Kyoto Styudy

Living Expenses

Living expenses in Kyoto are relatively low compared to the Tokyo metropolitan area.
Use the information given here as a guide to plan for your living in the city.

Example comparison of the expenditures of boarding students in Kyoto

●Example comparison of the expenditures of boarding students in Kyoto

Student A

Student B

Student C

●Average income and expenditures of international students in Japan

  • □Average monthly income : Part-time work 64,000 yen
  • □Average monthly expenditures : Accommodation 34,000 yen, Meals 28,000 yen

Reference: 2013 Summary of survey on the living conditions of private international students

Average retail prices

Rice (One 5-kg bag)

Milk (1 carton 1000 ml)

Eggs (10)

Cabbage (1 kg)

Water (1 bottle 2000 ml)


Reference: Retail Price Survey (Trend Survey) by the Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications

About taxes

Tax payment is an obligation in Japan
The following are the main taxes most likely to concern international students.

Consumption tax

A rate of 8% is imposed on the payment amount when buying a product or receiving a service.
The price may be indicated as tax-inclusive, in which case the consumption tax is already included in the price, or it may be indicated as tax-exclusive, in which case the consumption tax is not included and charged separately instead.

Income tax (for those doing part-time work)

Tax imposed by the country on personal income. Income tax is deducted from the monthly salary. A fixed tax rate is applied to the amount remaining after deducting various deductibles from the total income in 1 year to determine the tax amount.

●Year-end adjustment

The tax amount deducted each month from the monthly income and the tax for the total income in a year may not necessarily be the same. Therefore, a “year-end adjustment” is carried out to settle any excess or shortage. The procedure will be carried out by your company so check with your superior at the place where you work part-time.