Do you want an authentic Japanese bento box?  Where can you get a Japanese wooden bento box and more importantly the Japanese bento box tools. Our up to date review will tell all.


When the average Japanese worker or students goes off for the day, they will definitely have one item on them, a full bento box. The Japanese are famous for their neat designs and intricate little trinkets. The Japanese lifestyle encompasses many facets of symbolic culture and ancient ritual. Their houses are famous for being shrines to their ancestors, very tidy, with lots of lovely little designs spread throughout. All of this culture has been passed down to the Japanese bento box.

A Japanese bento box is made up of different layers and sections where food can be individualized. Generally  a bento box will contain rice or noodles plus a protein, probably fish and an assortment of pickled or cooked vegetables. The word Bento is derived from the Chinese to mean convenient, and they most certainly are. Perfectly designed and crafted the bento box that we know today first appeared in the 16th century and would contain a variety of dried foods.

For Festivals like the spring flower festival, Hanami, large Japanese bento lunch box of various designs are prepared to celebrate the occasion. In the modern era the (Japanese) wooden bento box moved away from traditional lacquered bamboo to an aluminum-based type box and then further evolved into a microwavable Konbini bento lunch box made from plastic.

The Ishikawa region of Japan is where most of the molds are made today. Large industrial presses are used to create the compartments and the raw plastic is colored and decorated with adhesive illustrations that give them their authentic Japanese look.

If It Looks Good, Eat It

Presentation is a big part of Japanese lifestyle, there are competitions to see who can make the most creative or intricate bento lunch box. That also goes for Japanese bento box tools as well which are just as well designed as the box and very popular with bento box enthusiasts.

There are a number of different types of the standard Japanese bento lunch box which vary according to the occasion. The Makunouchi is one of the most common and is recognized because of the two sections that separate the food and characterizes that style.

Great Choice

The good news is you don’t have to be in Japan to get yourself an authentic Japanese wooden bento box. There are many specialist retailers that offer a wide choice of modern and traditional designs that will happily ship to anywhere in the world. The easiest place to get your bento box is on Amazon and there are many great varieties on the site. We have picked out two of our favorites with the link to where you can get them. Happy lunchtime to all!

Tabkoe Bento Lunch Box Stackable

Tabkoe Bento Lunch Box Stackable Meal Prep Food Storage Containers Set

Tabkoe bento boxes are made from BPA free materials that make them a safe and healthy option. These 20 oz boxes are guaranteed toxic free and will not leak due to their silicone lids. The pair of air tight silicone lids allows you to store your meal without worrying about spillage.

This bento box can be used in the microwave or stored in the freezer, giving you maximum flexibility.

As a bonus this portable lunch set comes with reusable cutlery, (1 fork, 1 spoon, 1 knife).

If that was not enough, Tabkoe will give you a 60 day money-back guarantee if you find the box leaks or has any defects. Now that’s a company that backs its product all the way!

Tabkoe Bento Lunch Box Stackable Meal Prep Food Storage Containers Set

Made out of BPA-free materials & given a “bamboo” finish, our 20 oz bento box containers are safe & stylish as can be.

AOOSY Japanese Vintage Traditional Natural Square Wooden Lunch Box

Aoosy vintage Sylt bento box is beautiful to look upon and fantastic to use. This is what’s meant by the term form and function, beautiful design with maximum usability. This bento is a double layered wooden phosphate free natural lunch box, no BPA or PVC.

The box can be separated into 4 parts, perfect for a lunch sized meal. The inner lattice can be removed and washed. There is thermal insulation so the food will stay warm or cold depending on what you are looking for. That makes it perfect for picnics, school lunches or walking the trails.

Being made from camphor wood, it’s not only beautiful to look at but eco-friendly as well.

Bento Box, Bento Boxes for Adults, AOOSY Japanese Vintage Traditional Natural Square Wooden Lunch Food

Natural Camphor Wooden Multi function Double Layer lunch box, Healthy, Natural Paint, no BPA, PVC, or phosphates

Mikasa Jones
Mikasa grew up in the dynamic Harlem neighborhood of New York City. Mikasa defines herself as an adaptive young woman who has been immersed into various cultures not just in the United States, but also her mother's hometown in Yokohama, Japan. She is a chef by profession and is an active member of the American Culinary Federation. She swears by a cup of hot matcha after a long day, saying that it helps her relax and focus on her tasks on a day-to-day basis.

Japan Daily Press is one of her outlets for sharing information with readers about the accessibility of commercially available Japanese products. She thinks that the misconception of sub-standard quality and taste of commercial food should be erased because there are a lot of manufacturers that are really stepping up their game in terms of developing products that are as close to authentic as possible.