When hungry and on a budget, Japan’s convenience stores got your back.
From liquor any time of day… erm cold or warm foods, snack and various beverages, to manga and prize draws- convenience stores got you. Best part of it all though? Roughly the same prices are they are in the States, but instead of crummy Big Bites or Taquitos, things like these hot bento trays and instant delicacies like yakisoba instead of same old “ramen” bowls we can get in the States. And remember, everything minus (probably) the typical ramen with those intense flavor packets, is very healthy unlike their American counterparts.
Multi-dish dinner and 2 tall cans of brew under $10? Not bad at all.
Or how about pre-made soba and gyoza set to go with some brew? And what’s this? A free carton of coffee from a promotion draw for spending $10? Got the morning covered, for free.
The slightly more ghetto days consisted of woes as to what to use to cook regular ramen packets since they seldom come in reuse-friendly bowls like they do in China, but nothing one serving of yakisoba couldn’t fix…
This was from the episode of having $10 to my name for a week, but I made it happen just fine. Granted, you really can’t be too picky with your 60-cent meals when you source ground for dropped smokes to pass the time by…
Now, instant soups are also quite cheap and quite damn good for what they are-
I do save best for last though, and these were my main diet staple for roughly 2 months due to- being cheap and quite filling for the price, and just so damn good, and easy to stash and carry for later consumption. I present to you, the ~80-145Y onigiri.
Note my glorious Yamasnote-sen chopsticks I got from Village Vanguard in Odaiba.
And lastly, my physically last meal I had last morning of the trip (granted nowhere near the last dinner, but hey)- the SDF instant ramen cup that was by far, the best I’ve ever had from that general variety.