$3 Udon Restaurant in Osaka | Low Budget Travel Japan | Japanese Noodlesoup

Welcome back to Osaka! In this video, we're exploring an authentic Udon restaurant located in Fukushima ward – Udon Sanku, where you can enjoy a delicious meal on a budget while experiencing the true flavors of Japan.

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As you step into the restaurant, you'll notice a vending machine to purchase your meal tickets. Don't worry if it's all in Japanese; I'll provide a description of the vending machine below to help you navigate through the ordering process.

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 First Row is the Normal Portions and second row is the big portions (besides the last one it's a special that changes often) left to right:

- Kake Udon (hot udon in broth topped with thinly sliced green onions, and perhaps a slice of kamaboko)
- Bukkake Udon (cold udon served with thick dashi broth)
- Kamaage Udon (served in a communal hot-pot with hot water, and accompanied by a hot dipping sauce of dashi sukiyaki)
- Kamatama Udon (hot udon in broth topped with an egg and thinly sliced green onions)
- Sudachi soy Udon (served as just noodles with lemons on it and it comes with Sudachi soy sauce)
- Curry Udon (modern udon served in a spicy curry-flavoured broth, which may also include meat or vegetables)


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Third and fourth row are toppings marked with Yellow:
- Deep fried Tofu
- Raw Egg
- Wakame Seaweed - Tororo kelp
- Chopped fried chicken
- Yamamo Tororo (Slimy mountain yam)
- Plum shiso
- Egg tempura
- Meat
- Vegetable tempura
- Shrimp tempura
- Chicken tempura
- Kobayashi hemp

- Inari sushi

- Dashi rolled egg

Below you can find side dishes, rice and sets If you need more info for that Just ask in the comments!


Once you have your tickets, head to the kitchen area, present them, and choose a seat to relax. Like in most Japanese restaurants, you'll find free water available for guests.

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Next, listen closely as your order is called, and then head to the counter to pick up your bowl of Udon. Customize your dish with toppings like tempura flakes or chili powder (7 spices) according to your taste.

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I opted for the basic version, topped with a raw egg and green onions, which cost only around $2-3. The noodles are delightfully thick and mouthwateringly delicious, complemented by a flavorful broth that perfectly matches the Udon.

 Perfect budget meal Udon Restaurant japan japanese Noodlesoup 

Udon has a rich history, dating back over 1000 years, and it's interesting to note that Udon is more popular in western Japan, while Soba takes the lead in eastern Japan. Surprisingly, Udon and Somen share the same noodles, with the primary difference being their thickness – Somen being very thin and Udon, as we know it, being thick and hearty.


Once you finish your delightful meal, remember to return your plate to the kitchen and dispose of the one-time-use items yourself.

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It's important to mention that the exit is separate from the entrance in this restaurant, so make sure to head in the right direction when you leave.


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 Hotels in Osaka:

I stayed most of my time in Osaka here:

Hotel Toyo in Osaka is a well-known budget-friendly accommodation option, especially among backpackers and budget travelers. It's a hostel-style accommodation that offers single rooms and double rooms at very affordable rates, making it an excellent choice for those seeking low-cost lodging in Osaka, with a privat room!

Hotel Toyo has gained popularity over the years due to its central location near major attractions and public transportation, its friendly atmosphere, and the opportunity for travelers to meet and interact with other guests from around the world. The hostel also provides basic amenities such as communal kitchens, laundry facilities, and common areas where guests can socialize.

But there are also other options here are the top 3 Budget hotels:

1.) Peace House Suzunami - Hostel is indeed a popular budget accommodation option in Osaka. Peace House Suzunami is a hostel located in the Tennoji area of Osaka, known for its friendly and welcoming atmosphere. It offers dormitory-style rooms at affordable rates, making it a great choice for budget-conscious travelers, especially backpackers.

The hostel provides basic amenities such as a communal kitchen, common lounge area, and shared bathrooms. It's well-regarded for its helpful and accommodating staff, who often contribute to the warm and inclusive environment for guests. Additionally, Peace House Suzunami is in a convenient location with easy access to public transportation, making it simple for travelers to explore Osaka's attractions.

2.) J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse: Situated in a convenient location close to JR Osaka Station, J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse is a popular choice for budget travelers. The hostel offers dormitory and private rooms, along with a communal kitchen and a welcoming atmosphere for socializing with other guests.

3.) Khaosan World Namba: Located in the heart of Osaka's Namba district, Khaosan World Namba is a lively and vibrant hostel. It offers budget-friendly dormitory beds and private rooms, as well as a communal lounge area and regular events for guests to mingle and have fun.

As for the cheapest places to stay in Osaka, budget travelers can also consider:

Capsule hotels: Capsule hotels are a unique and affordable accommodation option in Japan. While they offer small individual sleeping pods, they often provide all the basic amenities needed for a comfortable stay.

Business hotels and business capsules: Business hotels in Osaka sometimes offer competitive rates, especially on weekends or during non-peak travel times. Business capsules are a cheaper variation of capsule hotels, providing small sleeping spaces at lower prices.

Internet cafes and manga cafes: In Japan, some internet cafes and manga cafes offer private cubicles with reclining chairs that can be used for overnight stays at a fraction of the cost of a traditional hotel.

Please note that the availability and popularity of accommodations can change over time, and new budget options may have emerged since my last update. To find the most current and accurate information on budget hostels and cheap places to stay in Osaka, I recommend checking travel websites, booking platforms, and recent reviews from other travelers.


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