Cost of living in Fukuoka, Japan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥905
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥636
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥371
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥186
12 eggs, large ¥236
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥421
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥837
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥543
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥320
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥267
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,283
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥176
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥173
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥124,355
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥89,859
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥15,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥75,800
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥69,349
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥8,585
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥2,553
40” flat screen TV ¥74,160
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥14,024
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥941
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,536
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥8,170
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥10,070
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥7,560
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥14,431
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,466,670
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥141
Monthly ticket public transport ¥11,167
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥4,090
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,100
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥8,500
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) -
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥855
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥509
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥66
Tube of toothpaste ¥171
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥2,667
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,656
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,192
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥7,810
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,609
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥911
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥417
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥601
iPad Air 2, 64GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥7,694
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥437
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 64 prices entered by 16 different people.
Latest price update: September 25, 2017.

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