【Tokyo Wagashi Experience】Wagashi Making in Yoyogi, Tokyo! Japanese Sweets Experience with a Culinary Teacher

【Tokyo Wagashi Experience】Wagashi Making in Yoyogi, Tokyo! Japanese Sweets Experience with a Culinary Teacher

  • Wagashi (Japanese sweets) making experience in Tokyo, Yoyogi! Learn how to make intricate traditional wagashi sweets, in this experience led by a seasoned instructor! You will go through the process of making authentic wagashi step by step, starting with mixing the “Nerikiri” dough, and ending by shaping it and adding patterns. Once your wagashi is done, it’s time to enjoy them with some green tea!
  • With specialized tools, you will shape your wagashi into all kinds of seasonal plants and flowers in this experience. Adding detailed markings to the palm-sized wagashi is an intricate process that needs great focus. You won’t even notice your furrowed brows!
  • English-language wagashi recipes will be distributed after the experience. You can try making wagashi at home!

Information

Area Tokyo Shibuya-ku
Meeting place Yoyogi Uehara station, outside the ticket gate (There is only one ticket gate)
Access 10-minute walk from Yoyogi-Uehara Station
Meeting time 11:00
Duration About 2.5 hours
Activity Code ACk004901
supported language English
Minimum number of participants 1person

Meeting place

Itinerary

  • 1. Meet at Yoyogi-Uehara Station in Tokyo
    2. 10-minute walk to the experience studio
    3. Instructions on wagashi (Japanese sweets) making
    4. Wagashi making experience
    5. Eating Wagashi with Japanese green tea
    6. End of the experience
    • Meet up at Yoyogi Uehara Station (Shibuya Ward, Tokyo)
      The meeting place will be outside the ticketing gate of Yoyogi Uehara station in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo. Your instructor will take you to the experience. The station only has one gate, so you won’t mistake it!
    • Learning about wagashi (Japanese Sweets) before your experience
      Before your experience, your instructor will help you learn about wagashi. The crafting process and history of wagashi is an interesting window into Japanese culture! Now that you’re ready to become an artisan of wagashi’s intricate beauty, it’s time to begin the experience!
    • Start by making the dough
      You will start the experience by crafting the dough referred to as “nerikiri”. You might already be familiar with red-bean paste; nerikiri is similar, but thickened with ingredients like flour and yam to add cohesion. Your wagashi will come together as you add color and patterns to this dough!
    • Next, shape the wagashi
      Using specialized tools for this experience, shape your wagashi into a variety of seasonal plants and flowers. Adding detailed markings to the palm-sized wagashi is an intricate process that needs great focus. You won’t even notice your furrowed brows! A soft and careful touch is the key to making a clean product.
    • Eat your wagashi with Japanese green tea!
      Once it’s nicely shaped, your wagashi is complete! It might be hard to chew up something you worked on for the whole experience, but no sweets are complete until they're eaten. The wagashi’s delightful sweetness will be accompanied by authentic matcha green tea. The two combine perfectly! To add to the authenticity, the matcha will come in a traditional tea cup, like the ones used in tea ceremonies.
      For after your experience, the area has many Tokyo attractions. Meiji Jingu Shrine and Yoyogi Park are both great for a stroll, and Shinjuku and Harajuku are nearby if you’re looking to shop!
    • Participants go home with a wagashi recipe!
      All participants of this wagashi-making experience will receive a recipe for the nerikiri dough. If you think you’ll want to dive back into the world of wagashi, you can always make it back home!
    • Wagashi School "Miss Wagashi"
      Your instructor, Mai, is a professional teacher at Japan’s largest culinary school, and a food writer specializing in traditional Japanese cuisine. Mai tells us that her wagashi school, “Miss Wagashi” began from her hopes to spread traditional Japanese foods and sweets to a wider international audience. Miss Wagashi’s popular recipes are full of seasonal charm, and made to be easily reproducible at home even for beginners. Join this experience with Miss Wagashi in Tokyo, and find your gateway to traditional Japanese sweets!

Caution

Included in the fee
experience fee, ingredient fee, apron rental, tax
Not included in the fee
Any other fee stated above
Notes
Please notify the host prior to your experience, if you have any allergies or preferences concerning ingredients.
All ingredients used in this experience are plant-based.
Facility
Restrooms
Cancellation policy
7 ~ 3 days before: 50% of the fee
2 days before ~ the day of the experience: 100%
Operating Company
Miss Wagashi

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