Japan has an (undeserved) reputation for being expensive, which it has failed to shake from the 90's...
The Dickster is here to dispel (and misspell) that myth...
True, Some imported, off season fruits, are expensive...but generally speaking, fruits and veges are much, much, cheaper than in Auckland.
I will start with food/drink prices, some basic restaurant meals, etc...
Prices I will quote in Yen/NZ dollar = 25 baht
Currency converter here.. http://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/
Will add to this as time permits.. Hope it's helpful.
Starting with the essentials (alcohol first heh)...
Here are some examples:
Alcohol seems ridiculously cheap... Jim Beam $13 bucks a bottle WTF??.. $36 in NZ.. ditto for JD's, Kahlua, Malibu, Etc...
Smirnoff Vodka for $12 dollars a bottle ($39) in Kiwi.
right, now onto my meat...
Chicken breasts $3.30 for half kilo $5 in NZ.
most meat about 30% cheaper here than in Auckers..e
This is entry level Wagyu steak... about the same price as average Kiwi beef per KG. Will be great on the BBQ.
$1 measly dollar for a head of lettuce.. $5 in NZ (I shit you not).
$1.30 for asparagus is cheap... 1 lemon is 30 cents each $5 for 4 lemons in Auckland! bear in mind, this is just from the local convenience store.. if you buy in bulk from farmers markets, it's much, much cheaper!
Mackerel *very delicious
$3.50 about $7 in NZ.
Ditto with Salmon.. and it doesn't smell like at home.. very fresh (doooh it's Japan)...
dunno why its upside down... anyway... Salmon NZ $10 here $4
Tomatoes $5-8 in NZ... $2.50 here.
$1.30 ea... 2 for $5 in NZ.
Slightly cheaper than in NZ (mun farang I mean)...
Crisps.. not too sure.. was on a diet prior to leaving... about the same I guess??
Cheapo Olive oil... $1.30 much, much cheaper than in NZ.
Milk $2.50 per litre... about the same as NZ.
Almond milk (my fav) is a bit cheaper at $3 (compared with $3.90 in NZ).
They don't have big bottles (3l though)...
Proper stuff( Olive oil) bit cheaper here..
upside down bento box (I like bento heh)... $5.50 about $10 + in NZ
Club sandwich with garlic bread... $6 double in NZ.
Dinner out for 2 (Indian) $20 (at least double in NZ).
Pizza in a restaurant $3.50 over $10 in NZ.
$1 each! at least $4 in NZ...
a $3 lunch lol... $10 in NZ... 2 curry buns and whatchamacallit... Oishi! aroi mak krup!
Fancy Yakitori? $1.50 each meat dish... $5 in NZ
Dinner out $40 bucks.. including x 2 Asahi beers...
Eggs.. $2.50 $5 in NZ
Dial a pizza... about same price as NZ.. but much, MUCH nicer...
Healthy lunch... $2.50 $4 in NZ
Cooked Carbonara, tasted better than home... and cheaper ingredients.. win win..
Crepes, $3 ea $6 in NZ.
Ice-coffee $4 ($5.50) in NZ.