Bento lunch in Kyoto

Bento lunch in Kyoto

Appetizing and colorful mushroom soup


Bento lunch in Kyoto


Japanese meals in Kyoto can be quite elaborate and expensive at many of the popular tourist areas where restaurants charge exorbitant prices for dinners. A really good way to offset dining sticker shock is to look for places that offer lunch or bento specials which are a more affordable and cater to the businessmen who always eats out for lunch.  Even the massive main train station in Kyoto has a plethora of eating options from the large Isetan department store basement food hall to the various food courts underneath the main station.

On the top-level of the Kyoto train station are all the main restaurants, each offering wonderful bento specials and plate lunches to entice the visitor in transit with a delightful and affordable lunch. After looking at all the various lunch specials, I finally chose one that had a nice assortment in their bento. Bento lunches also range in different prices depending on what extras are included in the meal. The one I chose below had an amazing assortment of sashimi, a delicious mushroom soup and a bento box of rice and fried tempura. It’s all good and perfect for a quick-lunch or in my case, a longer lunch break after a very tiring morning visiting too many temples in a short timeframe.

A generous bento box lunch in Kyoto

Bento lunch in Kyoto

Complete bento lunch special



 Bento lunches come in beautiful arrangements and are enticing to the eye



Bento lunch in Kyoto

Sashimi side dish


 Some bento lunches with delicious soups



Bento lunch in Kyoto

Mushroom soup detail


Whether you choose any of the quick food courts, the Isetan department store food hall or some of the nicer restaurants in the Kyoto train station, let your eyes and nose lead you to a delicious meal. Don’t skimp, make it your best meal because the prices for lunch are substantially cheaper and equal in quality to more expensive dinners. In any case, explore and try some amazing bento lunches while you are visiting Kyoto, you’ll have a wonderful tasting experience.


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6 Responses to Bento lunch in Kyoto

  1. Marcia April 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I love the presentation, Noel. I’ve never seen such elaborate bento boxes.
    Sorry for commenting so late and thanks for linking up.

  2. Samantha November 27, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Looks so delicious! Beautiful food photography too. I could eat that sashimi right off my screen haha

  3. Marisol@TravelingSolemates November 17, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Hi Noel, a what beautiful food photography. All the food looks yummy. It’s a bad idea reading this post with an empty stomach.

  4. Jennifer November 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    Sounds delicious!

  5. Marilyn Armstrong November 14, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    That is cruel and unusual punishment. I so love that food and I so envy you!


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