日本の駅弁 Japanese Ekiben

Japanese Ekiben Special lunch boxes bought at Japanese train stations only
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Ikameshi, Soy Sauce Simmered Cuttlefish stuffed with Mochi Glutinous Rice. Well-known as a Regional Specialty and an Ekiben (Railway Bento Box) Meal of Hokkaido, Northern Japan. |いか飯

Ikameshi, Soy Sauce Simmered Cuttlefish stuffed with Mochi Glutinous Rice. Well-known as a Regional Specialty and an Ekiben (Railway Bento Box) Meal of Hokkaido, Northern Japan.

This is a wappameshi bento, packed in a wappa or bent “wood” box, also from Akita. (Sadly the box isn’t made of wood, but of disposable wood grain-printed styrofoam.) The actual contents look remarkably like the photo on the kakeshi or paper wrapping. There’s a bed of delicious akitakomachi rice under all the goodies you see. It, too, was delicious, if a trifle salty.

Original pinner: Pinning an article I wrote a couple of years back about ekiben, train station bentos. This is my favorite photo, showing how the actual bento is almost identical to the one in the photo on the cover paper.

This is a kanizushi (crabmeat sushi) bento bought and consumed on the Hokuriku Honsen line going from Kanazawa to Echigo Yuzawa, along the Japan Sea side of the country. It’s a chirashizushi - a bed of sushi rice with tons of sweet cooked crabmeat on top. I thought about saving the cute crab shaped baran, but it was a bit too crabby.

Ekiben - kanizushi (crabmeat sushi) bento bought and consumed on the Hokuriku Honsen line going from Kanazawa to Echigo Yuzawa, along the Japan Sea side of the country. It’s a chirashizushi - a bed of sushi rice with tons of sweet cooked crabmeat on top

This temarizushi bento from Kyoto Station is a favorite that I keep going back to again and again. It’s about 1300 yen. (Yes, Kyoto tends to be more expensive.)

I want to try all the ekiben, Japanese train station bentos! From JustBento

oshizushi (pressed sushi) purchased at Matsumoto Station, in Nagano prefecture. All the fish used here is pre-processed (salted or marinated in vinegar).

I want to try all the ekiben, Japanese train station bentos! From JustBento

When you take the lid off the pot of the “Tohge-no-Kamameshi” ekiben, you find chestnuts, burdock, apricots and other produce atop a warm bed of rice. When you have finished the Tohge-no-Kamameshi ekiben, you can take the container home and use it as a bowl for side dishes or for storing miscellaneous items.

Tohge-no-Kamameshi ekiben: chestnuts, burdock, apricots and other produce atop of a warm bed of rice

"Ekiben of the Year" (2nd place): "Hirekatsu to tamago no poketto sando" (a box of pork fillet cutlet and egg sandwiches, 470 yen) from Tonkatsu Maisen. (Photo courtesy of Tetsudo Kaikan Co.)

"Ekiben of the Year" place): "Hirekatsu to tamago no poketto sando" (a box of pork fillet cutlet and egg sandwiches, 470 yen) from Tonkatsu Maisen. (Photo courtesy of Tetsudo Kaikan Co.

This Anpanman bento (he's in the bento as well as on the box lid) was selected as one of the top 10 ekiben (station bentos)  It's available at Takamatsu station and costs 1100 yen (about US $12/9 euros).

四国の駅弁トップを決める駅弁選手権、10ベストが決定

This Anpanman bento (he's in the bento as well as on the box lid) was selected as one of the top 10 ekiben (station bentos) available on the JR Shikoku network.

Ekibenya in 東京, 東京都  EKIBENYA MATSURI is a shop located inside JR Tokyo Station and it specializes in ekiben, or railway lunchboxes (bento) sold on trains or at stations for travellers on the go. Ekibens are especially popular for Japanese people because each bento contains unique regional flavors that you can only get in that particular station.

Ekibenya in 東京, 東京都 EKIBENYA MATSURI is a shop located inside JR Tokyo Station and it specializes in ekiben, or railway lunchboxes (bento) sold on trains or at stations for travellers on the go. Ekibens are especially popular for Japanese people because each bento contains unique regional flavors that you can only get in that particular station.

This particular one is served in Shimada City Railway Stations of Shimada and Kanaya.  Shimada City is famous for its green tea, Japanese sake, Festival and new airport!

This particular one is served in Shimada City Railway Stations of Shimada and Kanaya. Shimada City is famous for its green tea, Japanese sake, Festival and new airport!

Kazuto Gozen, Kakegawa Station

Kazutoyo Gozen/一豊御膳 refers to Kazutoyo Yamauchi, a Lord that lived in Kakegawa City during the Feudal Japan Era in the Century and made famous in a TV Drama Series, while Gozen means “Repast”!

Kōshū Wine Lunch, Kobuchizawa Station, Yamanashi  The Kōshū area in Nagano and Yamanashi Prefectures, near Mt. Fuji, are known nationally for their wine. This ekiben has a tiny bottle of local white wine, accompanied by foods meant to compliment the taste, including steak and a little sushi.

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