“Hanami” Cherry Blossom Viewing Party with Your Own Homemade Bento – March 31

Prepare your own bento lunch box and enjoy cherry blossoms in beautiful Kamakura

4 hours
Kita Kamakura, Kanagawa


  • Learn how to prepare typical bento side dishes (mostly demonstrations)
  • Let us teach you how to make onigiri and pack your own bento
  • Hanami picnic with your bento (or hanami indoors if it’s raining!)


This event will take approximately 4 hours from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday, March 31st. At Takaranoniwa in Kita-Kamakura, you will make onigiri and pack your own bento box with side dishes. You can also use leaves from the garden to garnish your bento box. If weather permits, we will hike up to a nearby park that is a popular hanami spot in Kamakura. Bentos taste even better under the cherry blossoms! You can take home the empty lunch box as a souvenir. Kids are welcome (6+ years), as are vegans and vegetarians (please let us know when you register.)


The main venue of this experience, Takaranoniwa, is not merely a cooking studio. It is an over 80- year-old Japanese folk house in the forested valley of Jochiji-temple, one of the zen temples of Kamakura. This is a unique place, a plot between the hills that was cultivated during the Kamakura Era (12th-13th Centuries, A.D.) deep in history and rich, living culture.

You will make onigiri rice ball and tsukemono pickles, and watch demonstrations for other side

Menu (subject to change)

  • Onigiri rice ball
  • Tsukemono pickles
  • Tamagoyaki omelette*
  • Tempura*
  • Kara-age fried chicken*
  • + Seasonal side dish* 

*demonstration only

We are going to Genjiyama Park, about a 20 minute hike up from Takaranoniwa.

Important information

This experience includes

  •  Learn how to prepare typical bento box side dishes with a local chef
  • Onigiri (rice ball) making
  • Bento box packing and decorating
  • Bento box (container) to take home
  • Hanami (eating your bento outside)*
    *We will eat bento and enjoy some blossoms from inside if it rains

This experience does NOT include

  • Transportation to/from the event venue

Know before you book

  • The experience is for 6+ years of age 
  • Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions. Vegans and vegetarians are welcome. Please let us know when you make reservations.
  • This experience will end at Genjiyama Park, about a 30 min. walk from Kamakura station, and a 25 min. walk from Kita-Kamakura station. Genjiyama Park is nearby other attractions, such as the Zeni-arai Benten shrine, and the hiking course to the Great Buddha.
  • Please understand that this area gets poor cell reception.
  • No parking available. Please use public transportation.

What you need to bring

  • Drink for your lunch (vending machines are available at Genjiyama Park)
  • Comfortable clothes and shoes for a 20-minute hike.
  • Backpack to carry your stuff, including your bento box.

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refund available 7 days prior to the experience due to preparation.
  • Each class has a minimum of 4 participants. The class will be cancelled 3 days (72 hours) prior to the date if there not at least 4 participants signed up. 

Meeting point

Meeting point will be Takaranoniwa in Kita-Kamakura, about a 10-15 min. walk from JR Kita-Kamakura Station.

Organised by Kamakura Mind

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