Cost of living in Tokyo, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Tokyo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥576,392
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥340,348
  • Tokyo is the 3rd most expensive city in Asia (3 out of 16)
  • Cost of living in Tokyo is more expensive than in 84% of cities in the World (32 out of 198)

List of prices in Tokyo, Japan. Current as of Mar 2021.

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Food [Edit]
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥948
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥711
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥449
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥203
12 eggs, large ¥264
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥666
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥866
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥810
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥384
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥322
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,351
2 liters of coca-cola ¥207
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥256
Housing [Edit]
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥334,146
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥183,574
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥21,957
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥162,228
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥91,721
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥10,721
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥3,181
40” flat screen tv ¥42,617
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥9,643
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥614
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,131
Clothes [Edit]
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥6,884
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥4,922
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,338
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥13,101
Transportation [Edit]
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,615,550
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥137
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,727
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥3,721
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) ¥4,929
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥623
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥587
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥471
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥187
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 ¥3,543
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,574
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥20,523
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥6,377
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,651
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥400
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥530
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥43,664
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥40
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥10,289
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥506
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 330 prices entered by 83 different people.
Latest price update: March 03, 2021

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Tokyo position in our World Ranking

the world
32nd
out of 198
asia
3rd
out of 16

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