Cost of living in Japan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,023
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥666
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥508
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥209
12 eggs, large ¥315
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥840
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥987
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥737
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥374
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥283
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,567
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥199
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥216
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥236,807
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥141,732
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥19,576
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥131,782
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥96,756
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥13,322
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,129
40” flat screen TV ¥57,750
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥16,804
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥789
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,771
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥7,450
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥3,966
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,485
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥12,667
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,446,840
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥134
Monthly ticket public transport ¥9,514
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,216
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥998
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥3,785
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥462
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥616
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥489
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥116
Tube of toothpaste ¥242
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,558
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,603
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,473
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥10,390
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,389
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥959
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥466
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥561
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥53,175
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥52
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥10,820
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥527

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.

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 176
2nd Yokohama 161
3rd Miyazaki 154
4th Nerima 149
5th Osaka 147

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.

Are you moving to Japan? Do you know how much money you will need there to maintain your current standard of living?

Find out what is the real equivalent in Japan of your current salary and improve your chances of a happy relocation.

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Recent Prices Added

  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Osaka costs ¥500 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Osaka costs ¥12,000 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Osaka costs ¥3,600 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Osaka costs ¥6,000 (1 day ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Osaka costs ¥3,000 (1 day ago)
  • 24 tablets box of cold medicine (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) in Osaka costs ¥1,800 (1 day ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Osaka costs ¥560 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Osaka costs ¥20,000 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Osaka costs ¥15,000 (1 day ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Osaka costs ¥4,000 (1 day ago)