Updated: October 18, 2017
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Tokyo Station Bento: where to get the Best Bento Box Lunch at the Tokyo Station!

Tokyo Station is a huge bullet train hub. Chances are that if you're traveling from Tokyo to somewhere else in Japan, your journey will start at that station. While on the train, it's customary in Japan to eat a bento box lunch bought at the station. These are commonly called ekiben. Enjoying your ekiben in the train is a fun part of the traveling experience in Japan so make sure to grab yours before getting on the train. Here are some good places to buy some them at the Tokyo Station.

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Ekibenya Matsuri

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Ekiben Matsuri is the most popular place to buy a bento box lunches at the station. You have to go through the ticket gates to access it.
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It's a big store and has the widest variety of ekiben of all the places inside the station.

The Bento Boxes

You can get some very nice seafood lunches such as this one which includes salmon fish roe and shirasu fish (baby sardines).
If seafood isn't your thing then rest assured because there are a plethora of other options for you. You can try this teriyaki chicken bento for instance.
There are also some vegetarian options. This one is an autumn seasonal bento which contains chestnuts with the rice.

Daimaru Building Basement Floor

Another great place to buy ekiben at the Tokyo Station is at the Daimaru Bldg.'s first basement floor. Access the building by going to the North Yaesu Exit. It's outside of the station so you don't have to pass the ticket gates.

Takimoto

You'll find numerous stores selling all kinds of ekiben, sweets and other foods. A shop that is quite popular is Takimoto. It has this amazing seafood bento that sells for 1,728 yen.

Kakiyasu

For meat lovers, you can try Kakiyasu's popular Japanese beef bento for 1,300 yen.

Hirashima

Another well-liked bento shop is Hirashima. It specializes in sushi and anago, a type of eel. The anagoni (stewed eel) shown above is a popular choice. Their bento boxes sell for about 1,000 yen.

Lastly...

Tokyo Station is a great spot to try lots of bento boxes with specialties from all over Japan. Next time you take the shinkansen from there, make sure get your ekiben before you leave!
tabikamome
Japanese food culture enthusiast. Love to explore new areas and discover local specialties.

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