Traditional Bento Making Class and Kichijoji Area Tour

Organized by Miho Kondo
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Experience Details
Experience Location
3.5 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 12 guests
English, German
Gluten-free, Vegetarian
Make an iconic Japanese food — shokado bento — guided by a certified cooking instructor with 10 years of experience teaching overseas! Finish with a tour of the Kichijoji neighborhood in Tokyo.
Enjoy a traditional shokado bento-making class taught by a certified instructor from a Tokyo sushi school, with 10 years’ experience teaching overseas
Learn more about the history and culture behind shokado bento and other traditional Japanese cuisine
Discover lesser-known shopping and eating spots around Tokyo’s Kichijoji neighborhood popular with the locals
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Though you may not know it by name, you’ve definitely seen it before. Shokado bento’s red and black square lacquerware box is an iconic centerpiece in traditional Japanese kaiseki meals. But what exactly goes into a shokado bento? If you’ve ever asked yourself that question, Miho is here to answer. A certified graduate of a Tokyo sushi school, she has led culinary classes in the Japan Information and Cultural Center in Switzerland for 10 years, teaching hundreds of students. Having recently returned to Japan from her stint in Switzerland, she continues to teach out of a kitchen in Tokyo’s trendy Kichijoji neighborhood. On arriving at JR Kichijoji Station, you’ll follow Miho to her nearby kitchen. There, under her guidance, you’ll learn to make a shokado bento to rival the finest kaiseki chefs. Drawing on her knowledge of Japanese cuisine, Miho will tailor the dishes to incorporate seasonal produce and other traditional delicacies. At the end of the class, you will enjoy the shokado bento you’ve made for lunch — but don’t forget to take pictures first! After the meal, you’ll discover more about the Kichijoji area, following Miho on a tour of Kichijoji’s shopping arcades. She’ll take you to spots that only locals know about, including the best places to buy traditional Japanese snacks and cooking ingredients. A popular stopping point for westbound travelers on the way to Mt Takao and Arakura Sengen Shrine or Mt Fuji in neighboring Yamanashi, Kichijoji is full of trendy eateries and cafes, boasts a thriving nightlife scene and enjoys easy access by train. The nearby Mitaka-no-Mori Ghibli Park also draws a steady stream of Miyazaki Hayao enthusiasts all year round, but it’s thanks to Inokashira Park that visitors surge in the spring and autumn, thanks to the cherry blossoms and maple leaves respectively. Parties looking to forgo the Kichijoji tour can book only the bento-making class option (see Options tab).
Pick-up from JR Kichijoji Station
Ingredients and utensils for cooking class, including aprons, knives etc
Homemade shokado bento meal
Copy of English recipes for traditional Japanese dishes to take home
Tour of Kichijoji neighborhood
Transportation to and from the venue
Cost of additional purchases made during Kichijoji neighborhood tour
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet at JR Kichijoji Station at 10.30am, in front of the West Exit on the 2nd floor. Kichijoji Station is serviced by the JR Chuo-Sobu Line, the JR Chuo Line (Rapid) and the Keio Inokashira Line.
The journey from JR Kichijoji Station to the venue is about eight minutes on foot. Please be prepared for a short walk after meeting the host.
Depending on the number of participants, there may be slight changes in the schedule.
Parties looking to forgo the Kichijoji tour after the bento-making class are requested to inform the host when making a booking.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Over 14 million residents call Tokyo home. Functioning as Japan's economic and cultural center, it's no surprise the metropolis often appears at the top of travelers' bucket lists. Here, you can find everything from traditional tea houses to futuristic skyscrapers.
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Earliest available date: May 27, 2024
¥ 14,500
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Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.
Free cancellation (2 days notice)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals