Cost of Living in Tokyo

Summary about cost of living in Tokyo:

Restaurants [ Edit ] Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 9.21 $ 5.86-9.21
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 46.07 $ 36.85-73.71
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 6.36 $ 4.61-6.91
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.61 $ 2.99-5.53
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.61 $ 3.22-7.37
Cappuccino (regular) 3.61 $ 2.34-4.61
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 1.45 $ 0.92-2.76
Water (12 oz small bottle) 1.04 $ 0.74-2.23
Markets [ Edit ]
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.36 $ 4.88-7.67
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 1.61 $ 0.84-2.51
Rice (white), (1 lb) 2.48 $ 1.67-3.76
Eggs (regular) (12) 2.17 $ 1.84-2.76
Local Cheese (1 lb) 4.75 $ 3.34-7.52
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 3.52 $ 2.51-5.85
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.75 $ 4.55-20.90
Apples (1 lb) 3.21 $ 2.09-4.85
Banana (1 lb) 1.39 $ 0.84-2.09
Oranges (1 lb) 2.57 $ 1.67-4.18
Tomato (1 lb) 2.42 $ 1.67-4.18
Potato (1 lb) 1.65 $ 0.84-2.51
Onion (1 lb) 1.41 $ 0.84-2.09
Lettuce (1 head) 1.82 $ 1.38-2.76
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 1.19 $ 0.92-1.84
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 11.06 $ 8.29-13.82
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.61 $ 1.38-3.22
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.84 $ 2.40-4.61
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 4.51 $ 4.15-4.70
Transportation [ Edit ]
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 1.70 $ 1.47-2.49
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 92.13 $ 64.49-138.20
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 4.05 $ 3.78-6.54
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 6.08 $ 5.93-9.64
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 33.17 $ 29.48-44.22
Gasoline (1 gallon) 4.92 $ 4.53-5.34
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 23,392.51 $ 22,848.93-25,797.18
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 20,468.83 $ 16,436.49-23,954.52
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ]
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 184.15 $ 94.83-313.25
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.40 $ 0.18-0.74
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 42.21 $ 32.25-55.28
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ]
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 85.93 $ 64.49-138.20
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 28.56 $ 13.82-46.07
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 16.58 $ 15.66-18.43
Childcare [ Edit ]
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 577.14 $ 276.40-1,744.38
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 18,848.83 $ 11,055.93-23,033.20
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ]
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 64.77 $ 36.85-92.13
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 44.29 $ 27.64-64.49
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 77.58 $ 46.07-119.77
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 131.30 $ 73.71-184.27
Rent Per Month [ Edit ]
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,182.09 $ 737.06-1,842.66
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 728.33 $ 499.20-1,105.59
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,682.48 $ 1,474.12-4,606.64
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,387.89 $ 829.20-2,119.05
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ]
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 977.52 $ 855.93-1,283.90
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 521.74 $ 385.17-855.93
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ]
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 2,999.66 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 1.46 0.01-0.02

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Last update: October 2019
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36 Comments so far

#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.
#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.