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.

Entertainment_Prices

Shaved ice@community summer festival = 100 yen ($1.03 €0.77)

On this weekend our community holds summer festival. This Friday night, people dance Bon-odori dance on the street. Anyone can join the dance. Participants are mostly elderly people and preschool kids. Community members run street stalls a…

Admission fee of Insect Specimen Show (exhibition) = 1000 yen ($10.00 €7.69)

I went to Insect Specimen Show with my son. It is held during summer season on the first floor in Tokyo Tower. I bought a parent-kid pair ticket. It costs 1500 yen ($15.00 €11.54). The normal adult ticket costs 1000 yen ($10.00 €7.69). The…

Go to a school pool on weekends = 0 yen

The school my kid goes opens its pool on weekends in summer season. Residents can use the pool without charge. Unfortunately they open it only 3 weekends this year. My son went to the pool with his friends on last Sunday. The rule of usage…

Kindergarten class reunion = 800 yen ($8.00 €6.15)

My son attended his kindergarten class reunion held at the kindergarten today. Its participation fee was 800 yen ($8.00 €6.15). He left the kindergarten 6 years ago. After 6 years, half of kids got reunion. Kindergarten teachers also atten…

Imported DVD = 687 yen ($6.87 €5.28)

I bought an imported DVD, Mighty Hercules for 687 yen ($6.87 €5.28) through Amazon.co.jp. It is the US version (region code 1) so I can not play it with my DVD player which plays only Japanese DVDs which have region code 2. I played Mighty…

Admission fee of Inokashira zoo = 400 yen ($4.04 €3.08)

I went to Inokashira Park Zoo with my son. Its admission fee is 400 yen ($4.04 €3.08). There is no charge for elementary school kids. Inokashira zoo is located in the middle of Tokyo metropolitan. It takes 30 minutes by train from Tokyo st…

Admission fee of Omori Nori Museum = 0 yen

I went to Omori Nori Museum (Omori district, dried laver seaweed museum). There is no charge for elementary school kids to enter the museum. People used to culture seaweed until 1960's in Omori seaside where is southern part of Tokyo. Engl…

Imported DVD (Herculoids) = 2877 yen ($30.61 €22.83)

I bought an imported DVD, Herculoids for 2877 yen ($30.61 €22.83) through Amazon.co.jp. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's headline of Japan Gifu June 29 34-year-old male teacher set a hidden camera in a room whe…

Borrowing DVD from city library = 0 yen

We can borrow DVD without charge at one of the library near my house. There are two city libraries near my house. One lends DVDs, another not. I borrowed two DVDs from the library recently. The left one is Red dragon, the right one is The …

TV Receiving Fee = 14,160 yen ($150.64 €112.38) per year

Television set owner must have a Broadcast Receiving Contract with NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, its meaning is Japan Broadcasting Association). NHK is the public television organization, in addition to it there are private broadcasting station…

Hardcover novel = 1700 yen ($17.35 €13.08)

One of my senior schoolmate at high school is a novel writer. He wrote a novel recently. I bought it for 1700 yen ($17.35 €13.08) at a bookstore. Here is the cover of the novel. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's…

Drinking at a Japanese pub = 5000 yen ($49.02 €38.46)

Today I have been to a Japanese pub to drink sour, talked with my friends. I spent 3 hours at the pub. It cost = 5000 yen ($49.02 €38.46). We ordered the following foods. fried fish cake yakitori, grilled chicken on a skewer calamari, squi…

Travel guidebook = 800 yen ($8.00 €6.15)

I bought a travel guidebook for 800 yen ($8.00 €6.15). It is for a domestic trip to Aichi prefecture including Nagoya city. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's headline of Japan Shiga, May 27 Two elementary school…

Admission fee of Yumemigasaki Zoo = 0 yen

I went to Yumemigasaki Zoo in Kawasaki city. It is a small zoo run by Kawasaki city. There is no charge to enter the zoo. Markhor Mountain Zebra Brown Lemur Siberian Elk Guinea Pig cage No.1 Guinea Pig cage No.2 There are lots of guinea pi…

Admission fee of Sakata Seed Corporation Greenhouse = 200 yen ($2.06 €1.57)

From May 3rd to May 6th, Japan has a holiday week. My family went to Sagamihara park in Kanagawa prefecture. There is Sakata Seed Corporation Greenhouse in the park and we visited it. Entrance fee was 200 yen for adults, no charge for unde…

Admission fee of Tokyo Port Wild Birds Park = 300 yen ($3.09 €2.36)

I went to Tokyo Port Wild Birds Park (Tokyoko-yachou-kouen). Admission fee was 300 yen ($3.09 €2.36) for adults, no charge for elementary school kids. The area of the park used to be sea. In 1960s an artificial island was made and some par…

Admission fee of Enoshima Aquarium = 2000 yen ($20.62 €15.75)

At Enoshima, we visited Enoshima Aquarium. Entrance fee was 2000 yen ($20.62 €15.75) for adults, 1000 yen ($10.31€7.87) for elementary/junior-high school students. Enoshima Aquarium is famous as a jelly fish aquarium, they feed many types …

Admission fee of Institute of Nature Study = 300 yen ($3.09 €2.36)

I went to Institute of Nature Study in Meguro today. Admission fee was 300 yen ($3.09 €2.36) for adults and free for under high school students. Institute of Nature Study is a kind of botanical park to preserve the nature of Tokyo. Park ke…

Rental DVD = 100 yen ($1.02 €0.78)

My son wanted to watch Steven Spielberg’s Saving private Ryan. So my son and I went to a DVD rental shop Tsutaya, then rented its DVD for 100 yen ($1.02 €0.78). I have to return it within 7 days. The price depends on whether or not the mov…

Admission fee of Tei-Park (Communications museum) = 100 yen ($1.02 €0.78)

I visited Tei-Park (Communications museum) last Sunday. Regular admission fee is 100 yen ($1.02 €0.78) for adults. Fortunately last Sunday was in Science & Technology week and the museum was open without any charge. The following photo sho…

Admission fee of Tokyo Sea Life Park = 700 yen ($7.07 €5.38)

I went to Tokyo Sea Life Park today and its admission fee was 700 yen ($7.07 €5.38). There was no charge for elementary school kids. As usual there were many guests, I could not see fish well, but rear of the heads much. Once one penguin e…

Japan Atlas (map book) = 29000 yen ($311.83 €243.70)

Japan Atlas costs 29000 yen ($311.83 €243.70). I can not afford such an expensive map, so I bought a second hand map at a second hand shop "Book-off". It cost only 500 yen ($5.38 €4.20), but it was an older version and it is not as impress…

Admission fee of Shinagawa historical museum = 100 yen ($1.06 €0.83)

From March 26th to April 4th, my son is enjoying his spring break of school. He and his mother went to a local small museum, Shinagawa historical museum. Admission fee is 100 yen ($1.06 €0.83) for adults, free for local kids. The museum di…

Admission fee of Idemitsu museum = 1000 yen ($10.64 €8.20)

I paid 1000 yen ($10.64 €8.20) to enter Idemitsu museum which is located near Imperial Place. There is no charge for junior high student or under. When I visited, the exhibition of Art of Orient was held. The founder Mr. Idemitsu loved Geo…

Drinking at a park, seat reservation charge = 0 yen

In the cherry blossom season, many people come to a park where cherry trees blossom out. Then people mat sheets and drink alcohol. Anyone can get place to sit and drink. The first to come will be the first to be deserved good place. Someti…

Admission fee of Nogeyama (Yokohama) zoo = 0 yen ($0 €0)

Yokohama city (2nd biggest city in Japan) official runs three zoos. The oldest one is Nogeyama zoo. You can enter Nogeyama zoo without fee (admission fee is 0 yen). Other two are Kanazawa zoo and Zoorasia. Admission fee of Kanazawa zoo is …

Admission fee of an aquarium = 1000 yen ($10.53 €8.00)

Admission fee of Tokyo Tower Aquarium costs 1000 yen ($10.53 €8.00). Tokyo Tower is a broadcasting tower currently. However a brand-new tower Tokyo Sky Tree will succeed its role from mid of this year. Tokyo Tower has an aquarium at the gr…

Admission fee of a small zoo = 300 yen ($3.16 €2.40)

My son and I have been to a small community zoo, named Adachi-ku Seibutsu-en, today. Its admission fee was 300 yen ($3.16 €2.40), 150 ($1.08 €1.20) yen for under 15 years old. The zoo feeds approximately 50 kinds of lives, including big sn…

Drinking with friends = 4000 yen ($43.01 €32.00) for 2 hours

If you are over 20, you can drink alcohol at a Japanese style pub. It costs 4000 yen ($43.01 €32.00) with two hours unlimited drinks (= free refills). The above is an ad of a pub. That pub serves 8 dishes and 2 hours unlimited drinks with …

Admission fee of an aquarium = 1300 yen ($14.13 €10.48)

Admission fee of Shinagawa aquarium costs 1300 yen ($14.13 €10.48). I entered an aquarium with local resident discount. It was for 800 yen ($8.70 €6.45). Shark Humphead wrasse, a.k.a. Napoleonfish Glass fish

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.