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HELP NEEDED! Tokyo\Kyoto\Osaka...foodie on a budget!!!

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Hello everyone, I know Japan is not exactly the best place to go when on a budget but I had unpredicted expenses and now I need to find a way to eat my way around Japan without getting (another) mortgage!

I need tips on restaurants, izakaya...whatever you can suggest that is not too expensive but still good.
I am a Japanese food obsessed. I love sushi , worship Takoyaki and could live out of Gyoza....
There is basically nothing I won't eat but I want to try as many things as possible.
Sushi, in particular is something I am looking forward to eat in Japan.

I have booked hotels without breakfast so I need feeding 3 times a day i 3 different cities, I know only .you guys can help me!
:)

Thanks
Maria

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  1. If you worship takoyaki, 'Tako Tako King' in Osaka is a must.

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      1. can you read japanese? if not, here is something you might find helpful.

        http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/qued...

        there are many reasonable and good shops in japan but if you are new it is sometimes difficult to find.

        1. It might help to say where you're staying. Tokyo for example has more than 100,000 restaurants, and is very spread out, so it would be silly to recommend some arbitrary budget restaurant that's an hour away from you.

          Ootoya is a good chain restaurant serving healthy, well balanced Japanese meals at very reasonable prices - starting from around Y1000 for dinner. They have over 100 branches in Tokyo.
          Here's their first Osaka branch: http://www.bento.com/kansai/rev/8190....
          And their Japanese website, for pictures of their food and their signage: http://www.ootoya.com/

          Tsunahachi is a popular tempura chain with reasonable prices and good value for money: http://www.bento.com/searchg.php?q=ts...

          Tonkatsu (pork cutlet) restaurants are also good for budget dining: http://www.bento.com/r-tonkatsu.html#...

          1. Actually, Japan is not bad for budget dining. Many good deals for decent food. Also, low sales tax and no gratuity. We've covered this before in the below threads:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/379801
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/486562