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8 Affordable and Cheap Michelin-starred Restaurants in Tokyo

8 Affordable and Cheap Michelin-starred Restaurants in Tokyo

Tokyo is home to the most affordable Michelin-starred restaurants, not only in all of Japan but around the globe! Over 230 establishments in Tokyo with Michelin star ratings, these are just 8 of the cheapest and most affordable restaurants. Hope you get to check out at least one of these cheap Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo!


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Cheap Michelin-starred Restaurants

1. Kyorakutei

If you’re looking for fresh, handmade, affordable soba noodles then Kyorakutei is the place for you! Grain-like seeds found in Aizu in Fukushima prefecture are used to make these distinct soba noodles which are milled and made freshly daily. The availability of counter seats allows you to be served right from the pot to your plate. Sourced from Japan are all ingredients, from the soba, dashi broth and soy sauce to the wasabi. You can only reserve places for up to three people in the evenings. 

6 3-chōme, Kagurazaka Shinjuku City, Tokyo, 162-0825, Japan

Kyorakutei tokyo – Bing images

2. Tsuta, Sugamo

Being the first Michelin starred Ramen restaurant, not only is it delightful and delicious but it is also extremely budget friendly. Bowls of ramen just starting at 1000 yen and the most expensive dish being just under 2000 yen, it is the perfect place for fancy ramen! Classified as ramen but actually soba noodles is what’s being served. Tsuta’s specialty is light and clear, but delicious broths of salt (shio), soy sauce (shoyu) and miso ramen. Every dish is made from the finest ingredients sourced from Japan. 

1-14-5, Sugamo, Toshima, Tokyo 170-0002

Tsuta, Sugamo tokyo – Bing images

3. Nakiryu, Otsuka

Nakiryu, Otsuka is the world’s second Michelin starred restaurant for ramen, only available in Tokyo. Nakiryu meaning “crying dragon” is best known for it’s high quality chinese-style tantanmen. Tantanmen noodles are a Japanese take on the spicy Sichuan dish made from green onions, minced pork, and a generous dousing of chili oil. Noodles are just priced from 850 yen! Unlike typical heavy tantanmen noodles, these noodles are served with light soya sauce. Affordable bowls of shoyu and shio ramen as well as donburi (rice bowls) made from their signature chicken, beef and oyster (triple stock based) are also sold here. Customers being limited to only one bowl per sitting allows shorter waiting times in the queue. 

170-0005Toshima2-34-4 Minami Otsuka, SKY Minamiotsuka

Nakiryu, Otsuka tokyo – Bing images

4. Toritsune Shizendo

If you’re craving a bowl of oyakodon (chicken and eggs over rice) then this is the best place for you to check out. This is the only Michelin starred oyakodon restaurant out there which has also held a spot in the Michelin guide since 2016! High-quality Nagoya Cochin chicken and slowly roasts it over a charcoal grill to bring out its flavours is sourced right here at Toritsune Shinzendo. A good meal usually costing under 2000 yen is a great bargain! The more expensive it is if you choose the course that includes a ton of chicken dishes (chicken wings or chicken hotpots). 

2 5, 5-chōme, Sotokanda, 千代田区 Chiyoda City, Tokyo, 101-0021, Japan

Toritsune Shizendo tokyo – Bing images

5. Zuisetsu, Umegaoka

The cozy setting Zuisetsu located in Umegaoka is best known for its Cantonese fusion cuisine. It serves a detailed, elaborate menu with delightful, mouth watering flavours. For dinner it can be a bit costly, pricing from 7000 yen to 10,000 yen however during lunch you can easily score a lunch pricing from 1200 yen or 1620 yen. Zuisetsu specialises in making tantanmen noodles. 

1-20-13 Umegaoka, Setagaya, Tokyo

Zuisetsu, Umegaoka tokyo – Bing images

6. Anda Gyoza

Attracting food lovers for cheap and simple yet utterly tasty gyoza, Anda Gyoza is a 10 seater space with a Taiwanese street-vendor atmosphere, Michelin starred restaurant. The homemade boiling dumplings stuffed with chicken and pork are best served. The lunch set being reasonable and cheap offers eight dumplings and a bowl of special rice or soup. At times Anda Gyoza closes sooner than it’s typical closing time (10pm) due to the quick selling dumplings. 

2 21, 3-chōme, Nishihara Shibuya City, Tokyo, 151-0066, Japan

Anda Gyoza tokyo – Bing images

7. Sasuga, Ginza

Sasuga is a high class soba Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo located in Ginza. Juwari, a high quality soba noodles is 100% sourced from buckwheat, is their particular specialty. 1000 yen is all you need for a bowl of exquisite soba noodles whether it’s served hot or cold on ice, just 500 yen being the amount you need to upgrade your dish to make it more fancy. The friendly non-smoking atmosphere makes it more inviting plus nothing can go wrong with a glass of wine. 

104-0061Ginza2-13-6, Higashi 2nd Bldg

Sasuga, Ginza tokyo – Bing images

8. Nakajima

Wanting to try a traditional Japanese meal? Then Nakajima is the place to visit. It isn’t the best option if you’re looking for dinner with a strict budget or low price but for lunch it is perfect. Specialising in sardine, serving five different preparations for lunch including finely sliced sashimi, deep-fried, simmered, grilled and nabe (hotpot) style, each meal comes with a bowl of rice, miso soup and pickles- similar to a homemade Japanese meal-. Just like other Michelin starred cheap restaurants, this place also is available for just 10 customers. The most suitable type of people for Nakajima are solo travellers or small groups. 

B1 Nichihara Building 3-32-5 Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, 160-0022, Japan

nakajima restaurant japanese – Bing images

These were the 8 most affordable and cheap Michelin-starred restaurants in Tokyo, Japan. Not only does Japan offer cheap and affordable food but it can also be fancy and exquisite! You can try these delicious food serving restaurants if you’re looking for something suitable with your low strict budget. 

Find out more about the different Japanese drinks, Japanese beers, the special strong zero you can get in Japan and how to prepare for a night out in Tokyo. If you want to find out more about Japanese food, check out different fusion dishes, yakitori, types of ramen and ramen chains.

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When we first arrived in Tokyo, we all found this city to be overwhelming, not sure where to begin.

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