Travel budget in Japan

Japan: calculate your travel budget

Japan: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Japan for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 70 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 8.1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1544* (166754 ¥)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 125 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 17 per person

Total budget:

$ 3672* (396564 ¥)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 232 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 44 per person
  • $ 63 per person
  • $ 33 per person

Total budget:

$ 7130* (770154 ¥)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Japan in 2021

Cost of living: Japan VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Japan in 2021 is 20% higher than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Japan by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Japan compared to the national average.

Cities /Japan View Details
Karuizawa 24% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Karuizawa
Yokohama 16% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yokohama
Kyoto 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kyoto
Maebashi 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Maebashi
Chiba 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Chiba
Tokyo 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tokyo
Kobe 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kobe
Sapporo (Hokkaido) 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Osaka 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Osaka

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Local prices in Japan by expense type

Japan: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Japan costs 23% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.2/person
($ 5.5 to $ 13)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 24/person
($ 14 to $ 41)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.5/person
($ 5.9 to $ 7.3)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.1 for 500ml
($ 2.3 to $ 6.5)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.1 for 330ml
($ 2 to $ 4.5)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.8/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 5.5)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.3/can
($ 1 to $ 2)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1/bottle
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Japan: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Japan is 6% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 77/night
($ 63 to $ 96)

29% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 102/night
($ 71 to $ 146)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 149/night
($ 89 to $ 234)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 316/night
($ 231 to $ 431)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 671/night
($ 559 to $ 797)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 83/month
($ 66 to $ 103)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 212/month
($ 161 to $ 280)

26% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 249/month
($ 189 to $ 329)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 167/month
($ 116 to $ 241)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 263/month
($ 168 to $ 404)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Japan: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Japan is 19% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 2.3)

110% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2/500g
($ 1 to $ 4.5)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Rice
Rice
$ 4.5/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 9.2)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.9/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 13)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.3
Apples
Apples
$ 6.7/kg
($ 3.2 to $ 14)

48% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 6/kg
($ 2.7 to $ 11)

39% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.7/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 7.8)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1
($ 0.8 to $ 1.8)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Japan: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Japan is 65% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2/ticket
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.3
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 3.7/km
($ 2.3 to $ 4.9)

122% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.3/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.4)

87% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 5.7
($ 4.1 to $ 6.7)

75% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 60/24hrs
($ 38 to $ 177)

52% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Japan: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Japan is 50% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 17/ticket
($ 14 to $ 21)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 27/hr
($ 9.2 to $ 47)

63% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16

Japan: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Japan is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.5/pack
($ 4.1 to $ 5.5)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 60
($ 28 to $ 93)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 45
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 41
($ 20 to $ 75)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 36

Plane ticket budget

London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
$ 836
(fair price: $ 684)
Los Angeles → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
$ 855
(fair price: $ 753)
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
$ 1283
(fair price: $ 901)
Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
$ 851
(fair price: $ 747)
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
$ 913
(fair price: $ 744)
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
$ 979
(fair price: $ 789)


About the information on the cost of living in Japan

The information about the cost of living in Japan shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Japan updated on 11-07-2021.

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