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TOKYO - WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE CHEAP EATS

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Hi all, I'm heading of to Tokyo in a few weeks and was wondering if people could give me some tips for their favourite cheap eats in and around the city. I want to eat as much traditional-style Japanese food as possible in the week that I'm there and can't afford much more than 4000 Japanese Yen a day for all meals.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. We've done threads to match your exact question. Please do a search and set the patameters to 5 years. The thread was less than five years ago but the default is 1 year. 4000 yen is possible, but you'rr looking at chain restaurants and such with that kind of budget if you don't read or speak Japanede.

    1. I very much enjoyed eating at Gyoza Stadium inside Namja Town, which is part of a multi-building development called Sunshine City. Namja Town is a two-story indoor amusement park. There are at least a dozen gyoza vendors there (in theory, famous gyoza shops from all over Japan), and the quality is sky-high. Some of the places are just counters, and others have a tiny restaurant with a more complete menu of snack items, including soups and pickled vegetables which we enjoyed as well.

      http://www.sunnypages.jp/travel_guide...

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      1. re: Steve

        This week-end, i decided for a 'ramen promenade'. Actually, i ended up crazy enough to go for a ramen to Hachioji that cost me more in JR transportation fees than the 700.-yens ramen Niboshi Iwashi Ramen... So, i just wonder, where are you staying exactly ^^ .. For example, if you choose the JR Yamanote Line - quite cheap, for 4000.-yens a day, you can do :
        >Day 1 :
        Lunch at the Soba Nigyou, ask for the 'o-shibori" for 1680..-yens (little appetizer, small hot soba, cold soba served with the squeezed radish, small desert), suplement for tempura add around 800.-yens, in Nihonbashi (7mn walk from Tokyo JR Station)  
        http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1302/A130...
        Dinner at the Izakaya En, in Ginza (near the Yurakucho JR Station
        )http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130...
        >Day 2 :
        Lunch at the Unagi Inageya, 3 different sorts of 'donburi(rice top with thin slices of unagi=eel)' : for 1100.-yens choose the 'wa-fu' : they have also the kansai style, simple salt grilled, it is 5mn walk for Nishi-Nippori JR Station.
        http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131...
        Diner at the Gyoza Tachikichi with a glass of wine in Shibuya JR Station east exit (did prefer the 'sui-gyozas' with black vinegar than the 'yaki-gyozas(roasted), ..
        )http://www.tachikichi.net/index.html
        http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1303/A130...
        >Day 3 :
        Lunch at Sushi Takumi Tatsuhiro, in front of Takashimaya JR Shinjuku, lunch for 'bara-chirashi' for 1700.-yens
        http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1304/A130...
        Diner Izakaya at Renkon-ya in ameyoko street JR Ueno (specialities of lotus roots, in tempura with schrimp
        )http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131...
        >Day 4 :
        For Lunch, the kaiseki referenced by the chowhounder AlkieGourmand seems nice (for lunch) at under 2000.-yens and it is in Ginza
        http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1301/A130...
        Dinner, undon Japanese style wafu carbonara (raw egg, shoyu, cheese) or 'bukkake udon' (sesame, radish..) at Nezu, 10mn walk form JR Nippori
        http://r.tabelog.com/tokyo/A1311/A131...
        These are just ideas.., and it would be nice to mix it up with other things like ramen, Japanese pork fried cutlet sandwich 'katsu-sand',...
        The ryokan Annex Katsutaro in the old town Yanaka Nippori might be a nice play also to stay and to enjoy walk on food and temples, and see the familiar popular Tokyo downtown style life..
        http://www.katsutaro.com/annex_locati...