Today I want to discuss about prices in Japan. Before I came to Japan, I heard that food and transport prices in Japan are very high. On some products, prices are indeed higher, but mostly they are the same as in Finland or even less. 1 JPY is 0,0076 EUR. Let’s start!
At first, we will talk about food. There are a big difference between traditional japanese products and products for West cuisine, for example set of rolls in plastic packing from 400 JPY and up to 1 500 JPY depending on the size and content. In the same time, dining set box’s price is about 500 JPY, set of rice, sauce, dumplings in plastic packing has a price of 780 JPY.
Prices for fruits, vegetables or pasta may be several times higher than in Finland, for example pasta can cost about 800-1000 JPY. But can cost several times cheaper, for example, various fish in the batter from 100 JPY. Also, prices in restaurants or cafes are around 800 JPY for meal and drink.
The price of meat is higher than in Finland, but the fish is lower. Prices for dairy products and eggs are the same as in Finland.
The cost of living in hotels and hostels depends both on their location and on the time of the year. For example, in a short flowering period of cherry blossoms, a huge number of people from all over the world are rushing to Japan. As I noticed prices vary from 6000 JPY to 24000 JPY per day. (also, my post about the dormitory http://blogit.jamk.fi/japanexperience/2018/04/03/living-conditions-and-accommodation/)
A taxi ride from 1200 JPY (an average of 2800 JPY) and ticket for public transport (subway or bus) from 200 JPY. But Shinkansen tickets are around 20000 JPY, so it is expensive. JR tickets are cheaper (around 8000 JPY). (About public transport https://www.jreast.co.jp/e/index.html)
In the end I want to tell a little about shopping. In the center of Kyoto there is a large shopping center called Aeon mall (http://kyoto-aeonmall.com/). There are different clothing shops, electronics, food shops and entertainment like slot machines. Slot machines are 300 JPY. The price of clothing is about the same as in Finland, but in Japan there are another fashion than in Finland, so here you can buy something interesting.
I have been in Japan for about two weeks, so I don’t know all the prices yet. During my exchange I will tell you about other prices and it’s difference with Finland.