Cost of living in Japan

Summary of cost of living in Japan

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥465,565
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥245,563
  • Japan is the 3rd most expensive country in Asia (3 out of 12)
  • Cost of living in Japan is more expensive than in 79% of countries in the World (20 out of 90)
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Food
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,029
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥720
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥458
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥215
12 eggs, large ¥285
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥489
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,246
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥610
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥381
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥269
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,801
2 liters of coca-cola ¥230
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥247
Housing
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥222,936
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥116,396
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥15,296
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥118,375
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥84,119
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥11,150
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥3,874
40” flat screen tv ¥37,069
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥10,465
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥749
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,075
Clothes
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥6,528
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥4,644
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,024
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥13,013
Transportation
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,936,380
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥142
Monthly ticket public transport ¥9,633
Personal Care
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,406
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥929
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥8,740
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥554
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥669
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥525
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥206
Tube of toothpaste ¥238
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥2,654
Entertainment
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,680
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,281
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥15,347
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,734
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥809
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥511
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥509
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥47,454
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥26
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥8,766
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥477

Map of Cost of Living in Japan

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This map shows only the top cities in Japan. We also have on this page a list of all the cities available in Expatistan:
List of all the cities available in Expatistan

The color of each marker corresponds with the cost of living in the city red markers show more expensive cities green ones show cheaper cities
Moving the mouse on top of a city will show its name and the Cost of Living Index of that city.

What is the Cost of Living Index? To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

Cost of Living Ranking in Japan

(top cities by data quality)

Ranking City Price Index *
1st Tokyo 202
2nd Yokohama 186
3rd Osaka 172

Price Index:

To calculate each city's Price Index value, we start by assigning a value of 100 to a central reference city (that happens to be Prague). Once the reference point has been established, the Price Index value of every other city in the database is calculated by comparing their cost of living to the cost of living in Prague.
Therefore, if a city has a Price Index of 134, that means that living there is 34% more expensive than living in Prague.

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Prices recently added

  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Tokyo costs ¥150,000 (1 day ago)
  • One-way ticket in public transport in Fukuoka costs ¥200 (4 days ago)
  • Taxi fare per distance, weekday at noon, per 1 km. in Fukuoka costs ¥850 (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in normal area in Fukuoka costs ¥50,000 (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 45 m2 furnished studio in expensive area in Fukuoka costs ¥100,000 (4 days ago)
  • Furnished accommodation in normal area, monthly rent - 85 m2 in Fukuoka costs ¥130,000 (4 days ago)
  • Monthly rent - 85 m2 furnished accommodation in expensive area in Fukuoka costs ¥200,000 (4 days ago)
  • 2 liters of coca-cola in Fukuoka costs ¥250 (4 days ago)
  • 500 ml domestic beer in the supermarket in Fukuoka costs ¥250 (4 days ago)
  • Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) in Fukuoka costs ¥600 (4 days ago)