Cost of living in Kyoto, Japan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,056
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥666
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥400
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥199
12 eggs, large ¥226
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥697
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,660
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥800
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥667
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥318
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,715
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥312
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥304
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥151,429
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥104,887
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥16,667
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥85,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥58,750
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥10,871
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,071
40” flat screen TV ¥60,973
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥14,750
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥810
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥1,126
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥8,805
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥5,368
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥7,728
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥15,680
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥1,846,190
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥131
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,207
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥2,436
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,167
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥2,000
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥1,900
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥742
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥620
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥102
Tube of toothpaste ¥303
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,225
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,250
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,289
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥3,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,629
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥742
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥417
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥561
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥52,700
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥91
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥12,250
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥443
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 68 prices entered by 8 different people.
Latest price update: November 16, 2018.

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