Food prices in Japan
Japan is a beautiful country with an ancient unique culture that attracts more and more tourists every year. In this article we tell you what the prices of food in Japan and where you can eat cheap.
For your convenience, we have made a table with average prices of products in Tokyo. To find out which stores are the cheapest to buy food, we suggest you read our selection of supermarkets in Japan.
|Food and catering||Price in yen||Price in rubles|
|Dinner for 1 at a cheap restaurant||1000 ¥||689 ₽|
|Lunch for 2 at a mid-range restaurant||6000 ¥||4137 ₽|
|McMeal at McDonald’s||732 ¥||505 ₽|
|Cappuccino at a coffee shop||442 ¥||305 ₽|
|Milk (1 liter)||200 ¥||138 ₽|
|Loaf of fresh white bread (500 g)||254 ¥||175 ₽|
|White rice (1 kg)||486 ¥||335 ₽|
|Chicken eggs (10 eggs)||254 ¥||175 ₽|
|Local cheese (1 kg)||1933 ¥||1332 ₽|
|Chicken fillet (1 kg)||1046 ¥||721 ₽|
|Beef ham (1 kg)||2775 ¥||1913 ₽|
|Apples (1 kg)||953 ¥||657 ₽|
|Banana (1 kg)||440 ¥||303 ₽|
|Oranges (1 kg)||821 ¥||566 ₽|
|Tomato (1 kg)||717 ¥||494 ₽|
|Potatoes (1 kg)||501 ¥||345 ₽|
|Onions (1 kg)||392 ¥||270 ₽|
|Lettuce (1 head)||209 ¥||144 ₽|
|Water (1.5 liters)||141 ¥||97 ₽|
|Bottle of wine||1450 ¥||1000 ₽|
|Local beer (0.5 liters)||303 ¥||209 ₽|
|Imported beer (0.33 l)||380 ¥||262 ₽|
|Cigarettes (20 pcs.) Marlboro||550 ¥||379 ₽|
↑ Chain supermarkets.
Japanese supermarkets are a kind of reference point for travelers. And there are three reasons for that: cheap food (cheaper only at the market), free Wi-Fi (a luxury for Japan), and free toilets.
- 7 Eleven. This is one of the largest chains, operating in 18 countries. Opened 36,000 branches in Japan, the U.S. (in New York and other cities), Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico, Sweden, Canada, etc. In Japan, more than 12 thousand stores, 1,500 of them are located in Tokyo. It offers a huge range of products and services at affordable prices by Japanese standards.
- Circle K Sunkus. A network of company stores is represented by more than 6 thousand branches around the country. Branches are represented in the U.S., Canada, Thailand and some other countries. The prices are average.
- Family Mart. This is a chain of mini-markets in Japan, which has spread around the world. In particular, there are stores in Thailand (Phuket, Pattaya), the U.S., Taiwan, etc. They sell food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, ready-made frozen meals (stores have a microwave), non-food household products (diapers, tooth brushes and pastes, detergents and care products, etc.). Prices are average – higher than at 7 Eleven. They are open 24 hours a day.
- AM/PM. The establishment is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The store sells food, fruits and vegetables, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, personal care products and household chemicals. There are branches not only in Japan, but also in many other cities around the world. Prices are low.
- Lawson. Both food and non-food items are sold. Prices are lower than in other places.
- AEON. Represented in Japan, Malaysia and a number of other Asian countries. They sell both food and household goods. Prices are below average.
- Hanamasa. Offers some of the most affordable rates in the country and a huge selection of both food and non-food items.
The cheapest supermarkets are Lawson, 7 Eleven, Hanamasa. And the biggest selection is at 7 Eleven, AEON and Hanamasa.
↑ Cafes and Restaurants in Tokyo
- Saizeriya. This is a chain of family restaurants offering Italian-Japanese cuisine. The average price for a dish is ¥200-300 and a glass of wine is ¥100.
- CoCo Ichibanya. This restaurant makes delicious curries such as pork and chicken. The average bill per person is ¥600.
- Ginza Kagari. Worth a visit for the chicken ramen broth (broth with noodles, eggs, and vegetables). Dinner costs ¥400 to ¥600.
- Kitaoji Toranomon Saryo. An above average priced Japanese restaurant. Average bill for one person is ¥900-1500. Alcohol – from ¥200 for a glass of wine and higher.
- Uobei Shibuya Dogenzaka. Very low prices with a check starting at 200-300 ¥ for a full lunch or dinner. Alcohol from 70 ¥.
- Tenmatsu Tempura. There is an excellent tempura menu. Average prices: 400-700 ¥ per person.
- Ichiran ramen. A large chain of Japanese restaurants. A typical bill is ¥2,000 to ¥3,000 for two people. Beer from ¥20-40 for a glass, sake from ¥60.
- Revolving Sushi Bar Kurasushi. Cheap chain of sushi cafes. Prices start at ¥70-100 for sushi. For 1000 ¥ you can have lunch with a large group.
By the way, the Japanese rarely cook at home. They either buy ready-made kits in supermarkets or go to a caterer.
Now you know how much you can eat in Japan for and where it is more convenient to do it. Remember that the most affordable places to buy groceries are markets (a brief review in nosh2’s LiveJournal diary is here), in second place are chain supermarkets, especially during discounts, in third place are cafes and restaurants, where you can enjoy not only Japanese, but also dishes from other countries of the world.
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Total Tokyo prices.
|Regular lunch for one:||424 rubles $7.2|
|Dinner for two with wine:||2,916 rubles $49.53|
|Bigmack + fries + cola:||353 rubles.|
|Local beer 0.5l:||212 rubles.|
|Cup of cappuccino:||200 rubles.|
|Coke 0.33l:||71 rubles.|
|Mineral water 0.33l:||58 rubles.|
|Pack of Marlboro:||241 rubles.|
|Fitness pass:||5,169 rubles.|
|Movie ticket:||954 rubles.|
|Levis jeans:||3,729 rubles.|
|Dress at Zara / H&M:||1,620 rubles.|
|Nike sneakers:||5,053 rubles.|
|Average salary||158,456 rubles: $2690.72|
|1 room in the center per month||69 344 rubles.|
|3 rooms in the suburbs per month||98,570 rubles|
|One trip (public transport)||106 rubles $1.8|
|Monthly transportation pass.||5,303 rubles|
|Petrol, 1 liter||71 rubles $1.21|
|New Kia Ceed||1,377,201 rubles|
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The cheapest meal in Tokyo (as a meal for one) starts at 318 rubles, although some places can go up to 424 rubles. Dinner with wine (or similar alcohol) for two ranges from 2,121 rubles to 2,916 rubles, with an average city check of 2,916 rubles.
Fans of McDonald’s burgers (or other fast food restaurants like KFC or Burger King) can get a set of fries for about 318 rubles. You can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning for 159 rubles, although the price of an average cappuccino may be 200 rubles.
An average one-way trip on public transport (metro, streetcar, or similar) costs an average of 81 rubles, and the same for a cab costs 968 rubles. The examples give an idea of the general level of prices for transport in Tokyo, but the specific price of the trip depends on the type of transport and the distance (or duration).
You can get a “beer in the room” from the store for 131 rubles for a bottle, a small can of Coke for 58 rubles. Cigarettes in Tokyo are expensive and cost about 212 rubles for a pack of Marlboro.