Cost of living in Japan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,057
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥671
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥497
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥205
12 eggs, large ¥301
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥808
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥924
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥749
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥429
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥282
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,659
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥198
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥206
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥224,805
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥128,074
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥19,331
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥124,565
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥88,209
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥13,050
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,177
40” flat screen TV ¥58,983
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥15,842
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥748
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥1,978
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥8,366
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥4,198
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,351
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥14,989
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,383,290
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥138
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,566
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,278
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,019
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥4,575
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥491
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥645
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥499
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥132
Tube of toothpaste ¥261
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,117
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,427
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,435
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥10,226
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,878
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥957
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥463
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥598
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥53,237
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥47
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥10,366
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥466

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 188
2nd Yokohama 175
3rd Miyazaki 164
4th Nerima 158
5th Osaka 158

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 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) in Nagoya costs ¥104 (about 16 hours ago)
  • Public transport in Nagasaki costs ¥4,500 (1 day ago)
  • 1 pack of marlboro cigarettes in Tokyo costs ¥440 (4 days ago)
  • 1 month of gym membership in business district in Tokyo costs ¥8,500 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Tokyo costs ¥500 (4 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Tokyo costs ¥2,000 (4 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Tokyo costs ¥5,000 (4 days ago)
  • Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city in Tokyo costs ¥2,300 (4 days ago)
  • 75 ml tube of toothpaste in Tokyo costs ¥230 (4 days ago)
  • 4 rolls of toilet paper in Tokyo costs ¥200 (4 days ago)