Cost of Living in Tokyo

Summary about cost of living in Tokyo, Japan:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,000.00 ¥ 500.00-1,500.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 6,000.00 ¥ 3,908.85-12,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 700.00 ¥ 600.00-800.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 550.00 ¥ 280.00-1,012.74
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 650.00 ¥ 400.00-1,000.00
Cappuccino (regular) 456.77 ¥ 250.00-750.00
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 166.32 ¥ 120.00-325.74
Water (12 oz small bottle) 118.37 ¥ 100.00-200.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 735.33 ¥ 492.10-946.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 184.99 ¥ 108.86-408.23
Rice (white), (1 lb) 202.39 ¥ 113.40-362.87
Eggs (regular) (12) 258.73 ¥ 174.00-384.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 912.52 ¥ 453.59-2,267.96
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 505.89 ¥ 222.26-907.19
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 1,427.00 ¥ 635.03-3,175.15
Apples (1 lb) 440.64 ¥ 136.08-907.19
Banana (1 lb) 193.56 ¥ 99.79-476.27
Oranges (1 lb) 362.58 ¥ 136.08-907.19
Tomato (1 lb) 324.81 ¥ 136.08-544.31
Potato (1 lb) 271.28 ¥ 113.40-453.59
Onion (1 lb) 254.91 ¥ 81.19-453.59
Lettuce (1 head) 197.00 ¥ 109.00-300.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 135.29 ¥ 100.00-200.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,200.00 ¥ 500.00-2,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 293.30 ¥ 200.00-499.00
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 390.00 ¥ 250.00-590.00
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 600.00 ¥ 520.00-800.00
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 200.00 ¥ 160.00-350.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,000.00 ¥ 8,000.00-20,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 475.00 ¥ 420.00-700.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 675.92 ¥ 552.01-965.61
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,388.00 ¥ 3,000.00-4,000.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 632.85 ¥ 605.67-666.23
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,700,000.00 ¥ 2,619,000.00-3,000,000.00
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,348,500.00 ¥ 2,139,500.00-2,500,000.00
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 23,575.42 ¥ 13,076.92-39,666.67
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 52.22 ¥ 10.00-100.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,565.64 ¥ 3,000.00-6,000.00
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 9,692.00 ¥ 7,000.00-13,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,666.67 ¥ 0.00-5,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥ 1,700.00-2,500.00
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 64,444.44 ¥ 40,000.00-100,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,180,000.00 ¥ 1,920,000.00-2,600,000.00
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 6,135.41 ¥ 2,000.00-15,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 5,169.35 ¥ 3,000.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 8,628.00 ¥ 5,000.00-15,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 13,884.21 ¥ 8,000.00-22,000.00
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 152,763.16 ¥ 100,000.00-230,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 88,172.98 ¥ 60,000.00-140,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 335,800.00 ¥ 240,000.00-500,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 184,107.14 ¥ 150,000.00-275,000.00
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 109,767.36 ¥ 92,902.27-139,353.40
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 66,471.57 ¥ 55,741.36-92,902.27
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 374,881.32 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.13 0.90-1.50

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Last update: February 2023
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16 Comments so far
Tina on Jan 21, 2023:
Rent should really include the move in costs. Those are around 6x the cost of rent, so it’s mostly the illusion of a cheaper rent happening here…
Anonymous on Mar 02, 2021:
I've never been interested in visiting Japan or anywhere else in Asia including anywhere in Europe. I normally go where I'm treated best like where I'm from the U S.I've been contacted numerous times at the company I work for by numerous large companies in Asia for my IT tech expertise and I didn't contact any of them prirorly.People will be people no matter where they live worldwide but I've never been interested in the other side.
CarMarshmelo on Feb 24, 2021:
I didnt realise but when i went to japan, i could easily make my rounds at the love hotels.
One August on Feb 23, 2021:
It is America who saved Japan from world war II and transfers Japan into a democratic country. WIthout America, Japan is only a poor and less developed country just like North Korea. You really should feel grateful for America's lots of help to Japan.
Anonymous on Feb 13, 2021:
Not like you're going to Japan soon anyways, place is going to be closed all of 2021 due to covid
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.
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.