Cost of Living in Tokyo

Summary of cost of living in Tokyo, Japan:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 6.63 $ 4.64-13.26
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 47.25 $ 33.16-165.79
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 5.21 $ 4.64-5.97
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 2.32 $ 1.82-5.31
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.64 $ 2.65-7.00
Cappuccino (regular) 3.19 $ 1.19-5.31
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.12 $ 0.80-2.32
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.74 $ 0.60-1.33
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.92 $ 4.27-7.53
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.68 $ 0.84-3.01
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.51 $ 0.87-2.71
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.22 $ 1.50-2.79
Local Cheese (1 lb) 7.48 $ 2.41-15.04
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 3.12 $ 1.80-4.51
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 8.45 $ 3.61-18.05
Apples (1 lb) 2.31 $ 1.33-4.51
Banana (1 lb) 1.12 $ 0.66-1.80
Oranges (1 lb) 2.64 $ 1.14-4.51
Tomato (1 lb) 2.32 $ 1.20-4.51
Potato (1 lb) 1.32 $ 0.75-1.80
Onion (1 lb) 1.25 $ 0.66-2.35
Lettuce (1 head) 1.38 $ 0.70-1.99
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.88 $ 0.58-1.19
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 6.63 $ 5.31-13.26
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.07 $ 1.13-2.65
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.04 $ 2.25-3.65
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.98 $ 3.32-4.31
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.33 $ 0.99-1.99
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 45.10 $ 27.85-117.18
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.32 $ 3.18-4.64
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 4.70 $ 4.16-5.87
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.13 $ 19.90-33.16
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.34 $ 3.82-4.90
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 21,692.59 $ 16,579.48-22,163.44
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 15,573.01 $ 14,589.94-18,502.70
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 184.00 $ 105.69-324.96
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 26.00 $ 13.13-46.42
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 32.58 $ 26.39-43.11
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 59.48 $ 26.53-92.85
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 19.83 $ 8.62-26.53
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 12.60 $ 9.95-14.59
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 504.58 $ 207.58-828.97
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 15,034.27 $ 9,947.69-20,558.55
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 52.15 $ 19.83-66.32
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 36.46 $ 13.26-53.05
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 63.00 $ 33.16-86.21
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 80.40 $ 33.16-109.42
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 989.28 $ 596.86-1,657.95
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 569.65 $ 351.48-1,127.40
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,614.97 $ 1,326.36-4,310.66
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,091.42 $ 596.86-1,989.54
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 708.19 $ 400.47-1,109.00
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 391.73 $ 216.87-569.90
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,904.24 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.68 1.00-2.55

Prices in Tokyo

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Last update: February 2024
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18 Comments so far
Curious person on Feb 04, 2024:
Are rents this low or average wages this high? How can you possibly rent six apartments with your wage?
Anonymous on Jan 29, 2024:
Full of socially avoidant nerds without any charisma. Hong Kong is the same
Anonymous on Jan 13, 2024:
Just came back from Beijing, prices in Beijing are def. Higher than listed above
From Japanese on Dec 21, 2023:
In the first place, water is basically free in Japanese restaurants, so it should be displayed as 0 yen.
Rasmus on Nov 22, 2023:
Crazy how salaries are higher in Japan than Sweden but rent and mortgage is half of Sweden. What a disgrace Sweden has become, I am ashamed!
Mochi on Nov 15, 2023:
In many ways better than the USA, and that's an understatement.
Anonymous on Sep 06, 2023:
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Anonymous on Aug 19, 2023:
It's easy to bend one over cheaply or get it free since most Americans have big diks
Anonymous on Jun 19, 2023:
If you live as a student on a budget, you would have to spend from 80,000 yen to 10,000 yen per month with rent. Not that expensive
Anonymous on Apr 03, 2023:
Currently Japan has 110 million people very few babies born over the last 20 years plus.Within 10 to 15 years Japan will no longer exist.Japan had the same one child policy as china but so much time has passed rejuvenation of the population in both countries spells extinction but in all fairness every country globally are facing the same thing.
Cute on Mar 19, 2023:
Its a great country with its fair share of ups and downs but compared to america its soooo much better
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.
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.