Cost of Living in Tokyo

Summary about cost of living in Tokyo, Japan:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 7.39 $ 3.69-11.08
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 44.33 $ 25.45-81.27
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.17 $ 4.43-6.65
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.36 $ 1.92-7.17
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 5.17 $ 3.32-6.65
Cappuccino (regular) 3.49 $ 1.85-5.17
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.18 $ 0.89-2.59
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.82 $ 0.74-1.00
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.23 $ 3.64-6.99
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.50 $ 0.80-3.35
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.60 $ 0.84-2.68
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.86 $ 1.29-2.84
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.85 $ 3.35-16.76
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.59 $ 1.64-6.70
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.58 $ 4.69-23.46
Apples (1 lb) 3.25 $ 1.01-6.70
Banana (1 lb) 1.40 $ 0.67-3.52
Oranges (1 lb) 2.68 $ 1.01-6.70
Tomato (1 lb) 2.38 $ 1.01-4.02
Potato (1 lb) 2.04 $ 0.84-3.35
Onion (1 lb) 1.85 $ 0.60-3.35
Lettuce (1 head) 1.48 $ 0.89-2.22
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.01 $ 0.74-1.48
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 8.87 $ 3.69-17.73
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.12 $ 1.32-3.69
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.86 $ 1.85-4.36
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.29 $ 3.69-5.91
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.48 $ 1.18-1.92
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 73.89 $ 51.72-147.77
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.51 $ 3.10-5.17
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.99 $ 4.76-7.13
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.03 $ 22.17-35.47
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.65 $ 4.11-4.92
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 19,949.20 $ 18,471.48-20,688.06
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 17,141.01 $ 15,807.90-18,471.48
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 173.54 $ 109.91-293.08
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.37 $ 0.07-0.74
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 33.49 $ 22.17-47.80
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 72.65 $ 51.72-125.61
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 26.29 $ 14.78-36.94
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 13.30 $ 12.56-18.47
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 549.53 $ 332.49-738.86
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,730.99 $ 13,299.47-19,210.34
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 44.67 $ 14.78-110.83
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 40.06 $ 22.17-59.11
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 65.57 $ 36.94-110.83
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 108.61 $ 59.11-162.55
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,136.71 $ 738.86-1,477.72
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 647.08 $ 443.32-923.57
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,461.75 $ 1,847.15-5,172.02
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,381.35 $ 1,108.29-2,031.86
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 884.58 $ 740.35-1,049.72
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 523.71 $ 411.85-686.42
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,769.39 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.15 0.80-1.50

Prices in Tokyo

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46 Comments so far
Anonymous on Jun 02, 2022:
Humanity globally is earths biggest enemy. However earth is showing its displeasure in the way of violent events the earth is displaying. It's not possible for earth to exist while humanity continously is trying to destroy earth. Within the next 2 to 5 years humanity won't even exist.Too many think humanity will live on but no truth in that. The earth will evict humanity in the near future watch and see.
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Anonymous on Apr 04, 2022:
There's more than just one person who posted dislike of the Asian race the majority of us do so curb your appetite. Not everyone sees Japanese as our friends remember that. I've never made any comments about Asians. But after reading negative and factual comments by other posters I agree with them too. Not everyone licks,Asians azzes but evidently you're a pro at it.
Anonymous on Mar 30, 2022:
These comments sound like they were all written by the same guy with insane schizophrenia, who just comes back every couple of months and feels the need to seethe harder.
Anonymous on Jan 13, 2022:
I prefer my women crispy and radioactive let's drop another huge bomb on Tokyo this time.
Anonymous on Dec 31, 2021:
All of Asia should be aware of a new law U S congress has passed 1-1-2022 effective as of 3-1-2022. Any and all will no longer be permitted to enter the U S for any purpose regardless if it's business online or a business with a structure or otherwise in the U S. The same law applies to all of Europe and Middle East as well. As of 1-1-2022 all humanitarian aid will be permanently stopped including no military aid will be granted regardless of any countries situation.
Anonymous on Dec 03, 2021:
Hell that explains it you're from the same tree Asian monkeys swing from in syria monkey fukers.
Anonymous on Dec 02, 2021:
The troll comments are making me feel sympathetic for whoever is leaving them. Racism is not trendy anymore, get with the times.

Much love and respect to Tokyo, Japan, and Asians in general from Syria.
Anonymous on Oct 30, 2021:
Well I agree with the post from anonymous March 31 that wasn't racist,it is what it is, they are what they are and they know it. Instead of getting a souvenir from Japan take a live souvenir back with you,they're subservient,monkey see monkey do.
Lemon on Oct 26, 2021:
I wanted to know if Japan had good souvenirs and that but… just scrolling through the comments, people disgust me.
Pok3b0y on Oct 26, 2021:
I can’t believe all these racist post that people are making and Michael Gornden! Just what the f- man. No one cares.
Michael Gornden on Oct 11, 2021:
All of this is so expensive and I only have 10 bucks and stole this phone off a random kid.
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 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 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.