When you think of Japanese cuisine, more often than not sushi will be your first thought. And while it's definitely up there as a foodie highlight, there are plenty of\u00a0alternative Japanese seafood dishes for you to discover. With the average Japanese person eating around 150 pounds of fish every year, they can\u2019t just be having sushi all the time, can they? 1. Okonomiyaki Forget crepes in Harajuku, it\u2019s all about savory pancakes now. Okonomiyaki is a must for any first-time traveler in Japan (particularly famous in the\u00a0Kansai region, but there's plenty to be had in the Tokyo\/Kanto area). The name okonomiyaki loosely translates to \u2018whatever you like, grilled\u2019\u2014and that, my fellow budget traveler, is exactly what you get. Inside the batter is a heap of ingredients: cabbage (being the main ingredient), bean sprouts, spring onions, an egg and of course seafood (shrimp, octopus). Oftentimes\u00a0okonomiyaki will also have\u00a0meat, such as pork or beef. Expect reams of Japanese mayonnaise and Worcestershire-style sauce on top and bonito (fish flakes). Okonomiyaki is that different Japanese dish that you maybe didn\u2019t know about before you arrived. Get your fix of it now. Sakura-tei (Harajuku) Sakura-tei website 03-3479-0039 3-20-1 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001 11am-11pm JR Yamonote Line to Harajuku, Takeshita exit Go here to grill your own okonomiyaki. A good social meal. It\u2019s a cool location being inside the Design Festa gallery. Lunch time is your best shot (11am-3pm), with all-you-can-eat on offer plus a drink for just 1,060 yen. Bargain. And be sure to check our guide for more cheapo-friendly okonomiyaki spots in Tokyo.\u00a0 2. Bento box Bento boxes are basically a fancy Japanese lunchbox. No white sliced bread like back home here, that\u2019s for sure. There are different sections of the lunchbox containing different foods. Ingredients can vary, but a traditional bento box will contain either fish or meat, pickled or cooked vegetables and, of course, rice. We are talking about Japan after all. You can find prepared bento boxes at grocery stores or specialty shops in bigger\/busier stations (as they are usually eaten as a meal on the bullet train). And the convenience factor of a bento box means you can chow down just about anywhere\u2014at the office, at a picnic, on the go, and\u00a0even at\u00a0Kabuki!\u00a0They are quite a sweet little Japanese tradition, if I may say so myself. Matsuri Station Bento (Tokyo Station) Ekibenya Matsuri website 03-3213-4352 Tokyo Station 1F Central Street, 1-9-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo JR Yamonote Line to Tokyo Station Right inside the ticket gates at Tokyo station, this place offers around 170 different kinds of bento boxes. It also specializes in regional variations. A perfect spot for when you use the bullet train. 3. Tempura This is one of those dishes that should be at the top of your must-try foods while in Japan. You might need to look hard for good-quality tempura, but boy is it worth it. Tempura is a range of foods such as shrimp or vegetables (zucchini and eggplant are popular), battered and deep fried to light and crispy perfection. That is the trick with finding a good-quality tempura though\u2014the batter. Avoid all-greasy, over-cooked coatings and look for the fine, succulent and crispy ones. It might be hard\u00a0to find a decent meal of it outside of Japan too, so get your tempura overload while you can. Daikokuya (Asakusa) www.tempura.co.jp\/english 1-38-10 Asakusa, Taito-ku Mon-Fri: 11am-8.30pm, Sat: to 9pm Ginza Line to Asakusa, exit 1 Hit this little joint in Asakusa for a fantastic tempura meal. The tempura is fried in pure sesame oil, which is a specialty of the area. The restaurant is in a white building with a tiled roof. Expect queues. Feeling fancier? Try Michelin-star\u00a0tempura at Kyourakutei.\u00a0 4. Seafood Donburi Donburi or\u00a0"rice bowl meal" is another dish perfect for\u00a0featuring seafood.\u00a0The bowls are often\u00a0topped with tuna, salmon, octopus, shrimp and roe, to name but a few. These seafood-rice bowls are particularly popular and present around the Tsukiji market. It\u2019s a delicious\u00a0and filling meal that is comforting for when you are traveling around on a budget. Winner. Minatoya (Ueno) 4-1-9 Ueno, Taito, Tokyo 11am - 7pm 03-3831-4350 Yamanote Line to Okachimachi Station Check out Minatoya for your perfect donburi number. The ingredients come fresh from the Tsukiji market and are priced at about 500 yen. There are English descriptions on their menus, which is always a plus. Cheapo shout out: Yanmo For a simple fish meal, we highly recommend Yanmo. They specialize in grilling fish from the\u00a0Izu Peninsula\u2014caught fresh daily.\u00a0Lunch sets in this upscale-looking restaurant range from 1,100 yen to 1,400 yen. Definitely the place to\u00a0dine if you're looking to be\u00a0impressed for less. Read our full Yanmo review here. Who said Japan was just sushi? That\u2019s the great thing about Japanese cuisine, you\u2019re always finding something new and different to add to the list. Have your 150 pounds of seafood in your two-week holiday, is what I say\u2014or try and come close to it at least.