Cost of Living and Price Reports from Tokyo, Japan. You can download the Excel list of items+prices I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

Education_Prices

Examination fee of Japan Kanji Aptitude Test = 1500 yen ($14.71 €11.36)

My son is going to take Japan Kanji Aptitude Test. It examines ability to read and write kanji (characters from ancient China), to understand their meanings and use them correctly in sentences, and to identify correct stroke order. It was …

Workbook for STEP test = 1000 yen ($10.20 €7.81)

I bought a workbook for STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency) test. It is for my daughter and cost 1000 yen ($10.20 €7.81). The book comes with CD-ROM for the listening test. ----------------------------------------------------- T…

Annual membership fee of a school club = 5000 yen ($51.02 €39.06)

My daughter participates a basketball club of her school. Its annual membership fee is 5000 yen ($51.02 €39.06). It is spent for various issues, like registration fee to an umbrella organization, shared gears, or a first aid kit. Once a ye…

Examination fee of an English proficiency exam = 1300 yen ($13.27 €10.16)

My daughter is going to take STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency) test at her school. I paid 1300 yen ($13.27 €10.16) as examination fee. STEP has several grades, and she will challenge to a beginner's grade. She just started stu…

Supplemental textbook = 2100 yen ($21.43 €16.41)

There is no charge for school textbooks. But my daughter is not smart, especially at science. The textbook alone is not enough for her to understand science. So she needs a supplemental textbook to comprehend science. It cost 2100 yen ($21…

Notebook = 85 yen ($0.86 €0.65)

My daughter bought 5 notebooks for 418 yen at Ito-Yokado. One notebook costs 85 yen ($0.86 €0.65). Each grade class requires specific type of notebook.

Textbook for school = 0 yen

Elementary and junior high schools provide textbooks to the students without charge. Tax payers owe its cost. Some supplemental materials are charged and parents pay cost. Here is a textbook for home science (housecraft). You can see other…

School indoor shoes = 900 yen ($9.28 €7.14)

From kindergarten to high school, students have to wear their indoor shoes in the school buildings. Common indoor shoes cost 900 yen ($9.28 €7.14). My wife bought my son's cheaper one for 400 yen. In universities, we do not have to wear in…

School backpack = 42000 yen ($432.99 €333.33)

In Japan school starts from April. Students of elementary school usually bring their backpack to school. In April newly-enrolled students carry brandnew backpacks. The price is a popular model is 42000 yen ($432.99 €333.33). My son's backp…

Electronic dictionary =13800 yen ($146.81 €115.00)

My son wanted have a computerized dictionary (electronic dictionary) and I bought one for 13800 yen ($146.81 €115.00). Model name is PW-G5200 made by Sharp. This is a very domestic product. And Sharp does not sell it outside Japan. This di…

Entrance fee of a prestigious kindergarten = 900,000 yen ($9,473.68 €7,200.00)

My friend works for a university and that university has a subsidiary kindergarten. That kindergarten is prestigious and its entrance fee is 900,000 yen ($9,473.68 €7,200.00). © 2012 RICOH JAPAN I think entrance fee of a common kindergarte…

Weekly newspaper for kids = 500 yen per month ($5.38 € 4.03)

Weekly newspaper for kids costs 500 yen ($5.38 € 4.03) per month. Every Thursday this 20 page newspaper is delivered to my house. Its target audience is probably 7 years-old to 12 years-old kids. If you want to know something, ask me pleas…

Table of Contents of Statistics/Rankings/Graphs is here.

In terms of the cost of living information, you can download the Excel price list of goods I posted.

English translation of the monthly report "Retail prices of major products in Tokyo" published by Tokyo Metropolitan government can be downloaded also.