Japanese Everyday Food at Funachu in Ningyocho – No Frills but so Delicious

Travel&Spice: S01E01


Hola foodies/travelers! Welcome to Episode 01 of Travel&Spice for your dose of spicy travel, where travellers share interesting stories about their favourite meal, restaurant or food encounters.

Today, Lena from The Social Travel Experiment inaugurates the series by recommending her favorite Japanese restaurant.

Over to her…

I am the writer of The Social Travel Experiment: a blog about traveling to meet local people and having experiences like a local all over the world.

Since moving to the center of Tokyo one year ago, we have been living in an area famous for having many delicious restaurants with long histories. One of the places we particularly enjoy visiting is called Funachu. If you want to know more about our neighborhood Ningyocho read on here.


Funachu is a Japanese restaurant that the „real“ Japanese go to, especially working class people go there for a quick lunch, but you can also see older couples and groups of friends frequenting the place (especially on the weekends). It is very inconspicuous in a side street with a sign and just one billboard advertising for takeout lunch boxes. We love to have lunch there on Saturdays. It is always quite crowded, especially when we go there at 12 o’clock, which is the official lunchtime in Japan.


So what can you eat at Funachu?

During lunch, they serve what the Japanese call „Teishoku“ a set meal. You can choose from a variety of dishes as the main dish. It comes with a side of rice, miso soup, salad and two other small side dishes. Your main dish can be anything from raw fish to grilled meat or deep-fried seafood in different variations.


The servings are quite large and we are always really full, but if you have a huge appetite you can order a large serving of rice for free if you want to. By the way, in Japan, you will always get tea or water for free with your meal. For an average of 800 Yen (8$) for every meal, it is also quite cheap which in my mind makes it even more special. (If you didn’t know, there is no tipping in Japan).

If you are ever in Tokyo you should try a real Japanese meal, off the beaten path of the tourist spots and Funachu is the perfect place to have a memorable experience on a budget.

The google maps information can be found here.


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24 thoughts on “Japanese Everyday Food at Funachu in Ningyocho – No Frills but so Delicious

  1. Tokyo is the embodiment of all my childhood nostalgia. And I would be partially biased as I have never tasted anything so authentic Japanese food other than in Japan. Food fusion or localization actually makes Japanese food taste different outside the country.

    Fun fact: There is actually a certain perfume that takes me back to Japan 2004 whenever I would smell it 🙂

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  2. I loved visiting Japan and completely agree that you should try a local restaurant. The best Ramen places are in small restaurants. The crowded, the better!

    Nice post. I hope I can visit this place next time I go to Japan!

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