Chris Kirkland

Chris Kirkland

So you want to get the most out of Tokyo on a budget? Well you are in safe hands.

Being of British roots Chris has a natural instinct for being a complete cheap arse and spending as little money as possible. Add to this, his favourite chat up line is "Can you buy me a drink" (which has actually worked on a number of occassions) and if that wasn't enough already, he run's another blog called - a true cheapo!

Chris's Favourites

Restaurants/bars/cafes: Tomoe Sushi, Borne, Udagawa Cafe Suite

All posts by Chris Kirkland

  • May 19th

    Podcast: Top Ten Cheapo Neighbourhoods in Tokyo

    Download Podcast A controversial topic amongst cheapos, where is the best place to live in Tokyo? Following on from our two posts on the topic, Chris and Greg dig into the details of the top ten cheapo neighbourhoods in Tokyo, along with some […]

  • April 23rd

    Staying in a Manga Cafe

    Download Podcast This week we catch up with Ben Yu, an intrepid cheapo who recently came to Tokyo on holiday and decided to make Manboo internet cafe his hotel of choice. And along with the usual banter, Chris and Greg dig a little deeper into […]

  • April 12th

    Uobei – Flying Sushi Restaurant

    Let's face it if you're a cheapo that doesn't like sushi then you're in the wrong city. No where in the world is sushi so good, so fresh, so cheap and so correctly pronounced than in Tokyo and Japan. So I have no shame in publishing yet another […]

  • April 8th

    The Cheapo Delights of Shimokitazawa

    Download Podcast This week wandering the streets checking out the shops, restaurants and cafes of Shimokitazawa Greg and Chris are out and about once again. Like a pair of true cheapos they don't buy anything but they do give a nice summary what […]

  • February 1st

    Tokyo Cheapo Podcast Episode 5

    Download Podcast Infamous cheapo Greg, and notorious cheapo Chris are back with a summary of the most popular articles of 2012, Sugamo - Harajuku for Grandmas and some bakery tips. The first podcast of 2013, with some useful tips on short term […]

  • November 13th

    Tokyo Cheapo Podcast Episode 2 – Supermarkets

    Download Podcast Greg and Chris are back this week with a mini featurette on cheap supermarkets in the Tokyo area, plus a round up of content on over the last two weeks. Access the feed below on your mobile device or search for […]

  • August 11th

    Interview – Eringi Pleurotus Mushroom

    A fellow lover of the outdoors and nature with rather an enthusiastic interest in fungi, Eringi is one of my most eccentric and fun friends from Tokyo. Being a fluent English speaker and well traveled, Eringi has picked up along the way a handy […]

  • August 4th

    Interview – Tony McNicol

    Tony and I know each other from school, and quite randomly we both ended up living in Tokyo. Having mastered Japanese, being a professional journalist, photographer and all round rather clever chap, out of all the (non-Japanese) I met in Tokyo, […]

  • Doutor for Dogs

    Although Doutor describes itself succinctly with the phrase "Gourmet Coffee Shop", we at Tokyo Cheapo think it should change this to  "Shit average* coffee, but a very cheap and great place for hot dogs, matcha latte, hot chocolate and some of […]

  • June 2nd


    We've recently covered some of Tokyo's cheapest supermarkets but we have some more gems to share with you still. Donki or Don Quijote (as written on their website) is more than just a supermarket, rather a super cheapo version of a Tokyu […]

  • Train Station Noodles

    Westerners who have eaten at one of the many noodle eateries throughout Japan will no doubt be familiar with the local custom of noisy slurping. I personally love this little gem of cultural difference, it's always fascinating to see a custom […]

  • Fresh Pasta at Via Mamma Shibuya

    As I mentioned last time, being a cheapo in no way means settling for inferior quality. So today I'd like to share with you a real gem I found in Shibuya a few years back. As the gourmet's amongst will know, when eating pasta, fresh is really […]

  • May 17th

    Cheapo Coffee: Segafredo Tokyo

    Being a cheapo is not merely about paying the least possible - I like to think that it's not paying any more than necessary for what one wants. With this sentiment, the Italian chain in Tokyo, Segafredo is a contender for the discerning Cheapo's […]

  • May 12th

    Free Grass – Yoyogi ‘Secret’ Park

    Tokyo is a city almost completely devoid of green, an in particular lush green grass. Where there is grass of any quality in Tokyo, it tends to be surrounded by a fence with 立ち入り禁止 (keep out) written on it, or a ticket barrier demanding an […]

  • May 8th

    Tokyo’s Cheapest Supermarket? – OK

      As a general rule supermarkets in Tokyo aren't particularly cheap, in fact with many of the major stores focusing on quality rather than low price they can actually be pretty pricey. We've talked about picking up bargains at the end of […]

  • Saizeriya

    I'd been living in Japan for a number of years before I paid my first visit to Saizeriya and how I wish I'd found it sooner! Tokyo is a great place for budget Japanese food, but never in my wildest cheapo dreams would I have supposed that the […]

  • Yamaya

    We've mentioned Yamaya before (cheap fruit juice), and no doubt we'll be mentioning it again, because Yamaya is a Tokyo Cheapo's destination of choice. Particularly if you are from the 'west', you'll appreciate the prices on a good selection of […]