I love Japan so much that I've spent my whole life studying the country, language, and culture. There are these two misconceptions people have about Tokyo: that it's one of the most expensive cities in the world (which hasn't been the case for 25 years) and that the food most worth seeking out is high-end sushi. Certainly, if you have the money, you can go to a super fancy $500 sushi place. But you can eat delicious, thoughtfully made food here very cheaply—more so than in other industrialized countries. More important, there's an amazing consistency of quality here at all levels. Almost every major train station and department store has great restaurants. And well-made soba can be had for just ten bucks a plate.