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Savor Japan is a restaurant guide website aimed towards foreign tourists in Japan managed by the popular Japanese restaurant guide website, Hitosara. Savor Japan uses beautiful photos to depict the restaurants’ atmosphere and offer easy to understand information about plenty of restaurants in Japan popular with foreign tourists.
Here are 10 restaurants offering delicious Japanese food for 5,000 yen and under carefully chosen by Savor Japan.
*This article was written in collaboration with USEN GROUP.
1. Sushi Dai
Tsukiji Market is an area where fresh seafood from all around Japan is gathered. There are quite a few popular sushi restaurants that often have lines, but among them Sushi Dai is one that’s especially popular. A two-hour wait is standard, and on Saturdays it stretches out to 3.
It’s a small shop that only has counter seats, but many people fall in love with the delicious sushi and the reasonable price. The customers fill seats without interruption as someone leaves and another takes their place. Being able to watch the chefs make sushi right across the counter is fun.
The standard Tenchou Omakase Set (4,000 yen) is a set in which 9 sushi pieces are chosen by the chef, with an extra piece of your liking. It comes with a sushi roll and egg as well. It includes standards like ootoro (fatty tuna) and kinmedai (splendid alfonsino), and the combination of the fresh fish and vinegar rice will feel like the sushi will melt in your mouth. Everyone that visits will grow obsessed with sushi.
Address: Tsukiji Shijo 6-Gokan, 5-2-1 Tsukiji, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Estimated budget: 3,000 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006046113/
2. Sumibiyaki Benibana
Sumibiyaki Benibana is a restaurant where you can enjoy Japanese food made with fresh chicken. The fresh whole chickens are shipped directly from Iwate and dressed inside the restaurant. These chickens are used to make incredible yakitori (chicken skewers) patiently grilled over a charcoal flame until it loses all unnecessary fat.
The Omakase Gohon Kushi (1,200 yen) is a set of 5 yakitori skewers chosen by the chef that will allow you to enjoy the natural flavors of the chicken. Also, for people who liked grilled chicken, a recommended dish is the Torimune no Aburiyaki chicken skin called Torikawa Senbei (600 yen) and Tori no Karaage (600 yen) fried chicken. They also have seafood shipped directly from Tsukiji Market.
The inside of the restaurant is outfitted with wood for a relaxing Japanese atmosphere popular with customers. If you like liquor and chicken, this is a restaurant you should definitely check out.
Address: Sugiyama Building B1, 7-14-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 4,000 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006026659/
3. Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai
Unagi Fugu Kaiseki Imai is a restaurant where you can enjoy authentic washoku (traditional Japanese food) born from the excellent skill and craftsmanship held by the owner-chef.
Among the many dishes on the menu, something that Is particularly popular with foreign tourists is the Tokusei Unajuu (2,800 yen). Eel has been beloved in Japan since ancient times as a very nutritious food, and in this superb dish, eel is grilled to fluffiness and dipped in their secret special sauce. The sweet-spicy flavor of the sauce that is unique to washoku matches perfectly with white rice. It’s a dish that you can only have in Japan. Also, the beautiful, artful Aomori Hirame no Usuzukuri (3,200 yen) is very thinly sliced flounder sashimi carefully chosen by a connoisseur fisherman. You’ll be able to feel the delicacy of washoku.
The types of sake chosen by the owner himself, who traveled between breweries to pick them himself, go perfectly with eel and sashimi.
Address: 4-23-1, Kuramae, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 5,000 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006062257/
4. Edomae Bistro EDOGIN
Edomae Bistro EDOGIN is recommended for people who are into trends and enjoying the newest thing. This restaurant offers washoku-French fusion cuisine. The veteran chef who has a history of cooking French meals for more than 30 years offers a number of dishes made with Japanese seasonal ingredients, all of which are satisfying yet reasonable.
The restaurant’s most famous dish is the Ebi Cream Croquette Americaine Sauce (890 yen), a shrimp cream croquette in a traditional French sauce. The sauce is rich, made with shrimp broth taken from the shell and innards, and the dish goes perfectly with wine. While the menu is based on French dishes, the Bekkou Oshizushi (market price) made with fresh island fish marinated in the restaurant’s original soy sauce is also popular. This sushi has a slight spiciness from green chili peppers, so it goes great with liquor.
You can leisurely enjoy a course meal or casually drink at the counter seats at this chic restaurant.
Address: Mukojima Building 2F, 4-14-4 Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 3,500 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006008871/
5. WABARU SOU
WABARU SOU is a place where you can enjoy original washoku cuisine in a leisurely, bar-like atmosphere. This restaurant is lauded for its dishes overflowing with originality presented using the fine arrangements typical of Japanese food as well as seasonal ingredients.
The large menu is popular among people across generations, but among them one of the most recommended dishes is the Uni no Kuroge Wagyu Maki (1,980 yen). Chuck from Japanese black beef is sliced thinly and wrapped around Hokkaido sea urchin for a harmonious match of two luxury ingredients. It goes very well with sake. The Tokudai Kuro Awabi no Sake Mushi (1,980 yen) uses one entire black abalone, another luxury ingredient. You can choose whether to have it cold, steamed, or grilled.
This is a hidden spot for adults who feel something lacking in regular washoku and enjoyed by connoisseurs.
Address: Futaba Building 2F, 1-11-4 Jiyugaoka Meguro-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 3,500 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006047864/
6. Tempura Hachimaki
Tempura Hachimaki is a well-established restaurant that has been in business for 85 years. Tempura is a particularly popular dish in Japanese cuisine, and this restaurant has continued to offer it at reasonable prices since it opened. The tempura is crisp and juicy, fried in an original blend of rapeseed and sesame oil.
The Anago Ebiten-don (1,300 yen), which is offered only in limited quantities, offers thick conger eel so long it sticks out of the bowl as the main part of the dish, accompanied by two big pieces of shrimp. The spicy-sweet sauce and the white rice go well with tempura for a flavor beloved by the Japanese masses. At dinner time, there is a 3,500 yen course where you can enjoy tempura and sashimi, and being able to enjoy the kings of Japanese cuisine as such a price is a precious experience.
The interior of the restaurant is retro and you can fully enjoy the flavor that has been beloved by Japanese people from long ago.
Address: 1-19 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 3.500 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006043059/
7. Uosakaba Pin
Uosakaba Pin is a restaurant that offers only the freshest sashimi, and every day the menu changes based on what’s in stock. This is an izakaya where you can take off your shoes, get comfortable in your seat, and enjoy Japanese food at reasonable prices.
The recommendation is the Higawari Osashimi Moriawase Goten-mori (680 yen). The ingredients offered in this set change every day, but being able to get 5 pieces of sashimi at this price is definitely a bargain! Depending on the day, the Maguro no Agoniku no Oven-yaki (market price) may not be available, but the baked tuna collar has an addicting springy texture. Also, the Dekai Menchi Katsu (420 yen) is a huge deep fried meat cutlet that goes great with beer. The flavor of the ground meat spreads in your mouth the moment you take a bite, and you’ll be completely satisfied with the crisp texture of the coating.
This restaurant is a great place for people who would like to try various dishes made from fresh ingredients.
Address: Wakayagi Building 1F, 2-20 Kanda Jinbocho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 3,000 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006052370/
8. Coconoma Season Dining
Coconoma Season Dining offers European cuisine made with Japanese ingredients in a luxurious, stylish space. They have a large wine and sake menu as well as a line-up of dishes that are satisfying in both visual and flavor.
The restaurant’s most popular dish is the Wagyu Roast Bistec (3,000 yen), a steak made with Japanese beef from Kumamoto. The marbled Japanese beef can be eaten with salt, soy sauce, or wasabi so you can change the flavor. Each of the condiments pulls out the natural sweetness of the meat, but no matter what, it melts in your mouth! Of course, it goes well with liquor, especially red wine . The Honjitsu no Shun Shokuzai wo Tsukatta Genmai Pasta (market price), which is pasta made with brown rice and the day’s seasonal ingredients, is healthy and filling, so it’s especially popular with women.
This restaurant is recommended for people who would like to enjoy a slightly special meal.
Address: Hotel and Residence Roppongi 1F, 1-11-6 Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 4,500 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006073861/
9. Teppanyaki Benbe Mita Branch
Teppanyaki Benbe Mita Branch is a restaurant where you can enjoy meals like okonomiyaki cooked on a flat teppan grill. This restaurant has a popular menu featuring a wide variety of fresh seafood.
First, the Hiroshima-style Okonomiyaki (starting at 780 yen) has a wonderful balance between crisply grilled noodles and fluffy okonomiyaki. The large amount of dried green seaweed on top and the rich, sweet-spicy sauce shows off the true worth of B-kyu gourmet. The Kaki Butter (990 yen) made with Hiroshima oysters sautéed in plenty of butter is another must-try. The Uni Hou ren (1,800 yen) is a slightly rare dish in which sea urchin is mixed with half-cooked egg, wrapped in spinach, then sautéed and placed on baguette slices. The rich flavor of the sea urchin is addicting, making it a delicious dish that you can’t often find elsewhere.
Address: 5-1-11 Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 3,500 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006027324/
10. Torafugu Senmon Genpin Fugu Asakusa no Seki
Torafugu Senmon Genpin Fugu Asakusa no Seki is a popular restaurant where you can enjoy tiger blowfish (“torafugu”; “fugu” refers to all types of blowfish) for reasonable prices. They use mature blowfish raised by the restaurant’s unique techniques, so you can enjoy fugu all year round. Even if you’ve never had fugu before, the staff will teach you how to eat it.
Their Tecchiri (2,138 yen) is a hotpot in which fugu, tofu, vegetables, and other ingredients are stewed in a hot pot. The flavors of the fugu spread throughout the dish, so you can enjoy the rich flavor as you eat. To finish it off, you can make zosui (rice gruel) by putting rice in the remaining soup, so you don’t have to waste a single drop. There’s also the Tessa (1,274 yen), blowfish sashimi which brings out fugu’s high quality sweetness and crunchy texture so it goes great with sake. There are also other fugu dishes that you can easily enjoy like fried fugu called Karaage (1,814 yen) and grilled soft roe called Yaki Shirako (2,138 yen).
You can casually have plenty of different types of blowfish here that you can only find as part of Japanese cuisine.
Address: 1-2F, 1-19-6 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Estimated Budget: 5,000 yen
Check here for more details:https://savorjapan.com/0006077682/
Once you’ve chosen the restaurants you want to go to, please check for more detailed information on Savor Japan. There is a hotline for foreign tourists to call and have the designated operators make reservations for them, so please take advantage of their help and have the best dining experiences while in Japan!
If you want to look for carefully selected, high quality Japanese restaurants other than the ones introduced in this article, you may start from here.