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Bento Box Cooking Class

  • A 3-hour cooking class on the art of the bento box
  • Learn the history of the bento box and why it’s so convenient
  • Watch master chefs as they demonstrate Japanese cooking techniques
Bento Box Cooking Class
From US$70.65
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Bento Box Cooking Class
From US$70.65
Learn to create your own bento box, the iconic (and tasty) convenience meal enjoyed daily by millions of Japanese, during this 3- to 3.5-hour cooking class in Kyoto. Uncover the origins of this uniquely-Japanese foodstuff, and watch master chefs as they demonstrate key cooking techniques, before learning to make your own. Finish your course by enjoying your handmade bento box which may includes items like an egg roll, pickled vegetables, rice, breaded chicken and miso soup. Your course also includes use of an apron, an instructor and all ingredients.
What to Expect
Discover the art and science behind one of Japan’s most beloved convenience meals, the bento box, during a 3- to 3.5-hour course allowing the chance to make a bento of your very own. This cooking lesson is a fascinating way to learn the history, preparation and culture behind this delicious Japanese meal.

Begin your bento box course in the morning at a cooking studio in Kyoto. Start your session with some background into the origins of this Japanese foodstuff. The history of the bento begins in the 13th century, a time during which the Song Dynasty used the word ‘bento’ as a slang term for anything convenient.

Start your cooking experience with a lesson from a Japanese master chef, who will demonstrate the techniques used to prepare many bento box staples. Try your hand at creating several typical bento box specialties, including miso soup, tempura vegetables and egg rolls, a perennial favorite of Japanese schoolchildren nationwide. Depending on when you take your course, the menu may differ, as it’s adjusted every three months to include the best-available seasonal ingredients.

At the conclusion of your cooking class, stow your knife and apron and sit down to enjoy the delicious flavors of your handmade bento box creation with other course participants. When you finish your bento lunch, you’ll also be given copies of the session recipes so you can recreate them for friends and family back home.

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Reviews (23)
1 - 5 of 13 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Great activity for a family

Perfect hosts and a delicious lunch. Everyone can do it and it gives a break from the temples. Would come back with the family for sure!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mike B
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile
Great family cooking experience

We are a family of four with two boys, 10 and 13yrs old who enjoy cooking and have been lucky enough to have had a great cooking lesson in Vietnam/hoi an which set a very high bar. I’m really happy to report that this experience...More

1  Thank steve j
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile
Tasty and Fun

We had a great time making and eating a multiparty sushi dinner. I had banged my head beforehard — easy to do in machiyas with low ceilings — and the owner came over with an energy drink as he could see I was sort of...More

Thank Oversized
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile
Cooking Sun Bento Class

We did this class with our 12 year old daughter. We all loved it. Professional set up with almost one teacher per 2 people. We learnt how to make miso, chicken teriyaki, egg omelet, sushi, tempura and a delicious salad. Interesting to learn all about...More

Thank ninawines
Reviewed 25 June 2018
Best Bento in Town

My family and I are traveling in Japan for two weeks and this was the second cooking class we had, so I was a little nervous it could be a "little too much". Well, I was wrong - our first class was about sushi (also...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Jaime R
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