Daily Life

Cost of Living

One of the advantages of living in the Chiba area is that living expenses are not as high as in the Tokyo Metropolitan area, though they are located very close to each other.
Note that it is not customary to tip in Japan. For example, you do not need to tip at restaurants or taxi drivers.
Refer to the following table to get an idea of how much things cost to plan your budget.

Item Average prices/costs
bread ¥150/loaf
rice ¥2,000/5 kg
milk ¥200/liter
egg ¥200/10 eggs
apple ¥130/each
juice/soda pop ¥150/liter
McDonald's hamburger: ¥120 ~ 500/each
value set: ¥480~
lunch ¥500~
dinner ¥800~
toilet tissue ¥350/12 rolls
tobacco ¥400~/pack
blanket/comforter ¥2,000~
clothing ¥2,000~/a cotton shirt
bus/train fare ¥210/¥160~ (depends on distance)
taxi fare ¥730/for the first 2 km + ¥100/every additional 0.5 km
Rates increase by 30% during late evening-early morning
gasoline ¥140~/liter
mobile phone plan ¥3,000~/month
movie ¥1,800/adult ¥1,300~¥1,500/student discount
monthly rent (Nishi-Chiba area) studio: ¥35,000~; 1-bedroom apartment: ¥42,000~;
2-bedroom apartment: ¥45,000~
utilities electricity ¥1,500 ~ 4,000+/month
water ¥1,500 ~ 4,000+/month
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