Price of Food in Tokyo

Just wanted to know what the price of fruits are in your city?

Here in Tokyo, the prices are unbelievable (in a bad way). To me, the amount you get for the price you pay doesn’t seem logical, but perhaps I’m missing something. I used to live in Toronto, so the prices there compared to here are……well… just can’t compare them.

Here is an example from my local grocery store:

So this is a small box of cherries (approximately 20 cherries) that costs ¥980, which equals $10.00 USD/CAD.

In the background, there is a small melon, about the size of my palm, which is on sale for Â¥580. That would equal about $6.00 USD/CAD. That’s just a sample of the average prices.

In the summer, I love to eat watermelon, but I have only eaten it three times in the last three years, because they cost far too much for me to justify it. Last year, I found one no bigger than a softball, which cost ¥1600 ($17.20 USD/CAD).

Here are a couple more examples from a slightly more upscale grocery store:

These are packs of four Japanese mikan (oranges) for ¥1580 ($17.00USD/CAD).

This is durian for ¥6800 ($73.00 USD/CAD). This durian is most likely for show, so in the end, I highly doubt anyone bought it.

Well, there you have it. Please tell me your opinions about this -I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Vicky
    May 13, 2010

    But Miho, the quality of your fruit is a lot better than ours. All our best produce is exported to Japan!!! You may pay a lot but you get beautifully fresh produce. I have visited Japan many timeS, my son lived there for 11 years and now lives in HK. I love anything Japanese – the best part of going to a department store is the bottom level – the food courts are to die for. All the food is presented beautifully and tastes amazing. My son bought a rock melon once for $120 AU. It was expensive but DELISH!

  2. adrianC
    May 14, 2010

    This is good information for people thiniking of travelling or moving to Tokyo.

    Thanks for the help!

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