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[Economical 500-yen Gourmet in Japan] Enjoy a seafood rice bowl for 500 yen! Ueno "Minatoya" Seafood Rice Bowl Specialty Store

[Economical 500-yen Gourmet in Japan] Enjoy a seafood rice bowl for 500 yen! Ueno "Minatoya" Seafood Rice Bowl Specialty Store

October 7, 2019
After the 500-yen eel rice from last time, this time, I will share with you a place where you can enjoy a seafood rice bowl for only 500 yen. "Minatoya" is located in Ueno Ameyoko-cho, which is very lively even from early morning. It somewhat resembles the atmosphere of Taiwan's night markets. You can hear the energetic voices of the nearby vendors when you are eating the seafood rice bowl.

Minatoya uses sashimi that are sent directly from the Tsukiji Market on the same day.You can enjoy a fresh seafood rice bowl for just 500 yen -- it is a really good deal! Let’s take a look!

In-store environment

In-store environment
In-store environment
The store is not big. The owner worked hard to create about 30 seats, and it really feels like a night market stall (laugh). Although it looks old, it is quite clean.
 

Dazzling menu

Dazzling menu
Dazzling menu
Look at this menu wall! Minatoya offers a wide variety of seafood rice bowls starting from 500 yen. In addition to seafood rice bowls, there are also takoyaki, ice cream, and shaved ice. It may cause a headache for people who have difficulty in making decisions (laugh).
 

500-yen seafood rice bowl!

500-yen seafood rice bowl!
At Minatoya, you must first pay for your order at the cash register. Then, the food will be brought to your seat. The serving speed is very fast. The food was placed on the table while I was still counting my change (laugh)! The barley tea is self-service, and it is only for travelers who order a rice bowl!

This time, I chose the tuna salmon sashimi rice bowl. I think the volume is a bit too large. Travelers who don't want to eat so much can choose to reduce the size by half, and the price becomes 300 yen. There are many slices of sashimi, which are cut thin so that they are easy to eat. In the end, I even thought that there was not enough rice to go with the sashimi.
 

The highly acclaimed takoyaki

The highly acclaimed takoyaki
Before I went there, I saw a lot of comments on the Internet recommending Minatoya's takoyaki. It was one of the recommended food of Ameyoko-cho's walking while eating series. From the time I arrived to when I left, there was always a line. You can pick from 4, 6, or 8 takoyaki balls. The mayonnaise and bonito flakes are also self-service and can be added freely. It looks really delicious!
 

How to get to Minatoya's main store?

How to get to Minatoya's main store?
※Minatoya also has a second store in Ueno. This article introduces the "Main Store"!

From Ueno Station (about 10 minutes' walk)
1. From the Central Gate, continue straight, cross the road, and turn right.
2. After turning right, continue straight until the "PRONTO" coffee shop. Then, turn left into Ameyoko-cho.
3. When you come up to the fork in the road, take the left road which is Ameyoko-cho, and continue straight. You will see Minatoya's main store on the right hand side.

From Okachimachi Station (about 3 minutes' walk)
1. Turn left after leaving the North Exit.
2. Go straight in the direction of Ameyokocho and you will see Minatoya on the left hand side.
 

Finally, I want to tell you...

Since it is located in the Ueno area, which is visited by many tourists, the menus and signs in the store are available in Chinese, English, Korean and other languages. The staff can also communicate in English. Overall, the store is very tourist-friendly. Consider here if you are traveling on a budget!

みなとや食品 本店(MINATOYA)

みなとや食品 本店
Address東京都台東区上野4-1-9
Business Hours11:00-19:00
Shop Holidays1st-2nd Jan
Web Site URLhttp://www.ameyoko.net/shop/142