5 Japan Food Budgeting Tips

You could easily have an overdraft in your bank account if you will not be careful in managing your food expenses in Japan (though I can’t blame you. Food in Japan is just so good!).For the financially impaired, myself included, constant splurging isn’t really something our wallets shall consent to. As such, I have complied here 5 tips you might want to remember when cruising for food in Japan. Without further ado, itadakimasu!

1. Splurge at lunch
Dinner is undoubtedly the most expensive meal of the day (but there are ways to go around this, read on). That is why if you want to taste the best food in town, do so at lunch. It is common to find lunch deals in every restaurant/eatery. Make the most out of it.

Got this splurge-y lunch set for about 1300 JPY, roughly 500 PHP. Not bad.

Got this splurge-y lunch set for about 1300 JPY, roughly 500 PHP. Not bad.

2. Bakery/sushi scavenging at night
Bakeries and department stores are good places to buy food at night since they are usually (and sometimes, steeply) discounted. I saw a 12 piece sushi set back then selling for only 580 yen. Unfortunately, I just ate dinner at a curry shop so I didn’t have a chance to buy it.3. Cook
You could book a hostel which has a kitchen. From thereon, you could buy ingredients from department and convenience stores. As a more efficient alternative, you could also make sandwiches in the middle of the parks.

4. Scout for free tastes in department store basements
I have to admit, I love taking advantage of this. Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku was the victim of my free sample raid. Other than the usual snacks, you could even sample some sake! Just don’t get yourself drunk.

5. Convenience stores and coffee shops
These are excellent places to buy some meals. Coffee shops serve breakfast sets (usually a sandwich, coffee, yogurt and some snack item or curry) which are good for the price. Convenience stores are everywhere as well and are good places to grab a bite. Visit at night since they also put some food items on sale.

Sandwich, coffee and yogurt. Got this for about 380 JPY.

Sandwich, coffee and yogurt. Got this for about 380 JPY.

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