Tara Kamiya



In my area of Japan fruit is expensive. I have to think that way because I want to believe that.LOL Just put the prices seen in the pictures in your currency of choice and prepare to be shocked and amazed! Currently one apple priced at is ¥158.00 = $1.55

At first I was thinking that fruit out of season would be expensive, but nah….it is always expensive. Everything is expensive here because it is imported. So just think, if it is not made here, it is gonna cost you.

I went to the city the other day for some western goodies. Well now, a product that I would buy in America for about $13.00 magically became damn near $20.00. I just wanted to cry. But the reality is that your basic cost of living is low outside of the city, so you can(in theory) enjoy lots of Western stuff without it hurting your pockets.

Online shopping has been a good option for me, but the shipping may get you depending on what you get. Totally love iherb.com right now! They need to contact me for an endorsement because I am in love. It only costs me about ¥400 to get decent sized shipment and it comes in a week. You gotta love it. Right now I am trying to get my hands on Western bedding and yarn. Feel free to leave suggestions. I dragged as much as I could from America, and lord knows I don’t NEED anything, but once the holidays come around I may want some more goodies.

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9 thoughts on “Fruit Costs in Japan

  1. This is a nice article. Im also living in Japan in Tokyo and the prices are outragous. Sometimes i think its a joke. When i was in NY, i could have a better diet and eat more raw food. Over here, its just way to expensive to go raw or have a decent diet. Im struggling to make due with whats available but i feel like im being starved out of lifes necessities such as fruits , nuts, etc. Prices are not realisitc sometimes. Sigh,,, when i go back to NY, ill have to kiss the ground that i once cursed and complained about. I didnt know how grateful i was until i finally left NY for JP.

  2. Hello Tara!
    I’m loving your blog a lot! I stumbled on your YouTube channel while looking for “Studying abroad in Japan” testimonies and directed myself to your blog. I am Jamaican/Chinese American girl raised in Chicago, IL- and was chosen to study abroad in Japan for 2 semesters (Not by choice for I was suppose to study in Australia).
    I am very worried because Japan is a very homogeneous and reticent country; this is definitely not what I’m use to being in a multicultural family and country. I’m very nervous- any advice how to get through? I could cancel my arrangements through my school and wait for a new spot to open up in a couple semesters in Australia again- but I don’t want pass up an opportunity to try something different/unexpected.
    How long did it take you to get fluent/”get by” in Japanese? (Online Rosetta Stone isn’t cutting it..) How long did it take you to adjust? What are some things stock up on to bring with? -AND- What do you do for your hair there?** (I have a feeling I’m going to be walking around with my hair looking like Baghdad after month #2.) Lol.

    Thanks so much for any information Tara!

  3. Hi Tara,

    This isn’t completely on topic, but it is health related. What is the water like in Japan? Is bottled water expensive as well? Do Japanese people often drink regular tap water?

    I have been wondering about this and it’s hard to find answers about it online. The water is very hard here in Texas and I’m considering purchasing a soft water system because hard water really is rough on natural hair when taking showers.

    Thank you for your time Tara,


  4. I have not had any problems washing in the shower, but it is heavily chlorinated.I have noticed that my hair seems to need lots of moisture here. In NYC I could not smell any chemicals in the water, but here the water is similar to Florida or parts of Africa. If I fill up a bowl I can smell chlorine. I am not sure about all over Japan, but I have been to the mountains and the water is spring waters so taste is better and cleaner I would assume. Bottled water is about the same as US. $1.00 or $1.25 depending on where you go. Japanese people are very serious about their food. My in laws have water delivered and we have filters on the kitchen sink faucets. Thanks for reading!

  5. The hair thing is going to be trial and error since everyone has a different texture. But I tell your right off, if you treat your hair with chemicals, perm, relaxer, dye, you are not gonna make it. You will be bald because they do not have any of that here. All the stuff in Japan is for them. Unless you are in the city and can find some foreign clicks of people that have their own stores. I have found that my hair needs lots of moisture and needs to be washed more often out here. I would bring some comforts from home like condiments and dry goods if you are going to be in a small town because THERE IS NO WESTERN FOOD AT ALL, unless you order online. Any previous study of Japanese will help you. You will learn to speak conversation in a year, reading and writing 5 years.

  6. Yes, if nuts were not so heavy and did not spoil I would have brought back a lot!!!

  7. i agree, the water is hellah chlorinated here! I thought i was the only one who noticed! I live in Tokyo and my water is a blueish tint and it smells like a swimming pool. youre right, i most definitely have to wash my hair more often here and my skin has suffered a bit with eczema coming back after not having it for so many years. now i only shower, i cant sit in the bathtub and take a bath, way to harsh for my skin.

    excellent article

  8. I know I’m late. But we live in Japan also, Okinawa to be specific. Have you tried going to the farmers markets, we are able to find way better deals than at the grocery stores. Also, some of the grocery stores have certain days for produce sales(usually on Wednesdays for San-Ei, Kanehide, etc…).

  9. I will have to check that out. We were going to JA but we stopped going with the inlays. Once I get my car I will be alble to figure out where the deals are.

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