Grain Quest: Onigiri-Making and Amazake Tasting in Tokyo

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1.5 hours
Number of Guests
1 - 4 guests
Accessibility
Wheelchair Accessible, Stroller Accessible, Family-friendly
Language
Japanese, English
Other
Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Rain or shine, Near station
Embark on a rice-led adventure in this private cooking and tasting experience in Tokyo! Learn how to make onigiri (rice balls) and taste amazake (a fermented rice drink) alongside professionals.

Highlights

Private cooking and tasting experience
Complimentary gifts (chopsticks and sake glass)
Learn about and taste different types of amazake
Learn about onigiri flavors
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals

Experience Details

In this private cooking and tasting experience in central Tokyo, you’ll learn how to make onigiri (rice balls) and take part in an amazake (fermented rice drink) tasting alongside a team of dedicated professionals. But this experience isn’t just about eating and drinking, it will give you a unique view into the deep-rooted history and culture of rice in Japanese culture. Keep the memories alive by taking home complimentary rice-themed souvenirs! Your cooking and tasting guides are passionate rice experts eager to share their knowledge with you. They began their rice-forward operation in 2023, with the aim of sharing Japanese culture through this humble yet mighty grain. From drinks and sweets to organic skincare and accessories, these people have a genuine passion and seek to share it in as many ways as possible. Onigiri (rice balls) hold a special place in Japanese cuisine. These handheld snacks consist of a triangular or oval-shaped rice ball, stuffed with various fillings, and often wrapped in nori seaweed. Skills you’ll acquire will include the delicate balance of shaping the rice, understanding flavor combinations, adding the fillings, then mastering the art of nori (seaweed) wrapping. Afterward, savor your rice creations and enjoy them with nourishing miso soup. The ingredients in the cooking component of this experience are easily customized, so if you have dietary restrictions or allergies, never fear! But wait, there’s more! An amazake tasting awaits… Amazake (sweet sake) is a traditional Japanese beverage made from fermented rice. Unlike regular sake, amazake is non-alcoholic and boasts a natural sweetness from the fermentation process–it can even be enjoyed by kids! This creamy elixir is rich in nutrients like vitamin B and enzymes, making it a nourishing and energizing drink. By engaging in these culinary traditions, you'll gain a deeper understanding of Japan's food heritage and the cherished role of rice in daily life.

Inclusions

Private cooking and tasting experience
Onigiri-making ingredients and tools
Meal: Onigiri and miso soup
Amazake tasting
Souvenirs (chopsticks and a sake glass)

Exclusions

Transportation to and from the meeting point

Meeting Point and Meeting Time

At the store (1 minute walk from Toei Subway Daimon Station (A6), 6 minute walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station (North Exit), 6 minute walk from Onarimon Station (A2)).

Remarks

Experience lasts approximately 1.5 hours
The ingredients in the cooking component of this experience are easily customized, so if you have dietary restrictions or allergies, please let us know ahead of time

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: July 18, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals