This Is How Much You’ll Spend on Groceries If You Live in Japan

It's a good guide for budget planning.

Japan is oftentimes viewed as an extremely expensive country to live in. However, p
rices of commodities in the country are actually not as expensive as everyone thinks. And those who already live in Japan know more than anything the importance of saving every yen.

Here are the prices of some products and produce that are commonly found at the local supermarket to help with your budget planning. You might be surprised with how one product can have many varieties (like the different types of tofu), and how the different varieties of a single type of item can have different prices. What we have here is just a guide of average prices you’ll see in the market.

Food Products

Rice (5kg)


Cooking Oil (1 1L-bottle)


Bread (1 loaf, 340g)


Soy Sauce (1 1L-bottle)


Eggs (10-piece carton)


Vinegar (1 500-ml bottle)


Flour (1kg)


Canned fish (1 can, 70g)


Tofu (1 block, 300g)


Cup noodles (1 cup)


Milk (1 1L-carton)


Bottled water (1 2L-bottle)


Yogurt (1 container)


Fruit juices (1 1L-cartons)


Meat and Produce (Meat can usually be purchased in packs with prices calculated by weight. Produce is usually sold in packs or per piece) 

Beef (imported, 100g)


Cabbage (1kg)


Pork (belly, 100g)


Potatoes (1kg)


Chicken (100g)


Carrots (1kg)


Cuttlefish (100g)


Onions (1kg)


Prawns (100g)


Tomatoes (1kg)


Tuna (100g)


Apples (1kg)


Salmon (100g)


Oranges (1kg)


Sardines (100g)


Bananas (1kg)



Toilet Paper (1 12-roll pack)


Laundry detergent (1kg)


Sanitary Napkins (10 pcs)


Shampoo (1 pack, approx. 300ml)


Hair Conditioner (1 pack, approx. 300ml )


Toothpaste (1 140g-tube)


As of February 2019
Source: Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan

While most of the produce written above in units of 1kg, typical supermarkets allow you to buy them in smaller amounts—often times per piece, since most Japanese people do not buy their groceries in bulk. Of course, it goes without saying that these prices are simply representative of the average and the price differs depending on the store and region.

Tip: You can save money by bringing your own bag with you (from ¥2 to ¥5, but it adds up in time, depending on the store), and you can also do your part to help the environment as well. 

Provided by Karaksa Media Partner (24 April 2019)

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