Participate food replica workshop in Kappabashi


A unique culture in Japan is the making of food replicas. Workshops to replicate food (such as tempura, lettuce etc.) are held three times a day in the main building.

Shop Name: Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya
Location: Main Building, 3-7-6 Nishi-Asakusa Taito-ku Tokyo
Starting Times: 11:00 / 14:00 / 16:00
*Almost every day
Length: About 1 hour
Participation Fee: 2,300 Yen
Language: Japanese only
Maximum number of participants: 12
Reservations: Required

* Those who cannot speak Japanese must be accompanied by an interpreter

Official website of Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya

How to make a reservation

Advanced reservations can only be made by telephone. As this workshop is popular among both Japanese and overseas visitors, it’s very difficult to make last minute reservations. Please reserve in advance and bring an interpreter.

Tel: 0120-17-1839 (Japanese only)

Workshop details

You need to arrive at the Ganso Shokuhin Sample-ya, main building at least 15 min. before the scheduled start time. Please give your reservation name to the cashier, and pay the fee. After paying the fee, you will be shown to the second floor.

On the second floor, you will be given a simple apron, and then you must decide which food replicas to make. You can make two tempura-type replicas, choosing from shrimp, shiitake, pumpkin, pepper, lotus root, eggplant, and sweet potato (these will all be made tempura style) and then lettuce, for a total of three replicas. I chose shrimp and eggplant.

Food replica

The demonstration soon starts. To make the replica, yellow, green and white wax is put into hot water that is about 42°C. Then it is shaped into a replica. In the end it is cooled in room temperature water. You can keep the replicas you make.