Cost of living in Tokyo, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Tokyo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥724,446
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥445,727
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on data that may have some inconsistencies at the moment. They already provide a decent estimate but they are not currently bullet-proof.

List of prices in Tokyo
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,246
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥1,640
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥551
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥212
12 eggs, large ¥269
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥618
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,110
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥976
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥444
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥263
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,748
2 liters of coca-cola ¥225
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥260
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥435,792
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥258,446
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥27,545
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥237,409
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥107,968
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥13,780
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥3,722
40” flat screen tv ¥39,786
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥11,013
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥595
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,202
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥6,901
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥4,914
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥7,682
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥13,211
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,629,350
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥148
Monthly ticket public transport ¥17,407
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥4,676
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,098
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,409
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥4,910
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥613
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥540
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥440
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥171
Tube of toothpaste ¥211
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥4,154
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,620
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,478
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥11,904
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥8,550
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,068
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥495
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥515
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥43,664
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥37
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥14,584
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥537
Some of these prices have some inconsistencies. They already provide a reliable comparison but they are not bullet-proof. They are based on 253 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: May 28, 2022

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