Cost of living in Tokyo, Japan

Summary of cost of living in Tokyo

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: ¥607,868
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: ¥354,947
  • Tokyo is the 3rd most expensive city in Asia (3 out of 24)
  • Cost of living in Tokyo is more expensive than in 71% of cities in the World (68 out of 234)
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List of prices in Tokyo
Current as of Sep 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district ¥1,118
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) ¥717
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast ¥534
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk ¥200
12 eggs, large ¥275
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes ¥732
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese ¥1,014
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples ¥972
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes ¥565
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket ¥280
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality ¥1,398
2 liters of coca-cola ¥228
Bread for 2 people for 1 day ¥245
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area ¥334,010
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area ¥200,085
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat ¥27,198
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area ¥169,771
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area ¥96,495
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio ¥16,133
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) ¥4,461
40” flat screen tv ¥42,217
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) ¥9,928
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) ¥853
Hourly rate for cleaning help ¥2,270
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) ¥6,660
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) ¥5,478
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) ¥8,528
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes ¥13,636
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new ¥2,570,480
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas ¥162
Monthly ticket public transport ¥10,706
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) ¥3,974
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) ¥1,102
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) ¥1,353
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) ¥4,493
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) ¥613
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) ¥496
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) ¥384
4 rolls of toilet paper ¥187
Tube of toothpaste ¥198
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city ¥3,306
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub ¥3,799
2 tickets to the movies ¥3,569
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) ¥12,879
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert ¥5,956
1 cocktail drink in downtown club ¥1,253
Cappuccino in expat area of the city ¥500
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) ¥580
Ipad wi-fi 128gb ¥44,278
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) ¥50
1 month of gym membership in business district ¥11,147
1 package of marlboro cigarettes ¥564
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 348 prices entered by 43 different people.
Latest price update: September 24, 2022

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Tokyo position in our World Ranking

the world
68th
out of 234
asia
3rd
out of 24

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5th
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