A bit of a shameless foodie post…
Actually, no, I’m not much of a foodie, if being a “foodie” means rambling on about cilantro and a restaurant’s indie credibility. None of that hipster stuff, please. I got out of that a long time ago. I go with what Don Draper [Mad Men] said when he was asked what drink he wanted: “Make it simple, but substantial.” To that I would add, “savory.”
I didn’t have to spend much money to eat well in Japan. The country is usually described as expensive, yet I rarely paid more than 1000 yen (~$10) for a meal.
Also, Japanese convenience stores stock high quality food. Usually I’d stay make sure to get a hotel that served breakfast and then eat one convenience store/cheapo meal and one “decent” meal to keep from spending too much money. The ryokan I stayed at in Hiroshima included breakfast at an additional charge, but the 756 yen per day was worth it.