I visited the University of Tokyo for koyo on day 12 of my Japan trip. University of Tokyo or Todai is known for its beautiful ginkgo trees during fall and indeed it was REALLY stunning! After our visit, we realized it was time for lunch. Without any idea what to eat, we checked out the shops opposite the university and settled on this particular one called Hotto Motto ほっともっと where its main customers are mostly students.
Hotto Motto is a fast food restaurant that serves take out bento aka lunch box. Hotto Motto is not a dine-in restaurant, hence you can only find chairs for you to sit and wait for your order.
Use the ticket machine to buy meal ticket.
Since the machine only has Japanese language, we need to match the price and photo of the bentos we wanted to order between the brochure and machine. Thankfully, it was easy.
Our meal tickets.
Since this is a take out bento, we figured the best place to eat it would be at University of Tokyo. So we went back and looked for a place to have our lunch, which is near a beautiful gigantic tree near Yasuda Auditorium.
Our bentos from Hotto Motto on a bench at University Of Tokyo. The stickers at the bento covers stated that the meal must be consumed within 3 hours.
Nori bento のり弁当 @ 350 yen. So affordable and yummy.
Another shot of my nori bento. I’m not sure whether it’s because we were eating at the university or because the surrounding was really pleasant, but this really is delicious.
特のりタル弁当 @ 450 yen.
Another shot of the 特のりタル弁当. It was so filling that we couldn’t finish all.
Daily lunch 日替わりランチ: トマトチキン & 白身フライ @ 500 yen. Since we visited on a Friday, this is the Friday selection.
Another shot of the 日替わりランチ: トマトチキン & 白身フライ.
Everyone agreed that the lunch was 👍. If I ever visit Todai again, I’m going to try their cafeteria food.
Hotto Motto is located near the main gate of Todai.
ほっともっと Hotto Motto (東大正門前店 University of Tokyo Store)
東京都 文京区 本郷 6-17-10
Opening time: 8am-10pm, daily
Nearest station: Todai-mae and Hongo-sanchome