Saturday, 5 June 2010

Traveling On A Full Stomach

Apart from getting a JR Pass for our long distance train travel in Japan, there is one more thing that is pretty convenient to be enjoyed while zipping around in the trains and shinkansens and that is the eki-ben (train station lunch boxes).

More information about these awesomely delicious and convenient packed lunches can be read here: Appreciating Japan Through Ekibens.

Some of the eki-bens we enjoyed during our previous trips: 
Our eki-ben bought at Shin-Osaka station, eaten on our journey from Shin-Osaka to Hakata in Kyushu taking the Hikari shinkansen.
Our eki-ben bought at Hiroshima station - with octopus and oysters. They sure don't skimp on the ingredients. There were so many oysters in my paddle-shaped bento. We bought these bento during our trip from Shin-Osaka to Kanazawa on the Thunderbird, and then jumping on the Noto night train from Kazanawa to Tokyo.
Our eki-ben bought in the train SL Ban Etsu Monogatari-Go, on our trip from Aizu-Wakamatsu to Niigata. Getting a ride on a steam locomotive was an awesome experience for us and eating lunch while the train were puffing along ravines and rivers, and eating good food while enjoying the scenery was an awesome experience. We even got a souvenir inside the bento box in the form of a paper train cut-out.
Our dinner bento bought at Niigata station. Fish roe is Zaini's favourite. We ate these on the on the Joetsu Shinkansen Max Toki to Ueno station.
Eki-ben in an earthenware bought in Karuizawa. Either this bento is really famous at the station or because there were no other choices, but when we were there, a long line was formed immediately when a stall was set-up offering this delicious meal. Most commuters bought no less than two and I think they bought it to bring back home.
A bento bought at Tazawako station before our onward journey to Nyuto Onsen.

We will look forward for more eki-ben adventures during our next trip. The eki-ben sold at the train stations change seasonally so it'll be fun to try out new eki-ben throughout the four changing seasons. Don't you agree?


  1. I love eki-ben too but I usually buy it at the kiosk before boarding the train.. More choices to choose from i guess!

  2. @Cindy,
    definitely more choices at the kiosks than on the train. :)

  3. It's always good traveling on a full stomach. Though I've not tried many of these they look yummy

  4. The meals looked very attractive and colourful. Never had these before though.

  5. I like that photos of food.It's always good traveling on a full stomach.The meals looked very attractive and colourful

  6. @Poetic Shutterbug,
    They were all yummy. It makes the journey more fun hopping from one station to another; for the journey and for the local food.;)

  7. @Mei Teng,
    If you visit Japan, try them at least once.
    Like Cindy mentioned, you can buy it at a station and enjoy it in the comfort of your hotel room or at the park or like us, in the bullet train while zipping across the country. :)

  8. @New Morden world,
    They are good to look at and delicious too. :)

  9. OMG, I can't believe, you get this at Train Stations Lunch Boxes! In America, you would be lucky to get a Hot Dog, with Cheese Wiz Natchos.

    Your excellent pictures, are making me really hungry, right now.

    I did have some pretty good sushi, from a Publix Supermarket, last night.

    Peace, Love, and Understanding--Elvis C.

  10. @Don,
    The food selection at the train stations are diverse. :)

    You had sushi for dinner. Ooo... I wanna go eat some sushi too. ;)

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

  11. Ooh! Yummy! I can eat everything here except the octopus! Not a fan of octopus!! : )

  12. @foong,
    you don't like octopus? That happen to be one of my favourite! ;)

  13. it's making me hungry!!!!!

    no octopus for me too but in a form of takoyaki it's ok

  14. @Ayie,
    You don't fancy octopus too?
    Oh, I miss takoyaki in Osaka! You should get them when you go visit Japan, Ayie!

  15. oh my... it's really really really tempting!

  16. @Shirleen,
    They are indeed tempting, aren't they? :)
    I'm definitely looking forward to enjoy them again during our next trip!


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