If you’ve just moved into a Japanese apartment, one of the first things you might notice is the giant spot for a washing machine. However, in a small one or two room apartment, most people don’t have the space or funds to buy a washing machine. As a result, you might have to resort to using a coin laundry place down the road.
Coin laundry places in Japan are simple. For a complete guide on how to use a Japanese Coin Laundry Place, click here.
If you use Google Maps to find the nearest Coin Laundry place, search ” コインランドリー” in Google. Rather than going by the typical name laundromat or laundrymat, in Japan, they go by the name “Coin Laundry.”
How much does it cost to do laundry in Japan?
It depends on how much you are washing. Public washing machines at the laundromat in Japan usually have two types of machines: a 4.5kg and a 9kg machine.
While it is not always necessary to divide your clothes based on colors (since both the 4.5kg and 9kg coin laundry machines use only cold water), I like to use two separate machines (I would cry if all my white shirts turned pink).
Detergent is typically included in the machines- so you don’t have to pay for that. I like to add a bit of fabric softener anyways.
The easiest way to save money is by letting your clothes naturally dry outside after they finish washing, If you want to use one of the (incredibly powerful) industrial dryers at a coin laundry shop in Japan, they typically run in 10 minute incriments.
Industrial dryer: 100yen for 10 minutes
For a regular 4.5kg machine laundry load, it only takes about 10 minutes.
If you’re washing jeans or other fabrics that retain water, 10 minutes might not be enough. Also, if you want to combine your laundry in the same dryer (since they are big enough), you should leave the clothes in for a 20 minute cycle.
For budging purposes, you might want to know exactly how much you need to budget for weekly laundry expenses. While it varies from person to person, this is a general guide you can use to figure out how much your weekly (or monthly) laundry budget in Japan ought to be.
In any case, the cheapest you can get your clothes washed for is 200yen. I typically spend about 400yen every time I do laundry at my local laundromat (every other week).
If you’re interested, check out these tips on using a coin laundry place in Japan.
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