Japan is 2.6% more expensive than United States.

If you lived in Japan instead of United States, you would:

pay 32.8% less for restaurants

 
United States
Japan
Basic meal with drink at inexpensive restaurant $14.25
 
$7.42
¥840
Fast food combo meal
McDonalds, or similar
$7.75
 
$6.14
¥695
Bottle of Coca-Cola (11 fl. oz) $1.90
 
$1.34
¥152

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pay 30.6% more for groceries

 
United States
Japan
Bread
1 loaf
$2.71
 
$2.14
¥242
Local cheese (8 oz) $5.56
 
$9.00
¥1,019
Milk (1 gallon) $3.22
 
$6.53
¥739

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pay 59.2% more for transportation

 
United States
Japan
Gasoline (1 gallon) $2.62
 
$4.92
¥557
Monthly public transit pass $63.05
 
$103.43
¥11,713
New Volkswagen Golf 1.4 (standard edition) $23,189.08
 
$23,566.38
¥2,668,916

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pay 30.0% less for housing

 
United States
Japan
Internet connection
50 mbps or faster, cable/dsl
$67.11
 
$43.56
¥4,933
1-Bedroom apartment in downtown area $1,225.46
 
$670.40
¥75,923
1-Bedroom apartment outside city center $1,034.80
 
$463.85
¥52,532

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pay 35.5% less for childcare

 
United States
Japan
Private preschool for 1 child, monthly $891.12
 
$437.73
¥49,573
Middle school for 1 child, two semesters $15,195.09
 
$12,146.82
¥1,375,640

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pay 14.5% more for entertainment and sports

 
United States
Japan
Domestic/local beer (1 pint) $4.52
 
$3.88
¥440
Cappuccino in mid-range area $4.18
 
$3.66
¥415
Pack of cigarettes
Marlboro or similar
$7.90
 
$4.69
¥531

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pay 12.2% more for clothing

 
United States
Japan
Regular jeans
Levi's brand
$43.02
 
$61.16
¥6,927
Regular dress
from H&M or similar store
$35.26
 
$36.56
¥4,140
Running shoes
Nike or Adidas
$75.54
 
$76.40
¥8,653

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