Not such a cheapo option alas, korean BBQ might be the best value. If you like to eat a lot of meat look out for tabehodai (eat all you like) deals, sometimes for ¥2,500 or less, some options (in Japanese).
And for the cheapo who likes to cook at home look out for 50% off high grade wagyu beef from supermarkets after 9pm
A cheapo favourite, cheap and fairly ubiquitous, try out “piss alley” near the west exit of shinjuku station.
Similar deal to yakiniku i.e. not so cheapo, again look out for tabehodai for best value – but not best quality ;(
Not too cheap but filling, this place in akasaka is rated well on tabelog.com (in Japanese). Otherwise lots of izakaya offer nabe.
Generally not something you find in restaurants, pick up an oden pack from any supermarket in Fall/Winter for super cheapo experience! Also Seven Eleven is reputed to have the best convenience store Oden.
The most adorable place in Japan.
Teishoku + Yakizakana
The salaryman’s lunch, it’s pretty much available everywhere and a great cheapo lunch.
If you are a real foodie, this place in ginza (japanese link) has high rankings and low prices.
Porky porky porky, tonkatsu or pork cutlets are pretty much always a cheap option, here’s a high rated place on tabelog in Akasaka.
Ubiquitously cheap, corroke is usally best found at butchers, bento shops and supermarket stalls rather than restaurants.
Continued in part 2.
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