Satisfactory 500 Yen Meals in Japan

Gyoza OHSHO 餃子の王将 - Cantonese-style Eight Treasure Stir-fry on Rice 中華飯 Food

I write about various topics on this blog. Now, I'll try another Satisfactory 500 Yen Meals in Japan in this blog.

500 JPY =
4.62 USD
3.63 GBP
4.08 EUR
6.60 AUD
6.93 NZD
6.14 CAD
(as of June 10, 2019)

I often meet young tourists in Tokyo (e.g. students) who tell me that meals here are often expensive. Now, even though younger tourists usually travel on a budget, this simply isn't true. Nevertheless, this has become a commonly held view, since most foreigners will just go to any shops or restaurants on the high-street and end up paying around 1000 yen - 1500 yen for one meal.

There are a lot of good, cheap food shops in Japan for around 500 yen (less than 550 yen including tax), but many foreigners won't know where to look. That's why I'm going to make a blog post detailing some good restaurants that can get you a meal for around 500 yen.
The shops are mainly selected in downtown Tokyo.

This post is sometimes updated.

Cantonese-style Starchy Stir fry on Rice - Gyoza OHSHO 餃子の王将

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Gyoza OHSHO 餃子の王将 - Cantonese-style Eight Treasure Stir-fry on Rice 中華飯

中華飯 Chuukahan 500 yen (540 yen including tax)
It includes egg soup.
* Some restaurants located western Japan such as Hiroshima 広島 and Yamaguch 山口 Prefectures and in Kyushu 九州, it costs 460 yen. (excluding tax)

Gyoza OHSHO 餃子の王将 - Cantonese-style Eight Treasure Stir-fry on Rice 中華飯

When I had this, the ingredients were pork, squid, scallop, shrimp, quail egg, wood ear mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, bamboo shoot, carrot, garlic chive...

Gyoza OHSHO 餃子の王将 - Cantonese-style Eight Treasure Stir-fry on Rice 中華飯

Restaurant name
Gyoza OHSHO 餃子の王将
Information is below.

The price is as of June 2019.

Tempura Bowl - TENDON TENYA 天丼てんや

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天ぷら Tempura TENDON TENYA 天丼てんや

天丼 Tendon 540 yen
Tempura Bowl (Regular size)
天丼小盛 Tendon Komori 490 yen
Tempura Bowl (Small rice)

They include Miso soup, Prawn, Squid, White-meat fish, Pumpkin, Green beans → Okra (1 piece).
Detail is below.

Unagi (Eel) Bowl - UNATOTO 宇奈とと

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Unatoto 宇奈とと Unadon (Eel bowl) うな丼

うな丼 Unadon 500 yen
Unagi (Eel) Bowl
* Red miso soup is optional.

Unatoto 宇奈とと Unadon (Eel bowl) うな丼

Information is below.

Spaghetti VONGOLE with Tomato - SAIZERIYA サイゼリヤ

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Spaghetti スパゲッティ - Saizeriya サイゼリヤ

スープ入りトマト味ボンゴレ 499 yen

The restaurant stopped serving this VONGOLE on July 10, 2019. I hope they put it back on the menu. It was delicious.

Spaghetti スパゲッティ - Saizeriya サイゼリヤ

Plenty of Asari clams are in tomato soup spaghetti.

By the way. They also offer 500 yen set meal at lunch time. Check it out!

Starchy Soup Champon - RINGERHUT リンガーハット

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Ringerhut リンガーハット Starchy Soup Champon あんかけちゃんぽん

あんかけちゃんぽん Ankake Champon 500 yen (540 yen including tax)

RingerHut has more than 600 restaurants all over Japan, but some restaurants of RingerHut don't offer this item unfortunately.

Ringerhut リンガーハット Starchy Soup Champon あんかけちゃんぽん

Information is below.

A Type of Noodles - NAGASAKI CHAMPON 長崎ちゃんぽん of RINGERHUT リンガーハット
I know there are many kinds of noodles in the world. When someone asks me what my favorite is, I choose Japanese CHAMPON.If you love eating ramen and haven't yet heard of or tried CHAMPON, you should try it while traveling in Japan.I will give you a s...

100 Yen Sushi - KURA SUSHI くら寿司

A conveyor-belt sushi restaurant KURASUSHI くら寿司 offers many kinds of sushi for 100 yen.
Although, some sushi itmes cost 200 yen.

Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司
Sushi Restaurant - KURASUSHI くら寿司


When you have 5 dishes it costs 500 yen. (540 yen including tax)

Vegetables Ramen - HIDAKAYA 日高屋

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HIDAKAYA Vegetables Ramen 日高屋 野菜たっぷりタンメン

野菜たっぷりタンメン Yasaitappuri-tanmen 520 yen
350g (0.77lb) Vegetables Ramen
What a healthy vegetables ramen!
Please check out another blog page below.

Curry Udon - MARUGAME SEIMEN 丸亀製麺

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Curry Udon カレーうどん - MARUGAME SEIMEN 丸亀製麺
Curry Udon カレーうどん - MARUGAME SEIMEN 丸亀製麺
Curry Udon カレーうどん - MARUGAME SEIMEN 丸亀製麺

カレーうどん Curry Udon 490 yen

A little bit of pork and sliced deep fried tofu are in it.

Information is below.

2 Kinds of Set Meals - SAKURASUISAN さくら水産

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Sakurasuisan さくら水産

* It depens on Today's special.

Bar restaurant name
SAKURASUISAN さくら水産

2 kinds of today's special lunch (500 yen) are available.
Choice from A: Fish lunch or B: Meat lunch.

Information is below.

Simmered Meat and Tofu on Rice - OKAMURAYA 岡むら屋

肉めし 岡むら屋 Nikumeshi OKAMURAYA

肉めし Nikumeshi 490 yen
The meat are cut into bite-size cubes, not thinly sliced like Japanese beef bowl.
You can put mustard and red pickled ginger yourself.

肉めし 岡むら屋 Nikumeshi OKAMURAYA

Simmered meat, tofu, onion, konnyaku on rice
Very soft and sweet Japanese style broth

肉めし 岡むら屋 Nikumeshi OKAMURAYA

Shop name
肉めし 岡むら屋 Nikumeshi OKAMURAYA

  • No service fee / No cover charge
  • Picture menu is available
  • 8% tax is included in the prices.
新橋「岡むら屋」トップページ こだわりの肉めし 490円!
肉めし 岡むら屋 のホームページ。大鍋でじ&#1238...

There are 3 shops in popular sightseeing areas of Tokyo such as Akihabara 秋葉原, Shinjuku 新宿, Shinbashi 新橋.
The price is as of February 2019.

Curry Rice Topped with Pork Cutlet - CLOWN ACE クラウンエース

カレー専門店 クラウンエース 上野店 Curry Shop CLOWN ACE in Ueno Tokyo

カツカレー Katsu Curry 500 yen
Curry Rice Topped with Pork Cutlet

カレー専門店 クラウンエース 上野店 Curry Shop CLOWN ACE in Ueno Tokyo
カレー専門店 クラウンエース 上野店 Curry Shop CLOWN ACE in Ueno Tokyo

Restaurant name
カレー専門店 クラウンエース  Curry Shop CLOWN ACE

  • No service fee / No cover charge
  • Replica food samples are displayed in front of the shop.
  • 8% tax is included in the prices.
カレー専門店 クラウンエース 上野店 Curry Shop CLOWN ACE in Ueno Tokyo

When you go into the shop you need to buy a meal ticket at the vending machine.

カツカレー 500円
Curry Rice Topped with Pork Cutlet 500 yen

Around Ueno 上野, there are a zoo, shopping streets, restaurants and many museums.

Photos of the curry shop were taken in 2016. It is 500 yen as of January 2019.

Beef Steak - STEAK-TEI すてーき亭

Beef Steak すてーき亭 Steak-tei

ビフテキ Bifuteki 540 yen
Beef Steak (120g, 4.23oz)
It includes rice and soup.

You can change the rice to the large size for free. (No extra charge.)
When you hand the ticket to the wait staff at your seat you can say,
Gohan oomori ご飯大盛 (Large rice) This rice above is large size.
Beef Steak すてーき亭 Steak-tei

This beef steak is small but good enough because the set meal costs only 540 yen.

Beef Steak すてーき亭 Steak-tei
Beef Steak すてーき亭 Steak-tei

Shop name
すてーき亭 Steak-tei

  • No service fee / No cover charge
  • Picture menu board is placed in front of the shop.
  • Prices on the ticket machine include 8% tax.
  • No smoking
Beef Steak すてーき亭 Steak-tei
  1. Insert the money.
  2. Push the button 店内 (for here)
  3. Push the button ビフテキ (120g) 540円
  4. Turn the lever which reads おつり/返却 at the upper right of the machine to get your change, or else you can't receive it.
  5. Find an empty seat and hand the ticket to the wait staff.
  6. Disposable hand wipes and water are free. They are self-service.

This shop is located in Shinbashi 新橋 and close to Ginza 銀座 area on foot for 15 - 20 minutes where many tourists go shopping.

Half Ramen and Chicken Bowl - HIDAKAYA 日高屋

Yakitori Don of HIDAKAYA 日高屋 やきとり丼

やきとり丼 Yakitori-don 240 yen
Half Chicken Bowl

Half Syoyu Ramen of HIDAKAYA 日高屋 半ラーメン

半ラーメン Han-ramen 200 yen
Half Syoyu Ramen

Half Syoyu Ramen, Yakitori Don of HIDAKAYA 日高屋 半ラーメン やきとり丼

200 + 240 = 440 yen
Please check out another blog page below.

Lunch Set Meal - GUSTO ガスト

Cafe Restaurant GUSTO カフェレストラン ガスト

A restaurant chain GUSTO offers a 499 yen set meal at lunch time on weekdays. (except Saturday, Sunday and national holiday)
* Tax is not included in the prices.

It includes rice and soup. The soup is free refills and self-service.
If you order from the lunch menu (not from the main menu), you can change the rice to the large size for free. (No extra charge.)
Cafe Restaurant GUSTO カフェレストラン ガスト

There are 4 kinds of 499 yen (538 yen including tax) set meals on the lunch menu, but only one kind is available each day.

Chicken Spicy Curry - YOSHINOYA 吉野家

Yoshinoya 吉野家 Chicken Spicy Curry チキンスパイシーカレー

チキンスパイシーカレー 550 yen
Chicken Spicy Curry

Yoshinoya 吉野家 Chicken Spicy Curry チキンスパイシーカレー

Restaurant name
YOSHINOYA 吉野家
They are a beef bowl chain. There are more than 500 restaurants all over Japan.

ENGLISH | 吉野家公式ウェブサイト
ENGLISH | 株式会社吉野家の公式ウェブサイトです。牛丼をはじめとしたバラエティー豊かな吉野家メニューや店舗情報、アルバイト募集情報などを掲載。

Dipping Ramen - KOURAKUEN 幸楽苑

Rich seafood noodle 1.5 濃厚魚介つけめん1.5 Kourakuen 幸楽苑

濃厚魚介つけめん1.5 Noukou-tsukemen 540 yen
It is large size of chilled noodles, and warmed dipping sauce has rich seafood flavor.
Quantity of the noodles is good!

Ramen shop name
KOURAKUEN 幸楽苑

Information is below.

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