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:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 8.1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1552* (156758 ¥)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 127 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 30 per person
  • $ 18 per person

Total budget:

$ 3779* (381794 ¥)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 232 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 42 per person
  • $ 68 per person
  • $ 36 per person

Total budget:

$ 7286* (736204 ¥)

* 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 2020

Cost of living: Japan VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Japan in 2020 is essentially the same as 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
Kyoto 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kyoto
Karuizawa 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Karuizawa
Maebashi 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Maebashi
Kofu 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kofu
Tokyo 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tokyo
Yokohama 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yokohama
Sapporo (Hokkaido) 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Kobe 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kobe
Osaka 6% lessTravel 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 21% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.7/person
($ 6.2 to $ 9.8)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 21/person
($ 15 to $ 30)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.7/person
($ 5.9 to $ 7.8)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.4 for 500ml
($ 2.7 to $ 5.4)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.3 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 4.9)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.8/cup
($ 3 to $ 4.9)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.3/can
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

33% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1/bottle
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

34% 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 7% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 76/night
($ 63 to $ 96)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 104/night
($ 71 to $ 157)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 149/night
($ 88 to $ 239)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 316/night
($ 229 to $ 438)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 666/night
($ 559 to $ 792)

32% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 82/month
($ 65 to $ 103)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 206/month
($ 153 to $ 279)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 271/month
($ 206 to $ 365)

62% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 171/month
($ 118 to $ 256)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 274/month
($ 164 to $ 451)

56% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Japan: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Japan is 26% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 2.3)

109% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.1 to $ 3)

32% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 5.1/kg
($ 3 to $ 9.8)

24% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.3/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 2.7)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 18/kg
($ 9.8 to $ 35)

53% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.6/kg
($ 4.9 to $ 12)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 7.3/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 12)

51% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 5.6/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 9.8)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 5.9/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 9.8)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.8/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 5.9)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 3)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 23/kg
($ 12 to $ 40)

76% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Japan: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Japan is 54% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2/ticket
($ 1.7 to $ 2.5)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 98/month
($ 60 to $ 147)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.1/km
($ 2.6 to $ 6.3)

119% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.4)

79% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 5.9
($ 4.4 to $ 6.8)

57% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
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: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Japan is 10% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 205/month
($ 104 to $ 334)

25% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 164
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.2 to $ 0.6)

182% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 47/month
($ 35 to $ 60)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 838/month
($ 568 to $ 1467)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 563/month
($ 343 to $ 870)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1113
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1786/month
($ 978 to $ 3421)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2249
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1034/month
($ 636 to $ 1525)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1767
Gym
Gym
$ 88/month
($ 60 to $ 119)

119% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 477/month
($ 294 to $ 978)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 17496/yr
($ 8444 to $ 23454)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17212

Japan: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Japan is 51% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 18/ticket
($ 15 to $ 21)

37% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 28/hr
($ 9.8 to $ 49)

64% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Japan: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Japan is 4% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.9/pack
($ 4.3 to $ 5.1)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 66
($ 35 to $ 98)

41% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 41
($ 22 to $ 70)

6% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 81
($ 49 to $ 119)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 116
($ 70 to $ 196)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
$ 925
(fair price: $ 819)
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
$ 1111
(fair price: $ 848)
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
$ 987
(fair price: $ 744)
Los Angeles → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
$ 875
(fair price: $ 756)
Dublin → Tokyo
Dublin → Tokyo
Dublin → Tokyo
$ 867
(fair price: $ 763)
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
$ 1157
(fair price: $ 960)
Edinburgh → Tokyo
Edinburgh → Tokyo
Edinburgh → Tokyo
$ 971
(fair price: $ 848)
Montreal → Tokyo
Montreal → Tokyo
Montreal → Tokyo
$ 1117
(fair price: $ 956)
London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
$ 933
(fair price: $ 763)
Auckland → Tokyo
Auckland → Tokyo
Auckland → Tokyo
$ 965
(fair price: $ 716)
Sydney → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Sydney → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Sydney → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 878
(fair price: $ 738)
Melbourne → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Melbourne → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Melbourne → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 953
(fair price: $ 819)
Perth → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Perth → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Perth → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1059
(fair price: $ 808)
Sydney → Tokyo
Sydney → Tokyo
Sydney → Tokyo
$ 716
(fair price: $ 600)
London → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
London → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
London → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 962
(fair price: $ 794)
Perth → Tokyo
Perth → Tokyo
Perth → Tokyo
$ 778
(fair price: $ 616)
Manchester → Osaka
Manchester → Osaka
Manchester → Osaka
$ 958
(fair price: $ 839)
Dublin → Osaka
Dublin → Osaka
Dublin → Osaka
$ 943
(fair price: $ 848)
Los Angeles → Osaka
Los Angeles  → Osaka
Los Angeles  → Osaka
$ 904
(fair price: $ 743)
New York City → Osaka
New York City → Osaka
New York City → Osaka
$ 1248
(fair price: $ 876)
Los Angeles → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Los Angeles  → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Los Angeles  → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1020
(fair price: $ 852)
Perth → Osaka
Perth → Osaka
Perth → Osaka
$ 716
(fair price: $ 634)
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
$ 1182
(fair price: $ 948)
Edinburgh → Osaka
Edinburgh → Osaka
Edinburgh → Osaka
$ 1025
(fair price: $ 880)
Sydney → Osaka
Sydney → Osaka
Sydney → Osaka
$ 795
(fair price: $ 635)
New York City → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
New York City → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
New York City → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1278
(fair price: $ 977)
Auckland → Osaka
Auckland → Osaka
Auckland → Osaka
$ 924
(fair price: $ 747)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1820
(fair price: $ 1192)
Melbourne → Tokyo
Melbourne → Tokyo
Melbourne → Tokyo
$ 781
(fair price: $ 631)
Montreal → Osaka
Montreal → Osaka
Montreal → Osaka
$ 1328
(fair price: $ 974)
Melbourne → Osaka
Melbourne → Osaka
Melbourne → Osaka
$ 809
(fair price: $ 688)
Auckland → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Auckland → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Auckland → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1126
(fair price: $ 846)
Manchester → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Manchester → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Manchester → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1099
(fair price: $ 947)
Dublin → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Dublin → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Dublin → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1074
(fair price: $ 928)
London → Sendai (Honshu)
London → Sendai (Honshu)
London → Sendai (Honshu)
$ 1066
(fair price: $ 898)
Montreal → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Montreal → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Montreal → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1514
(fair price: $ 1231)

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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 21-01-2020.

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