I love the trains in Japan. The shinkansen (bullet train) ride from Tokyo to Kyoto is smooth, clean and comfortable. It takes nearly three hours, and you can bring along food to eat. Of course I had to try some "ekiben" or train station bento box meals. I sprung adventurously for a box with weird-looking stuff in it, including vegetables I'd never eaten before. Yes, quite edible despite some looking a bit nasty (I could not eat that pickled fish sliced in half though) but on hindsight, perhaps I should have gone for familiar favourites.
Hubby was smarter. He went for a safe katsu, which was delicious. Nadine loved the rice and the potato salad up in the corner. Yummy.
Anyway, there are so many varieties of ekiben, there are even websites dedicated to them. Most of the food is presented beautifully and taste passable (if you aren't fussy). Can't expect much from cold takeaways!