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Sep 16, 2013 05:52 AM

Coming to Tokyo for a few days on a budget

Hi all,

My wife and I are going to Tokyo for a few days in January and will be on a tight budget. We do however want to sample some of Tokyo's delicious food. So we were wondering where we can get good traditional Japanese food but at a reasonable price.

Thanks for any help in advance.

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  1. depachikas. Go to any department store and peruse the ready-made offerings. Plenty of traditional Japanese food on offer, and very reasonably priced.

    An aside, you might want to give more details as to what your parameters are. Your "tight budget" may not be the same as my "tight budget", and you might balk at some suggestions given which would still fall under the umbrella of "traditional Japanese food". And what is a "reasonable price"?

    1. SushiZanmai for good quality, very affordable kaiten (conveyor belt) sushi. They have locations all over Tokyo so probably one not far from where you will be staying:

      It will be helpful to know the neighborhood where you will be based, Tokyo is a pretty big place.

      Also, define "traditional"... You can get amazing ramen in Tokyo for cheap, but it is not exactly "traditional" Japanese food. Same with tonkatsu and many other dishes.

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      1. re: od_sf

        Only 4 of the 60 or so Sushi Zanmai shops are kaiten branches. Most are counter and seats.

        1. re: Silverjay

          Yes that's true, and now that I think about it, the one I go to most often is not kaiten either! Suffering from jet lag today, thanks for the correction.

        1. I'd recommend that you pay a visit to some prefectural (roughly the Japanese version of a province/state) shops dotted around Tokyo.

          If you can't make it to other parts of the country or don't plan to return to Japan anytime soon, visiting a Hokkaido, Okinawa or Wakayama outpost will help introduce you to various food products (among other goods) that are generally not found in Tokyo. Also, every now and then, a convenience store or one of the upper floors of a department store will host a prefectural food fair too.

          For more information, check out: