Eating well in Japan doesn’t have to break the bank, and it probably won’t if you eat local – or, occasionally, Michelin.

Conceptions about good eating in Japan

Many visitors perceive Japan to be a land of unlimited good eating…And that’s mostly true. We’ve heard that you could eat every meal at a restaurant in Tokyo alone for your whole life, and still not manage to eat at all of them. That might not be true, but hey, we heard it, we didn’t make it.

What is know to be true, as of today, is that Tokyo has the most Michelin starred restaurants of any city in the world.

Jiro’s sushi, Shima, Sushi Sugita, whatever it may be – you know the names. They’re out there, and they’re famous. And they’re going to cost you an arm and a leg. And maybe ¥40 000 (~$400) too.

Perhaps this is out of your budget – but you still want to eat well, right? Michelin…right?

There’s hope!

One of the best bowls of ramen in Japan is found on nearly every street, on nearly every corner…in a quaint, air-conditioned conbini (convenience store). To be specific, a 7/11 conbini. Michelin starred instant ramen. We’re not kidding. Weighing in at a price of ¥290 (~$2.90, rounded up), the Nakiryu Ramen Next is both cheap and convenient.

3 packets, a block of noodles, hot water, and a 3 minute waiting time. That’s all it takes to get you producing a smile while you eat. Don’t discount it – figuratively, of course. If you’ve eaten your way through Japan before, we’ve no doubt that you’ll rank this instant ramen higher than many actual sit-down ramen restaurants.

It’s amazing, but it’s also kind of a shame. Your long awaited trip to Japan, and you’re eating instant noodles because you don’t know where to find the really great ramen restaurants. Not just bad ramen, bad anything. Take your pick. A precious meal – wasted. That’s not what you came here for, and that’s not we want for you. You can’t afford it. To waste your time, I mean.

You can afford to eat good restaurant meals without eating Michelin, as long as you eat with a local. They’ve tried the bad ones already, and they know where the good ones are. Best of all, they’re not out here dropping mad cash. They’re eating good, and they’re eating cheap.

Find delicious meals through Doot

Before you start Googling ‘Doot’ and you come across a bunch of skeleton memes (??), let me save you some time. First, an explanation.

For a personalised food experience, you can join a local foodie who’ll take you to their favourite restaurants in town. The ones they actually frequent. The best restaurants in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe or Kanazawa – anywhere, really – are local. And they’re (mostly) not on that tourist street you read about online.


They’re in the local brains, and they’re not telling you where they are on the internet. Even if they did, the menus will be in Japanese. If you can’t read it or speak it, you’re in for a world of pain. Okay, maybe not that, but it’ll be stressful at the very least.

Doot connects you to local foodies that know some English and are happy to help you out. You simply let them know the kind of place you want to go, and the local takes care of the rest.

Hey – you got a good meal out of it and snuck into a local establishment. That’s ground that not many foreign visitors have treaded before. Look at you go!

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