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Rice Cooker 炊飯器 Suihanki

As Japan is a country where rice is one of its staple foods, it is understandable that there are a multitude of different rice cookers that you can buy. If you do like rice, it will certainly be helpful in the kitchen.
Modern Japanese rice cookers come in all shapes, sizes and colours and have a variety of buttons and options to assist in cooking the 'perfect' rice (and even other things!). For one to just cook your rice and then keep it warm for 1-4 people, you can probably expect to pay around 5000yen for a brand new one.
Rice cookers can do more than just cook rice if you're adventurous. You can start small by just adding herbs and spices into the rice, or vegetables such as peas or beans. Work up by throwing fish or egg in. You can also cook meat with your rice at the same time, so long as you don't mind that the seasonings mix. No adjustments needed for any of this; your rice cooker automatically adjusts the time. And for the brave, you can try cooking a stew or even baking bread in a rice cooker (some more expensive models have options specifically to cook bread).


Gas and electric ovens like you're probably used to back home are a rare sight outside of schools or community centres. Most Japanese houses are too small to allow for an oven in the kitchen. Japan does, however, have combined microwave and oven systems. These can be used to heat things up, like a regular microwave, or used to bake and roast, like an electric oven, and some can even toast.
They are not cheap (smallest ones starting from around 20,000yen), but if you need a microwave, why not look into getting the oven combination.

Price Range
(yen 円)

Rice cooker
2000 - 30,000 +
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Oven/Microwave combo
15,000 - 30,000 +
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Toaster Oven
2,100 - 10,000 +
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15,000 - 20,000 +
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Gas burners
3,200 - 5,500 +
(requires constant
purchase of gas
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Refrigerator (varies greatly, depending on size)
17,000 - 70,000 +
(average 30,000)
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