Ekiben Tournament


There’s no train in sight at this ekiben tournament near Shinagawa.

What are ekiben?

Ekiben, the combination of eki (station) and bentō (lunchbox), are highly popular in Japan. They’re usually eaten on a long train journey to somewhere far off and exciting. But this time, the ekiben are making the journey from all over Japan to Tokyo.

What happens?

There will be 40 kinds of ekiben set up on Nakanobu Slip Road. Prices start at ¥900 and go up to ¥2,280 for the premium bentō (specialty beef tongue, anyone?).

Sales start from 11 a.m. and it is sure to get crowded, but if you are into regional bentō or ekiben, this is the place to be.

Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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