Cost of living in Tokyo, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Tokyo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥587,511
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥360,843
  • Tokyo is the 2nd most expensive city in Asia (2 out of 19)
  • Cost of living in Tokyo is more expensive than in 90% of cities in the World (28 out of 259)

List of prices in Tokyo, Japan. Current as of Mar 2020.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,125
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥762
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥498
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥236
12 eggs, large ¥305
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥525
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥928
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥695
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥417
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥282
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,956
2 liters of coca-cola ¥217
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥256
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥321,023
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥230,695
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥16,345
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥219,935
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥144,840
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥10,418
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥3,597
40” flat screen tv ¥47,275
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥10,450
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥710
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,372
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥6,716
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥4,190
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,543
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥16,680
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥3,009,230
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥139
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,070
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥3,034
Personal Care [Edit]
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,072
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,341
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥6,062
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥769
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥587
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥471
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥197
Tube of toothpaste ¥205
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,165
Entertainment [Edit]
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,889
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,086
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥14,042
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,560
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,581
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥414
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥502
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥44,637
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥38
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥8,600
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥475
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 671 prices entered by 105 different people.
Latest price update: March 28, 2020

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Tokyo position in our World Ranking

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28th
out of 259
asia
2nd
out of 19

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