Bento Box Cooking Class

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Bento Box Cooking Class
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From USD 68.51

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

Sample Menu


Gomaae Sesame Salad


Miso soup


Teriyaki Chicken




Sushi roll

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • All ingredients for cooking
  • English-speaking cooking instructor
  • Apron
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Cooking Sun
    679 Funayachō, Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, 600-8466, Japan

Start time

09:30 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

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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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Our instructors were very knowledgeable and so kind! We made an assortment of foods, and I learned some new cooking techniques. Some highlights were the sushi rolling and tempura frying. The bento boxes came out beautifully, and we were really glad we took this class! Would highly recommend for friends, couples, and families. It’s a great way to spend a morning.


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Great experience, would highly recommend!
bobbby, Sept 2023
Our instructors were very knowledgeable and so kind! We made an assortment of foods, and I learned some new cooking techniques. Some highlights were the sushi rolling and tempura frying. The bento boxes came out beautifully, and we were really glad we took this class! Would highly recommend for friends, couples, and families. It’s a great way to spend a morning.
Highly recommend
Alison_G, Sept 2023
We had a great time making our boxes and really enjoyed eating them at the end. I would highly recommend. It was also a very relaxing way to spend a few hours out of an otherwise hectic sightseeing schedule 😊
Best cooking class in Japan!
Genie_B, July 2023
This was the third cooking class I have taken in Japan and BY FAR the best. We learned how to make a ton of dishes from start to finish (a lot of other courses cheat and give you a bunch of already made ingredients). Everything was well prepped and thoughtfully set up so that even though we made a lot, it felt seem less. The instructors were welcoming, clear, and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!!!
100% recommend - just eat breakfast first!
Chaney_S, June 2023
The food was great and the instructors were helpful! Would definitely recommend! We skipped breakfast, which I would not recommend, definitely have something to eat before because cooking and not being able to eat it until the end gets you hungry!
Cook like a pro!
Pauline_M, June 2023
We covered quite a few recipes in the class. Very organized, clear and informative. The ladies made it very interesting and fun. The final results and presentation were impressive. I enjoyed the class very much
friendly, informative, fun, overall a wonderful experience
Sierra_R, June 2023
Everyone was so patient and understanding, and the entire class was well-planned. I learned so much and now I want to cook at home! Delicious, healthy, and simple dishes that taught me a lot about Japanese home cooking
We had such a wonderful time!
John_D, June 2023
The chefs were great! They were fun and helpful and instructional. With their direction everything in my Bento Box tasted good. The experience made me appreciate Japanese cooking and made it less intimidating.
Wonderful class with an exceptional teacher.
S_S, May 2023
There were items in this class that I was afraid to try myself or had tried in the past and completely failed. This bento box cooking class broke down things in an easy manner and now I feel confident enough to make an attempt.
A Taste of Authenticity: Unforgettable Culinary Journey in Kyoto
Kevin_W, May 2023
There are few experiences as delightful and immersive as the cooking class we attended in Kyoto, where we dove headfirst into the heart of traditional Japanese cuisine. The culinary journey started with the mastery of classic dishes: the light crispiness of tempura, the delicate artistry of sushi, the comforting warmth of miso soup, the refreshing simplicity of a spinach salad, and the robust flavors of teriyaki chicken. Our guides through this gastronomic adventure were expert instructors who combined profound knowledge of their craft with a passion for teaching, offering detailed explanations, demonstrations, and personal stories that made the complex seem approachable. The kitchen itself, a testament to cleanliness and organization, served as the perfect backdrop to this learning experience. It was fully equipped and spotless, setting a professional and enjoyable ambiance for the class. This cooking class was not merely about following recipes; it was an engaging, fun, and educational experience that plunged us into the heart of Japan's rich culinary culture. We wholeheartedly recommend this Kyoto cooking class to anyone seeking a unique blend of fun and education, promising an unforgettable experience of authentic Japanese cooking.
Lots of fun and great food made
Dee_G, May 2023
Friendly staff, good quality ingredients, great Japanese cooking tips, well organised, and best of all, we got to eat what we made! Lots of fun!
Lovely authentic experience
Hannah_R, Apr 2023
The host were very welcoming and patient. The food we cooked tasted delicious! It was a really enjoyable experience in Kyoto and we would definitely recommend
Simple and educational cooking
Chan_J, Apr 2023
Intimate setting for class- nice that there was an overcoat to wear. Food prepared simply with some background history of Japanese culture and cuisine
We love our new skills!
Minna_J, Apr 2023
The teachers were so well organized and so well prepared that we were able to learn to make many dishes for our Bento box. We love our new skills and look forward to trying them at home, thanks to the recipe brochure that was also provided
Great Class to boost your Cooking Skills!
Adrienne_M, Mar 2023
Awesome class taught by May! She was a great instructor, and helped us create our own bento boxes! We each got a menu and how to make each item. It was a guided lesson, but each student did most of the work. Overall very fun and rewarding!
Must try
Irene_T, Jan 2023
Very lovely master chefs, good advices and tips for Japanese bento. Easy to cook too. Convenient location.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for kind and encouraging words! We are glad to know that you had a good time at Cooking Sun.
Fun Cooking Class
Carlos_I, Dec 2022
Excellent cooking class; we learned a little about cooking Japanese food. We enjoyed how kind and insightful our cooking instructors were. They even provided us with a recipe copy to take back home.
Foundational skills and an experience that’ll last a lifetime
Portia_S, Dec 2022
Akiko was a wonderful teacher, knowledgeable and patient. And the dishes she selected were perfect - dishes I hope to replicate back home. She equipped me with Japanese foundational cooking skills that will now serve as a lifelong souvenir from Japan. Highly recommend this experience!
Recommend Cooking Sun class
Bernice_F, Dec 2022
It was a nice experience even for someone who has cooked Japanese food for a while. I learned some really good tips. I can’t wait to try the recipes at home. The instructor is patient and explains everything thoroughly.
Bento box in Kyoto a fantastic time
Craig_M, Nov 2022
The instructors were really good showing us how to do each part and then helping when we tried to follow. We made 6 different items that became part of our bento box.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for your review! So glad to read that you enjoyed our bento class.
A highlight of the holiday
Paul_N, May 2020
What a great way to spend a few hours, my wife and I were lucky enough to be the only ones in the class so we had all the attention. The lesson was interesting, lots of helpful tips to make the perfect Bento box (and it was). I would highly recommend this class.

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