Cost of Living Comparison Between Seoul and Tokyo 

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Consumer Prices in Tokyo are 20.2% lower than in Seoul (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Tokyo are 17.6% lower than in Seoul
Rent Prices in Tokyo are 10.7% lower than in Seoul
Restaurant Prices in Tokyo are 10.3% lower than in Seoul
Groceries Prices in Tokyo are 29.8% lower than in Seoul
Local Purchasing Power in Tokyo is 8.2% higher than in Seoul
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Restaurants
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10,000.00 ₩
(1,071.35 ¥)
9,334.02 ₩
(1,000.00 ¥)
     -6.7 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65,000.00 ₩
(6,963.77 ¥)
60,671.16 ₩
(6,500.00 ¥)
     -6.7 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8,000.00 ₩
(857.08 ¥)
6,533.82 ₩
(700.00 ¥)
     -18.3 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 5,000.00 ₩
(535.67 ¥)
4,667.01 ₩
(500.00 ¥)
     -6.7 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6,909.19 ₩
(740.22 ¥)
5,600.41 ₩
(600.00 ¥)
     -18.9 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5,117.90 ₩
(548.31 ¥)
4,179.60 ₩
(447.78 ¥)
     -18.3 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 2,119.81 ₩
(227.11 ¥)
1,511.97 ₩
(161.98 ¥)
     -28.7 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1,073.98 ₩
(115.06 ¥)
1,077.07 ₩
(115.39 ¥)
     +0.3 %
Markets
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 11,143.83 ₩
(1,193.89 ¥)
6,779.08 ₩
(726.28 ¥)
     -39.2 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3,807.95 ₩
(407.96 ¥)
1,617.33 ₩
(173.27 ¥)
     -57.5 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2,194.48 ₩
(235.11 ¥)
1,525.90 ₩
(163.48 ¥)
     -30.5 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5,035.48 ₩
(539.48 ¥)
2,555.96 ₩
(273.83 ¥)
     -49.2 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7,046.03 ₩
(754.88 ¥)
6,857.29 ₩
(734.66 ¥)
     -2.7 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 5,922.91 ₩
(634.55 ¥)
4,424.37 ₩
(474.00 ¥)
     -25.3 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 25,073.60 ₩
(2,686.26 ¥)
10,917.28 ₩
(1,169.62 ¥)
     -56.5 %
Apples (1 lb) 3,716.74 ₩
(398.19 ¥)
3,754.12 ₩
(402.20 ¥)
     +1.0 %
Banana (1 lb) 2,168.57 ₩
(232.33 ¥)
1,774.54 ₩
(190.12 ¥)
     -18.2 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3,728.55 ₩
(399.46 ¥)
3,418.58 ₩
(366.25 ¥)
     -8.3 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3,728.01 ₩
(399.40 ¥)
2,696.65 ₩
(288.91 ¥)
     -27.7 %
Potato (1 lb) 2,472.13 ₩
(264.85 ¥)
2,389.97 ₩
(256.05 ¥)
     -3.3 %
Onion (1 lb) 1,866.72 ₩
(199.99 ¥)
1,938.63 ₩
(207.70 ¥)
     +3.9 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3,184.98 ₩
(341.22 ¥)
1,718.54 ₩
(184.12 ¥)
     -46.0 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,403.49 ₩
(150.36 ¥)
1,121.95 ₩
(120.20 ¥)
     -20.1 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20,000.00 ₩
(2,142.70 ¥)
11,200.83 ₩
(1,200.00 ¥)
     -44.0 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 3,183.65 ₩
(341.08 ¥)
2,645.28 ₩
(283.40 ¥)
     -16.9 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3,487.20 ₩
(373.60 ¥)
3,700.72 ₩
(396.48 ¥)
     +6.1 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4,500.00 ₩
(482.11 ¥)
5,413.73 ₩
(580.00 ¥)
     +20.3 %
Transportation
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,250.00 ₩
(133.92 ¥)
1,530.78 ₩
(164.00 ¥)
     +22.5 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 55,000.00 ₩
(5,892.42 ¥)
52,270.53 ₩
(5,600.00 ¥)
     -5.0 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4,000.00 ₩
(428.54 ¥)
4,667.01 ₩
(500.00 ¥)
     +16.7 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,609.34 ₩
(172.42 ¥)
6,309.10 ₩
(675.92 ¥)
     +292.0 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 13,500.00 ₩
(1,446.32 ¥)
31,623.67 ₩
(3,388.00 ¥)
     +134.2 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7,089.14 ₩
(759.49 ¥)
5,814.86 ₩
(622.97 ¥)
     -18.0 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 42,000,000.00 ₩
(4,499,666.99 ¥)
24,268,462.61 ₩
(2,600,000.00 ¥)
     -42.2 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,144,531.25 ₩
(3,765,206.83 ¥)
21,454,587.71 ₩
(2,298,535.71 ¥)
     -39.0 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 244,780.30 ₩
(26,224.52 ¥)
227,929.20 ₩
(24,419.18 ¥)
     -6.9 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 206.12 ₩
(22.08 ¥)
295.36 ₩
(31.64 ¥)
     +43.3 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 30,620.39 ₩
(3,280.51 ¥)
42,788.04 ₩
(4,584.09 ¥)
     +39.7 %
Sports And Leisure
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 80,089.17 ₩
(8,580.35 ¥)
80,075.26 ₩
(8,578.86 ¥)
     -0.0 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 23,248.89 ₩
(2,490.77 ¥)
25,814.41 ₩
(2,765.62 ¥)
     +11.0 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14,500.00 ₩
(1,553.46 ¥)
16,801.24 ₩
(1,800.00 ¥)
     +15.9 %
Childcare
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 521,117.65 ₩
(55,829.90 ¥)
656,315.24 ₩
(70,314.29 ¥)
     +25.9 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 24,612,292.62 ₩
(2,636,836.20 ¥)
20,342,338.73 ₩
(2,179,375.00 ¥)
     -17.3 %
Clothing And Shoes
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 76,371.18 ₩
(8,182.02 ¥)
51,094.84 ₩
(5,474.04 ¥)
     -33.1 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 55,009.76 ₩
(5,893.47 ¥)
42,954.81 ₩
(4,601.96 ¥)
     -21.9 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 98,213.05 ₩
(10,522.05 ¥)
72,204.51 ₩
(7,735.62 ¥)
     -26.5 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 161,865.53 ₩
(17,341.45 ¥)
87,404.65 ₩
(9,364.09 ¥)
     -46.0 %
Rent Per Month
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,058,888.44 ₩
(113,443.94 ¥)
1,334,977.58 ₩
(143,022.73 ¥)
     +26.1 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 732,972.37 ₩
(78,526.94 ¥)
785,336.73 ₩
(84,136.99 ¥)
     +7.1 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,550,093.37 ₩
(380,339.00 ¥)
3,040,421.08 ₩
(325,735.29 ¥)
     -14.4 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,181,842.32 ₩
(233,751.52 ¥)
1,558,283.16 ₩
(166,946.55 ¥)
     -28.6 %
Buy Apartment Price
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,526,129.25 ₩
(270,636.68 ¥)
998,621.24 ₩
(106,987.21 ¥)
     -60.5 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,385,157.45 ₩
(148,398.74 ¥)
567,623.24 ₩
(60,812.28 ¥)
     -59.0 %
Salaries And Financing
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,737,385.22 ₩
(400,404.50 ¥)
3,333,731.12 ₩
(357,159.04 ¥)
     -10.8 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 4.03 1.21      -70.0 %
Last update: June 2023June 2023
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