Hitokuchi Darake Bento
This article was published on
8th June, 2021
While traditional Japanese etiquette discourages eating and drinking on most trains, there is one occasion where dining is considered as a part of the full commuting experience – when speeding across Japan via bullet train🚄.
Dubbed ‘eki-ben’🍱, these iconic meals are beautifully packaged bento boxes designed exclusively for high-speed train travel.
Delicious yet highly functional, eki-ben come equipped with sauces, pre-meal hand wipes and disposable cutlery.
In addition, many regions use eki-ben to encapsulate their local delicacies, offering a small snapshot of the area’s speciality cuisine or produce.
So, no matter how time pressed you may be, eki-ben provide an insight into the unique flavour profiles that exist throughout different regions of Japan🗾.
Almost all JR East stations🚉 sell eki-ben, ranging from a singular stall to food halls overflowing with choice.
They have shared their insights for their most popular eki-ben – from bite sized-bits to a fully vegan bento.
Here are two particularly recommended eki-ben.✌🍱
Awarded as the best eki-ben in the JR EAST 2019 Grand Prix, Niigata’s salmon eki-ben is something special.
With the competition inviting over 26,000 votes and measuring eki-ben based on taste, volume and packaging , it posits a result of high credibility.
Niigata’s Sake Meshi Bento(salmon bento) took the award, being praised for its generous toppings of salmon and roe upon a bed of high quality brand Koshihikari rice🍚.
Priced at a reasonable 1200 yen👛, it can be found at JR Jōetsumyōkō Station.
★Access to Jōetsumyōkō Station🚄About 2 hours by Hokuriku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station
★RECOMMENDED🎫JR EAST PASS(Nagano, Niigata area)
Over in the Tohoku region which is known for its lush wilderness lies JR Shin-Aomori Station where you will find Hitokuchi Darake Bento.
Translating to ‘full of single bites’, this bento lives up to its name by offering an amuse bouche style of meal, showcasing 24！ small bites of Aomori’s local specialty flavours.
At only 1350 yen👛 and changeable based on seasonal ingredients, this eki-ben is the perfect gourmet start or finish to your journey in the wild north of Japan.
★Access to Shin-Aomori Station🚄About 2 hours by Tōhoku Shinkansen from Tōkyō Station
★RECOMMENDED🎫JR EAST PASS(Tohoku area)
These are just a small sample of the many wonderful eki-ben that exist, and the joy in these meals is that they don’t feel like just a quick snack for the train.
As bullet trains speed through scenes of glimmering expanses of ocean and lush rolling hills of the countryside, the eki-ben experience feels quintessentially Japanese – despite being enjoyed aboard some of the country’s best technology.
Enjoy the many types of eki-ben🍱 in Japan🗾.
For those interested in exploring Japan by train, the JR EAST PASS is a convenient, multi-day train pass that offers easy access to the above-mentioned locations.
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The pass covers 5 days of unlimited rides on JR trains🚃 and Shinkansen🚄 in the area.
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