Cost of living in Japan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,031
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥665
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥510
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥206
12 eggs, large ¥317
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥856
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,071
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥761
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥363
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥283
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,509
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥198
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥231
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥207,896
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥136,313
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥19,559
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥127,022
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥94,122
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥12,485
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,081
40” flat screen TV ¥56,745
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥15,573
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥779
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,668
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥7,054
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥3,935
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,114
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥11,526
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,600,580
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥132
Monthly ticket public transport ¥9,345
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥998
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥915
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥3,862
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥483
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥631
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥517
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥112
Tube of toothpaste ¥229
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,393
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,440
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,428
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥8,239
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,754
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥960
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥460
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥568
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥53,805
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥45
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥10,938
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 173
2nd Yokohama 162
3rd Miyazaki 152
4th Nerima 148
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

  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Tokyo costs ¥470 (1 day ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Tokyo costs ¥12,000 (1 day ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Tokyo costs ¥600 (1 day ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Tokyo costs ¥600 (1 day ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Tokyo costs ¥4,000 (1 day ago)
  • 2 tickets to the movies in Tokyo costs ¥3,300 (1 day ago)
  • Taxi, initial meter charge, weekday at noon in Tokyo costs ¥500 (1 day ago)
  • Public transport in Tokyo costs ¥12,000 (1 day ago)
  • Men’s leather business shoes in Tokyo costs ¥20,000 (1 day ago)
  • Sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) in Tokyo costs ¥11,000 (1 day ago)