Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan

Japanese people are some of the worst English speakers in the world, so it’s best the learn a few key phrases before you visit Japan. There will be times when you are trying to communicate with someone who has absolutely no English ability. Having said that, one of the great things about Japan is thatContinue reading “Survival Japanese for travelling in Japan”

My experience learning Japanese with HelloTalk

Recently I decided to team up with HelloTalk to promote my best-selling Super Cheap Japan book and to share with the world how awesome the app is! I started using it about 3 years ago when I left Japan for a bit to do a working holiday in Australia. My plan was always to returnContinue reading “My experience learning Japanese with HelloTalk”

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”

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”

Takoyaki

Takoyaki are small, golf ball sized balls of batter filled with octopus, ginger and green onion. Traditionally mayonnaise and and a special Takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) are added on top, but these days there are all sorts of interesting toppings available. A must-try in Japan. Price: From 400 yen (about $4) Name in Japanese:Continue reading “Takoyaki”

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)”

Chahan (Fried Rice)

Known as Japanese fried rice in the west, Chahan is a super simple and super cheap dish. Chahan usually contains pork, egg and some vegetables, and most restaurants have slightly different types of Chahan. It is often served in a discount set with Gyoza dumplings or Ramen. Price: From 220 yen (about $2) Name inContinue reading “Chahan (Fried Rice)”

Curry Rice

Japanese curry. Some love it (me!), for some nothing to write home about. But it’s something that has to be tried and is one of the cheapest lunch and dinner options for budget travellers in Japan. The sauce is probably sweeter than most foreigners are used to, and the standard options are not too spicy.Continue reading “Curry Rice”