Japanese Home Cooking Class in Tokyo. YUCa's Food & Lifestyle Media from Japan

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In-person Class Schedule

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 24(Mon) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 25(Tue) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 27(Thu) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jun 28(Fri) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jul 1(Mon) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

  • Yuka's Japanese Cooking
    2-34-8, Nishiogu116-0011
    Jul 2(Tue) 10:00-12:30

    Ramen & Gyoza

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TV :
Cool Japan by NHK (Japan)
Biz Stream by NHK World 2018 (Japan)
Biz Stream by NHK World 2021 (Japan)
NHK (Japan)
Fuji Television Network (Japan)
Tokyo Broadcasting System Television (Japan)
Discover Japan in Your Fridge by ABC TV (Japan)
news every. by NTV (Japan)
School Revolution by NTV (Japan)  NEW!

Newspaper :
deStandard (Austria)
Nikkei Marketing (Japan)
Nikkei (Japan)

Radio :
NHK (Japan)
J-Wave (Japan)

Magazine :
東洋経済 Toyo-Keizai (Japan)
Oi VIETNAM (Vietnam) *P.67-P.69
Nittone (にっとね)Local magazine (Japan)
Harmony by ECC Language school (Japan)

Web Media :
Babble.com (by Disney) (USA)
JapanTravel.com (Japan)
@DIME (Japan)
Forbes JAPAN (Japan)

YouTube :
Raphael Gomez (UK)

Blog :
Farby chute Vone (Slovakia)
Peach NO JAPAO (Brazil)
Choyu Choyu (Korea)

Movie :
DASHI and SHOYU“, guest speaker
Lost in translation“, 🙂

Our record & Reviews from the guests

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Our record :
TOTAL : 1,411 reviews (As of July,2019)
936 reviews by TripAdvisor *
389 reviews by Airbnb experience
46 reviews by Facebook
40 reviews by Google Map

*This number includes the 168 reviews from our previous location (July 2013- December 2016).

Reviews from our guests :

“much more than a cooking class” (superdeluxe from Paris, France)

YUCa puts together a great cooking class in her home but the experience is much more than learning to cook a few Japanese dishes because she has an intense passion for sharing the culture of Japan with her guests.

I chose the class initially in part because of the shopping trip for ingredients beforehand. I have been to Japan many times but always find supermarkets bewildering because of my lack of Japanese language skills. We started out in the market and she identified all the ingredients we had to buy but also pointed out many other interesting items in the store, telling stories, for example, about all the different kinds of noodles and soy sauces (which I would not have been able to differentiate otherwise). After the class, armed with knowledge, I returned to the store and bought many things to bring back to friends as gifts.

The class was intimate, interactive and hands-on, taking place in her Tokyo home. It is not a show class. YUCa speaks absolutely excellent English and has lived abroad, so it’s a comfortable experience for foreigners. We made some delicious dishes (see photos) and then ate them together. Perfect.

Since we took the class, YUCa continued to engage us in cultural exchange, sending occasional recipes, telling stories of seasonal dishes and Japanese holidays and festivals in her newsletter. She also has an active YouTube channel. All of this is to say that once you join YUCa’s class you are invited to continue to engage in Japan’s unique culture and learn more. It’s obviously not just a way to make some money, it is a passion for her, to share her culture. This is what makes it special.

“Empowering and Inspirational!” (brigittewoo from Singapore)

I took the Bento cooking class, it was amazing. Yuca was so patient in teaching my friend & I how to cook japanese side dishes. You have to understanding, I have almost no cooking experience or even prior interest to cook. I went for this bento class as a time of bonding with my friend (who really wanted to learn japanese cooking). I was so inspired after the class. Yuca made cooking japanese dishes so simple and fun! I’ll definitely practise what Yuca taught us in Singapore!

The location was convenient, just a 15 min walk from Tabata station. But she was very kind, she met us at the station and paid for the taxi ride (5 min) to her place. She’s such a sweet lady. Her english is very good! She even has some of her unique recipes featured in a bilingual magazine (JPy magazine) published in Los Angeles! Formidable lady 🙂 So you’ll be in great hands!

“Clarification to Earlier Post “Great Experience” (jkmdds2017  from Hawaii, USA)

I recently sent in a review saying that the cost of the class was on the “higher side” and wanted to clarify what I meant. I wanted to let potential travelers know that this was a first class/five star class and not a cheap, quick and easy/bare minimum type of class.From YUCa herself, her home, her whole kitchen set up, to the actual food we prepared, truly awesome and an experience and memory we will remember forever.

Since my last post, several of us have already prepared the dishes we learned like the gyoza, green beans and simmered pork for ramen noodles. We are even waiting for our mortar and pestle bowls that we ordered online like the one we used at YUCa’s. This was one of the best parts of our trip. Thank you, YUCa!

“One of the best ways to spend a morning in Tokyo” (Travelleralways2 from Belgium)

We had a fantastic time. Yuca is a warm and funny and informative teacher. We made many dishes, all of them delicious and importantly with the step by step practical guidance, ones we can reproduce back home. It was just a fabulous way to spend some time in Tokyo; we were in a real Japanese home with a delightful woman who clearly loves what she does; in a great neighborhood off the beaten track. Following lunch Yuca took us to the supermarket so we could buy some of the items to take back home. Can’t recommend this activity highly enough. Must be an excellent family activity too.

“Delightful and comprehensive cooking class” (Michael S from Boston, USA)

YUCa’s class was wonderful. We started with a general description of Japanese style meals, with lots of hands-on experiences to see/smell mirin, sake, katsuobushi (which I had not seen in its whole form). We then made dashi (Japanese soup stock) by hand, made miso soup, a really delicious sweet ground sesame sauce for vegetables, Japanese rolled omelette, and the star of the show: tempura! I was introduced to the two types of ways to eat tempura, first with a ponzu sauce, second with just salt and perhaps some sansho. YUCa’s tour of the Japanese supermarket was also very nice, I immediately bought many of the ingredients she pointed out after our class, while they were fresh in my mind. It was fairly mind blowing to make tempura as good as I’ve had in restaurants, YUCa even indulged in my request to learn how to make kakiage tempura. This is pretty much the only way my two year old son will eat vegetables, and I’m very thankful for that. Thanks YUCa, for a wonderful class! I’m sure I’ll come for another one the next time I’m in Tokyo.

And many more reviews on TripAdvisor & Airbnb experience and Facebook! THANK YOU!!

Tokyo Cooking Class in English: “YUCa’s Japanese Cooking”

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Welcome to “YUCa’s Japanese Cooking”!
A Japanese home cooking class in TOKYO!
Let’s learn Easy, Simple and Delicious Japanese cooking!
The BEST souvenir from Tokyo, JAPAN!!

YJC Summary:
● Learn from Japanese cooking chef
● Local Supermarket Tour
● Visit Tokyo modern style home/spacious Kitchen studio
● Perfect activity for foodies and cooking lovers
● Perfect for single, family and group travelers
● Fun and Informative Hands-on class
●  Variety of courses of Japanese Home Cooking beyond Sushi and Tempura
●  Easy Access! Located in the center of Tokyo. Check the access page!
●  Sending email newsletter for more updates and tips! *After taking the class

What 5 STAR things we offer:
  • 1. Local Supermarket Tour
    One of our popular venues is a local supermarket tour! We’ll take you to the local supermarket after the class and explain the Japanese ingredients including seasonal vegetables and seasonings. We recommend you join our class at the early stage of your itinerary.
  • 2. EASY & SIMPLE Recipes and Techniques
    Most of the recipes are designed as easy & simple so that you can recreate at your home many times. (This is our mission!) You can also learn traditional Japanese cooking techniques in the class.
  • 3. Lecture about the introduction of Japanese cuisine
    We will have a small lecture about the introduction of Japanese cuisine.
    Not only the concept of Japanese cuisine but you will also learn table setting/manners etc.
    *All recipes/texts are written in English.
  • 0014. Home Visit & Local Atmosphere
    We’ll invite all our guests to our real home and show you the Japanese kitchen, equipment etc.
    You will see how we live here in Tokyo. Come and check it out!
    We are located in the center of Tokyo but you can also enjoy the local atmosphere (i.e. the last streetcar in Tokyo, Public bath, The amusement park which has the slowest roller coaster in Japan etc).
  • 5. Continuing Study of Japanese Cooking, Culture & Lifestyle
    For all the guests (who gave us your email address), we will send an email newsletter. This newsletter will help you to foster your interest and knowledge of Japanese cooking, culture and lifestyle. We sometimes do giveaways! Enjoy!


How to book the class?

1. Go to Class Schedule page and check if the class date is open.
2. Click on your desired dates and select your class (if any classes are available).
3. Fill out and submit the request form at the bottom of the page.
4. We will send a reply with the link for the payment. (If you do not receive a reply from us within two days, please resubmit your request again.)
5. You will receive a booking confirmation mail after payment is completed.

*If you want to try other class, go to All Classes page and fill the form to send your request to us.
*If you are a large group (more than 7 guests), please contact us from here.

Class photos:
Here are class photos from YUCa’s Japanese Cooking!

*Please also check those SNS for more current photos!
Facebook : YUCa’s Japanese Cooking
Instagram : YUCa’s Japanese Cooking

About YUCa

YUCa – Founder & Author
Coming from a family of farmers, she grew up consuming local grown food from northern part of Japan. Worked as a food writer in Toronto (Canada) and New York (U.S.A), she came back to Tokyo and worked at a fermented food & vegetarian/vegan cuisine restaurant and kindergarten as a chef. Founded Japanese cooking classes in 2013 and teaches home cooking for guests from all over the world while creating more recipes. Published the “YUCa’s Japanese Cooking ~The first cookbook by YUCa~” (only in English) in April, 2019. Launched recipe app “Recipe by YJC” in February, 2020. Honored as the “Best cooking class in Japan 2018 & 2019”, “Best of the Best 2021 & 2023” by TripAdvisor.
A wife & mother of two children and two toy poodles.

YUCa – ユカズジャパニーズクッキング主宰 & 著者
福島県いわき市出身。親戚に農家が多く、幼少の頃から東北地方の地産地消の食材を食べて育つ。大学卒業後、トロント(カナダ)とニューヨーク(アメリカ)で国際ビジネスを学びながら、フードライターとして執筆活動を開始。帰国後、発酵食・玄米菜食レストランと保育園で実務経験を積み、本格的に料理家の道へ。2013年、外国人向けの日本家庭料理教室を設立。2019年、初の料理本『YUCa’s Japanese Cooking ~The first cookbook by YUCa~』を出版。2020年、レシピアプリ『Recipe by YJC」を発表。2015年より、世界最大級の口コミサイトTripAdvisorより人気の料理教室として『Certificate of Excellence』を7回受賞。2021年と2023年には、同サイトより『Best of the Best』受賞。


Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best 2023  NEW!
Travelers’ Choice 2023  NEW!
Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best 2021
Travelers’ Choice 2020
The BEST cooking class & workshop in Japan 2019 (by TripAdvisor)
Certificate of Excellence 2019
The BEST 3 activity and tours in Japan 2018 (by TripAdvisor)
Certificate of Excellence 2018
Certificate of Excellence 2016
Certificate of Excellence 2015

[Our Credentials]
Certified Sushi Decorator
Food Education Specialist
Food Sanitation Supervisor
Superfood Advisor
Fermented Food Specialist
Sake Navigator

[Our Credentials]
Certified Sushi Decorator
Food Education Specialist
Food Sanitation Supervisor
Superfood Advisor
Fermented Food Specialist
Sake Navigator

Facebook : YUCa’s Japanese Cooking
Instagram : YUCa’s Japanese Cooking
YouTube  (Recipe Channel) : YUCa’s Japanese Cooking
YouTube  (Family Lifestyle Channel) : YUCa’s Diary

[Our Passion]
~ Connect World with Great Recipes of Life~ (素敵な暮らしのレシピで世界をつなぐ)

[Our Philosophy]
~ Enrich Life From Table ~ (食卓から暮らしを豊かに)



Message from YUCa

Hello! Konnichiwa!!

Thank you for visiting this site.
I am happy to know that you are interested in learning Japanese home cooking.

Have you ever thought that you would like to cook Japanese home meals at home ?
(You can do it with YUCa! )
You can experience HOME VISIT and COOK Japanese Home Meals here in Tokyo, JAPAN!

I started my cooking class to introduce Easy, Healthy and Delicious Japanese Home Meals.
When I was living in abroad, I found many Japanese restaurants didn’t serve the Japanese home meals that we eat here in Japan.

That’s how YJC was established!
YJC introduces Easy, Simple and Delicious Japanese home meals that you can cook at your home many times.

We invite all of you to our private kitchen located in the center of Tokyo. Contact us anytime you want to learn or whenever you are hungry. It’s also easy access to major sightseeing spots. After the class, it’s time to discover what you learned in the class and enjoy more TOKYO & JAPAN!

Come and join us! You’ll definitely feel the Japanese lifestyle!
Looking forward to meeting many of you!!

Eat well & Have a lovely day!

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