Japanese Desserts "Wagashi" (Nerikiri), Matcha Green Tea
In this experience, you will be able to make beautiful "Wagashi" - traditional Japanese confectionery - and taste them together with matcha green tea. Tea will be served in traditional tea bowls of my collections which I use at the tea ceremony.
You will learn how to make nerikiri (dough) from scratch. Then tint the dough and make three types of seasonal confectioneries. After you make, you will enjoy Wagashi with matcha green tea which I will serve in my cozy dining room.
During the lesson, I will teach you not only about creation techniques, but also about cultural stories behind the confectionaries. Every participant will receive a copy of the recipe in English.
Please visit my IG (misswagashi) for my Wagashi creations!
Hi! This is Mai!
I am a chef, professional cooking teacher of the largest culinary school in Asia, and write articles on traditional Japanese cuisine as a food writer.
My passion is to make traditional Japanese confectionery into my original style and spread this culture to visitors from all over the world!
As an experienced cooking teacher, I will teach you how to make perfect pieces of desserts step by step! Let's have a great time together at my kitchen in Tokyo!
Visit my Instagram (@misswagashi)
The closest station
Yoyogi Uehara Station
How to get to the station?
From Shinjuku Station: 5mins
Free pick up service
This host can pick up you for free from the closest station!
Exact location provided after booking.
Love it very much
This was a very informative, and fun class. Mai-san is very professional, and very knowledgeable about wagashi, and she will walk you through each process step by step.
Boon Li , Malaysia★★★★★
Mai is a great instructor her explanation is clear and easy to understand. Will highly recommend
Thank you Mai for this amazing experience! It was really great to learn how to make those traditional Japanese deserts from the start, and to know a bit more about the history of it. Your explanations were good and I felt like I could dive deeper into the Japanese culture. My fiancé and I really enjoyed the class, thank you from both of us!
Robin, New Zealand★★★★★
The only thing that could have been done better is needing more stars to give! This was the perfect first cooking class experience. Mai was patient, very instructive, friendly and even went through the effort to engage in conversation regarding where we come from with genuine current affairs which shows the great lengths of effort she goes to for a customer. I will one hundred percent recommend anyone to try this class no matter what level of cooking you are at. Because if I managed to do something with 0 ability anyone can under her guidance =). Best part of the trip so far! 10 out of 5 stars for sure! Thank you Mai!
Myrtle, United States of America★★★★★
Really enjoyed making nerikiri wagashi with you, Mai. Your excellent English conversation and clear instructions/demonstration made it a wonderful experience. Loved making the dough and coloring it myself instead of simply shaping it. Really appreciated recipe in English and learning that the ingredients we're readily available at the Odakyuu OX store at the Yoyogi-Uehara Station near your house. I bought enough to make more nerikiri for Christmas presents for my friends when I return home to Hawaii. Thank you for sharing.
Christine BERGNA, France★★★★★
Cet atelier m'a beaucoup plu. Les explications du professeur sont très précises et j'ai pu réaliser de jolis wagashis.
Chloe Lambert, United Kingdom★★★★★
This class was a wonderful experience and Mai was so patient and clear with her instructions. She was also very informative and gave me the names of places around Tokyo where I could buy ingredients and wagashi tools. I would definitely recommend this wagashi class!
Seiji, United States of America★★★★★
Never had Wagashi class before? No worry. The host Mai teaches you from scratch and navigate you to a quick Wagashi master! Mai provided everything necessary and explained step by step with perfect English. We U.S. team best enjoyed her class and our own Wagashi!!
Gerda Andonian, Austria★★★★★
Dear Mai, Thank you for making this experience so much fun. We enjoyed everything about it: from preparing the dough all the way to the finished beautiful sweets that also tasted wonderful :) We are looking forward to booking another class with you when we are back in Tokyo in the spring of 2020 :) Arigatou!
YI HSUAN, Taiwan★★★★★
We can't believe that we can make wagashi well someday, but we really did it. Thanks to Mai. Mai is a warm ,patient and professional teacher. Also, we can have a chance making wagashi with people who come from different country, it is a very precious and unforgettable experience in life. Mai can speak English well, so you don't have to worry about understanding obstacles. We are from Taiwan and we can learn it well, too. We trust that you won't regret to learn making such beautiful artwork.
Kelly Graham, Great Britain★★★★★
I really enjoyed this class, I had such a great time and I learnt so much. I will definitely recommend it to my friends and anyone else who is looking to make beautiful wagashi! Mai was so nice, she explained everything so well and the instructions were easy to follow. I am so happy I found this class! I highly recommend. :)
Mai was an absolutely marvelous host - kindly and skillfully she guided us through the whole process of preparing and shaping beautiful wagashi. We recommend this experience to anyone staying in Tokyo!
Very nice experience! Mai was a superb host!
Jun Kai, Singapore★★★★★
Great wagashi making experience with Mai! She was very patient with us and was very helpful and a great teacher. Overall an amazing experience that everyone should try.
Brayden, United States of America★★★★★
So much fun! Me and my girlfriend live close by and my Mom was coming to visit, so we wanted to try something new, and I am so glad that we did. Mai is an awesome teacher and super energetic. Awesome experience!
Amazing and friendly host..highly recommend. Irie sensei was patient and very detailed in her explanations and made the whole experience worthwhile.
Had a great time:) Learned a lot about japan and was really happy to have met such a wonderful person :) Hopefully we will meet again Thanks Hadas
Ingrid, United States of America★★★★★
Mai is an excellent teacher! We loved making wagashi with her in Tokyo! I highly recommend this experience.
Queenie, Hong Kong★★★★★
We enjoyed the wagashi making class by Mai so much!! She is a patient, caring and cheerful teacher, shared with us the skills of making wagashi and some Japanese culture. Highly recommended if you want a relaxing and fruitful time in Tokyo.
Nadalia shofia, Indonesia★★★★★
Mai was wonderful host. She is very informative, warm n gives examples well. I enjoyed the class very much. Its a recommended class while you are in Tokyo.
Our wagashi class with Mai was perfect. We appreciated her taking the time to meet us at the station and to host us in her home. Mai is a very friendly hostess who enjoys meeting and teaching people from all over the world. It was a special treat, not only how to learn to make the candies, but to enjoy with matcha tea which Mai prepared for us. This was a fabulous way to spend 2 hours and learn something new and different. Thank you, Mai!
I had so much fun learning wagashi from Mai-san! She is patience, helpful and cheerful. Love this exclusive experience in her cozy apartment, would love to come back for other classes when I am in Tokyo again!!! Recommend this to anyone who is interested in making wagashi :)
My cooking experience with Mai was truly exceptional. Her skills are impressive and she is also a wonderful person, extremely kind and patient. I really recommend this class.
I really had a nice class with Mai-san! She speaks fluent English and she she is a very good teacher! I had so much fun making nerikiri.. it was definitely a good idea to attend this lesson. She also gave me some useful tips about tools, ingredients and where to find them in Tokyo! Thank you so much!
The wagashi class with Irie Mai was nice. She is lovely and welcoming.
Mai was a fantastic host. Her class was informative and entertaining. She is a lovely person. The steps were easy to understand and achievable. Definitely a great Japanese cultural experience.
Mai was a wonderful host, it was a very fun and informative class, the step by step instruction was very clear, I didn't realize I could make pretty things. The wagashi was delicious together with the green tea and we got to take the rest home. Thanks Mai!! I highly recommended this class.
Priscilla, United States of America★★★★★
I loved it! Wishing for more!!
Christina, United States of America★★★★★
Mai is an excellent host! From meeting us at the station, to going into detail with every step on making the nerikiri, providing us with matcha tea to eat the sweet with, and finally having the recipe, containers, and carrying bags prepared! Nothing could go wrong under her watchful eyes! She had such a sweet personality and made the experience fantastic! Would do it again in a heartbeat!
Mai was an absolutely lovely host, even picking us up from the train station. The wagashi session was very practical and we managed to produce delicious wagashi and were able to take some home. Mai gave us a detailed recipe and I am looking forward to making them at home soon. :) Thank you again, Mai!
Aurea, United States of America★★★★★
Mai is a wonderful host! Her instructions were always clear, the class was fun and the Wagashi was delicious. She also gave us great recommendations on where to find the tools and materials to take back home.
Tiphaine, United Kingdom★★★★★
We had a fantastic experience making wagashi with Mai! We all ended up with good-looking and delicious wagashi at the end to enjoy together with matcha, and have a recipe to keep too. Would recommend to anyone!
We had wonderful time with Mai at her cozy kitchen! Wagashi were not easy to cook but under Mai's careful guidance we were able to complete the task and later we all had tea in a traditional Japanese style with matcha tea and delicious wagashi=)))
We enjoyed our Wagashi class with Mai-San very much! Thank you for being such a great teacher.
Response from Mai
Yes, Learn Japanese Desserts (Wagashi) from a chef - with tea ceremony experience has a vegetarian option.
Yes, Learn Japanese Desserts (Wagashi) from a chef - with tea ceremony experience has a vegan option.
Up to 5 people can join Mai's cooking class.
Duration of this cooking class is 2.5 hours.
Please go to Yoyogi Uehara Station which takes 5 mins from Shinjuku Station. Then Mai (host) will pick you up there!
It costs 6500 per person.
You will receive the confirmation within 24 hours.
We accepts these cards on airKitchen.
Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the class begins will be fully refunded by the airKitchen cancellation policy.