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Sure, the ubiquitous convenience stores has a variety of quick meals that you can easily pick up and eat on the go, especially the conveniently packed konbini sandwiches. But if you're catching the train heading out of town (like taking a day trip to Hakone), you should always get an ekiben for your journey.
Ekiben – from the words ‘eki’ (railway station) and ‘bento’ (boxed lunch) – are boxes filled with local specialities designed to be eaten on the go. Tokyo (especially the major shinkansen stations) is lucky enough to have outlets selling ekiben from regions across Japan. Here are some of our favourites, should you be riding the rails or just fancy trying something different.