Cost guide to Tokyo

Find out the average costs of basic food and drink in Tokyo for your next big trip to Japan. Get the right price for everything from a beer to a rice ball.

Good Food has created this handy infographic so you can get an at-a-glance view of the average costs for food and drink in Tokyo and plan your trip with a budget in mind. We've taken your most common buys – from a jug of beer to an afternoon snack – to keep you fuelled-up for sightseeing. Need your prices in Yen? We've got you covered: 

Cup of coffee = ¥220 
Soft drink (vending machine) = ¥140
Jug of beer (500ml) = ¥500
Cocktail (in an izakaya) = ¥400
Neighbourhood meal for two (no alcohol) = ¥3000
Afternoon snack (bakery item/rice ball) = ¥130

How is tipping done in Tokyo?

Tipping is almost never done in Japan. You can show your appreciation by ordering a lot, thanking the server/chef as you leave by saying "gochisosama deshita" (“it was a feast”) and by being a return customer. 

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Travellers are advised to read the FCO travel advice for the country they are travelling to.

These prices are accurate as of March 2018. If you think any of this information is out of date please email us at

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