Cost of Living Comparison Between Tokyo and Kyoto 

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Consumer Prices in Kyoto are 7.28% lower than in Tokyo (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Kyoto are 15.66% lower than in Tokyo
Rent Prices in Kyoto are 35.21% lower than in Tokyo
Restaurant Prices in Kyoto are 7.77% higher than in Tokyo
Groceries Prices in Kyoto are 12.29% lower than in Tokyo
Local Purchasing Power in Kyoto is 7.23% lower than in Tokyo
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Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 850.00 ¥ 800.00 ¥      -5.88 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 5,000.00 ¥ 6,000.00 ¥      +20.00 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 700.00 ¥ 700.00 ¥      0.00 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 500.00 ¥ 407.44 ¥      -18.51 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 600.00 ¥ 700.00 ¥      +16.67 %
Cappuccino (regular) 392.36 ¥ 452.48 ¥      +15.32 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 147.87 ¥ 158.57 ¥      +7.24 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 108.41 ¥ 115.56 ¥      +6.59 %
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 763.62 ¥ 1,102.50 ¥      +44.38 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 201.91 ¥ 210.01 ¥      +4.01 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 236.04 ¥ 209.79 ¥      -11.12 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 252.57 ¥ 251.33 ¥      -0.49 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 736.42 ¥ 1,406.44 ¥      +90.98 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 419.01 ¥ 438.47 ¥      +4.65 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,172.54 ¥ 408.23 ¥      -65.18 %
Apples (1 lb) 386.06 ¥ 302.40 ¥      -21.67 %
Banana (1 lb) 177.76 ¥ 128.22 ¥      -27.87 %
Oranges (1 lb) 280.88 ¥ 203.89 ¥      -27.41 %
Tomato (1 lb) 319.03 ¥ 287.12 ¥      -10.00 %
Potato (1 lb) 180.02 ¥ 101.83 ¥      -43.43 %
Onion (1 lb) 156.34 ¥ 101.83 ¥      -34.86 %
Lettuce (1 head) 195.68 ¥ 150.00 ¥      -23.35 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 125.61 ¥ 125.00 ¥      -0.48 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,450.00 ¥ 2,400.00 ¥      +65.52 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 340.41 ¥ 301.87 ¥      -11.32 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 375.00 ¥ 175.00 ¥      -53.33 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 520.00 ¥ 450.00 ¥      -13.46 %
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ¥ 230.00 ¥      +15.00 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,500.00 ¥ 9,240.00 ¥      -12.00 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 460.00 ¥ 600.00 ¥      +30.43 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 659.83 ¥ 293.71 ¥      -55.49 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,500.00 ¥ 2,480.00 ¥      -29.14 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 527.94 ¥ 519.86 ¥      -1.53 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,534,500.00 ¥ 2,800,000.00 ¥      +10.48 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,133,700.00 ¥ 2,250,000.00 ¥      +5.45 %
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 21,910.40 ¥ 17,659.09 ¥      -19.40 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 31.15 ¥ 28.33 ¥      -9.05 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,525.00 ¥ 4,625.00 ¥      +2.21 %
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 9,783.33 ¥ 9,125.00 ¥      -6.73 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3,141.67 ¥ 4,440.00 ¥      +41.33 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥ 1,750.00 ¥      -2.78 %
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 81,061.40 ¥ 78,239.54 ¥      -3.48 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 1,993,750.00 ¥ 1,418,000.00 ¥      -28.88 %
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 6,851.33 ¥ 8,200.00 ¥      +19.68 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,430.55 ¥ 4,000.00 ¥      -9.72 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,241.38 ¥ 8,214.29 ¥      -0.33 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 12,689.66 ¥ 10,300.00 ¥      -18.83 %
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 132,444.44 ¥ 93,437.50 ¥      -29.45 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 76,421.54 ¥ 64,375.00 ¥      -15.76 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 316,191.16 ¥ 182,500.00 ¥      -42.28 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 162,300.00 ¥ 105,000.00 ¥      -35.30 %
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 116,175.18 ¥ 53,418.65 ¥      -54.02 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 71,229.07 ¥ 39,999.67 ¥      -43.84 %
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 331,217.80 ¥ 259,166.67 ¥      -21.75 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.34 2.00      +49.63 %
Last update: January 2021January 2021
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