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 lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.