Cost of living in Sendai, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Sendai

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥387,772
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥180,091
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.
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List of prices in Sendai, Japan. Current as of Nov 2019.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥838
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥614
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥447
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥218
12 eggs, large ¥271
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥417
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,333
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥463
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥263
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥301
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,278
2 liters of coca-cola ¥196
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥102
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥130,085
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥97,683
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥16,396
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥78,662
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) ¥4,000
40” flat screen tv ¥27,500
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥30,000
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥750
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) ¥6,700
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 ¥147
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,947
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 ¥200
Tube of toothpaste ¥200
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥2,667
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥4,356
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,338
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 ¥6,506
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥912
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥467
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥695
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥12,000
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) -
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥10,000
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥572
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 23 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: November 19, 2019

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