Translated by Ellyn Barnes
Very Wallet Friendly - Asakusa's Top 5 Restaurants Under 1000 Yen
Written by Hori Yuhei
Dining in Asakusa doesn't have to break the bank. Here are our top choices for very budget conscious dining in Asakusa, all conveniently located near the stations and Sensoji.
The Expense of Eating Out in Asakusa
Asakusa's streets are filled with row upon row of long-established eateries offering tempting Japanese dishes. However, with the long history behind such well-known establishments comes a high price tag. If you're in Asakusa, you may feel obliged to indulge at least once, but if you were to eat high-class food every time you went out, you'd soon blow your budget.
But fear not! Here is a collection of places to eat in Asakusa that are very affordable, for those who want to sample some real Japanese food whilst saving for their travels.
Retro Restaurants in Asakusa Underground
The Asakusa Underground Shopping Center, found to the left of the northern exits (numbers five through eight) of the Tokyo Metro Asakusa Station, is filled with nostalgic stores rarely found in Japan today.
Two of these stores are the first of our budget-friendly restaurants, chosen for their appealing, retro atmosphere.
1. Slurp Soba at Soba Monju
Stand-to-eat soba is a traditional Japanese-style fast food whereby, as the name suggests, you eat soba noodles while standing. Here at Stand-to-Eat Soba Monju, to order your meal, you buy a food ticket from the machine as shown above.
This place isn't just cheap. With a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere, it's easy enough to enter, and its quick service means you can eat without losing any of your precious sightseeing time.
Stand-to-eat Soba Monju
Address: Tokyo, Taito, Asakusa 1-1-12 Asakusa Underground
Hours: 6:30-23:50 (Mon-Fri) 7:00-21:00 (Sat, Sun, public holidays)
Open all year
Credit cards not accepted
Nearest Station: Tokyo Metro Ginza Line Asakusa Station (just a few seconds' walk from exit 6)
Price range: up to 999 yen
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