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[For Backpacker] Let`s Find a Cheap Awesome Foods at Takadanobaba, in the City of Students!


Takadanobaba is one of the station of Seibu Shinjuku Line, Tokyo Metro, JR Lines, and it is often used as a connecting transport station for students, is also known as “City of students.” In the station building, there is "BIG BOX" which contains  karaoke and bowling alley etc., it is a playground many students stop by after school for fun. It is also known as a ramen fierce battlefield, many ramen shops, and cheap eating places are gathered. This time, I picked up 3 keywords, "Taste", "Portion", and "Cheapness" among many restaurants! From now on, I will introduce 5 restaurants and you definitely would think, "Are you sure can have this portion for this price?!”, so hope you will stick with us and read all without blinking!!  lol Here we go!

Meat × 3!!! If You Are Meat Lovers You Can Not Miss!!    Red Rock Takadanobaba


The “Red Rock” was established in Kobe, Hyogo. It is the roasted beef and steak restaurant provides using plenty of American beef on their menus,  a popular shop that can occasionally be picked up in the media. The way to order is to buy a ticket at the ticket vending machine first and sit down. The interior is chic and stylish is like a bar with many counter seats.


The popular dish is roasted beef bowl. For those who can not have rare beef may can not have it, but this rice bowl is full of roasted beef on the top you may will blast! On top of the roasted beef, there is original handmade yogurt sauce and raw egg will bring out the taste by eating it together. ※It is possible to take out raw egg and yogurt sauce if it's unnecessary. Please let the staff know.


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The 2nd popular dish is steak bowl. The steak bowl that seasoned American brand beef with special sauce is a product that can not be removed! This also provides as rare. Do not you want to eat just looking at the pictures?


redrocksteak©from twitter


Besides this menus, there is steak and hamburg steak. The price may changes depend on grams.


Menu (Japanese) (English)





Operation Hours:11:30-23:00(L.O 22:00)

Address:3-11-14 Takada Toshima-ku, Tokyo




Even a Big Portion is Same Amount as Normal?!  Tsukemenya Yasube Takadanobaba

The “Tsukemen yasube” is possible to choose the portion of the noodles and can be eaten at the same price! They provides 4 flavours of Tsukemen (dipping noodles). Which  is  “Standard” made it with vegetables, meat and fish broth  mixed with secretive soy sauce,  "Spicy" using homemade lacquer oil made over 2 days, "Miso" with rich taste, and  "Spicy miso.”


◎This is how we eat and order!

①Firstable, please select Tsukemen from 4 different flavours. Next, choose the portion of the noodle (Normal:220g、Medium:330g、Large:440g)。

②Please select “Hiyamori(cold noodle)” or  “Atsumori (hot noodle).” If nothing is requested, they will offer it as usual "Hiyamori.” ※Free charge

③If you want to add more spice, please add more! (Free)

④Please try “soup wari”  can not miss for Tsukemen! You can enjoy the soup till the end! ※Free charge

⑤In additional charge, a topping can be added!! You can make your own original Tsukemen!

⑥There is free onion, bonito flakes and vinegar on the table. Please add on, if you want to change the flavours to the soup.


This is  Miso flavour Tsukemen. Looks good isn't it? it is with extra vegetable topping!  For seasoning, please have it normal without adding first. It is best to change the taste later! The homemade noodles is also very chewy.


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Price: 4 different types of Tsukemen.   Each 780yen  ※Card is not accepted




Operation Hours:11:00-21:00pm 

Address:1-22-7 Takadanobaba Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo





 Thick Deep Fried Pork Loin Cutlet Set for Only 690yen!  Tonkatsu Ichiyoshi Takadanobaba


If we described of Takadanobaba, as I said in the beginning the ramen is a fierce battlefield here, but there are also many  deep fried pork cutlet restaurants. Among them, the reason why I would like to introduce this restaurant is because the deep fried pork loin cutlet set meal can be eaten at 690 yen! Even the most expensive menu here, the deep fried pork fillet cutlet is cheap at 1180 yen! Do not want to know what kind of pork  loin cutlet can have it for price at 690 yen? I will introduce you from now!


I was imagining the cheap set meal restaurant from the exterior, not fancy at all,  but my image was different. If you go through the Noren (shop curtain) written Tonkatsu,  the restaurant is made of a calm wooden interior, and it is crowded with students and businessmen. Some may will think, "Are you sure I can eat 690 yen pork cutlet here?" or "Is it an equivalent amount of pork loin cutlet?”, to figure out this answer,  let's explore what it really is!


This is “Tonkatsu Ichiyoshi” deep fried pork loin cutlet!


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The pork cutlet brought to the table can be said that usually can be sold for around 1300 yen! If the price is cheap, I think that there are many cases like the pork may have a lot of fat and oily, but this pork cutlet have proper meat and it is fresh fried!  Also, the thickness of the meat is about 2 cm, and 690 yen is an unexpected price! Usually, the most pork cutlet restaurants provides free refill of cabbage and rice, but here does not do those kinds of service. However, even this is attractive enough to accumulate in the stomach and also to your wallet.


Those who can afford to eat a pork fillet cutlet at 1180 yen,  please try this also because usually it will be around 1500 yen ~ 1800 yen in other restaurants, it can have it for so reasonable price!



Operation Hours:11:00-15:30 (L.O15:00), 17:00-21:30(L.O 21:00)

※Monday 11:00-15:00  ※Card is not accepted

Address:3−2−13 Takadanobaba Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 169-0075





  The Most Exquisite Black Pork Cutlet Curry!  Baba Nankai


The "Baba Nanka” have the appearance and interior of a homely Western food restaurant that makes you feel the nostalgia of the Showa era. You need to order using ticket  vending machine and what you can eat at here is black pork cutlet curry. It is a cheap price of 700 yen with red ​​miso soup with egg and  small plate of sliced cabbage. It is possible to have a fried egg topping for free for request!


kurocurry©from twitter


This is without fried egg. The curry sauce is so black, and how is the taste? hmm… It is rather can say it is spicy, rich, mysterious flavour?  and matches with crispy pork cutlet!


There is menu  besides curry. The fried shrimp with ginger pork is also one of the popular dish here!




Operation Hours:11:00~21:00(L.O)

Holiday:Sun・Public Holidays

Address:1F Yoshinosou, 1-3-19 Shimoochiai Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 161-0033




 What?!Tonkotsu Ramen From 580 yen and Can Have Additional 2 Plates of Noodle for FREE?! Hakata Furyu Takadanobaba  


"Hakata Furyu" is a small shop with only about 10 seats and they provide Tonkotsu (pork bone broth) ramen can be eaten from 580 yen! They are using thin noodles, and you can choose the texture of the noodle from "Yawa(soft)", "Normal", "Kata(hard)", "Barikata(very hard)." The tonkotsu soup is creamy and there is no strong smell of meat.


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This is tonkotsu ramen with half boiled egg. The normal bowl is without boiled egg.


Because they are using thin noodles, "kata" is recommended individually. Up to 2 plates of refill noodles are available for free with  this price is very nice isn't it?  After I heard that I can have a refill of noodles, I feel that I may will eat too much!


If you want to order a refill, please eat the first one normally, and add a seasoning for 2 refills.  The spicy leaf mustard, garlic and red ginger are on the table for free, so please add as much as you want! You can enjoy a different taste!


※ Some items can not have refill



Operation Hours:[Mon~Sat] 11:00~3:00am  [Sun] 11:00~20:00

Address:Tuck Eleven Building 113, 2-19-7  Takadanobaba Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo

Tel: 03-5269-6805



This time, I have focused on 3 keywords, but Takadanobaba has many types of  restaurants as well. Around Takadanobaba,  there is a famous movie theater "Waseda Shochiku" which can not be seen much in modern times, and they are screening old movies cheaply. Also, the ice skating rink "Citizen Plaza" is nearby, it will be fun to skate for optional♪ Let's enjoy the area around Takadanobaba in addition to meals!

Hi Everyone! Happy to see you all through this website! =) Are you enjoying our column and Tokyo information so far? I luv to travel abroad and going to new places and enlarge my horizon! I also luv to listen to music, and I am learning Chinese in this moment! What I like about Japan is the four seasons is very clear. Furthermore, the more you will know about Japan, I think you may discover more interesting things and how different each prefectures are. While Tokyo has new trend things, but in another hands, you can see old shopping street and town like Asakusa. I assume that everytime you come to Tokyo you can find and experience new things!!
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