Cost of living in Kobe, Japan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥900
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥657
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥575
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥199
12 eggs, large ¥296
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥727
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥892
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥676
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥525
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥207
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,498
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥221
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥267
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥226,250
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥136,153
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥19,164
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥82,564
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥70,667
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥10,750
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,331
40” flat screen TV ¥70,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥12,667
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥608
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥1,597
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥9,666
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥4,327
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,220
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥14,398
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,833,330
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥141
Monthly ticket public transport ¥9,917
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥2,930
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,260
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,000
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥2,168
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥671
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥626
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥526
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥160
Tube of toothpaste ¥249
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,582
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,917
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,401
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥15,750
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,666
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥805
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥426
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥617
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥50,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥297
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥12,511
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥405
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 111 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: November 20, 2018.

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