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Living Expenses in Japan: How Much Do You Need?

by Acyl

Preparations before departure to Japan

I am going to live in Japan soon, what is the price in Japan?
How to effectively control living expenses?
In daily life, where is the cheapest place to buy things?

How can I control my monthly consumption well?
It also includes rent, transportation, meals, insurance, and money for travel.

Advice on living, part-time work, and expenses in Japan

For example, the ideal life in Japan is part-time work and study, and you can go out to play in your spare time.
The goal is to pay for rent, living expenses, etc., and it needs about ¥100,000 per month.
¥100,000 yen seems to be a lot, which is normal in big cities such as Tokyo.

The balance between part-time earning and leisure life

For example, if you live in Tokyo, a high-cost place, you need ¥100,000 per month to be enough, and your living expenses should be calculated in this way.

The average salary is ¥950-¥1000 per hour (the minimum wage in Tokyo is higher than other places), and you have to work about 100 hours a month.
That is to say, they have to work 25 hours a week, an average of 6 hours a day, and work 4-5 days a week.

Some companies have minimum duty hours requirements for part-time work, that is, they must work at least enough for a specified number of hours every day.
Most of them work at least 4 hours per shift, and some are 6 hours – 8 hours are also available.
Sometimes it may not be possible to have a fixed number of hours of work every day, so when you first arrive, you must be prepared to work 5 days a week.

In Tokyo, restaurants are relatively short of staff, and the wages are ¥1000-¥1200. Every time I go to work, I have the opportunity to work for 6 hours.
In conversion, you can earn about ¥6,000 a day, and you can earn ¥24,000 in a 4-day working week.
There is ¥96,000 a month, and the living time such as sleeping and eating is deducted every day (even if it is 12 hours), and there are 6 hours left.
The remaining 3 days a week do not have to go to work. Calculated, there will be a lot of time left in each week. You can also go to play, study and improve yourself, or explore the city you live in.

At the same time, it can support daily living expenses, and there is still a little money left over to play and go shopping, which is not too bad.

Keep rent below ¥60,000

Housing expenses are the biggest expense of living in Japan, and there are basically no other necessary expenses that need to pay tens of thousands of yen every month.
Of course, the tuition fee for going to a Japanese language school/specialized school cannot be compared, and it is not considered as necessary living expenses.

To put it simply, if the cost of accommodation can be kept down, then it should be kept down to the lowest possible level.
There are several options for accommodation. If you live in a big city like Tokyo, it is more affordable to recommend a Share House.
The advantage of Share House is that the rent includes everything, such as furniture, tap water, electricity, and internet, which you don’t have to deal with yourself.
It’s not that it’s not good to find a real estate agent to rent a room, it’s just that there are hidden expenses besides the rent, such as additional management fees, internet expenses, and so on.
If these expenses are saved, you can buy your favorite things every month!

Go to the supermarket to buy as much as possible

I believe that when you travel to Japan to buy things, most of you will go to convenience stores.
This is very common, because most of the supermarkets in Japan are in residential areas, and most of them will only see convenience stores when you go to tourist attractions.

However, do not underestimate the power of the supermarket.

In the supermarket you can buy a lot of cheap refrigerated food, fresh vegetables, meat can also be sold very cheap.
Especially when the supermarket is about to close, or the food is about to expire, the supermarket is often discounted to more than half price, which can save a lot of money.

Common supermarkets in Tokyo

For example, there are Life, Seiyu, business supermarket business スーパー, etc. The goods sold in these stores are cheaper than convenience stores, department stores, or drugstores.

SEIYU Supermarket, Japan

Use your transit pass when you go out

If you live in Tokyo, in addition to the regular railway tickets used for daily work and school, you can also use the one-day set tickets for Tokyo Metro, Tokyo Toei Subway, and Tokyo Transportation!
Using these one-day tickets, you can take the designated railway lines unlimited times, and you can save the fare to eat when you go out to play!

The most common ones are Tokyo Toei Subway One-Day Package, Tokyo Transportation One-Day Ticket, etc.

Tokyo Metro (Tokyo Toei Subway) one-day set ticket is about ¥900.
You can take Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway unlimited times a day, and go to most places in Tokyo.

A one-day ticket for Tokyo Transportation costs about ¥1500.
You can take most of the transportation in Tokyo unlimited times, such as Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway, Tokyo JR, and travel to various places in Tokyo without restriction.

Tokyo Metro Discount Tickets

Walk more, it is healthy for your body and wallet

Living in Japan, besides renting a house, the most expensive expense is the transportation expenses.

After living in Tokyo for a while, I found that if I got off near the destination station, or took another line and walked for 5 minutes, I could save ¥50 fare.
If it is a round trip, you can save ¥100 fare. ¥100 seems to be a small amount, but it is enough to buy discounted rice balls at convenience stores and solve the day's breakfast.


In fact, there are still many tips to save money in Japan. In future articles, I will introduce different Japanese life tips.
If you are also planning to live in Japan, definitely don't miss it!

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