Eating Around Tokyo on a Budget
Updated: Dec 5, 2020
Japan can be an expensive Island to travel to. This post is for the frugal traveler. I'll share my favorite three spots in Tokyo where you can have Breakfast/Lunch/Snacks and Dinner for under $10 without compromising taste or quality. Are you ready to eat your heart out? I am! Let's do this!!
1. Uobei Sushi
Uobei is a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that's super modern, fast, and very budget-friendly. We loved the experience of ordering through an iPad and having our food delivered through a conveyor belt so much we had lunch here twice! If you visit, don't forget to try their famous sushi donut and go early, lines can be long, and the wait time can range from 20min-2hr.
2. Sushi No Midori
Our second sushi spot is inside a mall--Sushi No Midori. It was the longest line we ever made waiting for a table in Japan (and we arrived at noon when it opened). If you are a raw salmon lover like myself, I highly recommend the salmon salad- the best I've ever had! They also have a giant sushi roll; 2+ people best enjoy this roll this roll as it's eight pieces of sushi, and each piece is the size of your hand! *Tip: if there's a line and you have to wait, do what we did and find a bar inside the mall, have a beer, then come back and see what number they're at or go shopping; its a mall after all ;) be sure to keep checking for your number, though, so you don't miss your spot. This is a place where locals come to eat.
Believe it or not, our third favorite cheap eats spot in Tokyo and all Japan is 7 Eleven. Now, 7 Elevens in Japan are very different from the ones we have here in the states. Most are open 24 hours and have delicious quality meals, snacks, and drinks ( including alcohol ) on the go. 7 Elevens became our "go-to place" every time we were too tired to go out for dinner or were looking for an at-home chilling nightcap. You can also pay with your Suica card (the same one we used for local transportation). Bottom line — 7 Elevens in Japan are cool, practical, and affordable, so get lost inside one; you won't regret it!
These are my top 3 cheap eats places in Tokyo. Have a favorite I did not mention? Leave it on a comment below, and I'll check it out next time I'm back in Tokyo. Thanks for reading!
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