Cost of Living in Tokyo

Summary about cost of living in Tokyo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 1,000.00 ¥ 750.00-1,200.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 5,000.00 ¥ 3,500.00-7,000.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 680.00 ¥ 600.00-700.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 500.00 ¥ 350.00-600.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 700.00 ¥ 380.00-900.00
Cappuccino (regular) 391.25 ¥ 300.00-500.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 144.13 ¥ 110.00-280.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 107.92 ¥ 100.00-150.00
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 743.96 ¥ 605.67-946.35
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 223.49 ¥ 136.08-453.59
Rice (white), (1 lb) 232.76 ¥ 136.08-362.87
Eggs (regular) (12) 236.98 ¥ 180.00-300.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 875.78 ¥ 435.45-1,360.78
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 388.58 ¥ 272.16-589.67
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 955.57 ¥ 453.59-1,451.50
Apples (1 lb) 366.34 ¥ 181.44-680.39
Banana (1 lb) 175.80 ¥ 90.72-317.52
Oranges (1 lb) 305.14 ¥ 181.44-453.59
Tomato (1 lb) 349.57 ¥ 226.80-566.99
Potato (1 lb) 160.74 ¥ 90.72-226.80
Onion (1 lb) 140.53 ¥ 90.72-226.80
Lettuce (1 head) 235.38 ¥ 158.00-300.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 124.71 ¥ 98.00-170.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 1,800.00 ¥ 1,200.00-3,000.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 310.42 ¥ 230.00-400.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 370.00 ¥ 250.00-500.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 450.00 ¥ 400.00-475.00
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 190.00 ¥ 165.00-220.00
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10,000.00 ¥ 8,000.00-15,000.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 430.00 ¥ 410.00-730.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 595.46 ¥ 514.99-675.92
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3,700.00 ¥ 3,085.00-5,400.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 491.47 ¥ 454.25-529.96
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,500,000.00 ¥ 1,890,000.00-2,890,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 2,166,666.67 ¥ 1,500,000.00-2,600,000.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 20,637.89 ¥ 12,750.00-30,000.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 49.40 ¥ 30.00-90.00
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 4,073.32 ¥ 3,000.00-5,000.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 9,956.52 ¥ 7,500.00-13,000.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 2,500.00 ¥ 2,000.00-4,000.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 1,800.00 ¥ 1,800.00-2,000.00
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 43,125.00 ¥ 30,000.00-80,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 2,262,500.00 ¥ 2,000,000.00-2,900,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 6,730.00 ¥ 5,000.00-10,000.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 3,714.21 ¥ 1,980.00-8,000.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 7,883.33 ¥ 5,000.00-12,000.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 11,523.81 ¥ 7,000.00-15,000.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 121,689.66 ¥ 89,000.00-167,000.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 76,521.74 ¥ 60,000.00-120,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 255,526.32 ¥ 200,000.00-450,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 137,777.78 ¥ 100,000.00-180,000.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 108,695.65 ¥ 88,257.15-176,514.31
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 54,982.66 ¥ 37,160.91-65,031.59
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 321,119.69 ¥
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.09 0.80-2.00

Prices in Tokyo

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Last update: January 2018
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52 Comments so far

#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.
#Christopher on Aug 04, 2017 :
People often say that Tokyo is insanely expensive and impossible to live in unless you make an insanely high amount of money.

Nothing can be further than the truth. Tokyo is only an expensive place if you demand a life of luxury (i.e. a luxury apartment, a fancy car, eating at high-end restaurants, and constant shopping). If you live in a modest apartment, use public transportation or ride a bike (both of which are cheap and easy in Tokyo), eat mostly home-cooked food, and only shop when you actually need something then you will find that Tokyo is a fairly affordable place to live.
#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...
#Anonymous on Aug 17, 2016 :
Thinking of cancelling my trip to Japan.
While the value of most currencies has been dropping, the value of Japan goes against the tide and gets strengthened unreasonably to the extent I just want to lose and sacrifice the money I paid for the flight ticket than the unreasonable loss I would need to pay now to purchase the Japan currency for my expense during my stay in Japan.
Hope Japan align to the reasonable level of currency of neigboring countries such as S.Korea and Taiwan by lowering the value of Japan currency immediately or else the tourist market of japan would be badly hurt very soon unlike never seen before which indeed is not what Japan would like to see happening endlessly in the future.
#Chika Shimada on Jul 04, 2016 :
Hi all,

I just let you know the estimate above is totally wrong.
No family pay 445,074yen for living cost excluded rent.(probably super rich family might pay the much cost but not for normal family).

Especially rent in middle of Tokyo might high but there are so many availability of cheap rent including outside and inside Tokyo.

Please see the monthly rent price of Tokyo as below website.
#himadri pathak on Apr 07, 2016 :
Soon I am going to join in the university of Tokyo. I will be getting a salary 36000 Yen per month. I want to stay nearer to the university and i will be staying alone. How much salary I will be getting after taxation. Will the amt is sufficient to live for a single person. I prefer not to cook.
#naser on Mar 25, 2016 :
Im planning to study in the university of Tokyo and my salary will be around 1 million yen, so will be enough to live knowing that I have a kid needs to go international school and I'm thinking about 3 bedroom flat, also what about hospital costs as I need to go regularly to do tests and take medications for my chronical disease, if anyone can help I will be thankful.
#SK on Mar 15, 2016 :

I am from Indian and recently I got an offer to work in Tokyo Japan for a software firm. They are offering me 3,20,000 yen per month + transportation fee + social insurance. I want to know if this is a good offering and should I opt for it? Also will I be able to save good from this?

kindly help me for I need to make a decision quickly.

Thanks & regards,

#Aya Elyaakoubi on Feb 16, 2016 :
I am a student in China. I am planning a trip to tokyo for about 4 days. I want an average hotel with average retaurants. The trip is in august. It will be for two people. Will 1000 US dollar be enough for covering everything?
#Hiroko on Feb 13, 2016 :
Yes, it should be enough, considering that your husband's company is going to pay your rent :)
It depends however on how old your children are. If they're teenagers, you might need to keep an eye on how much they're spending. Clothes and electronics (including devices like phones) are quite expensive here.
Take care!
#ANNA on Jan 14, 2016 :
Hi. My husband is getting transferd to Tokyo this spring and we are moving with him. Is a salary of 410330 yen enough for a family of four? I would like to do some savings as well. The company is paying The rent. Best Regards From sweden :)
#revan wabale on Oct 23, 2015 :
I m a softer engg in India having 3 yrs of experience and monthly net takeaway salary is ₹43k Recently got offer from Japanese company who is offering me CTC 3,75,000yen(including commute upto 20,000 yen)my job location is Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Higashioi 3 -chome.

Anybody pls suggest how much I can save from my monthly salary ?
Also how much expenses would it be ?
Any cheap place to stay from where I can do travel to office easily?

Any help would be appreciated.
#Fabio on Oct 23, 2015 :
This prices is not real for me. For example, I live in a very good apartment in Shinagawa. It's a 2LDK (70m2), its near Haneda, near Shinjuku/Shibuya/Ikebukuro, near Yokohama, and I pay 18000 yens.
#8bit on Sep 18, 2015 :
Wait so if you check the rate of the one room apartment for rent per month it goes to about 30000 canadian dollars??
#Proud Nihonjin on Aug 27, 2015 :
Senkaku and Takeshima both belong to Nippon forever! I am getting really sick of this constant Japan-bashing!
#Pip on Jul 31, 2015 :
That helps very much. Though now I'm going for 16 days, 3 weekends! So I was looking at around 150,000. I don't go till October so will see how things go till then.

#Emma on Jul 26, 2015 :
I was in Tokyo for 10 days and had 300 000 yen (two people) with me, and had about 100 000 left afterwards, even though we spent A LOT of money on stupid stuff
#Mandy on Jul 23, 2015 :
I just went to Tokyo for 10 days, and I took 120,000 yen with me. It lasted and I even had 12,000 leftover which I exchanged back home.

I ate out every day, tried to avoid the commercial touristy restaurants, if you go to the very local places, the food tastes better, is authentic and costs only about £5 per person for a really decent dinner. I bought clothes, shoes, we travelled a lot etc and didn't run out of money. Found it really reasonable.
#pip on Jul 17, 2015 :
im planning a holiday to Tokyo for about 10 days, how much do i take? i was thinking 200,000 ¥?
#purplejap on Apr 18, 2015 :
I wanna move back home to Okinawa just my son and I do you think $10.000 us currency is enough until i fined a job
#akmb on Apr 11, 2015 :
i plan to study in tokyo university, i will be bringing my family. mu husband and 2 kids 1 and 2y.o, is 170000 yen enough for living allowance?
#Brennan on Mar 31, 2015 :
Hello, I will be moving to Tokyo soon, and I just compared U.S. dollars to Yen, it's not bad truth be told. So for a very good start, how much should I save up before I convert it into Yen.
#Robert on Mar 20, 2015 :
Lot's of questions here about what it requires to live in Tokyo. Easier asked than answered. But, let me put this in perspective...
A typical college graduate, fresh out of uni, might earn 200-250,000/yen/month before deductions. Of that, figure about 70% take home pay. (health insurance, pension, income tax). Depending on your employer, there is a "bonus", which is really just salary by any other name. (ie, annual salary divided by 14 months instead of 12)

*Rent 1BR studio, or 1 room+kitchenette (maybe 25sqm) - inside the Yamanote line Loop - 70,000 - 100,000/month
*Rent 1BR studio, or 1 room+kitchenette (maybe 25sqm) - OUTSIDE the Yamanote line Loop, but still in Tokyo 23 wards - 50,000 - 80,000/month
*Rent 1BR studio, or 1 room+kitchenette (maybe 25sqm) - Outside 23 wards (say 1 hr, Kanagawa,Chiba,Saitama) - 30,000 - 50,000/month

*Commuter passes typically covered by your employer, so not an out of pocket expense.
*If you employer pays for housing or you have a way to split the rent, then this can significantly help your savings and discretionary income. Make sure you know what "company housing" entails, as it can range from a dormitory to full apartment.

*Water = couple thousand a month
*Electric = (for 1BR above) 5,000 - 10,000/month. That's if you run your heat/ A/C an average amount. Summer is the killer given the heat and humidity.
*gas = couple thousand a month to be used for your hot water, and in some rare cases, heating.

*Mobile phone - assuming an iphone + data plan = 8,000-10,000/month

*At the end of the day, the real question is how often will you be eating out or drinking? If a lot, then money can disappear VERY quickly in this city.

Good Luck!
#lupi san on Mar 13, 2015 :
Hello everyone.. please help me.. i m pilipina and my visa to work. . Is already on goin. Now i m really searching job in japan. Please help me to have work like factory and how much a salary every month
#Jack on Feb 26, 2015 :
Can Anyone help me, what should be a Good ( including reasonable saving and spending) annual salary for a person living in Tokyo?

#Ismael on Jan 19, 2015 :
is it possible to live in Tokyo for one month with 1000 US budget , if possible find a part time job for the extra ?
#Yoru Yuki on Jan 01, 2015 :
Okay so I'm planning when I'm older, 18, I will go to Tama Art university. I'm very young so I need help planning now. What jobs make me earn 418932.50¥ a month or higher. A job in the city centre. I'm planning on living there to get away from California but I need to know what's my plan and all. I can speak Spanish and I know every little Japanese so far. Please someone help me. Tips, advice, information. Please and thank you
#Michael Giraldo on Dec 29, 2014 :
I'm considering moving to Japan to start a new life. I don't have any special talents that would get me a great job I just want to live in a small apartment in Tokyo and live an average life. By the time I get there I should be relatively fluent in Japanese and I'm fluent in English and Spanish as well. I'm hoping this might get me at least a better than minimum wage job somewhere. Can anyone help me with current monthly expenses and job options? I just want to start a new life nothing fancy or luxurious
#max on Dec 09, 2014 :
Hi, I'm planning a trip sround Japan around New Year for 16 days (7 days of Tokyo and other around Japan). How much money I need (no fancy restaurants and expensive hotels)?
#ミリナル-Nepal on Nov 18, 2014 :
Hello ,
I have been offered a monthly salary of 350,000 ¥ a month (Software Engineer). I am single and planning to share my apartment with a colleague. I will probably use the monthly pass for transportation. How much can I save on this salary? I am planning to cook both lunch and dinner.
#Brittini Spurlock on Oct 28, 2014 :
I want to live in Tokyo japan and stay there and maybe learn martial arts of ninjutsu too after I get done making new friends and see a few things and some few sights too so can someone please tell me how I am going to get there?
#Lindsey on Oct 12, 2014 :
My family & I wanna move to Tokyo Japan but we need to find out how to bring our 8 month old dog before we come.
#susie tokyo on Oct 08, 2014 :
These prices are a bit low off..
No taxi ride for an hour costs 3,'s always more
And utilities are way low.
Heat alone costs me 20,000 a month in the winter..
Rent seems a bit low too
#s.j.ferdous on Aug 28, 2014 :
I want to go Tokyo. this is great opportunity, think so. but is this really opportunity for me to change my life?
#Nandu on Aug 23, 2014 :
Have a job offer from Works Applications in Tokyo for 6,000,000 it good enough?
#Roxy on Aug 22, 2014 :
Are there any jobs for Americans? If so which are highly recommended?
#Sushe on Aug 13, 2014 :
I am moving to Tokyo next month wanted to ask what is the average living expense of a single person in which the house rent in not counted and how much a person can save.
#ashish thapa on Aug 07, 2014 :
hy i got an offer as cook in restaurant as a salary of 180000 yen, is it sufficient to live and go through livelihood ????
#Shin Muranaga on Jul 19, 2014 :
Hi, Say.

Living in Okinawa is very cheap, but you need a car, there is no train there.
In Naha's area, you can rental a good place to live and spend about 50.000 yens/month, but you need to pay in advance about 2 months as guarantee...
#Jivachh on Jul 12, 2014 :
I want to come with my family then what will be monthly expenses. Company offering 60million yen PA. Is it OK ?
#RisingSon on Jul 03, 2014 :
170,000yen a month with good living & savings? If you can find 20,000yen room and consume 3x300yen bento a day... You may save 50-80,000yen a mth.
#Say on Jun 20, 2014 :
I received an offer from a company in Okinawa with salary is 1700usd.
Can I live good and save money with this number?
#sarah on Jun 16, 2014 :
I've been a teacher in tokyo for 3 years now, and I make 300,000 yen a month, which is pretty good for an english teacher here, salaries for an English teacher are usually around 250,000. I think you can definitely live in tokyo on that salary if you don't mind having a very small apartment, and don't blow all your money. I live pretty comfortably, though I can't save much money.
#cloudberry on Jun 10, 2014 :
270000yen from Yahoo? For what position? For a mid-career salary, and for a company like Yahoo, this is too low.
##raashee on May 25, 2014 :
Hi, I have a job offer in hand for tokyo, I would be getting 3000 usd each month along with accomodation, do u think it would be enough for a living there? Plz help. Thanks.
#mir on May 13, 2014 :
i plan to work in japan as teacher and the salary is about 250, it enough to live in tokyo or any parts of japan?FYI,i'm alone..thanks in advance for any answer..
#tamashi on Feb 28, 2014 :
hi, I am having an offer with a company in Japan, my slary would be 320000¥,
If I live there with my family, how much would I save in ¥'s ?.
Suppose, I live in japan on sharing basis with no family how much would I save?
#Mesiah on Feb 25, 2014 :
My income is around 7500usd + 10000 usd of bonus each year, I cant see myself living in Tokyo, The country is way too bloody expensive.
#JPGuy on Jan 19, 2014 :
1LDK about 50 square meter..
Factory workers have lower wage here.. Around 180000 to 220000yen for new grads. Usually not on city so lower living cost.
Take home of a 270k offer is 220k, not big but enough. 100k rent + 20k utilities, etc + 50k food & shopping + 50k saving.

2014 food prices got up a little coz yen got weaker from 80 to 105 per dollar