Private Mochi Sweets Making Class in Setagaya (Tokyo)

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Duration
2 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 6 guests
Accessibility
Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly, Pet-friendly
Language
English
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Gluten-free, Vegetarian, With matcha, Private Experience
Make two cute kinds of mochi sweets (strawberry daifuku and hanami dango) with a certified wagashi instructor in Tokyo’s Sangenjaya, a retro area in Setagaya district, near Shibuya.
Highlights
Learn to make two classic mochi sweets (dango and strawberry daifuku) with a certified wagashi-making teacher
Easy access near Shibuya: this class is at your host’s home in Setagaya, only 15 minutes by direct train from Shibuya Station!
Enjoy a private lesson at your own pace. Make mochi sweets and enjoy them in your host’s tatami-mat tea ceremony room
Receive tips about exploring the neighborhood and take home recipes so you can make your favorite treats again!
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Meet Sakura, a certified wagashi instructor eager to welcome you to her home for this sweets-making class, flanked by helpful assistant Choco (her adorable toy poodle dog). Wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) are not just a tea time treat but an art form made with seasonal ingredients and motifs, achieved by carefully shaping each piece by hand. During this class, you’ll learn to make two wagashi with pounded mochi rice: hanami dango (three colorful mochi balls on a skewer) and strawberry daifuku (a soft mochi filled with a juicy strawberry). As you'll soon discover, there's more to mochi than sticky rice dough! Families and children enjoy strawberry daifuku and hanami dango during festivals, for instance, so these treats bring memories of fun times. After being welcomed into the host’s home and receiving a brief walkthrough of the experience, you'll watch a demonstration of each step before making mochi. Once your treats are ready, you will style and plate them, take photos, and enjoy tasting them at the host’s tatami tea room. Experience flow: -Arrive at the venue and greet Sakura, your instructor -Sakura will introduce the recipes and do a demonstration -Following her guidance, make two pieces of strawberry daifuku and two skewers of hanami dango -Take photos and dig into your delicious treats! This experience is in Sangenjaya, a former teahouse area that retains a retro flair with vintage stores, long-standing izakaya bars, and a traditional shotengai shopping street. Sangenjaya is in Setagaya, a verdant residential ward with easy access from Shibuya.
Inclusions
Certified bilingual instructor
Ingredients and utensils
Two strawberry and bean paste mochi (strawberry daifuku)
Two skewers of tricolor dango mochi (hanami dango)
Recipes to take home
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Go directly to the instructor’s home, located 10 min on foot from Sangenjaya Station, or 15 min by train from Shibuya Station. More detailed information and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
Children over 4 years of age are welcome to participate.
The instructor’s house has stairs, so unfortunately this experience is not wheelchair accessible.
Please note that the host owns a dog. If you are not comfortable with dogs, please tell the host in advance. This experience is not recommended for those with dog allergies.
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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Over 14 million residents call Tokyo home. Functioning as Japan's economic and cultural center, it's no surprise the metropolis often appears at the top of travelers' bucket lists. Here, you can find everything from traditional tea houses to futuristic skyscrapers.
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Earliest available date: May 22, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals