Sibuya Crossing credit: Juergen Sack
It’s true: Tokyo has more Michelin stars than any other city on the planet but you can enjoy Japanese cuisine - which has been added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list - without splashing out a small fortune.
Shokudo (inexpensive eateries) abound all over Tokyo serving up teishoku (set-course meals) for peanuts. Alternatively head to a tachigui (stand and eat) noodle bar to slurp some sensational soba (buckwheat) or udon (thick white) noodles for less than 800 yen (£5).
One must is to make for the Tsukiki Market (www.tsukiji-market.or.jp) where you can sample freshly shucked oysters and other things in shells, for a snip. This year could be the last chance to see the world’s largest seafood market in its original site - it’s due to move ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and, after several delays, it finally could do so this winter.
Meanwhile convenience stores - here’s looking at Lawson, 7-Eleven, Family Mart et al - are ubiquitous in Tokyo and are great places to pick up reasonably-priced bento boxes and steamed buns. But it’s the below the ground floors of Tokyo’s department stores, where the best food bargains are to be found. These fantastic food halls sell a staggering array of mouth watering wares. To get the best bang for your buck, visit in the evening when the depachika tend to slap a yellow sticker on items that are about to go out of date.