Public Utility Prices in Japan (Electricity, Gas, Water)

Poste date: Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Public utilities such as electricity, gas, and water supply, are basic necessities for everyday life. Here we explain easily the rate structure, payment methods, and a rough average cost per month by the number of household, to assist in gauging your budget for life in Japan.

Gas and electricity meters are checked once a month, and a "notice of consumption" showing how much has been used will be left in your mailbox. The notice indicates the amount to be billed and also serves as a receipt if your bill is paid via the automatic bank withdrawal. This is not a bill, so it cannot be used to pay for your consumption.

The monthly bill will be sent to you shortly after the inspection unless you have arranged for the automatic payment of your bills. It has a bar code on it, which makes it easily distinguishable. The water meter is checked once every two months, and for both water and sewage a notice of consumption will be left in your mailbox and a bill is sent every two months accordingly.

Utility bills can be arranged for the automatic payment of bills from a Japanese bank or post office account. You can also pay in cash at post offices, most Japanese banks, Citibank Japan, some other foreign banks, and most convenience stores, such as 7-Eleven. For further details on contracts and application for different payment methods, please contact each utility company or its local office.

Electricity and gas rates vary monthly according to current fuel costs and exchange rate fluctuations.

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Electric Rates

Electric Rates from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

Electricity Tariff = A + B + C

A: Basic Charge
B: Power Consumption Rate
C: Levy to Promote Renewable Energy Generation

Basic Rate

Contract ampere 10A 15A 20A 30A 40A 50A 60A
Demand charge (Tax Included) ¥286.00 ¥429.00 ¥572.00 ¥858.00 ¥1,144.00 ¥1,430.00 ¥1,716.00

(Source: TEPCO as of April 2022)

Power Consumption Rate

~ 120kwh ¥19.88/ kwh
121kwh ~ 300kwh ¥26.46/ kwh
301kwh ~ ¥30.57/ kwh

(Source: TEPCO as of April 2022)

Yearly Average of Monthly Disbursement of Electricity

The billed amount will be more than the average rates in case of using a central air conditioner unit or a contract of higher voltage. A central air conditioning unit uses a separate energy source therefore resulting in two electricity bills. About an individual contract or for further details and inquiries, please contact the following web site.

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Number of household members Monthly expenditure
1 person ¥5,468
2 persons ¥9183
3 persons ¥10,655
4 persons ¥11,376
5 persons ¥12,423
6 persons ¥14,852
Average ¥8,601

(Source: Family Income and Expenditure Survey in 2021 by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)

Contact Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)

Moving in or out, change of contract
0120-995-001 (toll free)

Inquiries related to power failures and electricity charges
0120-995-002 (toll free)

https://www.tepco.co.jp/

Gas Rates

Amount used per Month Basic Rate per Month Standard Unit Cost / m3
0m3~ 20m3 ¥759 ¥145.31
20m3 ~ 80m3 ¥1,056 ¥130.46
80m3 ~ 200m3 ¥1,232 ¥128.26
200m3 ~ 500m3 ¥1,892 ¥124.96
500m3 ~ 800m3 ¥6,292 ¥116.16
801m3 ~ ¥12,452 ¥108.46

(Source: Tokyo Gas as of April 2022)

Yearly Average of Monthly Disbursement of Gas

Number of household members Monthly expenditure
1 person ¥2,993
2 persons ¥4,330
3 persons ¥4,930
4 persons ¥4,882
5 persons ¥4,883
6 persons ¥5,213
Average ¥4,063

(Source: Family Income and Expenditure Survey in 2022 by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)

Contact Tokyo Gas

From a fixed-line phone
0570-002211

From a mobile Phone
03-3344-9100

http://www.tokyo-gas.co.jp/

Water & Sewerage Rate

Supply pipe
Diameter

Basic
Rates

Specific Rates

1-5

6-10

11-20

21-30

31-50

51-100

101-200

201-1000

1001-

General Use

13mm

¥860

¥0

¥22/m3

¥128/m3

¥163/m3

¥202/m3

¥213/m3

¥298/m3

¥372/m3

¥404/m3

20mm

¥1,170

25mm

¥1,460

30mm

¥3,435

¥213m3

¥298/m3

¥372/m3

¥404/m3

40mm

¥6,865

(Source: Bureau of Waterworks as of April 2022)

Monthly Sewage Service Charges

The volume of wastewater discharged in sewers is considered to be the same as the consumption of tap water.

Sewage Volume Rates
0-8 ¥560
9-20 ¥110/m3
21-30 ¥140/m3
31-50 ¥170/m3
51-100 ¥200/m3
101-200 ¥230/m3
201-500 ¥270/m3
501-1,000 ¥310/m3
1,001- ¥345/m3

(Source: Bureau of Waterworks as of April 2022)

Yearly Average of Monthly Disbursement of Water and Sewage

Number of household members Monthly expenditure
1 person ¥2,246
2 persons ¥4,344
3 persons ¥5,749
4 persons ¥6,465
5 persons ¥7,307
6 persons ¥9,190
Average ¥4,291

(Source: Family Income and Expenditure Survey in 2022 by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)

Contact Bureau of Waterworks (for Tokyo 23 wards)

Changing user’s name, address
03-5326-1100

Inquiry for bill, repair, and others
03-5326-1101

https://www.waterworks.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/

 

For further reference of the government figures used above such as Family Income and Expenditure Survey by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, please check the following portal site:

Portal Site of Official Statistics of Japan

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