YUCa's Japanese Cooking
YUCa's Japanese Cooking
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Lessons & WorkshopsCooking Classes
Monday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
About
Best of the Best 2023 Award Winner! Thank you for visiting the “YUCa’s Japanese Cooking”! YJC aims to give people from all over the world an opportunity for experiencing Japanese culture through cooking class and supermarket tour! YJC's cooking classes are directed in English and focus on Japanese home meals that are eaten everyday or seasonally at home. Let’s learn Easy, Healthy and Delicious Japanese home cooking! The BEST souvenir from Tokyo, JAPAN! ● Great souvenir for yourself, family and friends ● Perfect activity for foodies and cooking lovers ● Perfect for single, family and group travelers ● Precious time at local home ● Local Supermarket Tour ● Fun and Informative Hands-on class ● Easy Access! For more detail, please check our website! → www.yjc.tokyo See you at the kitchen!!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Joseph F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highlight of our trip!
    We did a home style Japanese cooking class with Yuca that was amazing. We made rice, broiled fish, fried chicken with homemade tartar sauce, dashi, miso soup with tofu, a Japanese omelet and finally we made pickled cucumber. Right away, Yuca welcomed us into her home and made us feel welcome. We sat and talked for a few minutes to get to know each other, and then we started cooking. Yuca is a pro. She managed our group (5 of us) very well, made sure we all had tasks and participated, and as we cooked, she continuously talked to us and patiently explained what we were doing and why we were doing it. From scrambling the egg with chopsticks without making bubbles, to cooking the fried chicken in a way that ensured as little oil as possible was absorbed into the chicken. She also taught us the technique of rolling the omelet and building it out in layers. We all walked away with a profound sense of the simplicity and the delicacy of good, home style Japanese cooking. It was really fun, and when we finished our trip (that included stops in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo), we reflected and realized that the Cooking Class with YUCa was probably the highlight of the trip. If you want to learn about Japanese cooking with someone who can explain what you are doing, and why, who can artfully and simply tell you how to recreate the dish as prepared, but also vary it as desired, and frankly who was an absolute pleasure to be around, then I strongly encourage you to take YUCa’s class! Well worth it! And make sure you go get green tea ice cream at the place that she recommends. It was about a 10-15 minute leisurely flat walk, and it was awesome!
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 16, 2023
  • doctorbroon
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Learning authentic home-cooked Japanese food the easy way with patience and love.
    We arrived mid-morning on the charming and old Sakura line train in Tokyo at YUCa’s lovely home kitchen. We were greeted so warmly by YUCa and also all of the other five guests who we had not met before. I’m always quite nervous in new situations like this, not knowing what to expect, but we were instantly out at ease with a wonderfully knowledgeable and generous host and a absolutely delightful group of people who were all here to do one thing: learn more about the subtleties and hidden secrets of actually cooking home style Japanese food. We’ve been interested in Japanese food for many years and learned much from books, and even YUCa’s own YouTube channel. However, nothing compares ideally with having direct tuition in coming and revealing those hidden secrets. Simple things like the tare spoon/ladle, which I’d seen so often, but never knew what to use it for (we’ll definitely be buying one!). Our planned course today was for ramen and gyoza. The ramen was a soy sauce based one taking us from making the broth and the tare, through to making and preparing all of the toppings. We even learned how to law the perfect marinated soft-boiled egg, which I have never been able to perfect. For the gyoza, we each had a role to play, from chopping vegetables, to adding all the oils and other flavours of these lovely dumplings. We then each mad as many as we could with available filling, making a “gyoza pizza” that was gently fried until crispy. Once cooked and prepared, we sat down to enjoy our lovely meal we made together and continue our lovely conversations, although there was also a lot of silence given how lovely the food was. We had a wonderful day and learned so much that we will all take home to our own kitchens and prepare for our families. A wis person once said “all we need in life is food and love” and today we had that in abundance. I can’t recommend YUCa’s course highly enough. We learned so much and in such an easygoing environment. The food was delicious and we were all amazed that we had made that together for the first time. If you get the chance watch some of YUCa’s YouTube videos, but better still attend one (or more) of her wonderful courses.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 3, 2023
  • buckley567
    Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The joy of Japanese home cooking
    This was our third class with YUCa and we loved it as much as the first time! Yesterday we joined a ramen and gyoza class and made some delicious food and learned lots of new things. YUCa is very generous with sharing her knowledge and skills in Japanese cooking and customs. Will come back on our next visit to Japan. Thank you YUCa!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 7, 2023
  • O C G
    London, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delicious food cooked with an amazing host
    We had a great experience with Yuca. She is really knowledgeable and was replying to all our questions. The ramen and gyoza that we cooked were really tasty and now we will be able to do it back at home and remember our time in Japan. One of the best souvenirs you can bring back home
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 15, 2023
  • Togeth
    57 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommended
    Yuca is incredibly knowledgeable. She is also highly organised and a lot of fun! This is a class for everyone. We had absolute beginners and a professional chef. The food we cooked was delicious. Another bonus is coming to an area where there aren’t many tourists. You will love it.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 15, 2024
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Beth C
London, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Absolutely fabulous cookery class with lots of really intwresting detail and history!

YUCa is lovely, and so knowledgable. Makes Japanese cookery seem so so simple and easy to do. Really looking forward to trying these dishes when ilI get home

Absolute must for anyone who loves food and trying something new

Definitely recommend
Written March 1, 2020
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Alyssa A
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
YUCa is very welcoming and very knowledgeable in Japanese cooking. She walks you through all the recipe steps and gets everyone involved in the cooking process. We had a fabulous time and would recommend this experience to anyone wanting to have fun, learn more about Japanese cooking and eat delicious gyoza and ramen!
Written December 26, 2022
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Joseph F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We did a home style Japanese cooking class with Yuca that was amazing. We made rice, broiled fish, fried chicken with homemade tartar sauce, dashi, miso soup with tofu, a Japanese omelet and finally we made pickled cucumber. Right away, Yuca welcomed us into her home and made us feel welcome. We sat and talked for a few minutes to get to know each other, and then we started cooking. Yuca is a pro. She managed our group (5 of us) very well, made sure we all had tasks and participated, and as we cooked, she continuously talked to us and patiently explained what we were doing and why we were doing it. From scrambling the egg with chopsticks without making bubbles, to cooking the fried chicken in a way that ensured as little oil as possible was absorbed into the chicken. She also taught us the technique of rolling the omelet and building it out in layers. We all walked away with a profound sense of the simplicity and the delicacy of good, home style Japanese cooking. It was really fun, and when we finished our trip (that included stops in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo), we reflected and realized that the Cooking Class with YUCa was probably the highlight of the trip. If you want to learn about Japanese cooking with someone who can explain what you are doing, and why, who can artfully and simply tell you how to recreate the dish as prepared, but also vary it as desired, and frankly who was an absolute pleasure to be around, then I strongly encourage you to take YUCa’s class! Well worth it! And make sure you go get green tea ice cream at the place that she recommends. It was about a 10-15 minute leisurely flat walk, and it was awesome!
Written May 16, 2023
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Murphando
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Friends
Whether you’ve lived in Japan for a while or are simply visiting, learning from and cooking with YUCa was a worthwhile treat. I have appreciated eating and cooking Japanese food for many years, but have gained a better understanding of the origins of these dishes through our pre-cooking lecture and am now able to truly perfect some of these dishes following YUCa’s thoughtful guidance. Following the class, YUCa also provided a great tour of a local grocery store with insights on where to find certain items, which ingredients would suit different cooking best, and how to use traditional seasonal veggies.

I’d highly encourage anyone thinking of taking this class to sign up. You’ll be more than happy you did.
Written December 11, 2022
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Thank you for taking time to write a wonderful review! Enjoy continuing to cook Japanese foods via my newsletter, Instagram and also my YouTube channel! :)
Written February 24, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Peter G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This class was a highlight of our time spent in Tokyo. I went with a group of three people. It was a very personal and informative experience and we had a blast the entire time. Yuca is energetic, knowledgeable, and passionate, which translates well into her class and the overall experience. We went out for a nice Omakase dinner in Ginza later that day which we all felt was so much more fulfilling because of Yuca’s cooking class. I will be sending anyone and everyone I know who is visiting Tokyo her away. I really cannot say enough how much fun we all had.
Written January 7, 2020
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Thank you so much for taking your time to write a review, Peter! It was nice meeting and cooking with you and everyone the other day! "Sensational Sushi Making Class" Wow, what a wonderful review!!! I love it! Happy to know you enjoyed my sushi class! Did you recreate those recipes at home? Please do!!! Please also try other recipes via my YouTube channel and website. xoxo, YUCa
Written January 24, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

doctorbroon
London, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
We arrived mid-morning on the charming and old Sakura line train in Tokyo at YUCa’s lovely home kitchen. We were greeted so warmly by YUCa and also all of the other five guests who we had not met before. I’m always quite nervous in new situations like this, not knowing what to expect, but we were instantly out at ease with a wonderfully knowledgeable and generous host and a absolutely delightful group of people who were all here to do one thing: learn more about the subtleties and hidden secrets of actually cooking home style Japanese food.

We’ve been interested in Japanese food for many years and learned much from books, and even YUCa’s own YouTube channel. However, nothing compares ideally with having direct tuition in coming and revealing those hidden secrets. Simple things like the tare spoon/ladle, which I’d seen so often, but never knew what to use it for (we’ll definitely be buying one!).

Our planned course today was for ramen and gyoza. The ramen was a soy sauce based one taking us from making the broth and the tare, through to making and preparing all of the toppings. We even learned how to law the perfect marinated soft-boiled egg, which I have never been able to perfect.

For the gyoza, we each had a role to play, from chopping vegetables, to adding all the oils and other flavours of these lovely dumplings. We then each mad as many as we could with available filling, making a “gyoza pizza” that was gently fried until crispy.

Once cooked and prepared, we sat down to enjoy our lovely meal we made together and continue our lovely conversations, although there was also a lot of silence given how lovely the food was.

We had a wonderful day and learned so much that we will all take home to our own kitchens and prepare for our families. A wis person once said “all we need in life is food and love” and today we had that in abundance. I can’t recommend YUCa’s course highly enough. We learned so much and in such an easygoing environment. The food was delicious and we were all amazed that we had made that together for the first time. If you get the chance watch some of YUCa’s YouTube videos, but better still attend one (or more) of her wonderful courses.
Written November 3, 2023
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Stay824259
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
My husband and I had a wonderful day date with YUCa's Ramen and Gyoza making class. We really enjoyed learning to make (AND EAT) our own authentic Japanese meal. Yuca communicated with us in English both before and during the class to ensure we were comfortable with all directions. We feel confident that we can recreate the dishes at home and would love to return to try her sweet class next!
Written May 3, 2022
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Thank you for your review. I am glad you enjoyed my class. I hope you will recreate my recipes and cooking tips many times in your own home. If you want to do more Japanese cooking, please continue to watch my YouTube channel. It's "YUCa's Japanese Cooking" (same as my cooking class name!). Enjoy Japanese cooking!
Written October 19, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

buckley567
Melbourne, Australia35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This was our third class with YUCa and we loved it as much as the first time! Yesterday we joined a ramen and gyoza class and made some delicious food and learned lots of new things. YUCa is very generous with sharing her knowledge and skills in Japanese cooking and customs. Will come back on our next visit to Japan. Thank you YUCa!
Written November 7, 2023
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Rachel L
Ely, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
What a fabulous time we had! We had a menu designed especially for us which Yuca shared with us beforehand and that we went through together - nothing was rushed or any pressure put on to finish at any given time.
And yet, we managed to put a huge number of dishes together, which all tasted wonderful.
Yuca explained the Japanese way of eating, what to say before and after a meal - and we were able to ask all those questions that you don't get the opportunity to find out about.
A truly memorable experience, and one that I highly recommend
Written March 1, 2020
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Togeth
57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Yuca is incredibly knowledgeable. She is also highly organised and a lot of fun! This is a class for everyone. We had absolute beginners and a professional chef. The food we cooked was delicious. Another bonus is coming to an area where there aren’t many tourists. You will love it.
Written January 15, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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