Japan vs Spain - Cost of Living Comparison

Japan Spain
🚶 Cost of living one person
$1171
$1141
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$2988
$2609
🏠 One person rent
$531
$613
🏘️ Family rent
$1043
$972
🍽️ Food expenses
$394
$329
🚐 Transport expenses
$143
$88.7
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$2440
$1701
💸 GDP per capita
$40193
$27056
😃 Human freedom index
8.73
8.56
❤️ Life expectancy
84.6
82.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
73
61
🌐 English speaking %
15%
22%
🎓 Higher education
99
90
😀 Quality of life
79
73
🏙️ Population
126M
46.7M

The average cost of living in Japan ($1171) is 3% more expensive than in Spain ($1141). Japan ranked 43rd vs 46th for Spain in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 2.1 months in Japan compared to 1.5 months in Spain. Ranked 18th and 27th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Japan vs Spain

We calculate prices for Japan and Spain as a population-weighted mean of 907 and 153 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Japan Spain
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$6.34
$11.3
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$31.9
$40.1
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.35
$7.85
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.39
$3.03
 Cappuccino
$3.03
$2.08
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$1.08
$1.85
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$558
$620
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$359
$470
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$1157
$1021
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$783
$767
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$98.6
$77.5
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$152
$119
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$34.2
$35.5
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
1.48%
2.28%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$4765
$3348
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$2789
$2169
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$1.84
$1.57
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$67
$39.5
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$26
$14.5
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$1.18
$1.66
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$1.4
$0.84
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$1.6
$0.99
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.3
$1.08
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.84
$2.17
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$13
$11.1
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.87
$6.56
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$18.1
$10.8
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.91
$1.82
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.5
$1.75
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.16
$1.48
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$4.29
$1.79
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.93
$1.24
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.28
$1.27
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.6
$0.44
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.59
$1.73
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.76
$5.76
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$2.01
$0.93
🚬 Cigarette pack
$3.97
$5.16
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$10.5
$6.31
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$3.65
$2.81
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$1.52
$1.5
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.82
$1.79
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$56
$38.2
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$12.5
$8.07
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$34.4
$59.9
💇 Haircut, simple
$17
$12.8
👖 Brand Jeans
$47.5
$74
👟 Brand Sneakers
$59.8
$72.9
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$331
$370
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$11700
$7276

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Cities Comparison in Japan vs Spain

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Japan

City Cost of living Population
Tokyo
$1698
14M
Yokohama
$1653
3.76M
Osaka
$1295
2.75M
Nagoya
$1337
2.33M
Kawasaki
$1133
1.54M
Kobe
$1305
1.51M
Sapporo
$1140
1.96M
Kyoto
$1163
1.46M
Hiroshima
$1227
1.2M
Fukuoka
$1234
1.6M
Sendai
$1128
1.06M
Yokosuka
$1133
390K
Kitakyushu
$1049
935K
Sakai
$1220
824K
Chiba
$1395
982K
Saitama
$1179
1.32M
Kumamoto
$1200
738K
Okayama
$1155
720K
Sagamihara
$1153
726K
Shizuoka
$1057
686K
Kagoshima
$1170
594K
Funabashi
$1170
641K
Kashiwa
$999
434K
Kawaguchi
$1085
593K
Hachioji
$1234
576K
Utsunomiya
$1136
518K
Niigata
$1034
791K
Hamamatsu
$1232
788K
Himeji
$1164
528K
Kanazawa
$924
462K

In Spain

City Cost of living Population
Madrid
$1445
3.31M
Barcelona
$1487
1.64M
Tenerife
$1133
905K
Zaragoza
$1018
675K
Valencia
$1197
790K
Seville
$996
684K
Malaga
$1115
577K
Palma de Mallorca
$1326
419K
Bilbao
$1338
346K
Murcia
$970
460K
Pamplona
$1207
203K
Gijon
$1150
269K
Alicante
$999
337K
L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
$1170
265K
San Sebastian
$1379
188K
Valladolid
$1024
298K
Las Palmas
$1086
379K
Terrassa
$1153
223K
Vigo
$991
294K
Vitoria-Gasteiz
$1278
253K
Granada
$951
232K
Sabadell
$1269
216K
Cordoba
$885
322K
Cartagena
$852
216K
Almeria
$941
201K
Jerez de la Frontera
$848
213K
Badalona
$1399
223K
Oviedo
$978
186K
A Coruna
$1100
245K
Elche
$886
234K