Cost of Living Comparison Between Seoul and Tokyo 

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Consumer Prices in Tokyo are 7.7% lower than in Seoul (without rent)
Consumer Prices Including Rent in Tokyo are 5.8% lower than in Seoul
Rent Prices in Tokyo are 1.1% lower than in Seoul
Restaurant Prices in Tokyo are 3.6% lower than in Seoul
Groceries Prices in Tokyo are 19.4% lower than in Seoul
Local Purchasing Power in Tokyo is 10.8% higher than in Seoul
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Restaurants
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit Difference
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9,000.00 ₩
(946.23 ¥)
9,511.41 ₩
(1,000.00 ¥)
     +5.7 %
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 65,000.00 ₩
(6,833.90 ¥)
59,208.54 ₩
(6,225.00 ¥)
     -8.9 %
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 8,000.00 ₩
(841.09 ¥)
6,657.99 ₩
(700.00 ¥)
     -16.8 %
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4,250.00 ₩
(446.83 ¥)
5,231.28 ₩
(550.00 ¥)
     +23.1 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 6,956.05 ₩
(731.34 ¥)
6,657.99 ₩
(700.00 ¥)
     -4.3 %
Cappuccino (regular) 5,265.62 ₩
(553.61 ¥)
4,395.88 ₩
(462.17 ¥)
     -16.5 %
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1,964.40 ₩
(206.53 ¥)
1,572.70 ₩
(165.35 ¥)
     -19.9 %
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1,072.58 ₩
(112.77 ¥)
1,139.84 ₩
(119.84 ¥)
     +6.3 %
Markets
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 10,925.78 ₩
(1,148.70 ¥)
6,972.42 ₩
(733.06 ¥)
     -36.2 %
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 3,690.67 ₩
(388.03 ¥)
1,759.49 ₩
(184.99 ¥)
     -52.3 %
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2,221.12 ₩
(233.52 ¥)
1,925.01 ₩
(202.39 ¥)
     -13.3 %
Eggs (regular) (12) 5,141.21 ₩
(540.53 ¥)
2,469.83 ₩
(259.67 ¥)
     -52.0 %
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6,688.82 ₩
(703.24 ¥)
8,679.37 ₩
(912.52 ¥)
     +29.8 %
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 6,238.18 ₩
(655.86 ¥)
4,811.72 ₩
(505.89 ¥)
     -22.9 %
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 26,038.83 ₩
(2,737.64 ¥)
13,572.82 ₩
(1,427.00 ¥)
     -47.9 %
Apples (1 lb) 3,819.45 ₩
(401.56 ¥)
4,094.82 ₩
(430.52 ¥)
     +7.2 %
Banana (1 lb) 2,157.87 ₩
(226.87 ¥)
1,915.69 ₩
(201.41 ¥)
     -11.2 %
Oranges (1 lb) 3,785.12 ₩
(397.96 ¥)
3,951.77 ₩
(415.48 ¥)
     +4.4 %
Tomato (1 lb) 3,710.04 ₩
(390.06 ¥)
2,733.65 ₩
(287.41 ¥)
     -26.3 %
Potato (1 lb) 2,230.44 ₩
(234.50 ¥)
2,606.74 ₩
(274.06 ¥)
     +16.9 %
Onion (1 lb) 1,777.96 ₩
(186.93 ¥)
2,226.65 ₩
(234.10 ¥)
     +25.2 %
Lettuce (1 head) 3,065.78 ₩
(322.33 ¥)
1,873.75 ₩
(197.00 ¥)
     -38.9 %
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1,375.93 ₩
(144.66 ¥)
1,264.60 ₩
(132.96 ¥)
     -8.1 %
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 20,000.00 ₩
(2,102.74 ¥)
11,413.69 ₩
(1,200.00 ¥)
     -42.9 %
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2,910.90 ₩
(306.04 ¥)
2,789.72 ₩
(293.30 ¥)
     -4.2 %
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3,206.79 ₩
(337.15 ¥)
3,709.45 ₩
(390.00 ¥)
     +15.7 %
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4,500.00 ₩
(473.12 ¥)
5,706.85 ₩
(600.00 ¥)
     +26.8 %
Transportation
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1,300.00 ₩
(136.68 ¥)
1,902.28 ₩
(200.00 ¥)
     +46.3 %
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 55,000.00 ₩
(5,782.53 ¥)
95,114.12 ₩
(10,000.00 ¥)
     +72.9 %
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3,800.00 ₩
(399.52 ¥)
4,517.92 ₩
(475.00 ¥)
     +18.9 %
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1,931.21 ₩
(203.04 ¥)
6,429.00 ₩
(675.92 ¥)
     +232.9 %
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 13,500.00 ₩
(1,419.35 ¥)
32,224.66 ₩
(3,388.00 ¥)
     +138.7 %
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7,101.82 ₩
(746.66 ¥)
6,019.30 ₩
(632.85 ¥)
     -15.2 %
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 40,000,000.00 ₩
(4,205,474.36 ¥)
25,680,812.86 ₩
(2,700,000.00 ¥)
     -35.8 %
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 36,144,531.25 ₩
(3,800,122.48 ¥)
22,337,551.48 ₩
(2,348,500.00 ¥)
     -38.2 %
Utilities (Monthly)
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 237,031.75 ₩
(24,920.77 ¥)
224,235.57 ₩
(23,575.42 ¥)
     -5.4 %
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 207.00 ₩
(21.76 ¥)
496.71 ₩
(52.22 ¥)
     +140.0 %
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 29,778.90 ₩
(3,130.86 ¥)
43,425.65 ₩
(4,565.64 ¥)
     +45.8 %
Sports And Leisure
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 71,526.24 ₩
(7,520.04 ¥)
88,542.60 ₩
(9,309.09 ¥)
     +23.8 %
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24,342.50 ₩
(2,559.29 ¥)
28,534.24 ₩
(3,000.00 ¥)
     +17.2 %
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 14,000.00 ₩
(1,471.92 ¥)
17,120.54 ₩
(1,800.00 ¥)
     +22.3 %
Childcare
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 500,529.41 ₩
(52,624.09 ¥)
612,957.67 ₩
(64,444.44 ¥)
     +22.5 %
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 23,630,075.46 ₩
(2,484,391.91 ¥)
20,734,878.53 ₩
(2,180,000.00 ¥)
     -12.3 %
Clothing And Shoes
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 77,640.32 ₩
(8,162.86 ¥)
58,356.40 ₩
(6,135.41 ¥)
     -24.8 %
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 58,539.18 ₩
(6,154.63 ¥)
49,167.85 ₩
(5,169.35 ¥)
     -16.0 %
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 90,485.77 ₩
(9,513.39 ¥)
83,105.96 ₩
(8,737.50 ¥)
     -8.2 %
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 145,037.58 ₩
(15,248.80 ¥)
132,058.45 ₩
(13,884.21 ¥)
     -8.9 %
Rent Per Month
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 982,719.85 ₩
(103,320.08 ¥)
1,452,993.36 ₩
(152,763.16 ¥)
     +47.9 %
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 763,444.34 ₩
(80,266.14 ¥)
838,203.34 ₩
(88,126.07 ¥)
     +9.8 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 3,545,904.27 ₩
(372,805.24 ¥)
3,193,932.21 ₩
(335,800.00 ¥)
     -9.9 %
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 2,180,764.43 ₩
(229,278.72 ¥)
1,763,134.00 ₩
(185,370.37 ¥)
     -19.2 %
Buy Apartment Price
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 2,651,590.40 ₩
(278,779.89 ¥)
1,032,501.47 ₩
(108,553.96 ¥)
     -61.1 %
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 1,363,504.25 ₩
(143,354.55 ¥)
608,191.11 ₩
(63,943.30 ¥)
     -55.4 %
Salaries And Financing
Seoul Edit Tokyo Edit
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 3,411,543.78 ₩
(358,679.00 ¥)
3,560,195.88 ₩
(374,307.81 ¥)
     +4.4 %
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.61 1.13      -68.7 %
Last update: February 2023February 2023
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