Cost of living in Tokyo, Japan

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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,070
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (Big Mac Meal or similar) ¥687
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥564
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥217
12 eggs, large ¥349
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥650
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,531
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥707
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥396
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥275
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,829
2 liters of Coca-Cola ¥210
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥217
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area ¥367,391
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area ¥266,145
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥26,750
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area ¥210,322
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area ¥129,889
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio ¥14,493
Internet 8MB (1 month) ¥3,386
40” flat screen TV ¥73,390
Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥20,197
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥1,088
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥3,675
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar) ¥8,376
1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers) ¥6,306
1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥10,047
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥15,165
Transportation
Volkswagen Golf 2.0 TDI 140 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,900,130
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥135
Monthly ticket public transport ¥11,860
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥2,804
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,902
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥2,235
Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes) ¥8,856
1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...) ¥1,077
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥708
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥512
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥159
Tube of toothpaste ¥254
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,422
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥5,599
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,716
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥16,034
Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥13,451
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,112
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥594
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥641
iPod nano 16GB ¥19,047
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥52
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥12,913
1 package of Marlboro cigarettes ¥424
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 3,685 prices entered by 469 different people.
Latest price update: February 05, 2016.

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