Kyoto Cooking Class
Japanese Bento Class in Kyoto

Bento   Sakyo Kyoto
★★★★★ 1


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3 hours

Max 3 guests

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Cooking Class Menu

・Plum Shiso Pork Cutlet This pork cutlet is made by wrapping sliced pork loin with perilla leaves and traditional pickled plums.It is delicious without any sauce, just with the salt from the plums. If you don't like umeboshi, you can substitute it with cheese or vegetables.・Dashi-rolled tamagoyaki Baked in a Kansai-specific tamagoyaki frying pan with a dashi stock made from bonito flakes and kelp. Dashi-maki tamagoyaki, a Kyoto soul food, is juicy, soft and fun to make.・Kinpira burdock Kinpira burdock is a Japanese home-cooked dish. It is rich in fiber and regulates the intestinal environment. This is a side dish made by washing and slicing burdock root and stir-frying it with shredded carrots and seasonings unique to Japan. Komatsuna Ohitashi and Komatsuna are rich in iron, and Japanese people actively cook and eat them. Komatsuna, which has a bitter taste, is a simple and healthy side dish that is boiled for a nice color and served with dashi soup. Plum rice - Rice from Kyoto and traditional umeboshi rice are placed in a cherry blossom-shaped cypress mold. If you don't like umeboshi, you can leave out the umeboshi. Aosa Nori Miso Soup/Aosa Nori Miso Soup is made with dried bonito flakes and kelp, and is finished with the instructor's homemade miso. It's simple but perfectly balanced with a bento box.・Seasonal fruits and brown rice tea We serve brown rice tea from Ippodo, one of the best in Kyoto, at the perfect temperature.・1 drink of your choice Choose from Kyoto craft beer, sake from a Kyoto brewery, or plum wine handmade by the instructor.

  • Rice


    Rice is a staple food in Japan. In all most every family, there is a rice cooker. There is variety of Japanese rice brands such as Koshihikari and Hitomebore.

  • Miso Soup

    Miso Soup

    Miso soup is a traditional Japanese soup. It's base is "dashi" (Japanese fish stock) and Miso paste. Common added ingredients are Tofu, Green onion and deep‐fried tofu but differs by personal preference. The type of miso is different from region. In western and Easter Japan white miso is mostly used.

  • Sake


    Japanese popular alcoholic drink must be Sake, or called Nihonshu, made from fermented rice. The foundation of good sake is quality rice, clean water, koji mold and yeast. Premium sake differentiates itself in quality of ingredients and production process, so that flavors ranges light and crisp to richer, fruity notes.

Cooking Class Information

In this class, you will make dashi soup from scratch and beautifully arrange meals that Japanese people usually eat into Shokado bento boxes. We will prepare all the dishes by hand and enjoy them slowly with your favorite alcohol. We try to keep it healthy by reducing sugar and salt as much as possible. This is a classroom that will satisfy you.

About Host



★★★★★ (1)

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Hi! I'm Shirley borned in USA and raised in Japan, I'm graduated from a culinary school in Japan and running a tiny rice ball shop in Kyoto,
We are locating at a nice and cozy sightseeing area which is 5min. away from Heian Shrine. Heian shrine is famous as the biggest gate in Japan.
Shirley's Japanese Cooking is offering a "Home style"cooking class at the upstair of the shop, We are excited to see you all from all over the world!


The closest station

Higashiyama Station

How to get to the station?

From Higaeshiyama Station: 15mins

Exact location provided after booking.

Reviews of Cooking Class

Aiko , United States of America


I did the Bento Box class with my adult daughter on Christmas day. Making Bento Boxes with Shirley was a fantastic experience! Even though it was Christmas….jingle bells we’re playing everywhere in Japan….. we never felt rushed. When you enter her business it’s like a home, but she doesn’t live there. She uses the place for her culinary kitchen for other business, a rice ball take away restaurant. Her business feels like home, casual and non-threatening. You don’t feel like you’re in a 90 minute cooking student mill. They don’t want to know you, just follow the instructions. Shirley is a culinary chef, which she demonstrates in simple casual demeanor. She does that while engaging in fun conversations about cooking and life! She wants to know about your life and and is open about her culinary career. She is non-arrogant and had us taste the food as it was cooked. And ask if we would like it more salty or sweeter. That is a good cook who wants to please her guests! My daughter does not speak Japanese, I speak a limited amount. Shirley speaks English as she lived in California when she was younger. The bento box was beautiful and we learned new easy to make simple but beautiful recipes. We ate our meal at her table that had over 100 old wood. Wonderful story how she got the table. She gave me green tea as requested and gave my daughter, a bottle of delicious sake! When we left, my daughter and I felt like she became a friend, I’m addition, I left my glasses at her kitchen. She contacted my daughter. We didn’t have a car. She asked what hotel we are located. She and her husband drove dropped off my mom’s glasses at hotel reception! She also emailed her recipes. Shirley has a beautiful soul and a great teacher for cooking Japanese food. She is the kind of chef who loves food and knows that food is love which you share with those you love. I highly recommend her!

Dec 2023

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Response from Shirley

FAQ about Japanese Bento Class in Kyoto | Cooking class by Shirley

  • How much does it cost to join Japanese Bento Class in Kyoto?

    It costs 15000 per person.

  • How long is this cooking class by Shirley ?

    Duration of this cooking class is 3 hours.

  • What is the maximum capacity of Shirley 's cooking class?

    Up to 3 people can join Shirley 's cooking class.

Additional cooking class information

  • Confirmation

    You will receive the confirmation within 24 hours.

  • Payment

    We accepts these cards on airKitchen.

  • Cancellation

    Cancellations up to 48 hours prior to the class begins will be fully refunded by the airKitchen cancellation policy.

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