Most popular Ekiben (railway boxed meal) on Tokaido Shinkansen
“Ekiben” (railway boxed meal) is one of the enjoyments of travel by train in Japan. Because of deliciousness using local ingredients and its high cost performance, it is very popular among travelers and tourists not only from inside but also outside of Japan. Let us introduce several attractive ekiben, which you can purchase in the Tokaido Shinkansen (bullet train) and its stops.
“Special Makunouchi Gozen” - Enjoy tasting local specialties from Kanto, Tokai, and Kansai districts at once
Last year, “Special Makunouchi Gozen” (1,340 yen including tax) won the 1st place at the “Ranking of most wanted ekiben on the Tokaido Shinkansen! ” In this bento box, 3 kinds of rice are featured: “Fukagawa-meshi (rice simmered with clams), ” “Simmered Hida beef rice,” and “Pickled plum and dried young sardine rice.” Nimono (cooked dish) are Kanto style with dark soy sauce, and Kansai style with light soy sauce. You can also enjoy tasting many varieties of dishes from Kanto, Tokai, and Kansai districts, where Tokaido Shinkansen passing through, such as Tokai (Nagoya) Haccho-Miso pork cutlet, deep-fried prawn, simmered black beans, miso-grilled salmon, and so on.
●Distributed by: JR Tokai Passengers
●Available at Tokaido Shinkansen “Nozomi” and “Hikari,” and stores in Tokyo, Shinagawa, Shin-Yokohama, Nagoya, Kyoto, and Shin-Osaka stations. *May not be available at some trains and stores
Kiyoken's “Fried Rice Bento” – with classic siu mai dumplings
Kiyoken, founded 108 years ago, has served siu mai (steamed dumpling), and it is now Yokohama's specialty, which has a rich flavor from pork and dried scallop, and is delicious even cold. “Siu Mai Bento” (830 yen including tax), containing this “unchanged, classic siu mai” has been popular since its release in 1954. As well as Siu Mai Bento, “Fried Rice Bento,” (860 yen including tax) with crispy fried rice, fried chicken and fried noodle is also popular. You can experience their commitment through these original bento.
●Distributed by: Kiyoken
●0120-882-380 (customer service)
●Available at Kiyoken and consignment stores at Tokyo, Shinagawa, and Shin-Yokohama stations * may not be available at some stores
“Saba-sugata Zushi” - Traditional taste of Kyoto from Izuu
“Izuu” is a long established shop in Kyoto, founded in 1781. They applied a professional touch and initially served “Saba-sugata Zushi” (*), which had mostly been made at home and eaten on celebrative occasions, to the public. There are 2 kinds: 2,430 yen including tax for 6 pieces, portion for 1 person, 4,860 yen including tax, portion for 2 people. All ingredients are carefully selected, such as fatty mackerels from the sea near Japan, Goshumai (rice produced in Shiga), and kombu (kelp) from Hokkaido as a wrap. Strictly speaking, this is different from ekiben, but a highly recommended traditional taste of Kyoto, and you can purchase at shops in Kyoto Station.
(*) Saba-sugata Zushi: saba=mackerel, sugata=whole fish, zushi=sushi
“Saba-sugata Zushi”(6 pieces per portion), wrapped with bamboo leaf to keep its taste
“Saba-sugata Zushi” for 2 people. The wooden engraving wrapping papers are seasonally changed. It represents Kyoto mind, which respects and appreciates the season.
●Distributed by: Izuu
●Available at “Kyo-Shinise no Aji • Kyo-Obento,” inside Shinkansen ticket gate in Kyoto Station
“Akashi's specialty Hipparidako-meshi” - Unique! Octopus trap styled container can be a souvenir too!
“Akashi's specialty, Hipparidako-meshi” (1,000 yen including tax) was sold as a memorial to the launch of Akashi-Kaikyo Ohashi in 1998, and has been a local specialty since then. The bento is made up with Akashi Octopus from Akashi Kaikyo, Anago Shigure-ni (conger cooked in soy sauce and sweet sake), simmered bamboo shoot, rape blossoms, "Tako-ten," tempura made with minced octopus, and Takikomi-Gohan (rice seasoned and cooked with various ingredients). The porcelain container, resembled an octopus trap can be a unique souvenir too. Originally, this was selling at JR Nishi Akashi Station, but now became a popular ekiben at Shin-Osaka Station as well.
●Distributed by: Awajiya
●Available at JR Shin-Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo stations. *May not be sold at some shops
*The above information was last updated December 23, 2016. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.
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