USAG Okinawa, Torii Station

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Okinawa is high. The two biggest expenses in moving to Okinawa are setting up a household and purchasing an automobile. If on-base housing is not initially available, be prepared to have between $2,000 to $12,000 to cover initial fees, such as first and last month's rent and security deposit and agency fee which is equal to one months rent. Purchasing a reasonably priced used car will usually cost between $1,500 to $6,000. You should have 3 to 6 months’ pay set aside in a separate "emergency account". The Yen rate is known to fluctuate considerably.