Learn Kawaii wagashi making over matcha

奈良市, JapanPart of the Airbnb Cooking collection

Cooking experience hosted by Masao

  1. 60 mins
  2. Hosted in English, French, and Japanese
Bring the whole family
For kids 6 and up.

What you'll do

We'll first show you our showcase of our original designed sweets before we start class! Then "Ta-da!" I invite you to enter my atelier normally customers cannot come in & here we go! A local fluent translator Atsuo will help me in explaining details about wagashi ingredients, motifs, and technique! First you will learn about basic ingredients, materials and tools for making wagashi using visual chart, and I will demonstrate the basic skills step by step for you to follow and do the same way by modelling, moulding, and shaping your own Japanese sweet. You can learn not only the basic skills of making, but also the beauty of Japanese traditional colours used and how I express seasons in the design of the "sweets". Don't worry, you can take your time at your own pace, and focus on getting inspiration and enjoying the making! There are some difficult techniques where I will help you. :-)  Also, you can ask me to take photos of your making as you have to keep your hands clean! Making will be about 40 minutes, and when finished, we will have a matcha tea time to taste your own wagashi. My wife will also pack the remaining wagashi for your taking out! Ingredients are red beans(azuki), white kidney beans, sugar, yam potato, agar, and edible colors from vegetables and plants. Sometimes I may use egg yolk or rice powder, which I can avoid to use if you ask me in advance.
Other things to note
After the experience, we will serve you matcha tea (included in the price), and you can eat your own sweets you made through your experience. For wagashi you will make I only use natural edible colors from vegetables and plants.
We'll first show you our showcase of our original designed sweets before we start class! Then "Ta-da!" I invite you to enter my atelier normally customers cannot come in & here we go! A local fluent translator Atsuo will help me in explaining details about wagashi ingredients, motifs, and technique! First you will learn about basic ingredients, materials and tools for making wagashi using visual chart, and I will demonstrate the basic skills…

What's included

  • Food
    3 pieces of Japanese sweets (wagashi called "Nerikiri")
  • Drinks
    Japanese matcha tea

Meet your Host, Masao

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 30 Reviews
  • Identity verified
The founder (my father) started Toraya 56 years ago.
I started to learn from him making of Wagashi at the age of 18, and I succeeded Toraya at the age of 28. Our motto hasn't been changed since the foundation, which is to continue creating Wagashi appreciated by five senses of people to make them feel happy. Now my creativity expands to produce Neco-Wagashi ( Kitty cat motif sweets). I created this for Annual Naramachi (Historic area we belong) event called "Nyara-machi Neco fest" ( Cat festival where many shops sell something related to cat). 
For this experience I only use edible colors from natural ingredients such as vegetables and flowers. A local fluent translator Atsuo will help me in explaining details about wagashi ingredients, motifs, and technique, so let's enjoy the conversation as well!
The founder (my father) started Toraya 56 years ago.
I started to learn from him making of Wagashi at the age of 18, and I succeeded Toraya at the age of 28. Our motto hasn't been changed since the foundation, which is to continue creating Wagashi appreciated by five senses of people to make them feel happy. Now my creativity expands to produce Neco-Wagashi ( Kitty cat motif sweets). I created this for Annual Naramachi (Historic area we belong) event called "Nyara-machi Neco fest" ( Cat…
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About the organization: ウェルネスインバウンド協会



Nara Wellness Tourism (Wellness Inbound Association) is a non-profit organization providing private tourist, families, corporate retreats, etc. with unique and detailed (not touristy) experiences of Nara. https://www.gonarastay.com/ They help Nara-based shrines, temples, ryokans, stores, and individuals, etc. to be recognized globally.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to ウェルネスインバウンド協会.
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Where you'll be

Nara is often said as enough to spare 3hours just by watching Great Buddha and deer, but in fact has many authentic cultural heritage born before Heian-era of Kyoto capital. It has historical roots of Tea Ceremony, Biwa lute, Wagashi, Buddhism and Shinto practice.
Toraya is situated in comparatively calm and quiet area called "Naramachi", former precinct of Gangoji-temple, and is now appraised as nostalgic space for promenade and shopping.

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 30 reviews.

Yeuk Yue
July 2021
家内と9歳の息子と6歳の娘と一緒に参加しました。お菓子の事についてとても丁寧にご説明いただき、実際に作ってみてとても楽しかったです。MASAO先生、有難うございました。とても優しいとらやのみなさん、有難うございました。
やべ
April 2021
ありがとうございました! 和菓子作りは実際にやってみるととても繊細で、奥深かったです。 体験だけでなく、みなさん明るく迎えてくださりお話もとても楽しかったです。 せっかく奈良に行くならば、和菓子作りをぜひ旅の思い出に😊
July 2020
Masaoさんの楽しいお話や和菓子の知識はとても興味深かったです。
ChinYan
November 2019
Masaoさんがとても親切で詳しく教えてくれて、和菓子もとても魅力的です。 ご馳走さまでした!ありがとうございます!
Kotomi
November 2019
My partner and I really enjoyed having a hands on experience making Wagashi. The master made all of the materials, gave us clear instructions and information about each part, and was very kind. The shop has been in business for a long time and just being in the shop felt like getting to experience a piece of Nara’s history. I would highly recommend this air bnb experience!
喵小姐
October 2019
It is a very very unique experience!Absolutely i love and enjoy this experience so much ! Master Masao and his Wagashi lesson is really wonderful , and i would never forget every detail . I love Nara and this Wagashi lesson .

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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.
Vegan
Shellfish allergy
Dairy-free
Fish allergy
Gluten-free
Soy-free
Pescatarian
Egg-free
Vegetarian
Peanut allergy
Tree nut allergy

Things to know

Guest requirements

You’ll need a photo that matches the one on your ID to confirm who’s actually going on this experience.
Guests ages 6 and up can attend, up to 5 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.
Let the Host know of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

What to bring

Good appetite (do not eat too much lunch!)

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.