Seasonal Character Bento Box “Chara-Ben” Experience (incl. Bento Box and Furoshiki Gifts)

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2.5 hours
Min Age : 7+
Max People : 20
Your Experience at a Glance

The Japanese have made the packing of lunch boxes into an art form by creating unique Character Bento boxes out of a wide variety of healthy and delicious ingredients.

During this Character Bento Experience, you will create cute, unique, and seasonal characters that come to life in your lunch box (a Bento box and Furoshiki wrapping cloth are included in the experience). Almost too cute to be devoured after.

Experience Price

8500 yen/person

Experience Type

Private Experience

Meeting Location

Sakurayama Station (Google Maps) *5 or more people at another venue

End Location

Sakurayama Station (Google Maps)

Start Time and Duration

10:30 (2.5 hours)

Languages Offered

English, Japanese

Language Proficiency

English: Conversational ★★☆☆☆
Japanese: Native ★★★★★

Price Includes

  • Recipes (will be provided before the class)
  • Use of aprons
  • All ingredients used during the cooking class
  • Welcome tea and tea during lunch
  • Clear soup to enjoy with your Bento
  • Bento Box to take home with you
  • Furoshiki wrapping cloth to take home with you

Price Excludes

  • Transportation to and from Sakurayama Station

Additional Information

  • This experience is family and couple-friendly
  • This experience is stroller-friendly
  • This cooking class is wheelchair accessible
  • Let us know if you’re allergic to or cannot eat any foods in advance
What You'll Do

Junko and Chinatsu offer “Character Bento Box = Chara-Ben”  cooking classes that represent the four seasons of Japan: spring, summer, autumn, and winter.

Make a cute and delicious Bento. Take a photo to impress your family and friends with your instagrammable Chara-ben!

  • Make a lot of cute side dishes as decoration for your main character
  • Create the shape of your seasonal character and give it a happy face
  • Decorate your Character Bento
Your Experience Step by Step

Meetingat Sakurayama Station

Junko or Chinatsu will pick you up at Exit 7 above the ground of the Sakurayama Subway Station. It’s a two minutes walk to our cooking studio.

FirstWelcome Drink and Recipes

Enjoy green tea while getting to know one another and the day’s schedule.
Junko and Chinatsu will explain about Chara-Ben through pictures.

SecondTime to cook

Put on your apron and start cooking. First prepare lots of side dishes, these will be used to decorate the main character.

Out of rice give the main character a face and body, then give it features using ingredients such as cheese, and seaweed.

Put everything together in a Bento box (which you get to take home with you wrapped in a beautiful Furoshiki, a traditional Japanese wrapping cloth). Let your creativity flow to create your own unique Chara-Ben.

Tasting partyTry your Chara-Ben

Even though the cute Chara-Ben you made might be almost too cute to eat, it’s time to taste your delicious lunch box. But before you devour it, don’t forget to take a lot of photos!

Closing UpSaying Goodbye

Your hosts will walk you back to Sakurayama Station and say goodbye there.

Where You'll Be
Meet Your Host

Junko Otake & Chinatsu Iwahara

We, Junko and Chinatsu, are certified instructors of “Washocook” The Japan Association of cooking for foreigners.

We would like to share the wonderfulness of Japanese cuisine with foreigners who visit Nagoya.

We would like you to know more about Nagoya and enjoy your time here. That’s why we offer Nagoya Meshi cooking classes.

Why don’t you take it one step further and learn to cook local home cooking?

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