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How Much Does It Cost to Live in Japan?

How Much Does It Cost to Live in Japan?

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Japan is a pricey country to live in and its most populous city, Tokyo, has been constantly ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world.

The expensive cost of living in Japan can be attributed to its geographical location, culture, and of course, Tokyo, its capital city.

Japan is located around 124 miles from mainland Asia. Therefore, many everyday goods are imported, leading to an increase in their prices. 

Japan’s culture values high-quality goods and services. Hence, any good or service being offered to the citizens of the country has to be of high quality. This pertains to all industries in the country, most notably the food and hospitality industries. This desire for top-quality products and services comes with a high price.

Lastly, the country’s capital, Tokyo, is a notable contributor to its high living costs. The cost of living for a single person living in Tokyo can amount to $1,100 per month and $2,200 per month when the average rent of a one-bedroom apartment is included.

In this article, we will look at how much it costs to live in Japan based on some of its utilities and cities.

Living Costs by City

Tokyo

Tokyo is currently the most expensive city in Japan and is well known for being the economic hub of the country. The cost of rent in the city ranges from around $1,100 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,700 for a three-bedroom apartment.

A single person’s monthly expenses can amount to $2,200 and for a family of four, $6,700.

Kyoto

Kyoto is one of the most affordable cities in Japan and the country’s former capital. The city is well known for its temples, shrines, and rich history.

The cost of rent in the city starts at $620 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,400 for a three-bedroom apartment.

The monthly expenses for a single person can amount to $1,500 and $4,100 for a family of four.

Yokohama

Yokohama is a port city, well known for its iconic Ferris wheel and oceanic views.

The cost of rent in the city ranges around $1000 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,800 for a three-bedroom apartment.

The monthly expenses of a single person can amount to $1,900 and $6,400 for a family of four.

Osaka

Osaka is currently the other most expensive city to live in and is well known for its unique urban flavor and distinct dialect.

The cost of rent in the city ranges around $700 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,300 for a three-bedroom apartment.

The monthly expenses of a single person can amount to $2,100 and $6,300 for a family of four.

Fukuoka 

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Fukuoka is currently among the most affordable cities to live in and it is the most populous city on the northern Kyushu island.

The cost of rent in the city ranges around $550 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,300 for a three-bedroom apartment.

The monthly expenses of a single person can amount to $1,300 and $3,400 for a family of four.

Cost of Amenities

Connectivity

Those with a valid residence card and Japanese bank account can have mobile phones. Typically, subscription plans hover around $60 per month while cheaper discount plans go for $20 per month.

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Having pocket wifi for internet access at homes cost $25 per month and $40 per month for broadband or fiber optic internet.

Alternatively, one could also get cheap internet access from maid cafes and internet hotspots.

Dining

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There are restaurants where you can purchase a full meal for $5-$10 and this accounts for meals such as ramen, donburi, curry rice, and hamburgers.

Meals at finer restaurants cost between $10-$30 and there’s typically no upper limit price when it comes to high-end restaurants.

A typical coffeehouse coffee costs around $3.

Household Goods, Services, and Entertainment

A large range of household products such as stationery and kitchen utilities can be bought for $1 at some shops such as the 100 Yen Shops. This can be a cost-effective way of setting up an apartment.

Prices of certain services such as that of haircuts in Japan start at $40 and upwards per haircut. This price usually includes a hair wash and blow-dry, as well as a quick head massage. There are also some hair salons where a haircut costs $10.

As for entertainment, movie theater tickets usually cost between $10-$20. Hourly rates for Karaoke start from $20. Tickets for theater performances cost around $60, depending on the seat.

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