Tokyo Station is one of Japan's largest and busiest stations, with about 40,000 people passing through it each day. Ekibenya Matsuri is a shop in Tokyo Station that sells more than 10,000 ekiben (bento boxes sold at train stations) a day!
The highest number of ekiben sold in a day between December 2016 and October 2017 was approximately 22,000 on Constitution Memorial Day (May 3). Below are seven recommended ekiben to buy when traveling through Tokyo Station.
Beef Domannaka (1,250 JPY)
This bento box is like a gyu-don (beef bowl), with ground and sliced beef cooked in a special sauce served on top of freshly steamed, fluffy Domannaka rice from Yamagata Prefecture. It has been a constant bestseller since Ekibenya Matsuri first opened.
Hipparidako Meshi (1,080 JPY)
This bento was introduced in 1998 to commemorate the completion of Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge. Inside of a pot that looks like pots you’d catch octopuses in, you’ll find ingredients like octopus, conger eel, simmered bamboo shoots served on top of rice that has octopus tempura mixed in.
Densho Aji no Oshi-zushi (1,280 JPY)
This bento box has been prepared the same way since it was first introduced in 1913, with half a fillet of horse mackerel made into a pressed sushi flavored with a traditional vinegar sauce. The appearance has changed over the years from the original that was packed in bamboo leaves, but you can savor the flavor that has been passed down for more than 100 years.
Shio Nigiri (1,550 JPY)
Food that can be eaten with one hand is great when there is little time before boarding the train. The Shio Nigiri is Tokyo Station City GRANSTA's top selling sushi. It comes with seaweed salt and sudachi (a type of Japanese citrus), which add a light, refreshing flavor to the fresh fish.
Red Brick Buta Kaba-yaki No Maki Bento (1,180 JPY)
Be sure to check out this mouthwatering bento box that uses pork kaba-yaki (grilled with a soy sauce-based sauce) to represent the red bricks of Tokyo Station. It is available only at GRANSTA. The aroma that wafts up when opening the box may have you reaching for a beer.
Fukagawa Bento (1,200 JPY)
The bestseller at ecute Tokyo is the Fukagawa Bento. It is a substantial bento full of fantastic sweet and savory Manila clams, and it goes perfectly with sake.
Tricolor Salmon Sashimi Bowl (1,480 JPY)
The popular bento at KeiyoStreet is the Tricolor Seafood Bowl. It has plenty of salmon and is both satisfying to eat and pleasing to look at.
These tasty ekiben are sure to make your trip even more exciting!
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 04.27.2018]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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