Cost of living in Sendai, Japan

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥943
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥603
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥450
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥208
12 eggs, large ¥285
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥425
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥679
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥417
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥250
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥337
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥984
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥176
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥155
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥118,936
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥90,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥15,667
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥76,667
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥40,000
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥6,000
Internet 8 Mbps (1 month) ¥4,105
40” flat screen TV ¥25,000
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) -
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥800
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥2,760
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥3,500
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥6,050
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥9,000
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new -
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥140
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,667
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) -
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,400
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) -
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥10,000
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥1,500
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥500
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥700
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥233
Tube of toothpaste ¥200
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥2,150
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,000
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,360
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 ¥5,500
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,000
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥438
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥702
iPad Wi-Fi 128GB -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥8,750
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥640
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 37 prices entered by 5 different people.
Latest price update: October 13, 2017.

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