Cost of living in Japan

Summary of cost of living in Japan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥552,393
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥313,240
  • Cost of living in Japan is more expensive than in 69% of countries in Asia (5 out of 13)
  • Cost of living in Japan is more expensive than in 57% of countries in the World (30 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,017
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥750
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥506
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥206
12 eggs, large ¥323
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥598
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,052
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥751
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥489
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥295
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,310
2 liters of coca-cola ¥229
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥195
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥306,922
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥141,141
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥20,687
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥162,841
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥84,192
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥28,514
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥4,262
40” flat screen tv ¥52,629
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥12,453
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥935
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥1,314
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥6,100
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥5,433
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥9,471
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥14,221
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,677,150
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥165
Monthly ticket public transport ¥8,813
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,565
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥2,993
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥6,000
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥1,340
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥842
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥750
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥238
Tube of toothpaste ¥255
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,688
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥5,396
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,554
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥4,524
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,875
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥901
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥487
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥636
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥98,506
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥52
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥9,322
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥579

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Map of Cost of Living in Japan

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This map shows only the top cities in Japan. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
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The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Japan

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Tokyo 111
2nd Yokohama 104
3rd Nagoya 104
4th Osaka 99
5th Sagamihara 96
6th Fukuoka 92

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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