The cost of living in Japan is generally lower than countries in North America or Europe. Studio apartment rent can be as low as ¥30,000 ($225 USD) per month in the countryside to ¥90,000 ($670 USD) in the expensive parts of Tokyo. Non-rent related COL factors total roughly ¥160,000 ($1,200 USD) per month on average. Learn how it all breaks down here.
The cost of living in rural Japan is less on average than in cities, mainly due to lower rent. It’s also a more affordable setting to purchase real estate and raise a family, making it ideal for those planning long-term. Learn exactly how it all breaks down in this article.
The cost of living in Kyoto is ¥150-200,000 per month depending on rent costs. That total includes everything from rent, utilities, and other cost of living factors for a single person. It’s a bit cheaper than Tokyo and Osaka on average, and you can find out exactly how in this article.
Calculating the average cost of living for Tokyo is difficult because of its size, but the minimum monthly amount is roughly ¥190,000, or $1,450 USD. This includes average 1-bedroom rent across Tokyo’s 23 wards of ¥81,000 ($620 USD) and more individual factors like food costs and transportation. Read the breakdown and see which neighborhoods are cheapest here.