Travel budget and cost of living in Japan how much does a trip cost?

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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:

  • $ 64 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 8.1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1477* (152138 ¥)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 122 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 25 per person
  • $ 29 per person
  • $ 18 per person

Total budget:

$ 3690* (380198 ¥)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 226 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 41 per person
  • $ 67 per person
  • $ 36 per person

Total budget:

$ 7120* (733670 ¥)

* 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 2019

Cost of living: Japan VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Japan in 2019 is 20% higher than in United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Japan in 2019 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 17% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kyoto
Tokyo 5% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tokyo
Hiroshima 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Hiroshima
Yokohama 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Yokohama
Kamakura 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kamakura
Sapporo (Hokkaido) 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Osaka 7% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Osaka
Kobe 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kobe

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Local prices in Japan by expense type

Restaurant budget in Japan

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Japan costs 20% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 8.7/person
($ 6.3 to $ 9.7)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 21/person
($ 15 to $ 30)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.6/person
($ 5.7 to $ 7.3)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.9 for 500ml
($ 2.6 to $ 4.9)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.2 for 330ml
($ 2.4 to $ 4.4)

5% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.8/cup
($ 2.9 to $ 4.9)

11% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.3/can
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1/bottle
($ 1 to $ 1.3)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Japan

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Japan is 6% more expensive than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 71/night
($ 57 to $ 87)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 101/night
($ 67 to $ 147)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 144/night
($ 83 to $ 226)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 308/night
($ 218 to $ 415)

19% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 619/night
($ 502 to $ 704)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 77/month
($ 63 to $ 97)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 194/month
($ 141 to $ 268)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 257/month
($ 196 to $ 346)

55% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 156/month
($ 108 to $ 229)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 302/month
($ 207 to $ 458)

72% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Japan

On average, the price of supermarket food in Japan is 27% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.4 to $ 2.3)

105% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 1.9/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 2.9)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 4.7/kg
($ 2.9 to $ 8.7)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.2/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 2.7)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 17/kg
($ 9.7 to $ 35)

52% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.6/kg
($ 4.9 to $ 12)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 7/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 12)

53% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 5.3/kg
($ 3.7 to $ 8.7)

25% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 6.1/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 9.7)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.9/kg
($ 2.4 to $ 5.9)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

20% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3
($ 1 to $ 1.9)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 23/kg
($ 12 to $ 40)

84% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Japan

On average, the price of transport in Japan is 56% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2/ticket
($ 1.7 to $ 2.6)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 98/month
($ 64 to $ 147)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 3.9/km
($ 2.7 to $ 6.3)

120% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.4)

82% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 5.9
($ 4.4 to $ 6.8)

69% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 60/24hrs
($ 38 to $ 177)

52% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Japan

On average, the cost of housing in Japan is 18% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 196/month
($ 101 to $ 311)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

256% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 47/month
($ 35 to $ 59)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 854/month
($ 517 to $ 1363)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 573/month
($ 341 to $ 801)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1861/month
($ 973 to $ 2918)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1052/month
($ 633 to $ 1605)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 85/month
($ 59 to $ 108)

121% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 412/month
($ 251 to $ 780)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 18753/yr
($ 10697 to $ 27228)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Japan

On average, budget for leisure activities in Japan is 44% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 18/ticket
($ 15 to $ 21)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 26/hr
($ 9.7 to $ 49)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Japan

On average, shopping budget in Japan is 6% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.5/pack
($ 4.3 to $ 4.9)

38% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 67
($ 40 to $ 98)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 44
($ 21 to $ 69)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 78
($ 49 to $ 118)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 115
($ 59 to $ 195)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Los Angeles → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
$ 885
(fair price: $ 783)
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
$ 1187
(fair price: $ 959)
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
$ 1170
(fair price: $ 790)
Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
$ 961
(fair price: $ 857)
Dublin → Tokyo
Dublin → Tokyo
Dublin → Tokyo
$ 893
(fair price: $ 786)
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
$ 1183
(fair price: $ 946)
Edinburgh → Tokyo
Edinburgh → Tokyo
Edinburgh → Tokyo
$ 1008
(fair price: $ 897)
Los Angeles → Osaka
Los Angeles  → Osaka
Los Angeles  → Osaka
$ 940
(fair price: $ 800)
Montreal → Tokyo
Montreal → Tokyo
Montreal → Tokyo
$ 1222
(fair price: $ 981)
London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
$ 997
(fair price: $ 788)
New York City → Osaka
New York City → Osaka
New York City → Osaka
$ 1266
(fair price: $ 968)
Manchester → Osaka
Manchester → Osaka
Manchester → Osaka
$ 998
(fair price: $ 879)
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
$ 1148
(fair price: $ 944)
Dublin → Osaka
Dublin → Osaka
Dublin → Osaka
$ 996
(fair price: $ 899)
Perth → Osaka
Perth → Osaka
Perth → Osaka
$ 739
(fair price: $ 637)
Sydney → Osaka
Sydney → Osaka
Sydney → Osaka
$ 793
(fair price: $ 655)
Auckland → Tokyo
Auckland → Tokyo
Auckland → Tokyo
$ 928
(fair price: $ 710)
Perth → Tokyo
Perth → Tokyo
Perth → Tokyo
$ 811
(fair price: $ 642)
Sydney → Tokyo
Sydney → Tokyo
Sydney → Tokyo
$ 737
(fair price: $ 619)
Edinburgh → Osaka
Edinburgh → Osaka
Edinburgh → Osaka
$ 1090
(fair price: $ 935)
Melbourne → Osaka
Melbourne → Osaka
Melbourne → Osaka
$ 796
(fair price: $ 677)
Montreal → Osaka
Montreal → Osaka
Montreal → Osaka
$ 1358
(fair price: $ 999)
Auckland → Osaka
Auckland → Osaka
Auckland → Osaka
$ 979
(fair price: $ 768)
Melbourne → Tokyo
Melbourne → Tokyo
Melbourne → Tokyo
$ 778
(fair price: $ 635)

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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 20-05-2019.

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