Cost of living in Tsukuba, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Tsukuba

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥394,211
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥163,596
  • WARNING!  These estimates are based on only a few data points. At the moment, you should treat them only as a best guess.

List of prices in Tsukuba
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,115
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥688
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥488
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥202
12 eggs, large ¥232
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥658
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥615
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥561
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥359
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥250
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,194
2 liters of coca-cola ¥232
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥251
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Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥93,304
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥84,090
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥13,801
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥68,330
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥45,197
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥9,987
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥4,693
40” flat screen tv -
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) -
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥690
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥933
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥5,213
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥4,210
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥7,430
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥8,770
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥1,711,650
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥148
Monthly ticket public transport ¥11,806
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥1,859
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Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥842
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,142
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥3,544
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥2,853
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥1,054
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥436
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥146
Tube of toothpaste ¥347
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥2,089
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,412
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,118
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) -
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥8,006
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥697
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥483
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥575
Ipad wi-fi 128gb -
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥53
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥7,152
1 package of marlboro cigarettes -
WARNING!  These prices are based on only a few data points. At this point they are mostly a guess. They are based on 54 prices entered by less than 5 different people.
Latest price update: May 23, 2022

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