Japan goes through phases of being reasonably priced and incredibly expensive. In an earlier podcast, we talked about the cost of living in Tokyo. Rent, taxes, and insurance can suck your money away in a heartbeat. But what I think makes living in Tokyo expensive is those every day, small things that seem to cost more than they should.
I think fruit is expensive here… but quality meats are reasonably priced.
I think anime figurines are expensive here… but manga books are super-cheap.
I think movie tickets are expensive here… but renting a film isn’t too bad.
I’ve only lived in three countries, so my sample set of “normal prices” is rather skewed. What about you? What kinds of things do you find surprisingly expensive in Japan?