As I was once a student at Waseda University as an exchange student, even though I was trying to enjoy Japan, I was also trying to make sure I don’t spend too much money and making sure that I budgeted. Waseda is home to some of the best and most inexpensive food! Here is a list of my favorite inexpensive food around Waseda.
CoCo Ichibanya Shinjuku Waseda Dori
Address: 2 Chome-18-23 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 169-0051, Japan
This is the place I definitely went to the most with friends whenever we wanted a full meal. Every time we went, without fail, it was delicious and made us go into food coma. We would always end up staying at the restaurant for an extra 10 minutes to let our bellies rest. Their menu is endless, but my personal favorite is the chicken cutlet curry with cheese topping. Their other dishes includes veggie curry, sausage curry, pork cutlet curry and more! There is also an english menu upon request.
The best part about CoCo Ichibanya is that everything is customizable, from the amount of rice to the toppings. Toppings vary from eggs, different kinds of veggies, cheese and garlic. The spice level is also customizable and ranges from 1-10. I have a very high tolerance and I usually get spice levels 5 to 7 depending on my mood. Typically less then 1000 yen per visit, it is a good way to have a hearty dinner!
Yayoi Ken Waseda
Address: Japan, 〒162-0044 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Kikuicho, １−2 シルバーマンション早稲田 １Ｆ
I found out about Yayoi ken the second half of my year abroad and I wish I knew about it earlier! They have many other locations all over Tokyo, with one right next to the Waseda station, right by Waseda University. They specializes in Japanese Teishokus (set menus often including rice and miso). Their meals are all less than 1000 yen, and my favorite is the Chicken cutlet for 750 yen. Other menus include hamburg, shogayaki, fish and karaage.
The best thing about this place is that they provide free rice refills! This is definitely the best bang for your money for the most inexpensive food around Waseda
When entering, there are kiosks with different language settings to self-order and to pay in advance.
Address: Japan, 〒169-0051 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Nishiwaseda, 2 Chome−1−23, Pacific Nishi-Waseda, 1F
This one is the best for group settings and wins the title to the most inexpensive food around Waseda. I was part of an international club at Waseda, and after practice, we always go to Saizeriya to eat together in a huge group.
Saizeriya is most famous for it’s doria, a Japanese western-style rice casserole dish with a creamy white sauce which looks similar to baked Gratin. I always order the doria with half boiled eggs for 350 yen. They are also known for their variety of spaghettis from carbonara, aglio olio, mentaiko and squid ink.
They also have other food like pasta and pizza, but you really can’t go wrong with doria.
Tabasco and cheese are also free and you can pour as much as you want on your meal. There is a location right in front of Waseda’s Toyama campus, and always very lively with students.
Address: Japan, 〒169-0075 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, Takadanobaba, 2 Chome−13 プライムゲート 2F
It’s not a trip to Japan unless you stop by at least one Conveyor Belt Sushi restaurant. Conveyor Belt Sushi is a fun, inexpensive meal that can be eaten anytime. The Waseda/Takadanobaba area houses many different Conveyor Belt Sushi chains like Kura Sushi and Sushiro but my favorite is Hamazushi.
When seated, there is a monitor screen where you can scroll through all the sushi available and order the ones you want. Their plates can range from salmon, eel, egg, beef, mackerel and shrimp. There are also sushi on the conveyor belt for you to grab on the spot. The red and black plates are 100 yen, while the gold plates are 150 yen. They even have free unlimited hot green tea and ginger on the side for your liking.
Although each plate seems small, 7-10 plates should fill you up and leaving your belly satisfied.
Just be ready for a long wait time depending on the time you go. During dinner time it can get very busy and the wait time can go up to an hour!
Adress: Japan, 〒169-0075 Tokyo, Shinjuku City, 新宿区Takadanobaba, 2 Chome−14−8 NTビル
Hanamaru Udon has a very extensive menu with different price ranges, but the basic udons cost around 500 yen. Be sure to take a good look at the menu before ordering. They let you customize your udon to your liking, from choosing the size of the meal and if you want your udon hot or cold. They also have many toppings available like karaage and tempura to spice up your udon.
Hanamaru Udon is a very good restaurant to go to when in a hurry. You can definitely get in and out within 15 minutes.
Waseda University Co-op Okuma Garden House Cafeteria
Address: 538-13 Wasedatsurumakicho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0041, Japan
Did you know you don’t even need to be a Waseda Student to access the inexpensive cafeteria? A full meal ranges from 300-600 yen. During lunchtime, it gets very crowded and finding a seat can become impossible. If you are eating with friends and a seat is open within that table, do not be surprised if someone sits and eats their meal with you.
During certain times a year, the cafeteria does a special 100 yen breakfast event, in which from 8am-9am they serve a full breakfast for only 100 yen. This is only for Waseda University students.
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