The most profitable industry in Japan is the medical industry. People who work in this field can expect an annual salary that stands at five million yen, which equals almost $50,000. The last place in this ranking is industry of retail and restaurants, thanks to which people earn equivalent of $33,000 per year. So having that in mind, how much actually living in Japan cost?


Accomodation:

60,000¥ - 200,000¥ monthly

 

Renting a one bedroom flat in the city centre will cost about 90,000¥ (~$800) per month. If you need a bigger space, three bedroom flats’ prices stand at about 190,000¥ (~$1700).
City centres in Japan are extremely pricy but bear in mind that you can choose the alternative option which is renting a flat outside the centre which would lead to spending a little bit more money (and time) on transport. The cost of a one bedroom flat outside the centre is 58,000¥ (~$520) and for three bedroom apartment you will have to pay around 110,000¥ (~$980).

If it comes to the utilities, some basic bill for heating, water, electricity, etc. will cost around 20,000¥ (~$180), for a three bedroom flat.

 


Transport:

400¥ - 15,000¥ monthly

 

One way ticket - 200¥ (~$1,7),
Monthly pass at a regular price - 10,000¥ (~$90)
Taxi start - 600¥ (~$5)
Every 1 km in taxi - 400¥ (~$3,5)

 


Groceries

10,000¥ - 35,000¥ (monthly)

 

Dairy products and meat will be definitely the most pricy in your Japanese shopping cart. Try to focus on local food which is not that expensive.

 

Cheese (1kg) - 1600¥ (~$14)
Milk (1l) - 180¥ (~$1,6)
Eggs (dozen) - 220¥ (~$2)
Chicken breasts (1kg) - 800¥ (~$7)
Beef (1kg) - 2000¥ (~$18)
Loaf of white bread - 180¥ (~$1,6)
Rice (1kg) - 430¥ (~$3,8)
Tomato (1kg) - 690¥ (~$6)
Potato (1kg) - 390¥ (~$4,5)
Onion (1kg) - 330¥ (~$3)
Water (1.5l bottle) - 125¥ (~$1,1)

 

Some additional products:
Imported beer (0.33 bottle) - 350¥ (~$3,15)
Domestic beer (0.5 bottle) - 280¥ (~$2,5)
Cigarettes (Marlboro) - 460¥ (~$4,1)
Bottle of wine - 1200¥ (~$11)

 


Entertainment:

Cinema ticket - 1800¥ (~$16,15)
Cappuccino in a coffee shop - 370¥ (~$3,3)
Meal in an inexpensive restaurant - 800¥ (~$7,15)
Three-course meal in a mid-range restaurant - 2000¥ (~$18)

 


Others:

Internet (unlimited data) - 4600¥ monthly (~$42)
Pair of Nike shoes - 8000¥ (~$72)
A casual dress in a chain store - 4000¥ (~$31)
Pair of jeans - 6000¥ (~$54)

 

For a comfortable life in Tokyo, two people living together will need approximately 327,000¥ (~$2,900) per month.