Cost of Living Comparison Between Tokyo and Seoul 

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Consumer Prices in Seoul are 2.79% lower than in Tokyo (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Seoul are 8.50% lower than in Tokyo
Rent Prices in Seoul are 21.45% lower than in Tokyo
Restaurant Prices in Seoul are 6.13% lower than in Tokyo
Groceries Prices in Seoul are 15.49% higher than in Tokyo
Local Purchasing Power in Seoul is 12.52% lower than in Tokyo
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Restaurants
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 900.00 ¥
(9,371.07 ₩)
768.32 ¥
(8,000.00 ₩)
     -14.63 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 5,000.00 ¥
(52,061.52 ₩)
4,802.01 ¥
(50,000.00 ₩)
     -3.96 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 700.00 ¥
(7,288.61 ₩)
600.25 ¥
(6,250.00 ₩)
     -14.25 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 500.00 ¥
(5,206.15 ₩)
384.16 ¥
(4,000.00 ₩)
     -23.17 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 600.00 ¥
(6,247.38 ₩)
576.24 ¥
(6,000.00 ₩)
     -3.96 %
Cappuccino (regular) 384.54 ¥
(4,003.97 ₩)
456.30 ¥
(4,751.11 ₩)
     +18.66 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 150.20 ¥
(1,563.94 ₩)
179.51 ¥
(1,869.14 ₩)
     +19.52 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 110.87 ¥
(1,154.38 ₩)
84.68 ¥
(881.71 ₩)
     -23.62 %
Markets
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 778.02 ¥
(8,100.99 ₩)
920.46 ¥
(9,584.11 ₩)
     +18.31 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 202.79 ¥
(2,111.52 ₩)
262.42 ¥
(2,732.37 ₩)
     +29.40 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 230.81 ¥
(2,403.25 ₩)
213.94 ¥
(2,227.65 ₩)
     -7.31 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 255.51 ¥
(2,660.46 ₩)
321.54 ¥
(3,348.00 ₩)
     +25.84 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 735.30 ¥
(7,656.15 ₩)
910.49 ¥
(9,480.29 ₩)
     +23.83 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 418.06 ¥
(4,352.98 ₩)
455.99 ¥
(4,747.92 ₩)
     +9.07 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,130.45 ¥
(11,770.63 ₩)
1,717.11 ¥
(17,879.06 ₩)
     +51.90 %
Apples (1 lb) 386.01 ¥
(4,019.23 ₩)
382.48 ¥
(3,982.55 ₩)
     -0.91 %
Banana (1 lb) 166.02 ¥
(1,728.60 ₩)
168.62 ¥
(1,755.67 ₩)
     +1.57 %
Oranges (1 lb) 273.78 ¥
(2,850.64 ₩)
263.56 ¥
(2,744.24 ₩)
     -3.73 %
Tomato (1 lb) 304.56 ¥
(3,171.12 ₩)
340.23 ¥
(3,542.60 ₩)
     +11.71 %
Potato (1 lb) 167.33 ¥
(1,742.24 ₩)
187.13 ¥
(1,948.44 ₩)
     +11.84 %
Onion (1 lb) 152.62 ¥
(1,589.13 ₩)
136.91 ¥
(1,425.58 ₩)
     -10.29 %
Lettuce (1 head) 203.95 ¥
(2,123.61 ₩)
241.32 ¥
(2,512.67 ₩)
     +18.32 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 126.76 ¥
(1,319.86 ₩)
126.85 ¥
(1,320.83 ₩)
     +0.07 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,400.00 ¥
(14,577.23 ₩)
1,920.80 ¥
(20,000.00 ₩)
     +37.20 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 342.84 ¥
(3,569.79 ₩)
253.92 ¥
(2,643.87 ₩)
     -25.94 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 387.50 ¥
(4,034.77 ₩)
301.46 ¥
(3,138.89 ₩)
     -22.20 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 520.00 ¥
(5,414.40 ₩)
432.18 ¥
(4,500.00 ₩)
     -16.89 %
Transportation
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 210.00 ¥
(2,186.58 ₩)
120.05 ¥
(1,250.00 ₩)
     -42.83 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,500.00 ¥
(109,329.19 ₩)
5,282.21 ¥
(55,000.00 ₩)
     -49.69 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 470.00 ¥
(4,893.78 ₩)
364.95 ¥
(3,800.00 ₩)
     -22.35 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 675.92 ¥
(7,037.93 ₩)
117.47 ¥
(1,223.10 ₩)
     -82.62 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,500.00 ¥
(36,443.06 ₩)
1,152.48 ¥
(12,000.00 ₩)
     -67.07 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 528.68 ¥
(5,504.82 ₩)
561.23 ¥
(5,843.73 ₩)
     +6.16 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,539,000.00 ¥
(26,436,839.12 ₩)
3,073,287.23 ¥
(32,000,000.00 ₩)
     +21.04 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,161,961.54 ¥
(22,511,000.15 ₩)
2,747,203.92 ¥
(28,604,721.53 ₩)
     +27.07 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 22,228.51 ¥
(231,449.95 ₩)
19,687.95 ¥
(204,996.91 ₩)
     -11.43 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 30.38 ¥
(316.37 ₩)
15.22 ¥
(158.46 ₩)
     -49.91 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,616.67 ¥
(48,070.14 ₩)
2,558.48 ¥
(26,639.66 ₩)
     -44.58 %
Sports And Leisure
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 9,640.62 ¥
(100,381.12 ₩)
6,079.35 ¥
(63,300.00 ₩)
     -36.94 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3,154.55 ¥
(32,846.09 ₩)
2,031.62 ¥
(21,153.85 ₩)
     -35.60 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥
(18,742.15 ₩)
1,056.44 ¥
(11,000.00 ₩)
     -41.31 %
Childcare
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 81,061.40 ¥
(844,035.95 ₩)
45,053.88 ¥
(469,114.72 ₩)
     -44.42 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,038,636.36 ¥
(21,226,900.97 ₩)
2,133,222.90 ¥
(22,211,764.71 ₩)
     +4.64 %
Clothing And Shoes
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 6,892.99 ¥
(71,771.91 ₩)
7,234.14 ¥
(75,324.08 ₩)
     +4.95 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,300.00 ¥
(44,772.91 ₩)
4,847.68 ¥
(50,475.47 ₩)
     +12.74 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,258.06 ¥
(85,985.48 ₩)
9,004.60 ¥
(93,758.62 ₩)
     +9.04 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 13,478.26 ¥
(140,339.75 ₩)
14,701.65 ¥
(153,078.06 ₩)
     +9.08 %
Rent Per Month
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 132,200.00 ¥
(1,376,506.55 ₩)
91,164.93 ¥
(949,236.92 ₩)
     -31.04 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 76,998.46 ¥
(801,731.37 ₩)
63,320.35 ¥
(659,310.74 ₩)
     -17.76 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 323,146.70 ¥
(3,364,701.56 ₩)
261,758.64 ¥
(2,725,510.51 ₩)
     -19.00 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 171,466.67 ¥
(1,785,363.01 ₩)
136,611.94 ¥
(1,422,445.03 ₩)
     -20.33 %
Buy Apartment Price
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 116,909.08 ¥
(1,217,292.81 ₩)
193,765.74 ¥
(2,017,547.69 ₩)
     +65.74 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 71,762.72 ¥
(747,215.25 ₩)
97,876.52 ¥
(1,019,120.06 ₩)
     +36.39 %
Salaries And Financing
Tokyo Edit Seoul Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 348,051.55 ¥
(3,624,018.46 ₩)
278,569.64 ¥
(2,900,551.65 ₩)
     -19.96 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.28 3.39      +164.45 %
Last update: March 2021March 2021
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