Tokyo has been crowned the most expensive city in the world. The survey was conducted by the consultancy firm Mercer, which analyses costs faced by visitors from the U.S.
Since the US dollar has weakened to the Japanese yen, this could at least partly explain the situation.
Fortunately for tourists visiting Tokyo, there are still some things which can be done for free.
No wonder Tokyo is often considered one of the most expensive cities in the world. Shoichi Fujimaki has opened a new upscale ramen shop in Meguro ward where the average bowl of noodles costs around 3,000 yen.
“People will pay more for nice things,” rationalizes the 40-year-old, sporting closely cropped hair and a white chef’s coat pulled over a pink, collared dress shirt. “If I thought it was too expensive, I wouldn’t be in this business.”
The Emperor Ramen sells for 10,000 yen and requires a reservation three days in advance.