Cost of Living in Tokyo

Summary about cost of living in Tokyo, Japan:

Edit Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.53 € 5.27-11.66
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 45.18 € 30.12-75.29
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.27 € 4.89-6.02
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.76 € 1.88-5.27
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.52 € 3.01-6.02
Cappuccino (regular) 2.99 € 1.51-4.52
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.12 € 0.90-2.33
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.83 € 0.75-1.24
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.89 € 4.28-7.13
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.53 € 0.82-3.42
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.72 € 1.02-3.42
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.95 € 1.51-2.69
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.11 € 3.42-11.95
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.33 € 2.05-5.46
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.31 € 3.42-15.37
Apples (1 lb) 2.86 € 1.20-5.12
Banana (1 lb) 1.24 € 0.54-3.07
Oranges (1 lb) 2.03 € 0.68-5.81
Tomato (1 lb) 2.29 € 1.02-5.12
Potato (1 lb) 1.31 € 0.51-3.42
Onion (1 lb) 1.14 € 0.68-2.73
Lettuce (1 head) 1.55 € 0.90-2.18
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.98 € 0.68-1.51
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.92 € 6.02-18.82
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.69 € 1.51-3.88
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.05 € 1.51-3.76
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.92 € 3.76-4.29
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.58 € 1.26-2.45
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 79.06 € 60.24-128.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.43 € 3.09-5.27
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 5.09 € 4.58-6.06
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.51 € 22.59-36.14
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.00 € 3.42-4.28
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 18,823.65 € 18,070.70-20,329.54
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 16,200.01 € 15,058.92-17,434.46
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 173.50 € 96.00-320.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.22 € 0.08-0.30
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33.66 € 22.59-45.18
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 75.08 € 37.65-112.94
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 22.34 € 18.82-30.12
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.55 € 11.29-15.06
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 771.61 € 323.77-1,505.89
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,901.50 € 9,035.35-18,823.65
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 52.63 € 22.59-75.29
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 32.38 € 15.06-52.71
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 63.44 € 37.65-97.88
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 98.79 € 60.24-188.24
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,143.64 € 752.95-1,882.36
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 583.05 € 451.77-752.95
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,471.33 € 1,505.89-6,400.04
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,290.88 € 971.30-2,108.25
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 914.87 € 699.50-1,399.01
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 540.12 € 384.73-699.50
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,712.93 €
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.24 0.95-1.89

Prices in Tokyo

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45 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 09, 2021:
Man some of these comments are disgusting as hell. Like that one racist comment, you can stfu up, if you can't see this oh well. And not you guys being so political. Gtfo of here
Anonymous on Jun 05, 2021:
Since ancient time, all benevolent kings and governments collected no more than 3% for the tax rate such as under the great Han dynasty in China, etc and in doing so, people felt no pressure due to the reasonable tax.

The current unreasonable US government under the moron Biden and its unfaithful steward Jerome Powell abuses its financial system deliberately by overprinting its money massively even above its debt level unbelievably and wasting its created debt of trillions meaninglessly like no more tomorrow but it doesn't mean the world should be responsible for the troublemaker US and it might be also time to allow the unsustainable debt-laden US to self-destroy and dismantle itself for its irresponsibility in its financial whoredom led by its traitor Jerome Powell.

US is destined to be doomed so whoever supporting US's tyranny global minimum tax might also be doomed along with the unsustainable debt-laden US because the global minimum tax led by US is against the people unlike never seen in US or world history or should we call this the new slavery system, acceptable? Would you dare to be a partner in the new international slavery system led by the US?

If you think the traitor Jerome Powell is not trustworthy to protect the US dollar, it's time to dump all US dollar for safety and then US would be certainly collapsed in financial failure.
Anonymous on Mar 31, 2021:
Is it good to just rent an apartment outside of Tokyo? Or a bit far from all of the noise of Tokyo?

If prices are really jacked in Tokyo, why not just rent an apartment like 30 mins away? Pay less and have more room than a typical person staying in Tokyo?

If this is true, please comment some cities that I can stay at for cheap but relatively spacious. Fully furnished is also on my list, because I'm studying abroad for a year.

Thank you
Anonymous on Mar 31, 2021:
All Asians are from the monkey tribe thats why they all look alike. They can bend their fingers and toes all the way backwards no human can do that.
Anonymous on Mar 24, 2021:
All Asians are from the monkey tribe thats why they all look alike. They can bend their fingers and toes all the way backwards no human can do that.
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2021:
Be very careful with your negative attitudes towards the U S because it could be terminal very bad for your health. One day a U S president will throw away the diplomatic playbook.Hiroshima will look like a bee sting.
Anonymous on Mar 23, 2021:
Some of these commenters should be ashamed of themselves, my god
Anonymous on Mar 19, 2021:
Tokyo needs what Hiroshima got many years ago.Most likely Russia will do it this time around only on a much broader scale.
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
Anonymous on Jan 03, 2021:
Thanks for letting us know Japan doesn't welcome Americans. We will go elsewhere on our 25th wedding anniversary.
Anonymous on Dec 18, 2020:
Bring plenty of money when coming to Japan, but if you're American don't come at all, you're not welcome in Japan.
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 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.