{Japan: Eat} A List of Inexpensive Chain Restaurants in Japan

tenya

Tempura and Soba set at Tenya.

 

The other day, M’s friend told us that he will be going to Tokyo for a couple of weeks at the end of the year.  As this is his very first time visiting Japan, he asked us for some tips on where to eat.  Maybe I should preface this by saying that this friend is a cheap bastard pretty frugal guy.  Of course, M, being the wonderful buddy that he is, told his friend that we would be happy to compile a list of inexpensive chain restaurants.  As WE means ME, I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone and make a blog post about this list.  Here it is:

COCO ICHIBANYA

Coco Ichibanya Curry

TENYA

tenya tempura chain

YAYOIKEN

  • Website: http://www.yayoiken.com/
  • Type of Food Served: A variety of set dinners featuring such entrees as Mackerel, Hamburger Steak, and Chicken/Pork Cutlet
  • No. of Locations: 200+ in Japan, 90+ in Thailand, 3 in Singapore

yayoiken

RINGER HUT

  • Website: http://www.ringerhut.co.jp/
  • Type of Food Served: Popular Nagasaki dishes such as Champon, Sara Udon
  • No. of Locations: 500+ in Japan and Taiwan

ringer hut

HANAMARU UDON

  • Website: http://hanamaruudon.com/
  • Type of Food Served: Udon and assorted fried foods
  • No of Locations: 300+ throughout Japan

sanuki udon hanamaru

FUJI SOBA

  • Website: http://fujisoba.co.jp/
  • Type of Food Served: Soba noodles
  • No. of Locations: 80+ in Tokyo and surrounding areas

fuji soba

IPPUDO RAMEN

Ippudo Ramen

SAIZERIYA

  • Website: http://www.saizeriya.co.jp/
  • Type of Food Served: Italian (pastas, pizza, etc)
  • No. of Locations: 750+ locations throughout Japan

saizeriya

RAKERU

  • Website: http://www.rakeru.co.jp/
  • Type of Food Served: Omurice (omelette rice)
  • No. of Locations: Close to 50 throughout Japan

rakeru

PEPPER LUNCH

pepper lunch

GYOZA NO OSHO

gyoza no osho

GYUDON RESTAURANTS: YOSHINOYA, MATSUYA, SUKIYA, NAKAU

  • Websites: Yoshinoya, Matsuya, Sukiya, Nakau
  • Type of Food Served: Gyudon (beef bowls), curry, breakfast sets
  • No. of Locations: If you’re in a major city in Japan, there is a 99.9% chance you will come across one of these!

gyudon

FAST FOOD HAMBURGER JOINTS: MOS BURGER, FRESHNESS BURGER, LOTTERIA

burgers

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