Onigiri – quick 100 yen rice snacks


Onigiri, sometime known as ‘rice balls’ in the west, are a great snack or light lunch for budget travellers. Essentially a ball of rice covered in seaweed with a filling, they are easy to find and much healthier than western snacks like potato chips! Popular flavours are tuna mayo (ツナマヨ or シーチキンマヨネーズ) and shrimp mayo (エビマヨ), but many more are available.

Price: Around 100-110 yen ($1)

Name in Japanese: おにぎり/onigiri

Where can I get them?

All convenience stores will have a wide selection of Onigiri, as well as most supermarkets. Onigiri in department stores or speciality shops can be considerably more expensive.


Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.