You find these machines in about 70% of all restaurants. They are a lot simpler to use than the kiosks at McDonald’s here for instance. It really helps with the language barrier! Some of the machines will take your train card, some take credit cards but most don’t. In Japan, prepare to pay cash more often for food. Cash is used a lot more in Japan than here for instance.
We punched in our order, turned in our ticket and in a few minutes our delicious and inexpensive meal was ready. This place amazingly had only two employees! It was pumping out consistently good food quickly for scores of people. Only in polite efficient Japan is stuff like this possible!
I feel that the food in Japan is amazing and if you go to the right places can be inexpensive. Go to small shops off the main drag and back alleys. Don’t be afraid of dark back alleys. Japan is probably the safest country in the world and there is very little crime. This is the best pork Ramen I have ever eaten and it was at a small stand under the train tracks and cost less than $10.
These “Korean Style” corn dogs seemed to me like a new culinary fad in Tokyo now. They are like corn dogs rolled in crisply french fries and are amazingly good. Sometimes these are cheese sticks prepared in the same way. Stands selling these are very common in Tokyo.