Cost of living in Japan

Summary of cost of living in Japan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥520,152
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥288,310
  • Japan is the 3rd most expensive country in Asia (3 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Japan is more expensive than in 80% of countries in the World (16 out of 75)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥954
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥699
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥444
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥200
12 eggs, large ¥253
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥622
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥903
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥771
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥384
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥306
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,331
2 liters of coca-cola ¥199
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥226
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥268,095
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥150,794
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥23,880
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥140,127
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥77,433
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥12,855
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥4,197
40” flat screen tv ¥63,991
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥10,809
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥901
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,418
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥6,941
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥4,416
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,088
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥12,131
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,676,280
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥136
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,384
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,225
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,626
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥6,148
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥812
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥655
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥501
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥170
Tube of toothpaste ¥229
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥2,983
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,633
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,657
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥12,969
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,422
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,122
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥445
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥556
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥50,234
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥40
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥9,497
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥525

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:
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 177
2nd Yokohama 168
3rd Sagamihara 161
4th Osaka 159

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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Prices recently added

  • Public transport in Naha costs ¥8,000 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Naha costs ¥10,000 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 1 ticket to the movies in Naha costs ¥3,600 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Jeans (levis 501 or similar) in Naha costs ¥8,000 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Naha costs ¥5,000 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Naha costs ¥156 (about 5 hours ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Naha costs ¥1,000 (about 5 hours ago)
  • 12 oz domestic beer in the supermarket in Yokohama costs ¥324 (2 days ago)
  • 10 eggs, large in Yokohama costs ¥318 (2 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Yokohama costs ¥170 (2 days ago)