Cost of living in Japan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥980
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥673
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥498
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥204
12 eggs, large ¥317
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥794
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,081
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥736
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥355
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥273
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,398
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥203
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥225
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥218,121
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥132,589
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥18,921
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥132,644
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥96,940
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥11,985
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,261
40” flat screen TV ¥72,148
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥19,598
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥902
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥3,051
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥7,294
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥3,733
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,082
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥10,817
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,580,080
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥127
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,693
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥948
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,031
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥4,179
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥479
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥603
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥587
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥130
Tube of toothpaste ¥230
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,442
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,327
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,386
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥6,806
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,458
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥846
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥469
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥518
iPad Air 2, 64GB ¥60,344
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥40
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥10,443
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.

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 193
2nd Yokohama 166
3rd Miyazaki 158
4th Nerima 152
5th Osaka 150

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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Recent Prices Added

  • 1 liter of gasoline in Chiba costs ¥126 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Tokyo costs ¥8,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Tokyo costs ¥350 (1 day ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Tokyo costs ¥800 (1 day ago)
  • Basic dinner out in neighborhood pub, dinner for two in Tokyo costs ¥5,000 (1 day ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Tokyo costs ¥200 (1 day ago)
  • 12 rolls of toilet paper in Tokyo costs ¥125 (1 day ago)
  • 400 ml hair shampoo 2-in-1 in Tokyo costs ¥400 (1 day ago)
  • 40ml deodorant, roll-on in Tokyo costs ¥375 (1 day ago)
  • Short visit to private doctor in Tokyo costs ¥5,000 (1 day ago)