Cost of living in Japan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,052
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥670
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥478
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥207
12 eggs, large ¥310
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥815
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,014
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥749
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥431
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥291
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,703
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥199
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥208
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥236,601
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥141,401
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥18,611
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥129,819
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 ¥59,797
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥18,392
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥848
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,575
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥7,691
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥4,244
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,631
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥13,887
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,413,730
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥137
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,169
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,229
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥998
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥4,043
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥491
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥659
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥499
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥124
Tube of toothpaste ¥248
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,314
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,543
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,386
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 ¥7,804
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥918
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥479
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥573
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥53,237
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥49
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥11,808
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥546

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 171
3rd Miyazaki 161
4th Osaka 156
5th Nerima 155

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

  • Daily rate for domestic cleaning help in Tokyo costs ¥1,250 (3 days ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Tokyo costs ¥170 (4 days ago)
  • Hourly rate for domestic cleaning help in Tokyo costs ¥1,500 (4 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Tokyo costs ¥760 (4 days ago)
  • Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district in Tokyo costs ¥1,500 (4 days ago)
  • Internet connection 300 mbps, 1 month in Tokyo costs ¥6,500 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml beer in neighbourhood pub in Kyoto costs ¥500 (5 days ago)
  • Cappuccino in expat area of the city in Kyoto costs ¥500 (5 days ago)
  • Cocktail drink in downtown club in Kyoto costs ¥800 (5 days ago)
  • Nice dinner at an italian restaurant, dinner for two in Kyoto costs ¥5,000 (5 days ago)