Top 10 super cheap foods in Japan

This blog and my Japan book are all about saving you money on your holidays in Japan. Food, especially eating out, is one of the things that can really add to travel budgets, so here are the best foods to eat in Japan: 1) Cup noodles Fill up your belly for around $1, or even lessContinue reading “Top 10 super cheap foods in Japan”

Traveling to Japan? Learn how to drink for less while eating out

Japan is a mysterious place that I believe everyone should check out at least once in their life. The beauty of the islands can bring almost a tear to one’s eye. But after seeing the sights of the day, there is a common theme that everyone loves to do in Japan. Go out to eat!Continue reading “Traveling to Japan? Learn how to drink for less while eating out”

Soba and Udon – quick noodles for a few dollars

Cheap and simple, everyone likes Soba and Udon. Soba is thin noodles made from buckwheat, while Udon is thick white flour noodles. They sometimes come in soups, or sometimes you dip them into a little pot of soup. Both hot and cold versions are available, so these noodles make for a perfect light meal anyContinue reading “Soba and Udon – quick noodles for a few dollars”

Top 5 Cheap Restaurant Chains in Japan

Want some lovely Japanese food, but don’t want to spend loads of money?  Try these! 1. Matsuya All sorts of cheap Japanese food.  Gyudon (meat on rice), steaks, Japanese style burgers…… 2. Yoshinoya The best place for a cheap Gyudon (meat on rice) 3. CoCo Ichiban Curry House The king of curries in Japan! 4.Continue reading “Top 5 Cheap Restaurant Chains in Japan”

Top 100 yen sushi chains in Japan. That’s $1!

Sushi is the one dish you have to try in Japan. You will soon find that even the cheapest sushi is of a better quality than most, of not all, of the sushi you can get back some. Recently some 100 yen chains (that’s about $1 dollars!) are popping up all over Japan, battling eachContinue reading “Top 100 yen sushi chains in Japan. That’s $1!”

Omurice – family-friendly cheap food

Omurice is a family favourite all over Japan, and has spread to become popular in countries such as Korea and Taiwan. It’s a funny example of western inspired Japanese cuisine, being an omelette (omu) covering flavoured rice (raisu)! It may sound a bit unappetising or odd, but Omurice is a simple dish with a host of sauces andContinue reading “Omurice – family-friendly cheap food”

Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)

Okonomiyaki, sometimes called a Japanese pancake in English, is a cheap and fun meal to have. It basically tastes like a mix of pancakes and omelettes, and there are all sorts of toppings and fillings. Popular ones include cabbage, pork strips and shrimp. At some restaurants you can cook the Okonomiyaki yourself, which is great fun withContinue reading “Okonomiyaki (Japanese Pancake)”

Tempura

Tempura is battered and deep fried seafood or vegetables. Introduced by the Portuguese in the 16th century, tempura has become a staple of the Japanese diet. The most popular fish to use is shrimp, but many others are sometimes used depending on the area. This is also the same for vegetables, but the most common is Japanese radish. TempuraContinue reading “Tempura”

Cheap Sushi and Sashimi

Raw fish is something that has to be tried when visiting Japan. Even if the idea sounds odd, everyone should try it at least once! There are all sorts, and the fish is super fresh even at budget restaurants. The most popular fishes are tuna and Most menus have pictures of the sushi, but it canContinue reading “Cheap Sushi and Sashimi”

Hamburg steak

No, that’s not a spelling mistake! In Japan ‘Hamburg’ means a burger pattie served on a hotplate. Alongside the pattie is a selection of vegetables, and this is often served in a discounted set with rice and miso soup. There are all sorts, from Hamburgs with cheese inside to gravy sauce. Price: From 600 yen (aboutContinue reading “Hamburg steak”

Ramen (Japanese noodles)

Oh Ramen! So good, so, so good. You have probably tried it in your home country, but until you have actually come to Japan and had a proper Ramen, you haven’t had the real experience. Ramen is basically noodles in a soup or broth, and is especially great in the winter or on a coldContinue reading “Ramen (Japanese noodles)”

Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)

Most people have already tried Japanese noodles, Yakisoba, before in their home country, but they are a little different in Japan. They make for a very cheap meal, and with all the vegetables can be reasonably healthy. Yakisoba is basically stir-fried noodles with pork, plus vegetables such as cabbage, carrot or bean sprouts. You canContinue reading “Yakisoba (Fried Noodles)”