Budget for food in Tokyo


I am travelling to Tokyo for business at the end of October and I will be staying in Tokyo for few days. I am not entirely sure how much money I should plan per day for lunch and dinner? I have found quite a few places on the website which describes some cheap eats. Is there anyone who has a better idea of how much a day should be sufficient?



You can always get a decent lunch for 1000yen or less, only really fancy places charge much more than this.

For dinner, if you want to save money then there’s plenty of options within Japanese cusine, like cheap sushi chains (1000-2000yen for a meal), grubby local eateries found in backstreet (Yokocho) (probably 2000 - 3000yen). And then there’s the more famous cheap Japanese chain restaurants serving dishes like Gyudon (beef bowl) or donburi (something on rice) in general, grilled fish and meat. For example Ginhachidon, Otooya, Yoshinoya, Matsuya and Sukiya - these places usually cost no more than 1000yen for a meal.

If you’re not on a tight budget, then there’s still a huge amount of amazing eateries where dinner will cost less than 5000yen. As a general tip, for best cost performance, stick to Japanese cuisine and avoid flashy new looking places.

Also, we did a podcast on (cheap) Japanese cuisine:

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