Cost of Living in Tokyo

Summary about cost of living in Tokyo, Japan:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 800.00 ¥ 500.00-1,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 5,000.00 ¥ 3,500.00-10,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 700.00 ¥ 600.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 500.00 ¥ 250.00-700.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 600.00 ¥ 400.00-800.00
Cappuccino (regular) 391.25 ¥ 150.00-550.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 141.34 ¥ 100.00-200.00
Water (12 oz small bottle) 106.14 ¥ 100.00-150.00
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 750.90 ¥ 643.52-946.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 198.90 ¥ 108.86-453.59
Rice (white), (1 lb) 249.08 ¥ 136.08-453.59
Eggs (regular) (12) 252.03 ¥ 190.00-350.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 725.75 ¥ 226.80-1,360.78
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 417.95 ¥ 226.80-544.31
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,141.84 ¥ 453.59-2,267.96
Apples (1 lb) 347.00 ¥ 158.76-680.39
Banana (1 lb) 167.73 ¥ 71.67-408.23
Oranges (1 lb) 286.59 ¥ 90.72-771.11
Tomato (1 lb) 288.03 ¥ 135.62-680.39
Potato (1 lb) 163.62 ¥ 68.04-362.87
Onion (1 lb) 144.83 ¥ 90.72-226.80
Lettuce (1 head) 198.12 ¥ 120.00-289.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 121.32 ¥ 90.00-200.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 ¥ 600.00-2,500.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 325.55 ¥ 200.00-500.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 429.17 ¥ 200.00-700.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 520.00 ¥ 500.00-570.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ¥ 160.00-325.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,250.00 ¥ 8,000.00-17,300.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 460.00 ¥ 410.00-750.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 708.11 ¥ 627.64-1,207.01
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,444.12 ¥ 3,000.00-5,400.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 527.80 ¥ 465.61-567.81
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,534,500.00 ¥ 2,500,000.00-2,700,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,133,700.00 ¥ 2,000,000.00-2,390,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 22,314.96 ¥ 12,750.00-42,500.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 37.35 ¥ 10.00-60.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,466.00 ¥ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 9,783.33 ¥ 3,479.03-14,613.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3,284.62 ¥ 2,000.00-5,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥ 1,500.00-2,000.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 81,008.33 ¥ 34,500.00-200,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 1,993,750.00 ¥ 1,200,000.00-2,500,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 6,828.78 ¥ 3,131.67-10,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 4,447.12 ¥ 2,000.00-8,600.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,250.00 ¥ 5,000.00-11,500.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 12,821.43 ¥ 7,000.00-25,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 128,312.50 ¥ 100,000.00-200,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 75,478.40 ¥ 60,000.00-100,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 335,496.67 ¥ 186,000.00-850,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 162,300.00 ¥ 110,000.00-250,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 115,631.51 ¥ 92,902.27-185,804.53
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 70,822.49 ¥ 51,096.25-102,300.37
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 318,288.46 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.37 1.00-2.00

Prices in Tokyo

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Last update: December 2020
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32 Comments so far
Anonymous on Sep 29, 2020:
The anon below, absolutely no one asked, shut up with your stupid and off-topic political hot take no one cares about to youtube or twitter
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2020:
No one is as evil as Shinzo Abe.
Abe raised consumption tax from 5% to 10% during his administration, extremely burdening all Japanese for an additional 100% tax unlike never seen before.
Abe destroyed tourism market by raising not only the consumption tax by 10% from 5% but also start collecting fee for withdrawing money from ATM machine for all tourists unlike never seen before, added an additional tourism tax on hotel room unlike never seen before, added a burdensome departure tax for all tourists unlike never seen before, etc.
Abe also supported genocide criminal unlike never seen before by generously supporting the genocide criminal Myanmar unlike other countries.
Though Abe already resigned, he should pay back for the power abuse which badly harmed the interest of all Japanese as well as for being the greatest supporter of the genocide criminal Myanmar so Abe should spend the rest of his remaining days in prison to redeem his unforgivable sin before being roasted alive forever in hell.
Fatima on Jun 11, 2020:
Hi, I recently wrote an article about it my blog chasingfatima.com Please check it out if you are interested. It is possible to rent a 2LDK unit for less than 120,000 yen. Our rent is below that and we live in Meguro-ku. It is about 10min away from the train station, close to 2 big local grocery stores, and a bonus that it is near a major highway.
C on Jun 08, 2020:
I'm paying almost 200k for rent near city centre. No way you can find an apartment for less than 100k that's within a reasonable age and distance in Tokyo!
Anonymous on Feb 24, 2020:
The biggest expense is rent. If you want to rent an apartment of more than 20 square meters, it costs about 100,000 yen per month. With the salary level of most recent graduates in Japan, they can only rent an apartment of less than 20 square meters. If you live alone, I think it's very difficult to rent an apartment for less than 50,000 yen per month in downtown Tokyo. I once rented an apartment of less than 10 square meters with no Windows and Shared bathroom and kitchen with others, even though the rent was 40,000 yen per month.

The cost of food is relatively cheap. If you only cook for yourself, you spend about 30,000 or 40,000 yen per month.
C S Jr. on Jan 22, 2020:
Are there any black people who were born & raised in Japan?
GaijinStudent on Oct 02, 2019:
Hi, I'm planning to go study at a University in Japan and live with my girlfriend by renting an Apartment with: One Bedroom, Kitchen, Bathroom, 1 Living room. Can someone please give me a list with all the expenses/fees for the place we're going to have to pay on average for the first and second month? Thanks.
Pranav on Sep 24, 2019:
I have been offered 15M annual salary and i have a family of 3. would this amount be enough to live in Tokyo?
Anonymous on Jun 19, 2019:
A 500 ml local draft beer is more like 750 yen ($7 usd) cheapest . Some bars only give you 300 ml for this price.
Anonymous on May 17, 2019:
# Antonio 6 million yen annually is nothing living anywhere in Japan to be honest.I know because I live in Tokyo.
Antonio on May 17, 2019:
Hi, do you think is it possible to live with a 6 million Y annual salary close to the centre?
Anonymous on May 13, 2019:
One bedroom apartment city center is wrong as of May 2019 it should be 185,000.
Coriolis on Feb 25, 2019:
Frank, with 1,200,000Y per month you would be a very rich person in Tokyo, the average salary here is about 350,000Y.
Eric on Jan 25, 2019:
Frank, it says right at the top "A single person monthly costs: 1,100.98$ (120,883.10¥) without rent." just add rent to that. although it appears you will be earning over 10 times that amount alone.
Frank on Dec 20, 2018:
I have been offered to work here, with a salary of 1,200,000Y per month AFTER TAX. Is that enough to live comfortably in this city?

Thanks for your responses.
David on Nov 16, 2018:
My family of four lives in Tokyo quite comfortably on half of this. Makes me distrust your CoL for other cities.

Who the heck eats this much fruit in a month?

Apples (1kg) 845.00 ¥ x 34.72 = 29,338.40 ¥
Banana (1kg) 377.14 ¥ x 28.9333333 = 10,912.00 ¥
Oranges (1kg) 636.36 ¥ x 34.72 = 22,094.55 ¥
Tomato (1kg) 773.33 ¥ x 23.1466667 = 17,900.09 ¥
Hans on Nov 14, 2018:
Hi, is it possible to live well in Tokyo (close to centre) with 6000 usd per month? Living by myself, but would require 2br apartment, a maid (possibly also for cooking lunch 5x/week), unlimited entry to gym and sauna and my own garage. Grusse from Geneva, Hans
Marcus Pask on Oct 29, 2018:
I will possibly be moving to Tokyo with a monthly salary of around 700,000 Yen per mont after tax, what type of places should I consider living in?
Howard Billington on Oct 22, 2018:
I'm sorry but your shopping prices are bizarrely high. It seems to be what you'd get it you aimed only for obviously expensive places like train station convenience stores. Assuming this is directed at people who can use Google and find a supermarket, you could half a lot of the prices on here.
kc on Jul 01, 2018:
Hi all,

700 000 JPY before tax (550 000 after) in Tokyo? Don't want to spend 2 hour in a train. Work in the city center.
Anonymous on May 24, 2018:
i want to ask about some place to be my home while im having a language school for 2 years
Timerah on May 22, 2018:
Would love to come and visit Tokyo for the summer
Anonymous on May 04, 2018:
Myanmar has a depth-rooted habit of no returning debt.

However, Abe not learning the wisdom of history and instead foolishly racing to lend money to a dishonest country like Myanmar where there is a poor record of no returning debt.

Maybe Abe should not risk with the future of Japan where Japan might need the debt from Myanmar one day for an emergency use but with no debt returning whatsoever from Myanmar at that point of time with Abe already out of office, please explain now what Japan can do to recover the debt from Myanmar at that point of time. Is it the failure of later government at that point of time not being to able to recover debt from Myanmar or is it the fault of Abe not learning history, resulting of his foolishly lending money to Myanmar without thought of consequence ?

Instead of borrowing money to Myanmar from the pocket of government, Abe should lend his family wealth to Myanmar instead and then Abe would certainly hesitate to lend money to Myanmar where there is a clarity of no debt returning as equal as losing money forever.

Abe should treat the government fund just like his family wealth or else he is not worthy of the position of government head, seemingly with an intention of destroying the future and security of Japan by wasting the government fund in kind of passing debt attached with the Japan government fund to Myanmar where no expectation of returning debt to Japan from Myanmar in the future.

So Abe should stop lending money to Myanmar altogether and also recover all outstanding debt from Myanmar the soonest possible while in office or else later no one else would be able to recover the debt from Myanmar anymore which Abe lent to Myanmar while in office many years ago.
Mildly Sarcastic on Apr 16, 2018:
Come on guys. Everyone knows living in Japan is cheap as long as you
1. Are homeless. (It’s legal, but don’t curl up on a park bench if you want to hold onto any trace of dignity.)
2. Don’t consider a car to be necessary.
3. Live off ramen, which I might add is very good in Japan.
4. Don’t waste your money on symmetrically matched cantaloupes.
5. Hate movie theaters.
6. Know how to bargain hunt in general.
I hope this helps you out. And yes I am half kidding. Feel free to add to this list at any time.
Nate on Apr 05, 2018:
HOW much money will it take in american and in yens to live in Tokyo Japan. please i love the culture so much and the anime is amazing
perl on Feb 19, 2018:
Good day. My sister wants to work in Japan. She is a Filipino and a university graduate.
Could anyone help her for any job vacancy? Thank you. Godbless
Anonymous on Feb 01, 2018:
150,000 JPY (before taxes) in Tokyo for one person is barely enough to survive on the stingiest lifestyle there is. Considering you don't eat out, hang out etc. Btw it is below basic salary for a university graduate (which is 180,000 JPY).
200,000 JPY (before taxes) is barely enough for one person to live on. But I'm afraid that if you need to provide for a family, you'll need at least twice as much. And again, 200,000 JPY is comparable to what a fresh graduate gets...
Adeyat on Dec 31, 2017:
I have been offered a job with monthly salary of 200,000 yen. Will it be enough for a family of three (2 Adult & 1 Child) to live in tokyo?
Anonymous on Nov 07, 2017:
Hello everyone. I've been offered a job in Tokyo and my salary is 150,000 Yen. I do not plan to live a very luxurious lifestyle while i'm there. (especially since i have to save money for the ticket to go there, and come back home afterwards).

Is 150,000 yen enough for a month's worth of spending? again, not a fancy lifestyl. i'll be planning to walk everywhere, eat cheap etc.
Harrison Dike on Sep 25, 2017:
Dear All,
Please i want to com the status of JESP if i should continue with them.
Takumi on Jun 22, 2017:
As a Japanese, the facts are different prices. If you do not say luxury, you can live with 100,000 yen with rental if you are single. If you have a monthly population of 130,000, you can live in a slightly higher grade place or eat out every day. Basically I do not need a car, so it's pretty cheap.

However, it is very difficult to realize that I want to live in a large house with a garden and a car. Tokyo is recommended if you want to live with a minimum lifestyle or distance with others (saying in a good way). I think it is unusual for countries that do not have much prejudice against strangers (also saying this in a good way). My friend has a person whose profession is a Pokemon trainer (= Youtuber), but he is respected rather than prejudiced.

Also, if you have resistance to Japanese (difficult ..) try conversing with only words. In Japanese, the order of words is completely free, so if you just throw away the grammar and say only the word, the meaning usually goes through. Please come and visit us.
LC on Apr 13, 2017:
All those people here talking about the big fat money there offered to work in japan and are wondering if it's enough, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I'm living off (savings) +- 100000yen a month ON THE YAMANOTE LINE! of course, it's possible you just need to be mindful and don't expect to much luxury.
i'm starting a teaching job soon and it will pay 250000yen in Edogawa and ill probebly be able to save a couple of 100bucks off that much/little pay.
just remember:
-cook at home (buy cheap local Japanese food)
-get a biceclye (saves you a lot on transport money)
-dont get hooked on the ufo catchers (seriously i lost so much money on those things)

and remember, if you want to live in a big house and eat potatoes and steak and go to the cinema every week DONT COME TO JAPAN or at least not to Tokyo...