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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.

New Year's Decoration = 648 yen ($5.27 €4.91)

Many of us (Japanese) hang a new year's decoration on the door. I bought a decoration at a discount store for 648 yen ($5.27 €4.91). Unfortunetaely, it was a defective product. The printed letters are pasted upside down. I removed it, and …

Heating oil 10 liters = 944 yen ($7.67 €7.15)

In Tokyo, the season of heater is coming. I have started using my oil heater. To use it I bought 10 liters of heating oil at a gas station. The price was 944 yen ($7.67 €7.15). I do not have a car, so I went the gas station by bicyle.

Umbrella = 700 yen

I bought a new umbrella for my son at Nankado for 700 yen. Unfortunately that umbrella was stolen at his school, on the day when he brought it to the school for the first time. Probably someone took it. So he never used it. He used his spa…

With 16 Pinches Laundry Clothes Hanger = 626 yen ($5.09 €4.60)

I bought a laundry clothes hanger with 16 pinches at Seiyu. The price was 626 yen ($5.09 €4.60). My family does not use a drying machine to dry our laundry. We dry them outdoors. To hang clothes, we use total four hangers. Two of them are …

Umbrella = 1015 yen ($8.32 €7.46)

My umbrella which I bought two years ago was broken. And I bought a new umbrella at Seiyu for 1015 yen ($8.32 €7.46). I hope that new umbrella is not broken easily.

Fancy umbrella = 1080 yen ($8.57 €7.77)

My daughter bought an umbrella. The price was 1080 yen ($8.57 €7.77). Her umbrellas are often broken, a rib was bent sometimes. Her semester test is coming soon. But she does not study at all. It is my family's biggest problem.

Disposal charge for a baby stroller/pushchair = 300 yen ($2.83 €2.19)

My family used to use a baby stroller/pushchair. Now my two kids already turned to teenagers. The stroller/pushchair is no more necessary. I asked the local government to pick up the stroller/pushchair as a bulky trash. Its disposal charge…

Sunscreen spray = 670 yen ($5.32 €4.82)

My daughter bought a sunscreen spray for 670 yen ($5.32 €4.82).Her school sports day was held in June. She used the spray to prevent sunburn. My wife went to the school sports day to see my daughter. I did not go the sports day, because it…

Carnation Pot = 540 yen ($4.29 €3.88)

On one day after Mother's day, I bought a carnation pot for 540 yen ($4.29 €3.88). It was a discount price. I do not know the original price. It was only one remaining in the store. Only one pink color pot was avilable at the store.

Oil plastic tank = 754 yen ($6.28 €5.13)

I bought a plastic tank for heating oil storage at Seiyu. It cost 754 yen ($6.28 €5.13). It can contain 10L of heating oil. I also bought a pump which pump up heating oil from the plastic tank to our oil fan heater. The pump cost 99 yen ($…

Oil Fan Heater = 12,480 yen ($104.00 €84.90)

This year my family bought an oil fan heater at a department store. It cost 12,480 yen ($104.00 €84.90). My wife also bought 10L of kerosene at a gas station. It cost 1050 yen ($8.75 €7.14). She brought a tank of kerosene with her bicycle …

Gas Fan Heater = 24,000 yen ($200.00 €163.27)

My family used to have a gas fan heater. But its cord was bitten by the hamster and the fan heater was broken. We bought a new gas fan heater for 24,000 yen ($200.00 €163.27) at a department store. Images below are the cord bitten by the h…

Repairing a Minor Malfunction of The Bath Tub = 11,000 yen ($90.91 €73.83)

The one-push plug of the bath tub in my house was broken. The wire in the system was broke off. I asked the bath tub manufacturer to fix it. The service man came to my house and replaced the wire. It took half an hour. My wife paid 11,000 …

Floor Pillow (cushion) = 1598 yen ($14.27 €11.41)

I bought a floor pillow (cushion) for 1598 yen ($14.27 €11.41) at Seiyu. My son and my wife got an argument and my son broke a glass cup. Broken pieces of the glass scattered on a cushion. My wife throw out that cushion. So I bought a repl…

Disposal charge for an electric fan = 300 yen ($2.83 €2.19 )

My cheap electric fan which I bought three years ago got out of order. It did not recover. So I threw it out as a big trash. We cannot dump a big size trash (over 30cm x 30cm) as a daily garbage. In order to dump a big trash, I have to pay…

Kitchen Timer = 650 yen ($6.37 €4.74)

I bought a kitchen timer for 650 yen ($6.37 €4.74) at a supermarket Life.My son loves to do TV games on his tablet PC. He always plays them endlessly. So we set the time limit of playing TV games. He cannot play the game beyond two hours a…

Water bottle = 1500 yen ($14.71 €10.87)

When my son goes to an all-day tennis club activity, he carries a water bottle to supply water. My wife bought a one liter potable water bottle at Seiyu for my son. It cost 1500 yen ($14.71 €10.87).

Curtain rail = 1048 yen ($10.27 €7.59)

I bought three cutain rails at Seiyu. One curtain rail cost 1048 yen ($10.27 €7.59). I also bought two sets of 100cm x 133cm size curtains. One curtain cost 1821 yen ($17.85 €13.19). Here is a photo of the curtain rail. I set up the curtai…

Disposal charge for a ceiling light = 300 yen ($2.94 €2.13)

My local ward office collects an over-sized trash which is bigger than 30 cm x 30 cm. Service charge for picking up trash is necessary and the prices vary depending on items. I asked the local office to pick up two used ceiling lights. It …

Carnation in a pot = 400 yen ($3.92 €2.84)

Yesterday I bought carnation flowers in a pot for 400 yen ($3.92 €2.84) at Tops on the day after Mother's day. Mother's day has already gone, so it was sold with discount price. I think the original price was around double of the discount …

Clothes Locker = 10,489 yen ($102.83 €74.39)

I bought a clothes locker for my son through the internet. My son entered junior high school and he wears his school uniform. So he needs a locker to store his uniform. It cost 10,489 yen ($102.83 €74.39). The locker parts were delivered, …

Pillow = 997 yen ($9.77 €7.07)

I bought a pillow for 997 yen ($9.77 €7.07) at Seiyu. I also bought a pillow cover with it. It cost 300 yen ($2.94 €2.13). My son uses them. Micro SD Card = 780 yen ($7.65 €5.53) I bought a micro SD card for my wife at Yamada Denki. She us…

Knitting wool = 105 yen ($1.02 €0.73)

My wife bought a pack of knitting wool for 105 yen ($1.02 €0.73) at a 100 yen shop. She knitted a neckpiece. Pass case = 105 yen ($1.02 €0.73) I bought my pass case at a 100 yen shop. It also cost 105 yen ($1.02 €0.73). Tension rod = 297 y…

Knife for bread = 105 yen ($1.03 €0.77)

I bought a knife for bread for 105 yen ($1.03 €0.77) at a 100 yen shop. Men's underwear = 790 yen ($7.75 €5.77) Another shopping was for my underwear. I bought the following Heattech shirt at Uniqlo. Last time Uniqlo was very crowded and I…

Huggable Pillow = 1000 yen ($9.62 €7.09)

I bought a huggable pillow of lesser panda for my son at a fancy goods shop Passport. It cost 1000 yen ($9.62 €7.09). The store sells various types of pillow pets, including rabbit, bear, monkey, elephant, pig, and lion. ------------------…

Cleaner for glass = 258 yen ($2.48 €1.82)

In Japan we usually do a major housecleaning at the end of the year. I cleaned glasses in my room. I bought a can of glass cleaner for 258 yen ($2.48 €1.82) at Seiyu. There were many shoppers in stores during December 28 - 31. Some of the …

Small doggy bag (plastic food pack) = 105 yen ($1.05 €0.81)

I bought plastic food packs at a 100 yen shop. It includes 10 packs. It is used for storage foods. I actually used them as boxes for sprouts planters. These are green-peas sprouts. My daughter had done an experiment with using sprouts as a…

Newspaper, morning edition only = 3720 yen ($38.35 €28.62) per month

I subscribe Asahi-shimbun newspaper. Common Japanese newspaper company delivers the newspaper to the reader's house twice a day, morning edition and evening edition. I subscribe only morning edition. It costs 3720 yen ($38.35 €28.62) per m…

Thermometer = 997 yen ($10.28 €7.79)

I bought a thermometer for 997 yen ($10.28 €7.79) at Seiyu last week. Unfortunately it was a broken one, did not display right value. I sent it to the manufacturer to fix it on last Thursday. The manufacturer sent the fixed one yesterday. …

Replacing screens of windows = 46,000 yen ($474.23 €353.85) for 9 windows

Last year I bought a room in the flat. It is an old room, all of 9 screens in net windows were broken. I had to replace all screens this summer. At first, I tried to replace them by myself. But I did not make it. Two net windows are betwee…

Door stopper = 1500 yen ($15.00 €11.54)

My wife bought a door stopper for 1500 yen ($15.00 €11.54) through COOP. The former door stopper did not work well, it can not hold the door. So my wife decided to buy new one. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's …

Electric fan = 1990 yen ($19.90 €15.31)

I bought an electric fan for 1990 yen ($19.90 €15.31) at Seiyu. I already have 2 fans in my house. It is the 3rd fan. My wife bought the oldest fan more than 20 ago, it does not work well recently. My son keeps the second fan all to himsel…

Anti-earthquake shelf holder, glue type = 2470 yen ($24.70 €19.00)

I also bought glue type of anti-earthquake shelf holders. It cost 2470 yen ($24.70 €19.00). It holds a shelf with glue. I set up them on the top of the shelf just beside the wall. It will work for 5-6 years. After that it is necessary to r…

Anti-earthquake bookshelf holder, prop type = 1100 yen ($11.00 €8.46)

I bought a pair of prop pole of anti-earthquake shelf holder at Seiyu. It prevents that a shelf falls down to the floor when an earthquake comes. It cost 1100 yen ($11.00 €8.46) for 2 poles. I set up props between my bookshelf and the cell…

Monthly payment of reserve fund for building repairs = 15,510 yen ($155.10 €119.31)

In addition to the administrative maintenance fee of the flat, I have to pay reserve fund for building repairs every month. It costs 15,510 yen ($155.10 €119.31). The flat has major-scale repairs in the 10-year cycle. In a common major-sca…

Administrative maintenance fee of a flat = 18,840 yen ($188.40 €144.92) per month

I pay administrative maintenance fee of my room in the flat every month. It costs 18,840 yen ($188.40 €144.92). Residents formed a residents' association, assigned an agency for maintenance. The agency hires one administrative person. She …

Water spray bottle = 105 yen ($1.12 €0.83)

My wife bought a water spray bottle for 105 yen ($1.12 €0.83) at a 100 yen shop. It is for watering flowers. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's headline of Japan Hokkaido June 27 Handicapped 7-years-old boy died …

Kitchen sponge brush = 105 yen ($1.07 €0.81)

My wife bought a sponge brush for 105 yen ($1.07 €0.81) at a 100 yen shop. It is for cleaning cups and glasses. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's headline of Japan Tokyo June 10 Early morning 50-years-old man wa…

Ironing board = 770 yen ($7.55 €5.92)

I bought an ironing borad (ironing table) for 770 yen ($7.55 €5.92) at Seiyu. Its size is 60 cm * 36 cm. It is the cheapest borad. There was a 1770 yen board with the same size. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's…

Simple wardrobe = 10,500 yen ($102.94 €80.77)

I bought a simple wardrobe for 10,500 yen ($102.94 €80.77). When it arrived at my house, it was not assembled. Just parts were delivered. My son and I assembled them. Then my daughter is using it. ------------------------------------------…

Tape measure = 105 yen ($1.03 €0.80)

I bought a tape measure for 105 yen ($1.03 €0.80) at a 100 yen shop. It measures 5 meters in maximum. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's headline of Japan Osaka, May 22 In early morning, there was a street ripper…

Tissue paper (5 boxes) = 228 yen ($2.24 €1.73)

I bought 5 boxes of tissue papers at Seiyu. One box contains 400 sheets. A common person uses a pair of sheets, so one box is for 200 times use. It cost 228 yen ($2.24 €1.73). It is the cheapest boxes in my neighborhood. The following Scot…

A set of futons = 10,900 yen ($106.86 €82.58)

My wife bought a set of futons for 10,900 yen ($106.86 €82.58) via mail order run by CO-OP. A set of futons consists of two parts; top cover (comforter) and bottom which lies on the bottom. The photo is the bottom one. --------------------…

Carnation flower = 997 yen ($9.97 €7.67)

On Mother's day I bought a bunch of carnation for 997 yen ($9.97 €7.67) at Seiyu. Various color of carnations were sold including red, orange, and yellow. I chose a scarlet one. ----------------------------------------------------- Today's…

Portable umbrella = 105 yen ($1.05 €0.81)

Today on my way home, it started to rain suddenly. I bought a portable umbrella at a 100 yen shop in the station building. The umbrella cost 105 yen ($1.05 €0.81). At the cash desk of the shop, a clerk kindly removed the price tag so that …

Hook for hanging on wall = 105 yen ($1.07 €0.82)

I bought a hook for hanging on wall at a 100 yen shop. It cost 105 yen ($1.07 €0.82) and has a needle. I stick this hook onto the plasterboard wall. There is a sticky type of hook for metal wall, wood wall or tile wall.

Bath mat = 500 yen ($5.10 €3.91)

My wife bought a bath mat for 500 yen ($5.10 €3.91) at Shimamura. It is cute but does not absorb water well.

Frying pan = 590 yen ($5.96 €4.54)

I bought a frying pan (skillet) for 590 yen ($5.96 €4.54) at Seiyu. Its diameter is 26 cm. You can use it on induction heating cooking stove.

Land price (real estate) = 30,000,000 yen ($309,278.35 €238,095.24)

The following space is now on sale. The price is approximately 30,000,000 yen ($309,278.35 €238,095.24). You need additional cost to build a house besides 30,000,000 yen ($309,278.35 €238,095.24). In Tokyo, price of real estate is expensiv…

Rent money for an apartment house = 113,000 yen ($1,189.47 €926.23) per month

Last year I was living in an apartment house and its rent was 113,000 yen ($1,189.47 €926.23) per month, including common-area charge. The following is the spec of that apartment house. Layout: 2 rooms, kitchen, and bathroom. Eastern expos…

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.