Cost of Studying in Japan? | How much will spend?


Are you thinking about studying abroad in Japan? Well before you purchase your ticket and get on a plane to Tokyo, read this article because it is for people who want to get an accurate image of how much it costs to study abroad in Japan. After reading this article, you will have an idea regarding the amount of money that you will need to save up when choosing to study abroad in Japan.

1. Cost of food prices at a restaurant


While the food in Japan is amazing, the cost of food prices at restaurants vary. So, you will need to do your research regarding what restaurants to go. Below, I will provide some restaurant suggestions in which the prices are surprisingly inexpensive.




Truly you are going to want some authentic sushi, and the restaurant Kaitenzushi is the best place to go and eat some delicious Japanese sushi. The sushi dishes are presented to the customers on a conveyor belt, and customers can choose the dishes that look appetizing. The price is between 700 to 2,000 yen ($6.73 to $19.23).



When it comes to ramen, Ramen-ya is the restaurant to go to, which specializes in Chinese style noodles that are served in a soup with various toppings. The price is between 500 to 1,500 yen ($4.80 to $14.42).



During lunch, you will want to eat a not too heavy meal. Teishoku-ya is a popular restaurant that people likes to go to during lunch time. The meals that are serve consists of a main dish such as meat of fish, bowl of cooked steam rice, miso soup, and pickles. The cost of enjoying this dish is between 500 to 2,000 yen ($4.80 to $19.23).

2. Cost of prices when shopping at a market

Super Market

When you are in Japan, finding ways to save is what you are going to do. Sometimes you will want to stay home and cook instead of eating out. So you will want to go to the market and purchase some items. Supermarkets in Japan are almost exactly the same as those in any other country, so you do not have to be really shocked when shopping inside one. When it comes to purchasing items at the market, the main ones that you will purchase are food and drinks. So let me provide you a list regarding the prices, which the website Numbeo is a great site to go often and reference.


- Milk: Ranges between 599 to 794 yen ($5.76 to $7.63) - Loaf of white bread: 102 to 272 yen (0.98 cents to $2.61) - Rice: 136 to 362 yen ($1.30 to $3.48) - Eggs (Dozen): 198 to 280 yen ($1.90 to $2.69) - Cheese: 453 to 1,360 yen ($4.35 to $13.08) - Chicken Breasts (1lb): 272 to 535 yen ($2.61 to $5.14) - Beef (1lb): 544 to 1360 yen ($5.23 to $13.08)

Though if you really want to be a savvy-shopper, go to the supermarket before closing time. The reason is because when it is closing time, they will start to discount their food.

3. Cost of rent (by location)


Depending on if you want to live in a dormitory or apartment, the cost of rent varies depending on your location. Here is a general idea regarding how much you can expect rent to be if you want to live in Tokyo, Kanto, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe. The average rent in Tokyo is about 97,000 yen (roughly $802) per month. Staying at a studio apartment is about $500 a month. Prices in Osaka is pretty decent, which you can rent an apartment for $500 a month. When it comes to renting an apartment in Kyoto, the price is 56,600 yen ($544) a month. If you want to save costs, try share-housing or stay at your friend’s place when in Japan.

4. Cost of utilities

The cost of utilities in Japan is expensive. So if you are looking to save, consider what utilities to get because your jaw is going to drop when you receive your billing statement. The general cost of utilities for two people living in a place is 20,294 yen ($195.25). For the case of a single person, it will be 10,716 yen ($103.09). Gas and electricity meters are checked every once a month. The water meter is checked every two months.

5. Cost of transportation (train/ bus/ bullet train/ taxi)


Public transportation in Japan is fantastic, and it is easy to get anywhere in the city. No matter if you decide to take the bullet train, subway, bus, or taxi, guaranteed that they will take you to point A to point B safely.

Cost of taking a train

Taking a train in Japan is one of the fastest, safest, and best way to get around in Japan. Japan has an amazing and efficient rail network, which the trains are always punctual. With this, you will want to know how much is it to take a train in Japan. When people in Japan take trains, mostly they save the hassle of paying each day and purchase rail passes. Japan rail passes can save you money compared to normal tickets, with a 7-day Japan Rail Pass being about $253 for unlimited travel throughout Japan. Though if you want to get a general price idea for taking a train in Japan, visiting the website “Lonely Planet” is a great recommendation.

Cost of taking a bus/taxi

Japan Bus

When you take a bus in Japan, the smart thing to do is to purchase a Japan Bus Pass. Prices vary depending on the number of days: - 3 days; Mon-Thurs: 10,000 ($96), All Day ($120) - 5 days; Mon-Thurs: ($120), All Day ($144) - 7 days; Mon-Thurs: (144)

For the case of taking a taxi in Japan, they differ slightly according to region, company, and size of the vehicle. You will typically encounter three classes of taxis in Japan. Large taxies are available for carrying up to five passengers. Medium and small taxis are available to carry up to four passengers. When taking a standard four-passenger taxi, the fares typically start at around 600 to 700 yen ($5.77 to $6.73) for the first two kilometers and increases by around 80-90 yen (0.76 to 0.86 cents) for every additional 300-400 meters traveled.

6. Cost of leisure


Depending on how you want to spend your leisure time in Japan, the cost varies. Let me provide you a suggestion, which is to go to Tokyo Disneyland. The price for getting a one day passport is $66. The price for a 2-day pass is $119.

7. Salaries of part-time jobs available for foreign students

part time job

When you are studying here in Japan, deciding to get a part-time job is what you are going to do. Before you apply for jobs in Japan, you will need to get a work permit because it is a requirement. If you need to know how to get a work permit in Japan, then read one of our articles, which provides information regarding how to obtain one. When you are working at a part-time job, expect to work up to 28 hours per week, with the minimum wage in Tokyo being 907 yen ($8.72) per hour. Though having a part-time in Japan is actually not bad because there are several jobs that provides great wages, which I have provided several below.

- Working at Baskin-Robbins: $11.87 - Working at a fast-food restaurant: about $10 to $12 - Super market: $12.50

8. Tuition (language school, vocational school, university)

If you are wondering if tuition for attending a language school, vocational school, and university is expensive, you are wrong. There are scholarships that are available from the Japanese Government, which will offer several scholarships to foreign students. One scholarship that they provide is the JASSO International Student Scholarship, which is for short-term study in Japan (three months to one year). According to the International Student Insurance, the number of students studying abroad in Japan is constantly growing. When it comes to attending a university in Japan, the tuition fees for public universities are 535,800 yen ($6,500). Worrying about not being able to pay the full tuition, partial and full tuition fee waivers are granted to high-achieving students from poor finance backgrounds.

9. Recommendation of Japanese language schools

Genki Japanese language school

Genki Language School

Genki Japanese language school is located in both Fukuoka and Tokyo, Japan, which offers various programs no matter what level you are in your Japanese studies. The school specialize in teaching communicative Japanese. The school has locations in Fukuoka City, Southern Japan, and Tokyo. If you are interested on studying abroad and attending Genki Japanese language school, then visit ST Booking and one of our staff members will provide you more details regarding how you can start your application. Also, an overview such as prices of classes is provided.

Contact from here: Genki Japanese language school

Reality of studying abroad in Japan

While the cost of studying abroad in Japan is quite expensive, the reality is that the wages is fairly decent and people are not struggling every day to scrape by. These prices should not stop you from studying abroad in Japan, just follow ST Booking and do your research regarding how to be smart when handling your money in Japan.

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