Cost, Currency & Money - Okinawa Japan

The cost of living in Okinawa
is generally much lower than large cities in Japan such as Tokyo and Osaka, but this tends to be off set by the lower average salary or so most say. But because of the current state of the Japanese economy most people in larger cities salaries don’t match their cost of living. This tends to make the prices in Okinawa more in line with what people actually earn and truly make it a more affordable place to live or visit than the rest of Japan.


The average cost in Okinawa

 Here are some approximate common commodities prices in Okinawa.

Japanese beer in an izakaya - 500-800yen
Cocktail in an izakaya - 600-900yen
Heineken, 355ml in a bar - 600yen
Package of 20 cigarettes - 320yen
Toilet paper - 480yen
McDonald’s Big Mac set - 540yen


The money system in Okinawa Japan

¥ There is a 5 percent sales tax (shohizei) levied on most products. This is included in the price of all products unlike many countries when you go to the cash register and get a big surprise, in Japan the price on the shelf is the price you pay.

¥ Most bars and izakaya (with the exception of Western-style pubs) have a tab system. The bill is paid when you leave.

¥ There is no tipping in restaurants or bars in Okinawa, service staff get paid a higher hourly wage than in countries like Canada and the USA where service staff depend on tips.

¥ Taxi’s in Okinawa have a standard fare of ¥480 for the first 2 kilometers plus incremental charges after that based on time and distance. This means the meter goes up even when sitting still in a traffic jam. Fares become significantly higher after 11pm. Read more


Currency in Okinawa / Japan

 As Okinawa is one of Japan’s 47 prefectures the Japanese Yen (JPY) or “en” as it is pronounced in Japanese is used as the main currency.


Japanese Bills

1000 yen bill 2000 yen bill

1000 Yen bill                    The 2000 Yen bill is not so common


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5000 Yen bill                     1000 Yen bill


Japnanese Coins


japanese coins 500, 100, 50, 5, 1

North Okinawa Tours

 JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Northern Okinawa Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Ryukyu Mura where you can experience living history, and many more exciting places. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Nakijin-jo Castle World Heritage Bus Tour
On this tour visit many of the North Okinawa’s famous sites like Cape Manza, Churaumi Aquarium ( the world's third largest aquarium), Nakijin-jo Castle, Nago Pineapple Park. Lunch included.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Marine Walk from Nago (Departs at 9:00 am)
Enjoy walking underwater through Okinawa's clear ocean by simply putting on a special helmet which draws air from the surface, you can breathe normally even while underwater and explore Okinawa's beautiful coral reefs.
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JTB Okinawa Japan TOurs Okinawa Jet Skiing, Banana Boat & Super Mable Tour
Enjoy all 3 of these thrilling marine sports out on the open water. 
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Miyako Islands Hotels & Resorts

 Location  Rating  Hotel Name
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Atoll Emerald Miyakojima
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Miyakojima Tokyu Resort 
 Miyako Is. 4 star hotel Hotel Breeze Bay Marina 
 Miyako Is. 5 star hotel Shigira Bayside Suite ALLAMANDA