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Cost of Living in Japan

Cost of living in Japan is 26.37% higher than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Japan is 20.05% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 800.00 ¥ 600.00-1,000.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,200.00 ¥ 3,000.00-6,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 650.00 ¥ 550.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 380.00 ¥ 290.00-500.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 500.00 ¥ 350.00-700.00
Cappuccino (regular) 375.80 ¥ 300.00-450.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 134.95 ¥ 110.00-160.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 107.18 ¥ 100.00-120.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 697.68 ¥ 599.69-757.08
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 154.10 ¥ 105.00-226.80
Rice (white), (1 lb) 214.75 ¥ 136.08-362.87
Eggs (12) 229.43 ¥ 200.00-300.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 897.69 ¥ 453.59-1,360.78
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 395.96 ¥ 272.16-544.31
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 907.84 ¥ 544.31-1,360.78
Apples (1 lb) 302.11 ¥ 181.44-453.59
Banana (1 lb) 149.87 ¥ 90.72-300.00
Oranges (1 lb) 269.45 ¥ 180.53-453.59
Tomato (1 lb) 329.26 ¥ 204.12-544.31
Potato (1 lb) 175.66 ¥ 113.40-272.16
Onion (1 lb) 179.49 ¥ 90.72-272.16
Lettuce (1 head) 189.43 ¥ 150.00-250.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 142.83 ¥ 100.00-200.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 ¥ 850.00-1,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 288.71 ¥ 210.00-350.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 393.07 ¥ 300.00-500.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 450.00 ¥ 440.00-470.00
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ¥ 160.00-260.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 9,370.00 ¥ 6,800.00-12,500.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 720.00 ¥ 600.00-750.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 531.08 ¥ 370.15-820.77
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,030.00 ¥ 2,569.38-5,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 505.83 ¥ 435.32-582.95
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,480,000.00 ¥ 2,000,000.00-2,900,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 19,163.89 ¥ 11,050.00-30,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 43.78 ¥ 30.00-70.00
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,011.86 ¥ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 8,787.33 ¥ 7,000.00-10,800.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 1,486.84 ¥ 1,000.00-2,500.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥ 1,500.00-2,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 7,503.67 ¥ 5,000.00-10,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,113.31 ¥ 2,900.00-5,583.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,343.40 ¥ 6,000.00-10,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 10,637.86 ¥ 5,600.00-16,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 91,830.64 ¥ 60,000.00-140,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 56,967.73 ¥ 40,000.00-80,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 196,828.42 ¥ 120,000.00-300,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 115,951.82 ¥ 80,000.00-170,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 90,229.80 ¥ 51,096.25-174,716.05
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 42,362.30 ¥ 23,225.57-74,321.81
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 266,326.76 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 1.53 1.00-2.30

Prices in Japan

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Last update: June, 2016 Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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