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 =
4.63 USD
3.72 GBP
4.19 EUR
6.74 AUD
7.26 NZD
6.14 CAD
(as of 16 September, 2019)

I often meet young foreign 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 restaurants on the high-street and end up paying around 1000 yen - 1500 yen for one meal in the day time. Generally, it is more pricey at Japanese style bars (Izakaya) at night.

There are a lot of good, cheap restaurants in Japan for less than 599 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 restaurants are mainly selected in downtown Tokyo. Some of the large restaurant chains have their branches all over Japan.

This post is sometimes updated. Sometimes. please check it out.

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.

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)

Pork Cutlet Bowl - KATSUYA かつや

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Pork Cutlet Bowl カツ丼 - KATSUYA かつや

490 yen + tax

KATSUDON: Pork Cutlet Bowl カツ丼 of KATSUYA かつや
TONKATU トンカツ is deep-fried breaded pork cutlet. KATSUDON is cooked TONKATSU with beaten egg on rice.

YAKINIKU Barbecue - ANRAKUTEI 安楽亭

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Japanese Style Barbecue - 焼肉 安楽亭 Yakiniku ANRAKUTEI

Beef and Pork Double Lunch
牛豚ダブルランチ
Gyu Buta Double Lunch
Pork short ribs Lunch
豚カルビランチ Buta-karubi Lunch
80g 455 yen (500 yen including 10% tax)
* This is available during lunch time until 5:00 pm.

Japanese Style Barbecue - 焼肉 安楽亭 Yakiniku ANRAKUTEI
Japanese Style Barbecue at 焼肉 安楽亭 Yakiniku ANRAKUTEI - Kuroge (Black) Wagyu Beef 黒毛和牛
They offer many kinds of reasonable beef and some kinds of pork and chicken. The best choice is Kuroge (Black) wagyu beef.

Beef Bowl / Curry Rice - MATSUYA 松屋

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Gyumeshi Beef Bowl (Beef on Rice) 牛めし (牛丼)- Matsuya 松屋

Beef Bowl and Side Dishes 510 yen (or 570 yen in downtown Tokyo)

Original Curry with Beef カレギュウ - Matsuya 松屋

Curry Rice with Beef 550 yen (or 590 yen in downtown Tokyo)

Beef Bowl Chain Restaurant MATSUYA 松屋 - 牛めし(牛丼) カルビ焼肉定食 カレギュウ Curry Rice
One of the popular beef bowl chain restaurants is MATSUYA 松屋. They offer beef bowl and several kinds of set meals.The set meals have several slices of meat, rice, salad and miso soup.

Tom Yum Goong Champon - RingerHut リンガーハット

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トムヤムクンちゃんぽん Tom Yum Goong Champon - リンガーハット RingerHut

トムヤムクンちゃんぽん (スモール) 500 yen (540 yen including tax)
Tom Yum Goong Champon (Small size)
* Noodles only 100g (0.22lb), Regular (larger) size is not available.

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 ちゃんぽん.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 y...

Vegetables Ramen - FUKUSHIN 福しん

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Vegetable Ramen 国産野菜タンメン - Fukushin 福しん

Vegetable Ramen 490 yen
国産野菜タンメン Kokusan Yasai Tanmen

Vegetable Ramen at a Restaurant FUKUSHIN 福しん in Tokyo
FUKUSHIN 福しん is inexpensive Chinese restaurant.I often used to go there when I was tired after a busy day in my twenties. After many years, I made an impromptu visit back because I wanted to reminisce by eating this restaurant's tasty food.

Miso Ramen - HIDAKAYA 日高屋

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HIDAKAYA Miso Ramen 日高屋 味噌ラーメン

Miso Ramen 540 yen including 10% tax
味噌ラーメン Miso Ramen

Beef Plate Meal- YOSHINOYA 吉野家

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Beef Plate Meal 牛皿定食 - YOSHINOYA 吉野家

牛皿定食Gyuzara Teishoku 463 yen (500 yen including tax)
Beef Plate Meal

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Any kinds of set meals (called Teishoku 定食) include free refills for rice from 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

If you have a few cups of rice you are full and satisfied.

A beef bowl chain YOSHINOYA 吉野家 also offers pork bowl, curry rice and veggie meal 牛丼・豚丼・カレー・ベジ定食
This beef bowl chain has more than 1200 restaurants all over Japan. It could be easy for international tourists to find the restaurant, if you walk around downtown of big city like Tokyo 東京, Osaka 大阪 and so on.

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.

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.

Soba Noodles - YUDETARO ゆで太郎

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ワンコインセット ミニ明太高菜ごはん - Soba 蕎麦 そば - YUDETARO ゆで太郎

ミニ明太高菜ごはんセット Mini Menta Takana Gohan Set
500 yen including 10% tax
It includes soba noodles (hot or chilled), cod roe and Takana pickles on rice, and croquette.

Soba Noodles and Tempura at a Restaurant YUDETARO ゆで太郎 in Japan 蕎麦 そば 天ぷら
Yudetaro is a chain restaurant and specializes in soba そば (buckwheat noodles). It is one of the Japanese traditional noodles.

Half Ramen and Chicken Bowl - HIDAKAYA 日高屋

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Only 450 yen !

Yakitori Don of HIDAKAYA 日高屋 やきとり丼

やきとり丼 Yakitori-don 250 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 + 250 = 450 yen including 10% tax
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Lunch Set Meal - GUSTO ガスト

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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

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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 511 yen + tax
Chicken Spicy Curry

Yoshinoya 吉野家 Chicken Spicy Curry チキンスパイシーカレー
A beef bowl chain YOSHINOYA 吉野家 also offers pork bowl, curry rice and veggie meal 牛丼・豚丼・カレー・ベジ定食
This beef bowl chain has more than 1200 restaurants all over Japan. It could be easy for international tourists to find the restaurant, if you walk around downtown of big city like Tokyo 東京, Osaka 大阪 and so on.

Dipping Ramen - KOURAKUEN 幸楽苑

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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.

HAYASHI Rice - Saizeriya サイゼリヤ

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HAYASHI Stew with Turmeric Rice ハヤシ&ターメリックライス - Saizeriya サイゼリヤ

ハヤシ&ターメリックライス 499 yen
HAYASHI Stew with Turmeric Rice

HAYASHI Stew with Turmeric Rice ハヤシ&ターメリックライス - Saizeriya サイゼリヤ
Amazingly Reasonable Italian Restaurant SAIZERIYA in Japan サイゼリヤ
It is an Italian restaurant chain. Most of the foods cost from 199 to 599 yen. Their foods are reasonable and taste very good. All of the restaurants are No smoking.

Udon - Hanamaru Udon はなまるうどん

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Special Soy Sauce Udon ぶっかけ - Hanamaru Udon はなまるうどん

Special Soy Sauce Udon ぶっかけ Bukkake
* Choose Cold or Hot
S 290, M 390, L 490 yen

Hanamaru Udon はなまるうどん - Noodles, Tempura 天ぷら
Hanamaru Udon is large udon chain restaurant. They offer inexpensive udon all over Japan. I like their udon borth and tempura. They offer many kinds of Udon and tempura. Udon costs from 150 yen. A piece of tempura costs 100 yen to more.

Pork Cutlet - MATSUNOYA 松乃屋

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Pork Cutlet - とんかつ 松乃屋 (松のや) Tonkatsu Matsunoya

This set meal is only 400 yen including 10% tax, but it is available between 5:00 am and 11:00 am.

Cheap Pork Cutlet at a Restaurant TONKATSU MATSUNOYA in Japan - とんかつ 松乃屋 (松のや)
This is a chain restaurant located all over Japan. They specializes in deep-fried breaded pork cutlet. Cheap prices!

Gyoza Dumplings - RingerHut リンガーハット

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7 pieces of dumplings set meal is very cost effective!
Only 370 yen + tax

ぎょうざ定食 Gyoza Dumplings Set Meal 薄皮ぎょうざ - リンガーハット RingerHut

Gyoza Dumplings Set meal
ぎょうざ定食 Gyoza Teishoku
It includes dumplings, rice, soup and pickles.
7 pieces 370 yen
10 pieces 550 yen *
+ 10% tax

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 ちゃんぽん.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 y...

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