Fugu Pufferfish Cooking Show with Chef Suda

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Experience Details
Experience Location
2 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 20 guests
Japanese, English
With green tea
Watch as the fugu pufferfish’s white and glossy meat is prepared before you by a professional chef with over 19 years of experience serving this notoriously poisonous fish.
Watch as freshly-caught fugu pufferfish is prepared by an experienced chef.
Learn about this refined culinary art and debunk the sensational reputation of fugu pufferfish.
See Chef Suda plate his signature fugu dish in the shape of an elegant crane.
Enjoy a delicious fugu meal.
Finish with traditional matcha tea made by Chef Suda.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
See how fugu, the fish that’s known as a daring delicacy, is prepared by a top chef in Yamagata! This pufferfish dining experience is located in Chef’s Suda’s restaurant in Kamo Aquarium on the coast of Tsuruoka City. The species of pufferfish he will prepare is called “tora fugu” (tiger pufferfish), which accounts for 90% of the wild pufferfish caught in the area. While other types of fugu lack flavor and are usually served in hot pot or fried, this specific type of fugu is quite unique and flavorful, with an umami taste. Not only will Chef Suda introduce the fish he will be preparing, but he will also show you the skillfully crafted knives in his own personal collection (some worthy over 1500 USD). Chef Takeshi Suda is a veteran chef with over 18 years of experience preparing pufferfish. He actively promotes the Shonai region with the aim of sustaining international tourism in the area. This is the underlying purpose of the budget-friendly price for such a luxurious and all-round experience with one of the top chefs of Yamagata Prefecture. Chef Suda placed 4th in the Japan National Skills Grand Prix in 2017 and 2019, he represented Yamagata Prefecture abroad in Europe and America, and he is the head chef at Okimizuki. With Chef Suda’s impressive qualifications in mind, you can be assured that you are in good hands during this fugu dining experience. If you’re concerned about trying a fish that is notorious for being poisonous, keep in mind that licensed fugu chefs undergo three years of training before being able to serve fugu, so eating fugu in Japan is not as dangerous as many believe. Chef Suda will show you how to remove the toxins and cut the whole fish with controlled and precise movements, plating thin, transparent slices to form his signature crane-shaped composition.
Visit Chef Suda’s restaurant in Kamo Aquarium.
Enjoy a fugu cutting demonstration with a renowned chef.
Learn about the notorious poisonous pufferfish and safety regulations.
Enjoy an expertly-prepared fugu meal.
Any additional food or beverages.
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet with the Chef Suda at the Kamo Aquarium.
There is a discount for guests between the ages of 6-19 years old. Please select “child” at checkout.
Please be reminded to arrive on time at the meeting point.
The prices of this experience vary according the market price of fugu.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Experience Location

Tsuruoka City in Yamagata Prefecture is located along the Sea of Japan and features stunning landscape views. Nature-lovers will find themselves drawn to the beaches Yunohaa and Sanze, as well as Dewasanzan (Three Mountains of Dewa). Foodies will also find much to enjoy, as Tsuruoka was recognized as a UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy for its ancestral food, including Shojin Ryori (the vegetarian Buddhist cuisine). Other major attractions include the Kamo Aquarium, hot springs, and festivals such as Tenjin Matsuri in May and Oyama Dog Festival in June.
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Earliest available date: June 2, 2024
¥ 20,000
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals