Cost of living in Osaka, Japan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥983
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥700
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥406
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥202
12 eggs, large ¥313
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥743
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,069
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥683
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥527
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥242
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥954
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥184
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥176
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥161,724
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥103,621
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥21,031
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥100,555
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥62,554
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥10,085
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥3,516
40” flat screen TV ¥79,958
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥11,484
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥1,353
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥1,493
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥8,558
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥3,604
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,103
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥10,353
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,388,330
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥149
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,148
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥2,399
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,222
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,700
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥3,548
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥517
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥710
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥580
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥130
Tube of toothpaste ¥259
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥2,721
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,706
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,622
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥8,116
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,618
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥735
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥536
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥526
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥62,294
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥52
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥9,697
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥426
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 116 prices entered by 10 different people.
Latest price update: November 14, 2018.

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