Eat cheap in Japan

Updated on : May 1, 2013   *  Last modified on : October 12, 2016

Hello there!

Seems people are interested in keeping the cost low while they are in Japan,
so I will try to write about how to keep the expense low on meals :).

Let’s list some of the food chain or place that I found on the net that has good reputation for being reasonable.


Link to the menu & Logo Description

Hanamaru Udon


this on is udon noodle chain with very reasonable price small size plain udon at 130yen.

with the small size, you won’t be full though you can add some topping or onigiri (rice ball) or choose other size



Very inexpensive Italian chain.
Some spaghetti is served at 299yen

Italian Tomato


Italian family restaurant. not everything is inexpensive but there is a 300yen hot dog.



World famous burger chain XD! The cheapest burgers are 100yen (hamburger & Chicken Crisp). In Japan, you would get smaller everything though.

Morning menu available (from 5:00 to 10:30).



this is also a burger chain the cheapest menu seems hamburger at 180yen

Morning menu available (to 10:30).



Sandwich chain.Did not think Subway is inexpensive
but if you choose the cheapest sandwich (VEGGIE DELITE) is 300yen, so that is not bad



One of the family restaurant chain.This one also depends on what you order. Generally not that inexpensive but some menus are.

ex, mayo corn pizza 399yen
On weekdays, they have lunch menu at 499yen & 599yen.
Morning menu available (to 10:30).



One of the family restaurant chain.seems pretty reasonable, cannot tell what is the cheapest since menu is quite big

I see 422yen spaghettis.

Monday through Saturday, they have lunch menus at 422yen & 530yen.

Morning menu available (from 5:00 to 11:00). 422yen~



One of the gyudon chain.

The cheapest menu at 290yen small size gyudon. regular size at 350yen.
Morning menu (serves in the morning from 5:30 to 10:30) looks very very reasonable!!!



Another gyudon chain.

The cheapest seems regular gyudon at 330yen.

Morning menus, from 4:00 to 11:00.



Another gyudon chain lol.

The cheapest seems 240yen mini gyumeshi (= gyudon)



Another donburi meal chain.

the cheapest menu at 300yen, gyudon mini size, regular size 350yen

Side note, some of the morning menu is super reasonable, I may need to search on that in the future!!

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2 thoughts on “Eat cheap in Japan

  1. takiko

    Great guide! Japan is such an expensive place to live in so I’m really saving a lot for it. 🙂

    1. nozomi Post author

      Ahhhhh takiko-chan~!
      Thanks for your comment (~.~)! So you are planning to come visit!! Good luck on money saving ne <3 <3 <3!


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