Cost of living in Kyoto, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Kyoto

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥461,320
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥210,003
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Kyoto
Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥958
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥651
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥415
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥197
12 eggs, large ¥248
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥623
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,524
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥746
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥559
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥286
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,715
2 liters of coca-cola ¥312
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥317
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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 ¥80,477
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥60,660
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥10,524
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥4,071
40” flat screen tv ¥60,973
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥12,800
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥810
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥1,126
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥9,500
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥5,286
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥7,614
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 ¥2,323,100
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥131
Monthly ticket public transport ¥11,994
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.) ¥744
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥620
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥106
Tube of toothpaste ¥277
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,225
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,902
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,230
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥9,197
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,160
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥778
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥408
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥562
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥48,350
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥77
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥11,842
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 31 prices entered by 6 different people.
Latest price update: March 02, 2021

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