Expensive Sometimes, But Not Outrageously
Coffee in Tokyo can be very expensive but also quite affordable — it all depends on the place you get your coffee, the type, size, and the experience you’re after.
Coffee prices in Tokyo are not overly high. Expect to spend between ¥100 to ¥800 on coffee in Tokyo; depending on where you purchase it, what type it is, and the size you want.
In this guide, we will show you the average prices you’ll find at the affordable coffee places and the top-end elite coffee houses in Tokyo.
When you just want a quick cup of coffee for an extra boost of energy while exploring Tokyo that won’t break your budget, there are a couple of good options: vending machines and convenience stores.
Vending Machine Coffee ¥100 – ¥150
A can of coffee (such as Georgia or Boss coffee) in a vending machine can be as little as ¥100, the average price being more like ¥120 to ¥150.
The best part? You’ll find vending machines all over Tokyo, each with a variety of coffee available to choose from. Hot coffee during the cold months and cold coffee when it’s hot outside.
Convenience Store Coffee ¥100 – ¥150
In a convenience store like 7-Eleven, you can choose between hot and cold coffee, small being ¥100, and large is ¥150.
They’ll give you a cup that you fill at a coffee machine at the other end of the counter (often near the doors). The machine grinds the beans and pours the coffee all in one step.
And there is free coffee creamer, sugar, and stir sticks available.
Family Restaurant Coffee ¥850+
If you have a little extra time family restaurants can be a great deal to you because they offer all you can drink options which include coffee.
The catch is you’re not buying just coffee, but the drink bar option added to a meal. This means you’re spending a little over ¥1,000 for everything, but it is all you can drink.If you’d like to spend a little bit more on a quality cup, but not quite Starbucks prices there are a couple of options here as well.
Japanese Chain Coffee Houses ¥400 – ¥800
Chain coffee shops such as Komeda’s, Doutor, Tully’s, Excelsior, Pronto, Hoshino (aka Hand Dripped Coffee), or Takakura will have very affordable “blend coffee” ranging from about ¥400 to ¥800 unless you go for the larger “specialty” cups, which can reach around ¥1,000.
Many of these chains, such as Takakura, offer refills for between ¥200 to ¥250 depending on the type of coffee you’re drinking.
While coffee is priced well, be careful of the food. While absolutely delicious, the food at these coffee chain shops tends to be pricy. You could easily spend ¥2,000 on a light meal and coffee.
Starbucks ¥340 – ¥520
For the most part, Starbucks prices in Tokyo aren’t so far from U.S. prices. You’ll spend anywhere from ¥340 to ¥520 for the standard espresso beverages.
Regular brewed coffee starts at ¥290 though if you’re looking to save a bit.
The Frappuccino drinks range from ¥440 to ¥580.
The interesting thing about Starbucks in Japan is the store locations. The architecture and design often take on the history of the area. For instance, in Kawagoe (just 40 minutes north of Tokyo) you’ll find the Kawagoe Kanetsuki Starbucks — mimicking the old-Edo period buildings in the surrounding area.
And of course, if you’re a Starbucks fan you have to check out the Reserve Roastery in Nakameguro. With an amazing view, interesting atmosphere, and of course, the freshest coffee, you’ll be in Starbucks heaven. And if you’re here during cherry blossom season you’re in for a treat — the area near here has a fantastic view of cherry blossoms.
Coffee Roasters & Specialty Cafes
“Is there good coffee in Tokyo?” says random tourist. Us: “Are you kidding!? You’re in one of the coffee capitals of the world.“
This is where you start getting into the real coffee scene in Tokyo (the so-called “third wave coffee”). The coffee culture is strong here — with tiny independent cafes offering the most exquisitely crafted coffee you’ll find anywhere.
Espressos, lattes, and brews of many flavors including American, Colombian, Italian, European, Hungarian, and more. You’ll find it all in Tokyo. And the prices aren’t outrageous. Expect to pay between ¥400 to ¥800.
- 4/4 Seasons Coffee is a small shop in Shinjuku with delicious coffee for ¥480 to ¥680. We’re talking carefully selected, fresh roasted, beans ground and brewed just for your cup.
- 3 Peaks Cafe in Jinbocho offers a fantastic hand-crafted cup for around ¥400-¥500. Fresh roasted Americano’s. It’s a tiny shop with an amazing atmosphere too — and if you’re a little hungry their food is delicious.
- Sol’s Coffee Stand in Kuramae is a tiny local shop you likely wouldn’t find easily since it is in the back alleys and has a ver neighborhood-like feel to it. The place almost appears to be a home changed into a coffee shop. They offer delicious espresso, Americano, and cafe latte at great prices — ¥350-¥500.
- About Life Coffee Brewers in Shibuya is another teeny tiny local cafe stand offering fantastic hand-crafted coffee. Offering onibus coffee and soy latte if this is your preference.
- Bongen Coffee in Ginza is an amazing little minimalist coffee shop combining the traditional Japanese feel with modern accents; almost a zen-like vibe. They offer a premium naturally grown coffee from Uganda.
- Sarutahiko Coffee in Tachikawa (and Ebisu) is an interesting local shop in the western suburbs of Tokyo where the shop appears to be underneath the overhang of the main building (hotel). With a great view of the promenade outside, this coffee shop is one to hit up if you’re in the Tachikawa area.
Local shops like these make for a great escape from the bustle of the city. A great place to rest and even charge your devices and use the WiFi services if you need them. And best of all, the average cost is around ¥500.
Quick Note About Breakfast
In America coffee is a staple of morning routines. Not necessarily so in Japan, where coffee is more of a drink to enjoy midday, or even evening, usually after a meal.
It has less of the energy boost in the morning mentality.
But you will find some shops, such as McDonald’s, offer coffee in their value meals — with an average price about ¥350 for the meal w/coffee.
Tokyo is an expensive city but you can find a great cup of coffee at reasonable prices. While you may run into some shops with very high prices, these aren’t very common. You could consider them the top-tier, most premium, shops.
With vending machines and convenience stores all over Tokyo, you’re never far from coffee (not to mention all the other awesome soft drinks and green tea).
As a Tokyo traveler, you’re in the right place to enjoy some of the world’s best coffee. It’s not the cheapest place for coffee, but you do get quality in return.