Cost of living in Japan

Summary of cost of living in Japan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥524,368
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥297,194
  • Japan is the 3rd most expensive country in Asia (3 out of 11)
  • Cost of living in Japan is more expensive than in 74% of countries in the World (19 out of 68)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥986
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥703
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥415
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥204
12 eggs, large ¥277
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥673
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,005
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥747
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥395
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥300
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,558
2 liters of coca-cola ¥209
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥222
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥284,523
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥151,718
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥17,346
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥141,653
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥77,468
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥12,681
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥4,016
40” flat screen tv ¥46,045
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥15,187
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥608
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥1,983
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥7,139
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥4,398
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,362
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥13,929
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,592,290
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥141
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,026
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,148
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,229
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥6,411
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥707
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥608
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥599
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥129
Tube of toothpaste ¥281
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,631
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,623
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,597
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥16,372
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥5,294
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,075
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥498
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥500
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥58,039
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥40
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥9,729
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥554

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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 157
2nd Yokohama 153
3rd Osaka 147
4th Sagamihara 145

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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  • 10 eggs, large in Fukuoka costs ¥252 (10 days ago)
  • 1 liter of whole fat milk in Fukuoka costs ¥215 (10 days ago)
  • 500 g of boneless chicken breast in Fukuoka costs ¥500 (10 days ago)

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