Japanese Fake Food: Food Sample Making Workshop in Tokyo

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Experience Details
Experience Location
1 hour
Number of Guests
1 - 12 guests
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly
Japanese, English
Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Has a gift
Learn how to make your very own plastic food sample in Tokyo during this colorful, hands-on workshop.
Learn how plastic Japanese food samples are made during this hands-on workshop!
Choose from ramen (the default) or select an option (tart charm, cupcake charm, parfait)
Follow along step by step with help from a professional from Yamato Sample Factory, a food sample making company that has been operating in Japan for almost 70 years
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Japanese fake food samples are a part of everyday life. You will see them across the country outside of Japanese restaurants, acting as a visual menu. Display cases of restaurants, bars and cafes boast these colorful, inedible, yet seemingly real replicas of their menu items, made convincingly out of plastic. If you have ever wondered how Japanese fake food samples are made, you can join this Food Sample Making Workshop in Tokyo to learn how to craft your own! During this workshop, you will learn how to make your very own fake food sample with the help from a friendly, professional teacher. Choose the default experience and you'll make your own life-size ramen food sample. Or, you can select one of the options and make an adorable tart charm, cupcake charm, or parfait! This experience is brought to you by a well-established food sample making company that originated in Gifu Prefecture called Yamato Sample Factory. They have been selling and leasing these realistic food replicas since 1952, but over time they have evolved the process to be able to create even more elaborate samples. With a streamlined and experienced manufacturing process, the craft of making food samples has even been spreading overseas! Each food sample is finished by hand, giving it the final touches to make the food replicas look real. This experience has a 5-minute introduction to Japanese fake food samples, a 5-minute food sample tour, and 40 minutes spent creating your own sample. You can choose from a range of different dishes to make, ranging from fruit tarts and ramen bowls to parfaits. Roll up your sleeves and join in this exciting experience. No matter what your creative skill level, this workshop is suitable for participants of all ages and is great for families! So, what’s your favorite dish? Make one of your very own delicious-looking Japanese food samples, an awesome souvenir from Tokyo!
Plastic food sample making teacher
Materials and tools to make one food sample
Transportation to and from the venue
Additional Japanese food sample making kits to take home
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Please meet directly at the venue. It is a 5-minute walk from Kita-Ikebukuro Station on the Tobu Tojo Line or a 12-minute walk from the east exit of Itabashi Station on the JR Saikyo Line. This is near the Kami-Ikebukuro police box.
Food sample production kits can be purchased at additional cost
Be sure to wear clothes that you do not mind getting dirty or please bring your own apron
This experience is partially in English but with a lot of Japanese. But, you will still be able to follow along easily with directions!
Additional toppings cost an extra 300+ yen for real size parfait samples
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

One of Tokyo’s major city centers, the vibrant area of Ikebukuro serves as a huge commuter and electronics hub. It’s the second busiest station in Tokyo, just after Shinjuku Station, and is surrounded by hundreds of shops, bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. While it’s not as famous as Akihabara, Ikebukuro has a strong otaku culture, but one that caters towards female clientele, featuring a number of butler cafes and cosplay shops. The area is also the home a rooftop aquarium and a number of other attractions within Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City, an enormous mall complex.
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Earliest available date: April 26, 2024
¥ 2,940
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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