Eating cheap in Japan

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Yoshinoya

I personally didnt mind it, but I didn’t like it either. They had a nice curry menu but it was just nothing special. I also had a gruff encounter with the staff who obviously hated his life. Everyone eating there is trying to save money and eat cheap…

Matsuya

On the other hand, while cheap, has amazing rice. I mean maybe they put some seasoning in it but omg when I put this in my mouth I swore never to go back to Yoshinoya. Of course there’s even better rice at high end restaurants but at this price, I came back for seconds.

Their English menu

Supermarket

The supermarket is an interesting alternative to the convenience stores but much like Donki there are some pitfalls. Some brands may not be available and the prices can be different by only 10 yen! The savings are more apparent with bigger bunches of items for example 6 packs of beer but the real draw is the discounts on sushi near the end of the day. Sometimes the reductions come early evening, you just have to be lucky. Just as in Akiba, you can squeeze the most out of your yen by visiting a combination of Donki, conbi & Supa, but as long as you have access to a fridge and a microwave, You’ll be OK with just the supermarket.

Ideas for cheap ass food

Depending on your area you can find street food such as chicken skewers for around 150 yen….

After that… welll……….. it’s……….. instant Ramen and………..

More ramen…

Let’s do the math:

 

Matsuya gyudon beef bowl = Mini 240 / Regular 290 yen / Large 390 / XL 500 yen 

vs

Ramen from the supermarket… 80 yen…!

 

Yes you can travel like a NEET and eat like one too. Hope you don’t have to travel far…

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