Cost of Living in Sapporo

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Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,000.00 ¥ 1,000.00-1,100.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 4,000.00 ¥ 4,000.00-5,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 620.00 ¥ 600.00-640.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 400.00 ¥ 250.00-600.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 300.00 ¥ 300.00-400.00
Cappuccino (regular) 433.33 ¥ 180.00-500.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 130.00 ¥ 120.00-150.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 102.50 ¥ 100.00-110.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 643.52 ¥ 605.67-681.37
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 138.35 ¥ 90.72-181.44
Rice (white), (1 lb) 308.44 ¥ 163.29-453.59
Eggs (regular) (12) 194.00 ¥ 180.00-204.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 1,360.78 ¥
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 340.19 ¥
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 907.19 ¥
Apples (1 lb) 226.80 ¥
Banana (1 lb) 136.08 ¥ 136.08-136.08
Oranges (1 lb) 272.16 ¥
Tomato (1 lb) 204.12 ¥ 181.44-226.80
Potato (1 lb) 136.08 ¥
Onion (1 lb) 136.08 ¥
Lettuce (1 head) 200.00 ¥ 150.00-250.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 175.00 ¥ 150.00-200.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 950.00 ¥ 400.00-1,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 200.00 ¥
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 400.00 ¥
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 400.00 ¥
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 300.00 ¥ 300.00-390.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 17,500.00 ¥ 15,000.00-20,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 575.00 ¥ 550.00-600.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 482.80 ¥ 482.80-482.80
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6,000.00 ¥
Gasoline (1 gallon) 545.10 ¥ 529.96-564.03
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,500,000.00 ¥
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,700,000.00 ¥
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 40,986.74 ¥ 34,000.00-50,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 50.00 ¥
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 6,983.33 ¥ 2,450.00-10,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 6,266.67 ¥ 5,400.00-8,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) ?
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 2,300.00 ¥ 1,800.00-2,300.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 29,000.00 ¥ 20,000.00-38,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 1,480,000.00 ¥
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 7,000.00 ¥
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,250.00 ¥ 2,500.00-6,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 5,000.00 ¥
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 7,000.00 ¥ 5,000.00-9,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 68,513.33 ¥ 60,540.00-75,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 45,000.00 ¥
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 90,000.00 ¥
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 67,000.00 ¥ 60,000.00-74,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 29,728.73 ¥
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 23,225.57 ¥
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 207,333.33 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate ?

Prices in Sapporo

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Last update: October 2020
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John Smith on Feb 16, 2020:
I live in Otaru and this is the average I paid throughout the year.

Electricity - 3,389 JPY
Internet - 5,258 JPY (Never go with SoftBank)
Cooking Gas - 5,880 JPY
Heating (Kerosene) - 2,182 JPY (Yes, the number is correct due to you only need Kerosene in the Winter time). I usually leave it on until it hits 25C, then turn it off.
Water - 2,800 JPY
Mobile - 2,726 JPY
Car Gasoline 60L (13.5km/L) - 19,000 JPY
3 meals for 3 people - 80,000 JPY, but we do eat out on the weekends, so this might be lower if you cook by yourself.

Please note that this is depends on your life style as well. I don't have TV, but I do have computer and iPad, so I usually be on my Netflix and YouTube.
Kim on Mar 27, 2018:
I currently live outside of Sapporo. On average, Hokkaido has the lowest cost of living in Japan... except for utilities, electricity and heating oil are amazing... in all the bad ways. I'm in an apartment with my family, we leave about a third of it closed off almost all the time, and still we have had as high as 25000 yen heating oil bills this last winter. We're talking 25,000 yen to keep tops about 40 square meters warm for a month -- and we don't run the heater after we go to bed, either! 25000 yen is unusual for us but I expect oil costs to go up, not down. Electricity is around 10000 yen a month, although that may be because we have a computer, a microwave/oven hybrid, etc. Increase in utility cost is one of the biggest things eating into my budget.

Expect far lower-than-average rent for Japan, much lower than average food costs (I spend about 700 yen per kg for chicken breast), and then make sure you're ready for those awful winter heating bills. Many older (and less insulated) houses have to shut off their water at night to make sure the pipes don't freeze and explode, and everyone has plenty of blankets!