Cost of living in Tokyo, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Tokyo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥649,996
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥401,399
  • Cost of living in Tokyo is more expensive than in 70% of cities in Asia (4 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Tokyo is cheaper than in 55% of cities in the World (92 out of 168)
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List of prices in Tokyo
Current as of Jul 2024.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,062
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥807
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥537
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥225
12 eggs, large ¥337
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥625
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,115
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥646
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥399
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥323
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,210
2 liters of coca-cola ¥204
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥167
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥422,667
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥201,977
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥21,525
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥187,941
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥105,361
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥15,623
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥4,676
40” flat screen tv ¥55,307
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥11,785
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥984
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,546
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥8,204
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥5,248
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥9,287
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥12,390
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,970,390
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥166
Monthly ticket public transport ¥8,497
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥4,226
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,297
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,320
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥3,836
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥622
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥647
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥506
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥214
Tube of toothpaste ¥217
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥4,189
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥5,495
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,905
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥10,552
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥7,567
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥2,350
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥525
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥635
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥51,220
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥52
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥9,678
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥597
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 490 prices entered by 86 different people.
Latest price update: July 13, 2024

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Tokyo position in our World Ranking

the world
92nd
out of 168
asia
4th
out of 10

Cheapest and most expensive products in Tokyo compared to other cities:

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