Shizuoka Cooking Class
Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura

★★★★★ 13


Pick Up


3.5 hours

Max 3 guests

Market Visiting

Cooking Class Menu


・Tempura with seasonal vegetables
・Goma dofu(Sesame tofu)
・Boiled or steamed seasonal vegetables with sesame dressing.
・Miso soup
*I’ll use organic ingredients as much as possible.

  • Tempura


    Tempura (天ぷら) is a classical Portuguese dish brought to and popularized by Japan, consisting of seafood or vegetables that have been battered and deep fried. Tempura is a typical home-style cooking in Japan. It is often referred to as a representative dish to Japan. Although there are various theories, it is said that Tokugawa Ieyasu, the general of the Edo period, liked tempura so much that he allegedly died from eating too much.

  • Rice


    Rice is a staple food in Japan. In all most every family, there is a rice cooker. There is variety of Japanese rice brands such as Koshihikari and Hitomebore.

  • Miso Soup

    Miso Soup

    Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup. It's base is "dashi" (Japanese fish stock) and Miso paste. Common added ingredients are Tofu, Green onion and deep‐fried tofu but differs by personal preference. The type of miso is different from region. In western and Easter Japan white miso is mostly used.

Cooking Class Information

Shojin ryori is the traditional cuisine that was developed in Buddhist monasteries in Japan.
As it is made without meat, fish or other animal products, it can be enjoyed by vegans and vegetarians, but those who are not are also welcome.

・Tempura with seasonal vegetables
Very simple ingredients but there are a few tips to cook good Tempura.
Come to my kitchen and discover the secrets.
You’ll also learn how to make dipping sauce for Tempura.
After my lesson, you‘ll be able to cook truly good Tempura.
Enjoy a Tempura party with your family and friends when you get back to your home!

・Goma dofu(Sesame tofu)
Goma dofu is one of the most typical Shojin ryori dishes.
It looks like tofu but not made from soybeans or soy milk.
It is made from sesame, a broth of Kombu(Kelp) dashi or water and kuzu.
I learned the recipe of Goma dofu directly from a Buddhist monk.
Let’s cook a real Goma dofu together!

・Boiled or steamed seasonal vegetables with sesame dressing.
It’s very simple and the good way to eat fresh vegetables.

・Miso soup
You’ll learn how to cook miso soup with a broth of Kombu(Kelp) dashi which would be suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
We'll use homemade miso to cook miso soup.

The choice of white rice or brown rice.
If you prefer brown rice, please let me know in advance.
Taste a homemade Umeboshi(a salted plum) with rice.

If you want to learn more about this class, read this article.

What you will do

Welcome drink and the introduction about shojin ryori and the recipes.

1. Welcome drink and the introduction about shojin ryori and the recipes.

I will explain about shojin ryori and what we are making, while you enjoy welcome drink. You can take the recipes with you, so that you can recreate the food again what you've learned when you get back to your home country.

Let's cook shojin ryori!

2. Let's cook shojin ryori!

You will cook rice, vegan broth(a broth of kombu kelp), boiled green vegetables with sesame dressing, goma-dofu, miso soup, and Tempura together. You will learn how to cook Japanese food by doing it. You can also taste homemade miso, and fermented ingredients which I love so much!

Photo time!

3. Photo time!

Let's take photos with beautiful vegetable tempura, and the other dishes you've cooked! You can feel free to post photos on your SNS.

Prepare servings

4. Prepare servings

Prepare dishes on the table.I will introduce how to set the table in Japan.

Enjoy your meal! Itadakimasu!

5. Enjoy your meal! Itadakimasu!

Sit down together. Then, let's enjoy conversation and the meal you had created! We say "Itadakimasu", which means "Thank you for the food." before eating.

About Host



★★★★★ (13)

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Nice to meet you! My name is Yoko.I'm a vegetable sommelier.
I love cooking and eating Japanese dishes with seasonal vegetables.
I'm happy to share with you healthy dishes I cook daily for my family.
I’m growing organic vegetables.
You might have a chance to eat fresh organic homegrown vegetables.*
I love traveling and "taste" different cultures.
I've traveled about 50 countries as a tour guide and for a private trip.
It was a lot of fun to meet local people and eat local foods.
That's why I decided to become a local host of airKitchen.
I'm excited to welcome you to my kitchen with lots of hospitality and do cultural exchange through cooking.
By the way, I’m a mother of a little girl.
My daughter will be at home during my lesson so children and babies are more than welcome.
She’ll enjoy playing with your children.
Feel free to ask me what you need.
Looking forward to seeing you!
*It depends on the season and the weather.

Instagram: yoko_shiki


The closest station

Shimoda Station

How to get to the station?

From Shimoda Station: 0mins

Free pick up service

This host can pick up you for free from the closest station!

Exact location provided after booking.

Reviews of Cooking Class

Nicolas, Canada


Not only the cooking, but the whole experience was awesome. Yoko was an great host, she welcomed us in her home and we met her family. We created a awesome meal, learning super interesting techniques and more importantly had a lot of fun. I would recommend the experience to everyone.

Jan 2020


Response from Yoko
Thank you so much for joining my cooking class. I had a lot of fun cooking and talking with you. ありがとうございました!

Mei, United States of America


My friend and I had an amazing time cooking the vegan shoji ryori dishes with Yoko, before sitting down and enjoying the meal with her husband and (adorable) daughter. The food was so good, that my friend and I recreated one of the dishes that night for dinner. Yoko was kind enough to share her homemade umeboshi, miso, and koji miso with us which were ridiculously tasty and definitely took the meal to the next level. Some of the veggies were harvested straight from her garden as well. Highly recommend. Thank you so much Yoko!!

Jan 2020


Response from Yoko
Thank you so much for joining to the vegan shojin ryori class. I really enjoyed cooking and talking with you and your friend. I'm so happy to hear you recreated one of the dishes that night! Please try other dishes as well. Thank you!

Dmitry, Japan


Thank you :)

Jan 2020


Response from Yoko
Thank you so much for joining my cooking class. I really enjoyed cooking with you.

Yonatan , Israel


Dear Yoko, It was so wonderful to learn how to make a Japanese food. I'm talking about the whole expirience that we had in the workshop. First, to see a very nice and clean house, then, to learn about the traditional and modern food, to make it in our hands and to see how a Japanese kitchen looks like. More than all, to meet a lovely family was really wonderful for us. The lesson was excellent, percisly what we needed, with a lot of thoughts and preparations before (for example, making a desert for Noa's birthday). Thank you very very much, Arrigato Gozaimas! Noa & Yonatan

Jul 2019


Response from Yoko
Yonatan & Noa, Thank you so much for joining my cooking lesson. It was so lovely to have you at home. I really enjoyed cooking and talking with you. Also, I was so happy to celebrate Noa's birthday together. Thank you! Yoko

Yuko, Japan


Yoko san was an amazing host! She is very kind and friendly. She explained details how to cook the delicious Japanese vegetable dishes. So, I felt like I can cook the vegetable dishes by myself. Also, she prepared fresh vegetables from her own garden and they were really tasty!! I absolutely had a great cooking experience with Yoko san. Thank you so much for having us!!

Mar 2019

Ella, Australia


Yoko is an amazing cook and such a great teacher! Very welcoming host who gave me the most wholesome experience I’ll ever forget. Can’t wait to make all this amazing vegan Japanese food I learned when I get back to Australia! Highly recommend Yoko to anyone. Thank you Yoko and your lovely family for having me. Will come back again next time I’m in Japan ❤️

May 2019

Rachel, United Kingdom


Yoko was a Brilliant host, she is friendly very friendly, her English was great, a wonderful cook and a lovely family. She explained everything very carefully and gave me detailed print out recipes so I can make it myself at home. The food was delicious! I would highly recommend a cooking lesson with her!

Apr 2019

Huei, United States of America


Yoko is an incredible culinary alchemist and human being. Besides being a gracious and thoughtful host, she has the kind of cooking skills that make you wish she would open a restaurant. Thank you for guiding me in the fine art of Shojin ryori- I learned so much, and had an amazing time getting to know the whole family as well. ありがとございます!!

Apr 2019

Robert, United States of America


Yoko is very knowledgeable about what she is teaching and is adept at presenting the techniques and ingredients that are showcased. Meals should be made from scratch, is her philosophy and she backs that up by maintaining an elaborate seasonal garden located off site on a plot of land that she has access to. My class included produce from her garden. She also makes her own miso, oshinko, umeboshi etc to be used as ingredients. Yoko is a very technical cook and can answer any question you can throw at her. I am confident that I can reproduce the food again from my class when I get back to my home country because she made sure I learned it by doing it. Yoko speaks fluent English and is a very good communicator, both written and spoken. Her husband and daughter were present and are all a wonderful family. When the class ended and we enjoyed the fruits of our labor, we had a fun time getting to know each other. I give Yoko Takahashi my highest recommendation, the inspiration she will give you can not be found on a YouTube video.

Apr 2019

Chong Hui, Singapore


It was a pleasure to meet Yoko and her family. My cooking experience was fun and informative. She prepared everything before hand so that I am able to enjoy as much as possible. Mei-chan was so cute and she helped me during the process. At the end, I sat down together with the family for the meal I cooked. It felt so heart-warming. My trip was truly memorable. Hope to see them soon again and strongly recommend.

Mar 2019

Shyam Howlin, Australia


Whilst visiting Japan, from Australia, last week Yoko welcomed my husband and I into her home to prepare a scrumptious organic vegan Japanese meal. Yoko is great at instructing and with her careful guidance we prepared a delicious meal of Miso, goma dofu, steamed veg with sauce and vegetable tempura. I am confident we can replicate this at home. We then sat down to eat with Yoko, her husband Kosuke and young daughter Mei. A privilege to join a Japanese family at their table. So much more than just a cooking class. Yoko and family, thank you. Kind Regards Shyam and Steve

Dec 2018

Tim Handfield, Australia


We had such a great experience with Yoko san! We learnt so much - not only how to cook a delicious Shojin Ryori style meal, but also details on the traditional preparation of miso and Japanese home cooking in general. We share her enthusiasm for gardening and growing organic vegetables and were very interested discussing gardening with her. It was also lovely to meet her very kind family, and we felt welcomed as soon as we met them. We would recommend her to anyone who wants to learn about Japanese cooking, regardless of whether they are vegan. Thank you Yoko san!

Oct 2018

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Response from Yoko

FAQ about Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura | Cooking class by Yoko

  • What is the maximum capacity of Yoko's cooking class?

    Up to 3 people can join Yoko's cooking class.

  • How to get to the place where Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura being held?

    Please go to Shimoda Station which takes 0 mins from Shimoda Station. Then Yoko (host) will pick you up there!

  • How long is this cooking class by Yoko?

    Duration of this cooking class is 3.5 hours.

  • Is Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura available for vegetarians?

    Yes, Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura has a vegetarian option.

  • Is Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura available for vegans?

    Yes, Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura has a vegan option.

  • How much does it cost to join Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura?

    It costs 12000 per person.

Additional cooking class information

  • Confirmation

    You will receive the confirmation within 24 hours.

  • Payment

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  • Cancellation

    Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the class begins will be fully refunded by the airKitchen cancellation policy.

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