View Full Version : Food budget in Tokyo?
2004-07-01, 05:58 PM
Anyone know what a ballpark figure would be for my monthly food costs in Tokyo?
I'm an average eater (I'm not a big guy...140 lbs). Not looking for anything fancy. And yes, I like (LOVE) Japanese food.
Thanks in advance
2004-07-01, 06:02 PM
140lbs wow! thats big mate...
2004-07-01, 06:53 PM
Do you cook, or are you planning on eating out?
Here's a few costs for meals-
Cheap cheap stuff-
Pork and rice bowl + miso soup from Matsuya- 290 yen
Typical bowl of ramen- 600 yen
Double cheeseburger with medium fries and drink from Wendys- 580 yen
Pint of Japanese beer- 500 yen
Bowl of curry and rice- 600 yen
Shabu shabu or yakiniku or sukiyaki dinner- 1200 yen
Sushi plate with 10 pieces- 1000 yen
Your typical hamburger/chicken teishoku- 800 yen
Plate of spaghetti- 700 yen
These are ballpark figures, of course. I typically spend about 1500 yen per day on food, eating out. Produce and meat are expensive here, so I don't find it worthwile to cook, especially if you live alone. I guess you can eat pork rice bowls all day for cheap, but you get sick of it after a while.
The biggest cash drain for me is going out to izakayas with friends. I easily spend upwards of 3000 yen each time out, on drinks and the finger foods.
2004-07-02, 05:43 AM
Ballpark figure for groceries (not meals out) would be about 30,000 yen/month.