Food Prices in Japan


To understand how protection of agricultural products affects consumers, just look at these price tags observed in Tokyo, March 2003.


1. Grapefruit, ¥198 (or $1.68 at $1 = ¥120) each

2 Apple, ¥298 (or $2.49) each

3 Cantaloupe, ¥2500 (or $20.83) each

4 Cantaloupe, ¥5800 (or $48.33) each

5 Cantaloupes, ranging from ¥10,000 to ¥20,000 per box. That is, ¥5,000 to ¥10,000 each (or up to $83.33)

6 Watermelon, ¥2980(or $24.83) each

7 Australian beef, ¥298 per 100g or ¥1340 or $11.17 per pound. Iowa beef is generally higher priced than Australian beef.

8 American beef for kalbi (Korean style ribs), ¥248 per 100g or ¥1123 ($9.36) per pound. This is the lowest price of beef (it happens to be on sale)

9 Japanese beef (black cow), ¥1500 per 100g or ¥6795 ($56.62) per pound.


10 Japanese beef (black cow), ¥5,000 per 100g or ¥22,650 ($188.75) per pound. This costs less than Kobe beef, which is the highest priced beef in Japan. Count your blessing!

Kobe beef prices: $900 - $1500 for 10 oz cuts.


3 Kobe beef in Kobe. Top quality Kobe beef costs 75000 yen for a 250g steak (135,900 yen or $1192 per pound at $114/yen). A bite probably cost this gentleman about $50 - 100.


49 Japanese deers in the temple, Kyoto

61 entrance of Himeji (white heron) Castle, first built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a kambaku who had united Japan and invaded Korea earlier (1592).

62 Himeji is accessible by train from Osaka or Kyoto

63 Rebuilt by Ikeda Terumasa.

64 Nice curves

56 a Shinto wedding

57 Shinto lamps

58 Shinto shrine

59 more lamps