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
  • $ 8.6 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1557* (156688 ¥)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 124 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 26 per person
  • $ 30 per person
  • $ 18 per person

Total budget:

$ 3774* (379876 ¥)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 229 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 43 per person
  • $ 69 per person
  • $ 36 per person

Total budget:

$ 7291* (733978 ¥)

* 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 essentially the same as 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 14% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kyoto
Karuizawa 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Karuizawa
Maebashi 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Maebashi
Tokyo 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Tokyo
Kofu 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kofu
Yokohama 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yokohama
Sapporo (Hokkaido) 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Kobe 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kobe
Osaka 8% 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 19% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 9/person
($ 6 to $ 9.9)

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

27% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 6.7/person
($ 5.5 to $ 7.9)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.8 for 500ml
($ 3 to $ 5.4)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.9
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.5 for 330ml
($ 2.5 to $ 5)

12% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.9/cup
($ 3 to $ 5)

12% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.3/can
($ 1 to $ 2)

31% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.1/bottle
($ 1 to $ 1.4)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Japan: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Japan is 6% more expensive than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 76/night
($ 61 to $ 95)

29% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 102/night
($ 70 to $ 153)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 145/night
($ 87 to $ 235)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 312/night
($ 225 to $ 434)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 658/night
($ 550 to $ 783)

32% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 79/month
($ 64 to $ 101)

40% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 200/month
($ 149 to $ 272)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 261/month
($ 199 to $ 351)

57% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 170/month
($ 120 to $ 247)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 271/month
($ 167 to $ 440)

54% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Japan: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Japan is 27% more expensive than in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.6 to $ 2.2)

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

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 5.1/kg
($ 3 to $ 9.9)

23% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.3/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 2.7)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 18/kg
($ 9.9 to $ 36)

54% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 7.8/kg
($ 5 to $ 13)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 7.2/kg
($ 4.4 to $ 12)

50% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 5.5/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 9)

29% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 6/kg
($ 3.9 to $ 9.9)

37% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 3.8/kg
($ 2 to $ 6)

36% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.6 to $ 3)

15% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.2
($ 1 to $ 1.8)

36% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 24/kg
($ 12 to $ 41)

83% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Japan: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Japan is 54% more expensive than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.2/ticket
($ 1.7 to $ 2.7)

14% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 101/month
($ 60 to $ 150)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 4.1/km
($ 2.7 to $ 6.5)

120% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.4/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 1.6)

79% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 6
($ 4.4 to $ 6.9)

58% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 60/24hrs
($ 38 to $ 177)

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

Japan: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Japan is 11% more expensive than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 205/month
($ 107 to $ 339)

24% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

201% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 48/month
($ 36 to $ 60)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 842/month
($ 548 to $ 1492)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1396
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 568/month
($ 349 to $ 812)

48% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1109
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1788/month
($ 995 to $ 2983)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2268
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1040/month
($ 647 to $ 1551)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1776
Gym
Gym
$ 89/month
($ 60 to $ 120)

123% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 474/month
($ 299 to $ 995)

51% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 974
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 17311/yr
($ 8589 to $ 23857)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17419

Japan: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Japan is 49% more expensive than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 18/ticket
($ 15 to $ 21)

38% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 27/hr
($ 9.9 to $ 51)

59% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Japan: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Japan is 5% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.8/pack
($ 4.4 to $ 5)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 69
($ 41 to $ 101)

43% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 48
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 44
($ 26 to $ 71)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 81
($ 51 to $ 120)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 118
($ 71 to $ 200)

14% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 103

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
Manchester → Tokyo
$ 925
(fair price: $ 823)
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
London → Osaka
$ 992
(fair price: $ 743)
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
New York City → Tokyo
$ 1035
(fair price: $ 848)
Dublin → Tokyo
Dublin → Tokyo
Dublin → Tokyo
$ 875
(fair price: $ 772)
Los Angeles → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
Los Angeles  → Tokyo
$ 856
(fair price: $ 748)
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
Toronto (Ontario) → Tokyo
$ 1154
(fair price: $ 949)
Edinburgh → Tokyo
Edinburgh → Tokyo
Edinburgh → Tokyo
$ 968
(fair price: $ 848)
Montreal → Tokyo
Montreal → Tokyo
Montreal → Tokyo
$ 1120
(fair price: $ 953)
London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
London → Tokyo
$ 874
(fair price: $ 750)
Sydney → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Sydney → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Sydney → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 873
(fair price: $ 745)
Auckland → Tokyo
Auckland → Tokyo
Auckland → Tokyo
$ 887
(fair price: $ 703)
Melbourne → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Melbourne → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Melbourne → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 948
(fair price: $ 813)
Manchester → Osaka
Manchester → Osaka
Manchester → Osaka
$ 958
(fair price: $ 845)
Los Angeles → Osaka
Los Angeles  → Osaka
Los Angeles  → Osaka
$ 904
(fair price: $ 751)
Sydney → Tokyo
Sydney → Tokyo
Sydney → Tokyo
$ 721
(fair price: $ 606)
London → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
London → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
London → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 953
(fair price: $ 792)
Perth → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Perth → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Perth → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1081
(fair price: $ 799)
Dublin → Osaka
Dublin → Osaka
Dublin → Osaka
$ 946
(fair price: $ 855)
Perth → Tokyo
Perth → Tokyo
Perth → Tokyo
$ 768
(fair price: $ 613)
New York City → Osaka
New York City → Osaka
New York City → Osaka
$ 1248
(fair price: $ 889)
Perth → Osaka
Perth → Osaka
Perth → Osaka
$ 716
(fair price: $ 637)
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
Toronto (Ontario) → Osaka
$ 1182
(fair price: $ 950)
Edinburgh → Osaka
Edinburgh → Osaka
Edinburgh → Osaka
$ 1025
(fair price: $ 886)
Sydney → Osaka
Sydney → Osaka
Sydney → Osaka
$ 795
(fair price: $ 640)
Los Angeles → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Los Angeles  → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Los Angeles  → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1011
(fair price: $ 846)
Auckland → Osaka
Auckland → Osaka
Auckland → Osaka
$ 924
(fair price: $ 748)
Montreal → Osaka
Montreal → Osaka
Montreal → Osaka
$ 1328
(fair price: $ 986)
Melbourne → Tokyo
Melbourne → Tokyo
Melbourne → Tokyo
$ 769
(fair price: $ 624)
New York City → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
New York City → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
New York City → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1302
(fair price: $ 1003)
Melbourne → Osaka
Melbourne → Osaka
Melbourne → Osaka
$ 809
(fair price: $ 688)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Toronto (Ontario) → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1935
(fair price: $ 1185)
Manchester → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Manchester → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Manchester → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1088
(fair price: $ 955)
Auckland → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Auckland → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Auckland → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1107
(fair price: $ 846)
Dublin → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Dublin → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
Dublin → Sapporo (Hokkaido)
$ 1047
(fair price: $ 934)
London → Sendai (Honshu)
London → Sendai (Honshu)
London → Sendai (Honshu)
$ 1033
(fair price: $ 900)

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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 17-11-2019.

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