the food is definitely NOT expensive if you know where to go.
i’m not exactly sure how to give tips on getting cheap food… but i normally go for the “hole in the wall” restaurants because the food is usually just as good (if not, better) and cheaper than other places. i normally get meals for under 7-ish dollars.
also, if you want food on the go, there are supermarkets that have their obentou’s on sale at a certain time. i usually get my onigiri for around 80-something yen instead of the typical 105 and obentous for 420 instead of 750 because i look around the sale section and i’m not very picky when it comes to japanese food, i mean, it’s chump change but whatever, that money adds up in the end.
also instead of getting candy or snacks at the supermarket, just get it at the 105 yen stores like daiso and seria. some of the same exact ones they sell at the supermarket are also sold there for cheaper.
speaking of supermarkets, think of them like the markets in the states, some of them are more expensive/cheaper than the others. just be more observant of prices.
i rarely ever grab food at conbinis like 7-eleven, etc. unless it’s the 105 lawson.
do not tip, i don’t want to assume whether or not you already know/don’t know this but i just wanted to put that out there.
105 yen/plate kaitenzushi is my food coma heaven btw.
depending on where you go, certain areas have cheaper food? idk if that makes sense. my friend gets their ramen in osaka for around 400, i’ve even seen 12 takoyaki go for as low as 350 (the town i’m staying in has 10 takoyaki for 300 :3). just know that if you’re craving a certain food, there are a fuckton more restaurants that also sell the same exact food at a cheaper price. just make sure you keep prices and whatnot in mind when you’re exploring.
also i have a spending tracker on my phone and always record everything i buy, that also helps you curb your spending and make sure you set a daily/weekly budget for food!
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i hope that helps and apologize if my tips were really terrible (remember that i’ve only been here for like two weeks lol) best of luck!