Ibuprofen, Panadol, Grandpa Pain killers box of 12 dosses
Mobile package local network providers’ talk-time, data and messages
1 month of gym subscription.
Earphones original (Samsung. iPhone)
Unisex Loris perfume
Gadgets maintenance and repairs (cellphone, laptops, tablets...) starting price.
Smart phones (Samsung, Xiaomi, HTC, IPhone) price range upwards
Laptops (Samsung, Lenovo, Hp, Monster, Dell etc.) price range upwards
Boat cruise with refreshments and finger snacks
Go carting 30mins
Movie House 3d cinema
Summer Festivals (jet, bumper cars, lucky deep ...(per ticket)
Cappuccino / expresso/ coffee
3 course dinner local restaurant two people
3 course dinner classy, exotic restaurant two people
Play station 4 console without games.
Original branded Racket and Wilson’s tennis balls
Taxi fare on average 5-10km
Public transport per trip one way maximum fare
1 liter petrol/diesel
1 day rent a car cost
1 pair of jeans (Denim or similar)
1 pair of men’s formal shoes
1 pair original sport/casual shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)
1 classy summer dress (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)
Ladies formal shoes original and durable
Back-pack, gym bag (Nike, Adidas, New balance)
Living in Japan is very cost-effective and not remotely as expensive as you would expect. The currency they use is the Japanese Yen (¥), however, to make it easier to understand we will convert the figures to USD. At first glance, you will find that Japanese people are extremely organized and precise which translates to their everyday lives.
In Japan, Tokyo has the highest minimum wage at $10 which is the average salary of smaller jobs compared to other cities. Per usual we would like to reiterate that our estimates vary depending on the location within Japan and individual lifestyle choices.
It is of note that terms for houses in Japan are quite different from you might be used to and the prices come before utilities and other maintenance costs.
Terms: 1R means studio, 1K means studio plus kitchen, 1DK means 2 rooms plus a kitchen.
A studio apartment in a good area in Japan outside the city center will cost about $500 to $900 for a month. The prices also change a lot depending on the neighborhood. Some apartments can go up to $1,000 or $1,300 for some very choice apartments in Tokyo or Osaka.
Feeding and Groceries:
One month of groceries will cost around $200 to $300 depending on whichever dietary preferences you have. Eating out is very affordable as a meal for two costs about $10 at an upscale restaurant in the country. Fast food outlets are very cheap in Tokyo, some meals even cost less than a dollar.
Transportation in Japan is very efficient and timely, budget about $100 for your monthly movements within the city. The metro is the most efficient means to get around and one trip costs $1.50.
RocApply Tip:Get a ‘Pasmo card’ that you can use with buses, metros and on JR train lines.
For car owners, the price of one liter of gas is $1.30. Ubers are also available across major cities in Japan and serve as an alternative to the ubiquitous taxis that are available around the country and 10 minutes taxi ride costs about $15.
The standard of medical healthcare in Japan extremely high and healthcare is generally accessible by citizens, expatriates, and foreigners for free. Medical treatment is covered by the government's universal healthcare system, however, private health insurances cost about $160 per month.
Considering all the major costs mentioned and some other smaller costs for entertainment such as going out and having a drink which can cost around $200 to $250 per month depending on your interests, the total costs of living in Japan can come up to $1,700.