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Cost, Money & Banks

Living costs in Japan and especially in Tokyo is maybe the highest in the world. Nevertheless, if you will live in other places of Japan except Tokyo, perhaps you should adapt to a Japanese lifestyle and do not rely too heavily on food and products from your home country, you may be amazed how inexpensive Japan can be.

Most expensive properties are found in central Tokyo. As a consequence, smaller apartments in the city center are very costly. Nevertheless, tariffs can be cheap in Tokyo's suburbs, surrounding prefectures and in other regions and cities of Japan. The charges of transportation are compensated by the savings on the rent, particularly as many Japanese companies pay part or all of their employees' commuting expenses. If you elect to live close to city centers, gaijin houses are a cheap option to estimate.

Local supermarkets are comparatively cheaper if you want to taste the Japanese food such as seasonal vegetables, seafood, soya bean products and rice. If you visit supermarkets shortly before closing time in the evening, maybe you can buy perishable products with big discounts.

A meal in a average restaurant costs among 1,000 and 3,000 Yen, while don't exist limits in a high-class restaurants such as ryotei.

Money and information
The yen (en) was based as the official currency in 1871. The nomination en was utilized because it means round, as a difference to the oblong shape of previous coinage.

Consumption tax
The base rate is 5% (4% national consumption tax and 1% local consumption tax.) Consumption tax is an "in and out" tax; in other words, businesses will be subject to consumption tax on supplies they purchase and will withhold it on goods they sell.

Changing money
Maybe before you travel to Japan, you may estimate changing money into yen. Changing yen in other countries than Japan generally is more costly, it is recommended that you buy yen once you are in Japan.

Credit cards and wiring money
Credit and debit cards weren't popular in Japan a few years ago. Most of the cards used in this country are Visa and American Express, Mastercard, then Diners Club, which you should be able to use in those hotels, restaurants...

Japanese currency
The Japanese currency is the yen (¥), of which there are no subdivisions. Notes are available in denominations of ¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000 and ¥10,000, while coins come in values of ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100 and ¥500.

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