• Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Duration: 3 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 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
  • Learn how to make miso soup and dashi, a Japanese soup stock
  • Take the recipes home and cook for friends and family

What You Can Expect

Bento Box Cooking Class

Japanese Cooking Class: Authentic Bento

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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Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Ive always intrigued by the exquisiteness of Japanese cuisine, and this cooking class was just what I'm looking for to learn about how they make them.
Surprisingly, every step of Bento box cooking was fairly easy, just follow the instruction and do it carefully, the Bento would look great and taste great in the end, even for someone who never cooks, like me!
Love this experience, I had the greatest fun.

Maria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Had the best time in this wonderful class. Learned to make some oishi delicious! dishes, including one of my favorites -- gomaae! It's a very attractive setup, the teacher and assistants were super, and the food we made: WOW! My fellow students were all into it and we had a great time, and a delectable bento box lunch we had each made! I have taken the recipes and teachings and been creating my own delicious Japanese food since returning. Seems I always have a pot of dashi on the stove or in the fridge as the heart of so many recipes. the class's benefits just keep on going! Highly recommended!!!

Esther M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

An incredible class! The food we made wa ps great. The best part was that there was only another person in the class which made it very personal. I loved it. Our teacher Keiko was great and the kitchen where we had the class was professional and very beautiful. I highly recommend it!

Helen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great morning. Learnt how to cook and prepare Japanese dishes for a bento box. Recommend this activity as a highlight in Kyoto.

Laurence D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

So happy I took this class ! The staff is amazing and I was proud to eat a delicious japanese meal I had cooked myself and believe me I have no cooking skills !. One of the best experiences of our trip.

Paul Conrad T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We made some tasty food and especially liked learning how to prepare a few traditional Japanese dishes! Nice staff and clean kitchen thumbs up to Cooking Sun.

Valda R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Really good cooking class. I am a very ordinary cook and my Bento Box looked great and tasted great.

Mallory P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had a great time making a bento box. The class was only 6 people so it made it easy to listen, ask questions and get to know everyone. We learned a lot about Japanese foods and culture. Recommended!

Tracy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Amazing experience! All the host were fantastic and very friendly.

Sharon P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

My husband and I had a fabulous experience learning to cook a Bento box. The cooks were very friendly and accommodating for all levels of cooking experience and maintained a highly positive outlook at all times.
There was so much food but now knowing how to cook it all was great. Try it!

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