Sometimes we haven’t got all of the money in the world to spend on really nice restaurants. If you are like almost any university student out there or even just trying to cut back on how much you spend, well keep reading because we’ve taken the time to figure out cheap places to eat in Tokyo.
In Nihonbashi, you have a couple of options. There’s Yoshinoya (103-0027 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku, Nihonbashi, 3 Chome−4) which is a popular food-chain here in Japan. It is the second largest Gyūdon (beef and rice bowl) chain in Japan and so most of the menu revolves around beef. There are some non-beef options; however, there are few vegetarian options. Hanamaru Udon (2 Chome-1-21 Nihonbashi, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 103-0027) is also a place to find cheap food in Tokyo and for those wanting a nice a meal on a tight budget. Udon is a popular dish in Japan and you’ve probably already come across it in your travels. If you’re looking for some quick and good udon then definitely check out Hanamaru Udon.
Next up you have Tendon Tenya (100-0005 Tōkyō-to, Chiyoda-ku, Marunouchi, 1 Chome−7−2) in Chiyoda. Tendon Tenya is the perfect place for all things tempura. There’s an English menu too, so don’t worry too much about not knowing what you’re ordering. The prices are low and the food is delicious so it’s a great stop in the middle of the day for lunch.
If you’re craving something a little bit more Western try heading over to Mos Burger (3 Chome-16-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tōkyō-to 101-0021). This is a very popular and inexpensive burger chain in Japan. They even have some stores open internationally so if you’re from Australia or other parts of East Asia then you’ve probably seen one of these restaurants around. The burgers are great and the service is quick.
If you’re a fan of Japanese curry then you should definitely check out the Coco Ichibanya (1 Chome-7-8 Hatchōbori, Chūō-ku, Tōkyō-to 104-0032) chain that can be found all over Tokyo. The serving sizes are respectable and the price is easy on your wallet. After a day of exploring Tokyo and purchasing gifts for yourself or loved ones back home, this is the perfect place to sit down and enjoy some Japanese curry.
In Shibuya, you can find Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka (2 Chome-29-11 Dogenzaka, Shibuya, Tokyo 150-0043), a conveyor-belt sushi restaurant. All the sushi is around 105 JPY so you could easily fill up without burning a hole in your wallet. Order your sushi on screen and then watch as it zooms towards you.
We’re nearly done, just a couple more places for you to check out. If you’re craving Italian food then you need to go to Saizeriya (104-0061 Tōkyō-to, Chūō-ku) which is a family-style Italian restaurant. It’s cheap and if you’re traveling with kids you know you won’t have to fight them on trying something new.
Just about anywhere in Tokyo, you can find a 7 Eleven. Of all the cheap places to eat in Tokyo, 7 Eleven is by far one of the best. Most of the university students I have been around (myself included) have lived off of “konbini” food. 7 Eleven has almost anything you could need for three meals a day on a budget. They also have basic cleaning products, alcohol, and access to ATMs with lower usage fees for international cards. Too many of my weeks with little to no money have been spent dining on the finest food the konbini has to offer.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of cheap places to eat in Tokyo, but it includes some of the most popular places to eat. It won’t take you long to find your favorite, budget restaurant or shop. Good luck and have fun exploring Tokyo.
Hello there! I’m a writer from Brisbane, Australia. I’m currently interning in Tokyo. You’ll probably find me with a bag weighed down by books eating a cake in some small cafe somewhere. Or I’ll be resting in a shady spot reading and soaking up the summer air.