Cost of Living Comparison Between Tokyo and Kyoto 

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Consumer Prices in Kyoto are 15.9% lower than in Tokyo (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Kyoto are 26.4% lower than in Tokyo
Rent Prices in Kyoto are 50.9% lower than in Tokyo
Restaurant Prices in Kyoto are 15.5% lower than in Tokyo
Groceries Prices in Kyoto are 21.5% lower than in Tokyo
Local Purchasing Power in Kyoto is 27.6% lower than in Tokyo
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Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,000.00 ¥ 1,000.00 ¥      0.0 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 7,125.00 ¥ 5,000.00 ¥      -29.8 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 785.00 ¥ 700.00 ¥      -10.8 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 350.00 ¥ 400.00 ¥      +14.3 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 700.00 ¥ 550.00 ¥      -21.4 %
Cappuccino (regular) 480.34 ¥ 433.33 ¥      -9.8 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 169.42 ¥ 148.33 ¥      -12.4 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 111.06 ¥ 108.33 ¥      -2.5 %
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 892.10 ¥ 822.76 ¥      -7.8 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 253.35 ¥ 190.45 ¥      -24.8 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 228.42 ¥ 218.26 ¥      -4.4 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 335.39 ¥ 327.91 ¥      -2.2 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,127.70 ¥ 756.16 ¥      -32.9 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 470.40 ¥ 442.11 ¥      -6.0 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,274.60 ¥ 1,013.02 ¥      -20.5 %
Apples (1 lb) 348.92 ¥ 315.75 ¥      -9.5 %
Banana (1 lb) 168.18 ¥ 127.01 ¥      -24.5 %
Oranges (1 lb) 398.15 ¥ 223.61 ¥      -43.8 %
Tomato (1 lb) 350.07 ¥ 267.04 ¥      -23.7 %
Potato (1 lb) 199.37 ¥ 102.97 ¥      -48.4 %
Onion (1 lb) 187.86 ¥ 187.24 ¥      -0.3 %
Lettuce (1 head) 208.32 ¥ 175.00 ¥      -16.0 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 133.04 ¥ 118.50 ¥      -10.9 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,000.00 ¥ 1,000.00 ¥      0.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 312.03 ¥ 252.33 ¥      -19.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 458.46 ¥ 400.00 ¥      -12.8 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 600.00 ¥ 560.00 ¥      -6.7 %
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ¥ 250.00 ¥      +25.0 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 6,800.00 ¥ 9,260.00 ¥      +36.2 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 500.00 ¥ 500.00 ¥      0.0 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 708.11 ¥ 724.21 ¥      +2.3 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,789.47 ¥ 2,560.00 ¥      -32.4 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 654.44 ¥ 648.39 ¥      -0.9 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 3,271,000.00 ¥ 3,342,000.00 ¥      +2.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,348,235.29 ¥ 2,450,000.00 ¥      +4.3 %
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 27,744.81 ¥ 18,208.33 ¥      -34.4 %
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 3,920.33 ¥ 3,942.50 ¥      +0.6 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,912.74 ¥ 3,750.00 ¥      -23.7 %
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 8,969.33 ¥ 7,900.00 ¥      -11.9 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,990.59 ¥ 3,000.00 ¥      +0.3 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,900.00 ¥ 1,800.00 ¥      -5.3 %
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 76,084.62 ¥ 53,666.67 ¥      -29.5 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,267,000.00 ¥ 1,350,000.00 ¥      -40.4 %
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 7,864.11 ¥ 3,975.00 ¥      -49.5 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 5,340.00 ¥ 3,196.00 ¥      -40.1 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 9,373.33 ¥ 8,800.00 ¥      -6.1 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 11,831.43 ¥ 8,785.71 ¥      -25.7 %
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 143,805.78 ¥ 66,666.67 ¥      -53.6 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 82,759.95 ¥ 42,500.00 ¥      -48.6 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 383,064.23 ¥ 166,000.00 ¥      -56.7 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 160,970.17 ¥ 103,000.00 ¥      -36.0 %
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 106,786.62 ¥ 74,321.81 ¥      -30.4 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 57,740.79 ¥ 74,321.81 ¥      +28.7 %
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 449,539.88 ¥ 239,600.00 ¥      -46.7 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.64 1.65      +0.9 %
Last update: March 2024March 2024
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