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Fall foliage & Japanese Vegan Sweets

Iruma-gun, JapanPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

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Cooking experience hosted by Nana

6 hours
Japanese
Up to 4 people
Hosted in English, Japanese

What you'll do

We will meet at the station and I will guide you to the cemetery where the Macrobiotics founder, Mr.George Ohsawa is buried.

After, we'll go for a hike in the mountains to immerse ourselves in nature.

You will be greeted by yellow rape flowers and pink peach blossoms on the way to the mountain. If your visit is at the end of March to early April, you may get to see Cherry blossoms. Then we will have a nice Japanese vegan bento lunch that I made earlier under cherry blossom trees.

We'll walk down to my home, where you can learn how to make Sakuramochi,/cherry blossom cake. There, I'll give you a short talk on Macrobiotics over dessert that we have made together.

This is a full day tour of about 7 hours.

This experience is held in Saitama prefecture and it takes about 2 hours from central Tokyo by train. (About an hour and a half from Shibuya Station.)

Please note that you will get back to Tokyo around 8~9pm

I can introduce a very small and old cosy ryokan, Japanese style hotel near my home with very reasonable price if you want to stay overnight.

IMPORTANT: If it rains, we may cancel the hiking portion of the experience and do some indoor activities instead!
Other things to note
You are advised to bring your own water bottle for the mountain hike.
However, water can be purchased from the vending machine.
Wear comfortable shoes as you'll walk 2~3 hours.
We will meet at the station and I will guide you to the cemetery where the Macrobiotics founder, Mr.George Ohsawa is buried.

After, we'll go for a hike in the mountains to immerse ourselves in nature.

You will be greeted by yellow rape flowers and pink peach blossoms on the way to the mountain. If your visit is at the end of March to early April, you may get to see Cherry blossoms. Then we will have a nice Japanese vegan be…

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What's included

  • Food
    Japanese bento lunch box. Sakuramochi
    Animal-free Macrobiovegan food i...
  • Drinks
    Japanese herbal tea
  • Equipment
    English Recipe & Notes
    The English recipe for the Japanese dessert tha...
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Meet your host, Nana

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 7 Reviews
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I am a " Macrobiovegan ".
I've been practicing Macrobiotics over 20 years, and at the same time I'm a vegan.

My dream is to make this world peaceful for all the beings.
I believe it is possible when we are truly compassionate to animals as well as to humans with respect to the nature of this planet.

I hold a teaching Macrobiotic diploma from the most prestigious Macrobiotic school, Macrobiotic Cooking School, Lima in Japan. I conduct Macrobiotics and vegan classes in Japan, Malayasia and Singapore where I resided for over 20 years before.
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Where you'll be

We'll visit those places below.

武蔵霊園, Musashino Reien Cemetery
鎌北湖, Kamakita Lake
奥武蔵自然歩道, Okumusashi Nature Trail,

Japanese sweets class and talk on Macrobiotics will be carried out in my kitchen and dining room.

Rated 4.86 out of 5 from 7 reviews.

Jake
October 2019
This was a great experience...definitely worth the journey from Tokyo! Kurina was very kind, friendly and knowledgable. And the town was very charming. I'd recommend to anyone remotely interested to book some time with her :)
Rajika (Gigi)
May 2019
Incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to experience another side of Japan with a kind and knowledgeable, easygoing local. I found a kindred spirit in Kurina - she introduced me to the philosophy behind macrobiotics, which is so critical at this time with all that's going on in the environment. We had a peaceful walk in a tranquil setting I wouldn't otherwise have been able to find, a delicious meal and even spotted a unique animal none of us had seen before. Kurina graciously opened her home to me to join her in making sakura. Truly unique! Highly recommend this to nature lovers, people who appreciate simplicity and sustainability or those looking for some peace between exploring Tokyo, other cities.
Incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity to experience another side of Japan with a kind and knowledgeable, easygoing local. I found a kindred spirit in Kurina - she introduced m…
Drea
April 2019
It’s my first time to enjoy the workshop in Japan. It is an unexpected and beyond my expectations. I love her sharing of authentic and ancient way of macrobiotics and the understanding of the nature. Her philosophy and wisdom help me to reflect and contemplate myself. Her love and her passionate of what she is doing inspires me to find my path. She is merely showing the way so I can find my own way. Thank you so much Kurina! I will come back again!
It’s my first time to enjoy the workshop in Japan. It is an unexpected and beyond my expectations. I love her sharing of authentic and ancient way of macrobiotics and the understan…
Miki
March 2018
The view was so beautiful and air was also fresh! Many kind of plants are sprouting, the splendor of a variety flower was blooming , and sometime light breeze flowed over my cheek... I heard the sound of small streams ran down among the rocks and a narrow mountain paths with freeness, I really enjoyed myself while slow walking. Then I enjoyed tasty Obento; very beautiful lunch box packed neatly on the spring grasses. Also there was a lesson of cooking sweet! It was a too much of experience enjoyable for me!!!
The view was so beautiful and air was also fresh! Many kind of plants are sprouting, the splendor of a variety flower was blooming , and sometime light breeze flowed over my cheek.…
Huai
March 2018
From the start until the end, the early spring experience was truly delightful for the heart and soul! The experience began with a stop at the Musashino Reien Cemetery to see George Ohsawa’s grave (founder of Macrobiotics) where Kurina gave interesting insights to George’s life and his role in Macrobiotics. We then proceeded with our hike to Kamakita lake. Coming from the city, nature often escapes our eyes but Kurina pointed out the many seasonal vegetables and beautiful little spring flowers in bloom. Being so close to Sakuras and plum blossoms was such a treat! Lunch was a delightful vegan obento freshly prepared by Kurina. Lots of love and care went into its preparation which was as pretty and colorful as the flowers we saw during the hike! A brief introduction was provided to each item in the lunch box and we proceeded to savor it with view of the mountain and spring blooms all around. Sweets making session awaits after lunch. As it is early spring, we made Sakuramochi. A quick read of the ingredients and steps to making it and the prettiest dessert magically appears in a matter of minutes! We ended the beautiful experience with Kurina providing an introduction to Macrobiotics and how one can incorporate it into their lifestyle when making food choices.
From the start until the end, the early spring experience was truly delightful for the heart and soul! The experience began with a stop at the Musashino Reien Cemetery to see Geor…
Mei Ling
March 2018
A lovely early spring experience - highly recommended for nature lovers. We started with a visit to George Ohsawa's (founder of macrobiotics) grave, then proceeded on our hike. Along the way, Kurina pointed out & introduced the many types of flowers in bloom (including cherry & plum blossoms). Moroyama is such a picturesque town! We hiked up to a mountain lake & enjoyed the vegan bento box prepared by Kurina. Everything is lovingly prepared from scratch, including homemade miso & Yuzu-scented pickles. After lunch, we walked back to Kurina's home to make sakuramochi. It was magical to see a few simple ingredients transformed into such a pretty dessert! We ended with an introduction to the philosophy of macrobiotics & practical tips for making food choices that agree with your body.
A lovely early spring experience - highly recommended for nature lovers. We started with a visit to George Ohsawa's (founder of macrobiotics) grave, then proceeded on our hike. Alo…

Dietary preferences

If requested, the host can accommodate the dietary needs listed. You must let the host know before the experience if you’d like an accommodation.
Egg-free
Vegetarian
Shellfish allergy
Pescatarian
Peanut allergy
Dairy-free
Fish allergy
Tree nut allergy
Vegan
Gluten-free

Activity advisory

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 4 guests ages 15 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Water bottle

Wear comfortable shoes for walking