How Much is the Average Cost of Living in Japan?

It is said that the cost of living in Japan is high. However, it is vague as to what is actually expensive and how much it costs. Therefore, this time, we will introduce the cost of living in Japan in each area.

The average cost of living in Japan is 160,000 - 240,000 yen

How Much is the Average Cost of Living in Japan?

The average cost of living in Japan is about 160,000 yen for one person and about 240,000 yen for two people. (Information accurate as of August 2019)

This includes rent, food, utilities, communication bills, dating, medical bills, and entertainment. Among these, rent, food, and transportation account for a great deal of this amount.

The Monthly Cost of Living in Japan in Each Region

How Much is the Average Cost of Living in Japan?

The cost of living in Japan varies from region to region. Here, we picked out areas that are popular with foreigners and we will introduce the price of living expenses in these areas. The items we will discuss are limited to rent and highly important variable costs such as food, utilities, communication, and miscellaneous expenses. (Information accurate as of October 2019)

Cost of Living in Tokyo

The cost of living in Tokyo varies from area to area. Tokyo metropolis is divided into the 23 wards of Tokyo, which is mainly refers to the city centre, and the suburbs outside the 23 wards. Of course, it varies depending on the property, but here is a summary of the average cost of living.

Expenses Single Person
Two People
Rent
50,000~100,000円
80,000~200,000円
Food 
20,000~30,000円
30,000~60,000円
Utilities 
8,000~10,000円
10,000~15,000円
Communication 
8,000~10,000円
18,000~25,000円
Miscellaneous 
5,000~10,000円
10,000~15,000円

The Cost of Living in Kobe

The cost of living in Kobe is lower than in Tokyo. Particularly, rent and utility costs are different. Kobe has cheaper water and electricity charges compared to other prefectures and cities. Here we will introduce the average cost of living in Kobe.

ExpensesSingle Person
Two People
Rent
40,000~60,000円
60,000~100,000円
Food 
20,000~30,000円
30,000~60,000円
Utilities 
6,000~10,000円
8,000~12,000円
Communication 
8,000~10,000円
18,000~23,000円
Miscellaneous 
5,000~10,000円
10,000~15,000円

The Cost of Living in Nagano

Nagano has cheaper rent and food costs compared to other areas. In contrast, Nagano is a snowy region. Due to this, water costs are higher in winter, and on average are higher than in other areas. Here, we will introduce the average cost of living in Nagano.

Expenses Single Person
Two People 
Rent 
35,000~60,000円
50,000~65,000円
Food 
15,000~25,000円
25,000~55,000円
Utilities 
15,000~20,000円
20,000~25,000円
Communication 
8,000~10,000円
18,000~23,000円
Miscellaneous 
5,000~10,000円
10,000~15,000円


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