Dining in Osaka and How to Save Money on Food

“Is it expensive in Japan?” is probably the most asked question regarding my trip to the Land of the Rising Sun. I give them the sudden “YES” as an answer and they got skeptical if they can afford it. The truth is, everything is quiet expensive in Japan but of course there is always a way to minimize your spending especially on food. 🙂

Tips on How to Save Money on Food

1. Cook for yourself – our guesthouse offers free use of kitchen but sadly my girls can’t cook haha

2. Compare Pricing – restaurants are typically next to each other with menus displayed outside, check them out and compare.

3. Group Meals – There are meals that are good for x number of people and you can just divide the cost within the group. What you see is what you get. We were afraid that the serving won’t be enough however, our expectations were highly exceeded when our orders arrived!

4. Eat All You Can Buffet – there are some really nice buffets and only costs 1000 yen which I think is a pretty good deal already. I guess I’ll have a separate post on this 😉

Osaka is known as “Japan’s Kitchen” and yes there’s food everywhere. Dotonbori, Namba, and Tsutenkaku are my favorite spots to dine. Here are some pictures to give you idea about the food pricing 🙂

japan sweet potato

I love sweet potatoes! Costs 170 yen each (75 pesos) and still raw. The one at Osaka Castle is 400 yen each!


Butaman (pork bun) 170 yen each

fried chicken japan

Fried Chicken for 999 yen. Our group of 4 can’t even finish this! Each one contributed 250 yen only

pancit japan noodles

Pancit (noodles) 999 yen also. 250 yen per head since we’re a group of 4.

tonkatsu tempura

Tonkatsu and Tempura. I forgot the price sorry but it’s also very affordable

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5 thoughts on “Dining in Osaka and How to Save Money on Food

  1. Judging by the pictures, the restaurant with the 999 Yen dishes is one we have passed more than once and I always have it in the back of my mind for a group outing ^^
    How’s the food quality?


    1. it is the one near Tsutenkaku 🙂
      A group outing there would be great there and also a bang for the buck 🙂
      Food quality is good! We were very much satisfied with our dining experience and we ate there for 3 or 4 times 😀

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