Cost of living in Sapporo, Japan

List of prices in Sapporo, Japan. Current as of Dec 2018.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥936
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥653
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥416
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥217
12 eggs, large ¥219
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥770
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥939
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥770
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥465
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥291
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,227
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥265
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥182
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥145,714
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥79,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥17,000
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥66,667
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥49,234
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥11,995
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥5,350
40” flat screen TV ¥76,461
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥21,175
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥773
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥828
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥9,000
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥4,667
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥7,000
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥9,250
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,970,000
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥150
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,786
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥1,769
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,085
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,000
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) -
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥1,000
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥673
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥500
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥1,000
Tube of toothpaste ¥417
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,400
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,040
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,200
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥11,000
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,000
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥617
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥445
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥529
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB ¥55,800
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥20
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥6,583
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥446
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 42 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: December 15, 2018.

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