A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Finding the cheapest gas in your neighborhood

Hi, all. I’d like to share my secret since Shaney brought up the gasoline prices on highways. You all know that the gas prices have gone down significantly in the past few months, but some places still charge a lot.

 I’ve been using General Express on R354 in Inarimae, next to a camera shop since it opened. It’s a self-service gas station and the cheapest one in the area. The last time I checked, the gas price there was 118yen per liter. I’m sure that some of the TsukuBlog readers are familiar with this, but you can pay by using the “Speedpass” when you buy gas at this gas station. It’s very convenient when you are in a hurry!

The only problem with this gas station is that since this is the cheapest place to fill up the tank, it gets crowded very often. I think its location being so close to Inarimae Intersection is making the situation worse. I’ve had quite unpleasant experiences with hot-tempered drivers at this gas station, so I always try to go there very late at night or early in the morning. It’s open until midnight though it used to be open 24-hours.

Another cheap gas station is also on R354. If you head to Tsuchiura from Tsukuba on R354, you’ll see a small gas station on your right soon after you drive past Joban Expressway Sakura Tsuchiura Exit. This gas station also has the lowest gas price in the area.

If you can read Japanese, I recommend checking out gogo.gs, a comparison-shop site. A list of gas stations in Ibaraki is here. Some of the prices listed are the member rates, but as far as I know, you don’t need to be a member to get the lowest price at the gas station in Inarimae.

As the Christmas/New Year’s break approaching, I really hope the gas prices won’t go up like they did in summer!


  • Shaney says:

    Great information! Thanks!

  • RrFish says:

    You’re welcome :-)

    Now that the secret is out, I just need to brace myself for a longer line. …Just kidding.

    The gas price went up to 121yen/liter at Inarimae on Monday, but that was still the cheapest in the area.