.

~luane

First we have to thank Yuka Sensei for giving us a wonderful time. With top quality ingredients and maker-friendly recipes provided by Sensei, we can't believe that we can make tasty Beef Don, Miso soup and dumplings with a touch of Japanese style and flair. 

Food is truly a vista to a country's culture. From Yuka Sensei we learn not only the great way to prepare food but background knowledge of Japanese food, etiquette and culture. It's a class that helps us fall in love with Japan and her wonderful culture.

Sensei was also kind enough to offer us loads of recommendation about having great food in Tokyo. We are lucky to have tried them all - never underestimate the taste buds of a great chef; our trip was enriched with rounds and rounds of gourmet.

Sensei's lively presentation and very personal style made us feel very welcome. It's such a pleasure to meet her!

~sam

Yuka is passionate about cooking and teaching, that's it what makes this class a unique experience. We did not only prepare sushi, we also got to know a lot about how Japanese enjoy their sushi and particularly what they do not do. On top, Yuka made it a fun time.

~michel

We loved our day learning to make sushi here! Yuka was an excellent teacher, oodles of interesting and useful info about making and eating sushi - like not to put wasabi paste in the soy sauce, which we have always done, oopsy! We learnt so much that we can take home and use making sushi! Thank you

~gemma

Yuka's class is so great. Not only is she an expert in her craft, but she is a very nice and kind woman! She made the class both extremely informative, but also fun and full of laughs. My fiance and I went to the class hoping to take home some tips for bringing our love for sushi into our own kitchen, and we left feeling well prepared to do so. 

I'd highly recommend this to sushi lovers, and really anyone looking for a fun, unique, educational experience - especially to get Yuka's first hand advice on some great local things to see in Tokyo. This is one of top things to do in Tokyo.

~ashley