Cost of living in Chiba, Japan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,232
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥723
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥887
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥204
12 eggs, large ¥293
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥689
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥900
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥802
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥656
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥385
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥2,013
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥223
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥322
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥179,785
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥162,154
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥29,557
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥139,333
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥75,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥7,434
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥3,710
40” flat screen TV ¥66,970
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥25,657
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥1,934
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥6,525
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥9,634
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥8,764
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥12,045
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥15,559
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,790,400
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥135
Monthly ticket public transport ¥15,684
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,256
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥10,000
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥690
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥573
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥628
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥331
Tube of toothpaste ¥362
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥4,419
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,383
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,774
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥11,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥8,260
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,547
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥372
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥515
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥70,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥9,131
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥400
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 14 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: September 23, 2017.

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