Cost of living in Kumamoto, Japan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥657
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥300
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥500
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥188
12 eggs, large ¥293
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥833
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥600
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥833
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥300
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥288
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥2,421
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥200
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥187
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥78,944
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥50,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥20,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥10,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area -
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥5,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥6,158
40” flat screen TV ¥71,056
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥20,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥500
Hourly rate for cleaning help -
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥3,914
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥4,618
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥7,502
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥7,106
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥120
Monthly ticket public transport ¥9,947
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥1,443
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,000
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,000
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥2,000
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥200
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥375
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥500
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥200
Tube of toothpaste ¥180
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥1,421
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,106
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,000
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥4,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥5,842
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥704
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥1,000
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥704
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥60,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥8,737
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥288
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 56 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 20, 2017.

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