Premium Sushi Class with Master Washoku Chef in Yamagata

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Experience Details
Experience Location
2.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 20 guests
Japanese, English
With recipe, With lunch
Soak up as much information as you can from Chef Suda, building a solid knowledge base about the art of sushi at the chef’s stunning coastal restaurant during this sushi workshop.


Watch Chef Suda’s sushi demonstration.
Learn how to prepare perfect sashimi for nigiri sushi and how to rolled maki sushi.
Get the chance to use a knife from the chef’s personal collection.
Make your own sushi course and enjoy the meal together with the chef.
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

This cooking class is a premium experience with the renowned head chef of Okimizuki! Chef Suda is one of Yamagata Prefecture’s top chefs, a master of washoku who won 4th place in the Japan National Skills Grand Prix in 2017 and 2019. His mission is to revitalize international tourism across the Shōnai region of Japan. Take advantage of such an exclusive experience and gain valuable skills for the refined art of sushi. The location itself is gorgeous, located at Chef’s Suda’s own coastal restaurant inside Tsuruoka City’s Kamo Aquarium. Thanks to the abundance of freshwater trickling down the local mountains, the Shōnai region offers lush rice fields and high-grade Tsuyahime Rice for this cooking class. The seafood is no less excellent, with fresh fish caught the night before the class, hence the type of fish varies depending on the season. This class is a start-to-finish sushi cooking experience with quality ingredients and an experienced teacher. First, relax and enjoy the skillful demonstration given by Chef Suda, who will show how to gracefully and efficiently prepare fish and different cutting techniques. Next, it’s your turn! The chef will help you during the first steps, staying by your side as you learn how to handle his professional knives (some which are worth over 2500 USD), a surreal occasion for kitchen knife enthusiasts. You’ll be taught three of the main methods for preparing nigiri sushi and how to make rolled sushi, before moving to the cooking station for the final stage. Armed with weight scales and pre-cut ingredients, including your self-made sashimi, you’ll lay out a beautiful full sushi course under the chef’s guidance. On top of this in-depth experience, you can sit down and relish your results, eating with the chef and other participants. You’ll be amazed at your own sushi skills, laugh your mistakes off, and share thoughts with your new friends as you savor the delicious taste of fresh sushi.


Demonstration from Chef Suda, one of Yamagata's top chefs.
Ingredients and guidance to prepare a full sushi course.
The sushi lunch you and your group prepared yourselves!


Any additional food and beverages.

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

The restaurant is located inside the Kamo Aquarium.


Please take note that fresh fish varies depending on the season.

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: July 24, 2024
¥ 13,000
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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