Cost of living 2019 in Japan

Hello everyone,

As we usually do each year, we invite you to share your experiences and tell us more about the average prices of products and services in your town/city/area, so that we have updated information regarding cost of living and inflation in Japan.

Thanks to your contribution, future expats in Japan will be more informed and will be able to refine their budget and better prepare for their big move.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Japan? How about buying an apartment or a house in Japan?

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?

What is your monthly budget for groceries?

How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Japan?

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?

How much does childcare cost on average per month?

What is your child's schooling budget per month?

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?

How much does a gym membership cost in Japan?

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Priscilla

We have just moved to Fukuoka, and the living costs seem much cheaper than Tokyo.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription? 
We are moving to a new house next month and will be paying 4800 yen for internet per month. We however will have to buy our own router. For phone subscription, in Japan, you are not able to buy a PAYG sim card. So we registered with Y mobile which gave us a 1 year contract. For my susbcription, It will be free for 1 month, 300 yen for 2nd month and 1650 from the 3rd month onwands until the one year contract ends. The package is 3GB, and you are only charged a few yens to call and sms. You however have to take back the sim card after the year ends or when you no longer want to use the sim. After the year contract, you can continue using the mobile service but with no penalty if you want to quit it.

How much does it cost to rent an apartment or a house in Japan? How about buying an apartment or a house in Japan?
-I live with my wife's owned detached house, yearly village tax is 12,000jpy, quarterly paid.

How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
I don't take public transportation.
Yearly expenses for each vehicles are Weight and Automobile Tax, Insurance, Inspection(Shaken), Gasoline and Basic Maintenance.

Honda Fit RS 1.5 2009:
Auto Tax: 34,500
Weight Tax: 12,300
Insurance:
Mandatory: 14,000
Optional: 65,000
Inspection: 50,000
Gas(Yearly): 90,000
Maintenance: 15,000
Total: 280,000

Daihatsu Move(Kei):
Auto Tax: 10,800
Weight Tax: 1,200
Insurance:
Mandatory: 13,500
Optional: 65,000
Inspection: 40,000
Gas(Yearly): 40,000
Maintenance: 15,000
Total: 185,500


Ninja 250R:
Auto Tax: 4,900
Weight Tax: 3,600
Mandatory Insurance: 6,500
Gasoline: 10,000
Total: 25,000

How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
25,000

What is your monthly budget for groceries?
Included in the Basic Foods


How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Japan?
I'm healthy so i dont spend much, maybe 2,000 for medicines

How much do you pay for health insurance per month?
Deducted from my salary

How much does childcare cost on average per month?
2yo boy costs around 15,000 for diapers, foods and drinks and toys

What is your child's schooling budget per month?
not yet here

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
7-8,000/month for my daily driver honda fit rs 1.5
30km/day 6x/week + some driving around on sundays

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
House is All Electric, no gas for heating. Elec/month depends on season
Winter: 23,000/mo
Summer: 30,000++/mo
Spring/Fall: 20,000

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
Phone + Hikari 1gbps Okayama Hayabusa Internet Service, real speed max at 700Mbps up/dn
7,000/mo

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
Included on my groceries, bento home made

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
I buy mine from groceries too, form vending machines will cost 120y, buy it from a super mega discount market at 50-70jpy
I dont starbucks

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
havent seen one in years :(

How much does a gym membership cost in Japan?
I dont, getting fat!

First, a little background.
- I've been here for 3 years, and I've started staying in Arakawa-ku of Tokyo 2 years ago.
- I live alone, so the food prices are for someone living alone
- As for the price, I leave it to the readers to convert it to their native currency, I will be writing them in Japanese yen.

① How much do you pay on average for public transportation (bus, subway, train, tram, taxi)?
- Daily should be around 340 yen (170 yen one way) in total, for around 44 mins ride (22 mins one way)

② How much do you pay for basic food items such as rice, bread, and pasta?
- I get around 5 kilos of rice monthly, for 800~1200 yen per purchase.

③ What is your monthly budget for groceries?
- I'll be honest, I am not sure because I sometimes get lazy and eat outside. However, I would like to say it is around 20,000 yen?

④ How much does it cost to see a doctor or health specialist in Japan?
- Also not sure for this case, since I have health insurance from my work, and I seldom go to meet a doctor, which is a good thing I hope.

⑤ How much do you pay for health insurance per month?
- For me, it's around 8,500 yen per month.

⑥ How much does childcare cost on average per month?
- Not there yet son!

What is your child's schooling budget per month?
- See ⑥

How much does it cost to fill up your car’s fuel tank?
- Don't own one

How much do you pay for electricity/gas/water etc., per month?
- In total its around 10,000 yen. For me I use a lot of the heater during winter, so that may contribute a lot to the total cost, not to mention the time spent on my pc too. I am sure many people are paying less monthly.

How much do you pay for your internet and phone subscription?
- 10,000 yen for internet and phone, it comes in a set. I game online a lot, so this price is to get blazingly fast internet.

How much do you pay for your lunch pack on weekdays?
- 500~1000 yen.

How much do you pay for an espresso coffee?
- I am not sure what constitutes as an espresso, but you can pay 100 yen for a cheap coffee at the convenience store.

How much do you pay for a cinema ticket?
- This is kinda bs for me, its 1800 yen per ticket! Watching movies are expensive over here for some reason.

How much does a gym membership cost in Japan?
- I pay 6000 yen per month, for a 24-hour, multiple location gym Joyfit. No pools or sauna, like those fancy gyms, but the equipment is enough if you're just into bodybuilding.

Hope this helps~

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