Sushi is one of the most iconic Japanese foods and has long been a culinary must-try for those visiting Japan as nowhere in the world will you find fresher fish or more refined skill than the birthplace of sushi itself! With sprawling rice plains and deep blue seas, when it comes to sushi, the Shonai region is blessed with having some of the highest quality ingredients in all of Japan. However while to some, sushi may appear to just be fish on rice, in reality the art of making sushi is much more difficult than it looks and takes years of intensive training to master.

In this introductory-intermediate sushi class, you will be instructed by the owner of a local sushi restaurant in the art of sushi making. However, before learning how to prepare the sushi it’s important that you first gather the freshest ingredients to ensure the quality of the sushi.

With special exclusive access granted by the chef, head to the fish market early in the morning to experience the live fish auction where there is no place fresher to get the treasures of the sea.

After purchasing fresh locally caught fish right from the coast of the Shonai Region, you will head back to the chef’s restaurant where you will work with high-grade Tsuyahime Rice that has been grown in the surrounding rice fields.  Through this course, you will learn how top-grade sushi is made from start to finish and then get to make your own course of sushi and enjoy it with a delicious meal for dinner!

LOCATION Port of Sakata and Daruma Sushi
Price 10,000yen/person
Activity Time 4:30 pm to 7:00pm
Activity Length Approximately 2.5 hours.
Professional instructor Meals

This class will begin with a demonstration on how to break down fresh fish into sashimi.  The chefs will demonstrate cutting techniques as well as the type of cuts that are best suited for sashimi used for nigiri sushi.  You will also be able to use the sashimi made in this demonstration in your own sushi!

Following this, you will then learn how to prepare the proper ratio of ingredients and mixing techniques used to make sushi rice.  The chef will then teach you three of the main methods used to make nigiri sushi as well as how to make rolled sushi.  

Participants will then move to tables where they will make a full sushi course under the supervision of the chef.  Your stations will be complete with weight scales that will make it easy to get the perfect amount of rice and pre-cut ingredients.

Following the completion of your sushi, everyone will enjoy a lunch centered around your masterpieces with the chef!


4.30 pm: Meet at Port of Sakata


4.40 pm– 6:00 pm: Sushi experience


6.00 pm– 6:30pm: Enjoy Sushi

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