Best of the Best 2021 Travelers’ Choice
For the past few years, I have been unable to do in-person cooking classes due to Corona and have only been doing online cooking classes, but I am very honored to receive this award.
See the detail of award is here.
Now that the state of emergency has been lifted this month in Tokyo, I decided to resume face-to-face classes.
I would like to continue to meet many overseas customers who are interested in Japanese food and culture, and to contribute to them. I am looking forward to meeting many of you!
Lastly, thank you for all your interest and support in so many ways!
Love from Tokyo 🇯🇵❤️
Reviews from online cooking class guests
I loved Yuca’s online Japanese sweet making class, we made mochi ice cream and homemade ice cream. I would recommend this to anyone keen to explore Japanese food but they have been too afraid to try. Yuca is so friendly and patient and makes the steps simple and easy. She has a great set up so you can see her workspace and hands as you cook alongside her in your own home. Give Yuca’s classes a go it is so much fun! I can’t wait to impress my family and friends!
– Esme from New Zealand
I followed several cooking classes by Yuca.
Last year an offline class in Tokyo. I learned how to make Matcha ice cream, Mochi ice and Matcha cake. After that we taste some Sake and we went to a Japanese market in Tokyo, that was really nice.
This year with corona, It was really nice to meet Yuca again and to cook together but now online.
I really find it a great opportunity to follow Yuca’s classes, because it is so fun and it even feels like you are (a bit) on holiday in Japan.
But besides it is fun, you really learned something about the Japanese cuisine, for example: Yuca learned me how to make Gyoza, rice burgers and a Health Japanese meal.
The ingredients for the recipes are easy to buy in an European supermarket, even with corona when a lot of products are not available in store.
And who doesn’t want to learn how to cook Japanese food in your own kitchen at home ! I think everyone. It is a great opportunity !
– Kristel from Belgium
We had a delightful time learning how to make Tsukemen soup on YUCa’s online course. She guided us through the entire process, taking the time to teach us new cooking techniques and how to improve old ones. If you’re interested in Japanese food, we would highly recommend taking her online cooking course. The meals are easy to make and they’re super tasty!
– Mike Kniec & Majella MacOscar from Ireland
We all had a fantastic time! We’ve been in lockdown since March, your cooking class really helped in feeling less isolated and was wonderful experience for the boys (I’m fortunate enough to have had a cooking lesson with you in person a couple of years ago!) You were absolutely brilliant in explaining everything and engaging all of us that even my seven year old could participate in making mochi ice cream. My fourteen and seven year old sons enjoyed the session very much, we all agreed it was great fun as well as the best tasting mochi ever! Looking forward to booking another class with you. Honestly, thank you ever so much.
– Shabana from UK
Yuca’s online class is what I’ve been looking for. As I miss traveling very much during this period, Yuca’s class helped me to experience “traveling”.
I was cooking with another lady who became a friend after the class.
Yuca is also very patience during the class when we (the students) might be slower than others.
The instructions are given clearly and more importantly, the meal tasted YUMMY!
What I love about Yuca’s recipe is that she uses quality ingredients which is very important for quality meals.
Thank you Yuca for opening the online classes.
If you love Japanese food, cultures and miss meeting people from all over the world, please sign up for Yuca’s online classes.
Good meal and happy soul! 🙂
– Katherine from Singapore
The BEST Cooking Class in Japan 2019 by TripAdvisor
YUCa’s Japanese Cooking got the honor of The Best Cooking Class in Japan 2019 from international travelers by TripAdvisor. It’s amazing to have received this award for two continuous years! (2018 & 2019). I will have maternity leave soon but I will do my best to pursue my lifetime mission “Connect Japan and overseas countries through Japanese food & Lifestyle”!!! I am now working on new projects to give various values for all of you! Let’s enjoy the journey with us!!!
Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your support!!!
The BEST Cooking Class in Japan 2018 by TripAdvisor
YJC (YUCa’s Japanese Cooking) had the honor of TOP3 activity in Japan,
The BEST Cooking class & Workshop in Japan by international travelers 2018 by TripAdvisor!!!
Our record & Reviews from the guests
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!!