5 Cheap Eats in Tokyo

With the rise of budget airlines in Asia, it has never been cheaper to get yourself a ticket to Tokyo. Unfortunately once you get to Tokyo you may find other things are a little expensive. Japan is a shoppers paradise and after you’ve bought cute souvenirs, snacks, fashion, cosmetics and electronics you may find your wallet a little lighter and your stomach a little emptier.

Don’t worry! Let KKday introduce to you some restaurants where you can get a delicious meal and it won’t cost you more than 500 Yen!

1. Hakata Tenjin – Rich and Creamy Ramen


You can’t come to Japan and not try the ramen. Hakata Tenjin (博多天神) is a no-frills ramen joint that started out as one shop in Shinjuku and as they became more and more popular have slowly expanded to other areas in Tokyo. The ramen is in a deliciously rich and creamy tonkotsu soup base and you can choose your own toppings from egg, spring onion, seaweed and meat, and all for 500 Yen!

Hakata Tenjin 博多天神

Address: 1 Chome-23-12 Kabukichō, Shinjuku-ku

Opening hours: 11am to 4am

2. C&C Curry Shop – Affordable and Satisfying Curry Rice


It’s not hard to find curry rice restaurants in Japan and C&C Curry Shop is a pretty good choice. C&C has been around for 40 years and has 23 branches in Tokyo alone. A curry here will set you back between 330 to 630 Yen. Tasty, generous portions and a low price, what’s not to like!

C&C Curry Shop, Shinjuku Branch

Address: 1 Chome-1-4 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku

Opening hours: Weekdays – 6:45am to 11pm Saturdays – 7am to 10:30pm

Sundays – 7:30 am to 10pm

C&C Curry Shop

3. Tenya – Yummy Tempura Rice Bowl


The most popular item on Tenya’s menu is the Tempura Rice Bowl (天丼) which includes rice and 5 different types of tempura: shrimp, fish, squid, pumpkin and beans. Tenya is reasonably priced and tastes great! If you’re really hungry you can make it a set meal for an additional 180 Yen, or add udon or soba noodles.

  • Small Bowl – 450 Yen (684 Kcal)
  • Medium Bowl – 500 Yen (778 Kcal)
  • Large Bowl – 600 Yen (1052 Kcal)

Tenya has 91 branches in Tokyo! Find your nearest one here: Tenya Locations

4. Ragugama Udon Shop – Cheap and Chewy Goodness


Ragugama Udon Shop doesn’t have any English branding so you’ll need to look out for the Kanji – 樂釜製麵所. The search will be worth it though! Whether you’re after hot, cold, soup or dry udon, Ragugama is the place to go! A bowl of udon comes with various sauces, soups and toppings and we recommend trying the tempura too, with each costing around 100 Yen. An awesomely cheap and tasty meal!

Ragugama Locations (Japanese Only)

5. Unatoto – Great Value Eel Rice

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Eel rice (Unagi) is generally not a cheap meal in Japan, some of the more expensive restaurants can set you back over 3000 Yen! That’s where Unatoto comes in, they’ll give you a bowl for 500 Yen and it tastes great too. The Eel is charcoal grilled, steamed and basted, then laid on a bed of chewy rice. Mouth-watering and a fantastic deal!

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