Most train stations in the United States are equipped with fast food restaurants, but in Japan it’s a different story. With thousands of travelers arriving every day, Kyoto Station is one of the biggest train stations in Japan, and it treats tourists with the best Japanese cuisine. There are ramens from all over Japan. The second floor of Kyoto Station is called the “Road of Ramen,” as the smells of ramen from different places aggregate and create a unique mixture that one can only experience in Kyoto. There are more than 10 ramen restaurants side by side, selling ramen ranging from Hokkaido’s style, which is famous for seafood, to Hakata’s style, which is proud of its pork soup.
In order to please travelers from outside Japan, some restaurants even offer international cuisine such as Dandan noodle, a noodle dish originating in southwest China.
Since most commuters in Japan commute by trains, they are unable to enjoy food at a slow pace; rather they prefer eating quickly. Ekibenya is a store that sells boxed meals and it stands on the railway platform, a convenience for those who are in a hurry to catch their next train. You can always see several people standing beside Ekibenya, trying to finish their meal as soon as possible. On the other hand, some long-distance business travelers choose to take an ekiben on to the train, allowing them to gain energyfor their next business event. What’s better than having some delicious food to spice up one’s busy work day?
Ekiben’s cheap price makes it worth trying. Though relatively small in size and not served in an actual restaurant, Ekiben will, by no means, disappoint you. It is well-prepared and absolutely delectable. Just looking at a photo can activate those taste buds and leave you hungry.
Train stations in Japan offer one of the best eating experiences. Next time you find yourself in Kyoto, remember to try the local ramen, and before stepping onto the train to your next destination, make sure to grab an Ekiben.
Location: Kyoto Station Shimogyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan