You Should Try Dining at a Student Cafeteria in Japan At Least Once

Don't knock it until you've tried it!


In Japan, student cafeterias are quite popular for their affordable and tasty dishes. Some universities even open their own cafeterias to the public. Travelers on a budget will be glad to know that these establishments offer a wide variety of food options. 


In this article, we visit
Kwansei Gakuin University and take a closer look at what’s offered in their cafeteria.  


The beautiful campus


BIGMAMA is the cafeteria inside Kwansei Gakuin University.


At
BIGMAMA, customers can choose between a gram buffet (where food prices are based on grams) or a la carte  menus like noodles, rice bowls, and curry. We were curious about the gram buffet, so we gave it a try. 


We were careful not to take too much food. 


The buffet also has a salad section. 


For those on a diet, the buffet’s salad bar offers plenty of ingredients. 


We chose tiramisu for dessert. 


The best part? This whole meal only cost us ¥670! How affordable.


For a large university that has about 20,000 students, there are only 411 seats available in the cafeteria. Luckily, there are other places to eat such as the
Cafeteria BIGPAPA, which has 700 seats, and Robin’s Hood, which serves take-out lunch boxes that you can eat someplace else. In addition to this, the university also has an in-house restaurant called Mitaya


Steakhouse Mitaya


Mitaya
is actually a famous restaurant in Kansai. It came as a surprise to us that an expensive restaurant was hidden inside the campus. 


The steak looks really good!


Their delicious steak lunch can be enjoyed for only ¥1,200.


Definitely worth the money!


University cafeterias vary from one another in so many ways. It might be fun dining at one the next time you’re in Japan!


Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (26 August 2019)


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