Translated by Lester Somera
Water, Food, Medicine, Clothes: A Tourist's Price Guide To Japan
How much can you expect to pay for water, food, medicine and clothing in Japan? This article will give you a idea of typical prices.
Written by MATCHA
Where will all your money go to during your stay in Japan, and how much will things cost? We put together this article to provide a general idea of Japan's day-to-day expenses.
Bottled Water (500ml): About 100 yen
Though vending machines, convenience stores, supermarkets and drug stores sell bottled water, it is generally slightly cheaper to purchase them from supermarkets and drug stores.
Breakfast: About 400 Yen
This is the price range for a "morning set" at most chain restaurants and coffee shops. Morning sets consist of a sandwich and coffee, or of coffee, toast, and a hard-boiled egg. Chain beef bowl restaurants will have a Japanese-style set (usually rice, miso soup, an egg and seaweed) for the same price.
Lunch: Approximately 1000 Yen
1000 yen is the typical office worker lunch budget. You can expect to pay this much for a teishoku at a chain establishment or a lunch set at a family restaurant.
Dinner: 3000-10,000 Yen
At an izakaya (a Japanese-style restaurant which serves alcoholic drinks and simple menu items that go great with alcohol), the price range for a meal is 3000 to 5000 yen. At a high-class Japanese restaurant you can expect to pay about 10,000 yen.
A Box of Cold Medicine: 1500 Yen
A Box of Pain Relief Medication for Headaches, Menstrual Cramps, etc. : 500-800 Yen
Image courtesy of Bic Camera *Prices as of August 2017.
Image courtesy of Uniqlo
At popular retailer Uniqlo, the starting price for a T-shirt is around 1000 yen; 4000 to 5000 yen for a sweater; and 4000 yen for a pair of jeans.
Public Transportation Fares
Starting Fares for Trains: About 150 Yen
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Tokyo to Shinjuku: (JR Chuo Line): 200 yen
Narita to Tokyo: ranging from 900 yen to 3000 yen
*Fares vary by route.
Tokyo to Kyoto via shinkansen, non-reserved seating: around 13,000 yen
Tobacco and Alcohol
A Box of Cigarettes: 250 yen to 480 yen
You can buy cigarettes at convenience stores, cigarette shops and some supermarkets. You can purchase cigarettes from vending machines in various places, but in order to do so you will need an IC card for age verification. Currently, only residents of Japan are eligible for this card, so it is difficult for tourists to purchase cigarettes from such vending machines.
Beer (350ml): 200 to 250 yen
Sake (750ml): 1200 to 10,000 yen
Shochu (720ml): 800 to 3000 yen
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You can purchase alcohol at convenience stores, supermarkets, alcohol retailers and small liquor stores in the city, among other places.
Drinking and smoking by minors under the age of 20 is forbidden in Japan, so you may be asked by an employee to verify your age when purchasing cigarettes or alcohol. Showing your passport or some other form of ID will do.
Sweets: About 1500 Yen for a 10-Piece Package
While it is a good idea to do some research and visit famous shops yourself, if you are looking for a typical souvenir from a particular area, many varieties of popular sweets are available at train stations and the airport.
Japanese-Themed Calendars, Folding Fans, etc.
You can buy these at any of the 100 yen shops, like Daiso or Seria.
Budget for a Single Day
This is a baseline figure, but taking three meals (breakfast for 400 yen, lunch for 1000 yen and dinner for 4000 yen) and travel expenses (1500 yen) into consideration, you can expect to spend 7000 yen a day at the least. You can also expect to spend money on lodging, admission fees to venues, souvenirs and the like.
That is all for this article about typical tourist costs in Japan. Refer to this while planning your budget, so you can have a fantastic trip.