Takikomi Gohan Cooking Class with Master Chef in Yamagata
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Number of Guests
2 - 10 guests
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly
Under the tutelage of Chef Sawatari, the bilingual owner-chef of kaiseki restaurant Chitosekan, you’ll learn how to make a festive Japanese rice dish using the highest quality local ingredients.
Culinary instruction from a bilingual master chef
Cooking class at Chitosekan, a traditional Japanese ryotei
Learn how to make a classic Japanese dish with local ingredients
Enjoy a meal together with the group
Standing side-by-side with Chef Kichibei Sawatari, the head chef and owner of Chitosekan, learn how to make a celebratory traditional dish in Japan. Chitosekan is a historic ryotei, an upscale Japanese restaurant that is one of the renowned landmarks of Yamagata city, sharing the same architect as the Bunshokan museum in the heart of the city. During this Japanese cuisine cooking class, Chef Sawatari will teach you how to make takikomi gohan, a festive mixed-rice dish that features high-quality rice and the abundant local vegetables found across Yamagata prefecture. This dish uses rice, dashi (soup stock), and various vegetables and meats together to form a delicious and healthy dish, with varied textures and rich, elegant flavors. And, rather than using the modern rice cooker, Chef Sawatari will show you how to cook the high-grade Yamagata rice by using a ceramic pot. Sawatari is fluent in English and lived in America during his university days, so he is able to teach guests both in English and make suggestions about how to prepare this dish with ingredients available overseas.
Bilingual culinary instructor
All tools and ingredients necessary for the cooking class
Final meal together, cooked by the group
Any additional food or alcohol orders
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
You will meet Chef Sawatari at his restaurant near Yamagata Station (exact location to be sent at the time of booking).
Please wear socks.
Yamagata City is the capital of the prefecture by the same name, home to the hot spring town of Kaminoyama Onsen and ski resorts like Zao Onsen (known for their famous snowscape of “snow monsters” - trees enrobed with a layer of snow, shaped by the strong chilly winds). The lands are fruitful, and Yamagata City hosts the annual Yamagata Cherry Festival in the summer to celebrate its abundance, while autumn is prime grape-picking season.
Place a Booking
Select at least 2 guests
Select at least 2 guests
(15 - 109)
(5 - 14)
(1 - 4)
Earliest available date: October 2, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.