Fukunoken Akihabara

For those who want to avoid chains (but are still traveling Tokyo on a budget), Akihabara has a fabulous local ramen spot that will blow your socks off. The best thing about this place is that they offer some of the most affordable ramen in Tokyo, but they don’t cheapen their products. A lot of ramen places use soy-based broth because it’s the easiest way to make it affordable, but Fuku-no-Ken keeps their quality high by using traditional tonkotsu broth. Average ramen meal price: ¥999/$8.95
This hipster’s paradise is squashed between the giants of Shinjuku and Shibuya and is a labyrinth of side-streets and alleys. Each of these hides an array of coffee shops, crepe stalls, and souvenir stores (side note: souvenir stores in Tokyo are so much cooler than those in most countries and are definitely worth a visit to pick up a kimono or a letter opener shaped like a katana). Before you get lost in its labyrinth, it’s worth fuelling up.

For those who want to avoid chains (but are still traveling Tokyo on a budget), Akihabara has a fabulous local ramen spot that will blow your socks off. The best thing about this place is that they offer some of the most affordable ramen in Tokyo, but they don’t cheapen their products. A lot of ramen places use soy-based broth because it’s the easiest way to make it affordable, but Fuku-no-Ken keeps their quality high by using traditional tonkotsu broth. Average ramen meal price: ¥999/$8.95
This hipster’s paradise is squashed between the giants of Shinjuku and Shibuya and is a labyrinth of side-streets and alleys. Each of these hides an array of coffee shops, crepe stalls, sweet shops, and souvenir stores (side note: souvenir stores in Tokyo are so much cooler than those in most countries and are definitely worth a visit to pick up a kimono or a letter opener shaped like a katana). Before you get lost in its labyrinth, it’s worth fuelling up.

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