A Travel Price Comparison for Japan Yokohama vs. Kyoto for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Yokohama or Kyoto?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Yokohama or Kyoto, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Yokohama or Kyoto?

Yokohama

Located on the western coast of Tokyo Bay just south of Tokyo, Yokohama is Japan's second largest city and one of the most-visited cities by foreigners. It features one of the largest Chinatown's in the world as well as many parks and architectural landmarks.

Kyoto

Kyoto is a larger city of Japan, though it is very much set in the old ways. With quiet temples, sublime gardens, colorful shrines, and geisha walking amidst a city surrounded by stunning mountains, Kyoto feels like a world of another time and place. True to ancient Japanese tradition, most aspects of daily life are tied closely with the changing of the seasons.

Which city is cheaper, Kyoto or Yokohama?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Yokohama is $109, while the average daily cost in Kyoto is $76. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Yokohama and Kyoto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yokohama $61
    Kyoto $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yokohama $122
    Kyoto $90
Compare Hotels in Yokohama and Kyoto

Looking for a hotel in Yokohama or Kyoto? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Yokohama


Hotels in Kyoto


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Yokohama Hotel Prices and Kyoto Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yokohama $18
    Kyoto $7.67

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yokohama

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Yokohama:

  • 5-hour Tokyo Tour + Transfer Between Yokohama and Narita Airport: $892
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Tokyo International Airport to Yokohama City - One Way: $516
  • Private Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Haneda Airport: $181
  • Private Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Narita International Airport: $364
  • Private Haneda Transfer Service to/from Yokohama City: $165
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Haneda Airport: $82
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Narita International Airport: $210
  • Transfer from Yokohama To HND Airport by Private Car for Daytime Flight: $305
  • Transfer from Yokohama To HND Airport by Private Car for Nighttime Flight: $369
  • Yokohama Osanbashi Port to Main Tokyo Private Transfer Alphard bus for pax1-5: $223
  • Yokohama Osanbashi Port to Main Tokyo Private Transfer Haice bus for pax1-9: $295
  • Yokohama Port Shared Transfer : from Yokohama Port to Haneda Airport: $101

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kyoto

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Kyoto:

  • Departure Private Transfer from Kyoto City to Kansai Airport KIX by Minivan: $209
  • Japan Railway Station Shared Arrival Transfer : Kyoto Station to Kyoto City: $25
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from KYOTO) by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018: $376
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from KYOTO) by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019: $430
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from KYOTO) by Toyota ALPHARD 2019: $430
  • KIX Airport to Kyoto Center Arashiyama door to door Private Transfer Alphard: $393
  • Kansai Airport to/from Osaka/Kyoto/Sakai - Shared Transfer: $83
  • Private Transfer to/from Chubu Centrair Airport: $359
  • One-Way Private Transfer Between Kyoto and Mount Koya: $406
  • Osaka ITM Airport to Kyoto Center door to door Private Transfer 6 seats Alphard: $334
  • Osaka Private Transfer from Itami Airport (ITM) to central Osaka: $314
  • Private Departure Transfer : Kyoto City to Kansai International Airport: $364

Is it cheaper to fly into Yokohama or Kyoto?

Prices for flights to both Kyoto and Yokohama change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Yokohama $33
    Kyoto $22

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Yokohama

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Yokohama.

  • 2 hour Japanese Food tour in Yokohama: $123
  • Premium tour with cooking experience Yokohama Winery Ingredients Premier: $1,513

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kyoto

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Kyoto.

  • Online Cooking Experience ~ Vegan Taco rice!! ~ high protein and low carbohydrate: $35
  • Nishiki Market Breakfast Walking Food Tour: $43
  • Private Japanese Cooking Lesson and Lunch: $60
  • Authentic Seasonal Japanese Home Cooking Lesson with a Charming Local in Kyoto: $62
  • Morning Japanese Bento Cooking Class: $70
  • Kyoto Cooking Class: $74
  • Sushi or Obanzai Cooking and Matcha with a Kyoto Native in her Home: $74
  • Ramen Cooking Class at Ramen Factory in Kyoto: $76
  • Private Japanese Cooking Class with a Local in a Beautiful Wooden House in Kyoto: $78
  • Ramen Cooking class: $81
  • Nishiki Market Food Tour in Kyoto: $83
  • Bento Box Cooking Class: $86

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yokohama $26
    Kyoto $14

Tours and Activities in Yokohama

Here are a few actual costs in Yokohama for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Sankeien Garden Audio Guide Tour: $6.00
  • Yokohama Zoo Zoorasia Admission Ticket: $7.87
  • Yokohama Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $36
  • Private Tour With a Local Expert: $68
  • Guided architecture tour in Sankeien garden: $81
  • Group or Private Segway Tour of the Old Port: $88
  • Kamakura One Day Hike Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide: $123
  • Yokohama Custom Half Day Tour: $137
  • Baseball Experience with DeNA BayStars in Yokohama: $145
  • Eat Like a Local Private & Personalized Tour: $172
  • Yokohama Private Full Day Tour: $211
  • Yokohama Custom Full Day Tour: $238

Tours and Activities in Kyoto

Here are a few actual costs in Kyoto for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Fushimi Inari Shrine: Explore the 1,000 Torii Gates on an audio walking tour: $5.99
  • Family Mitsui House Museum with green tea admission ticket: $9.84
  • [Virtual Tour] Kyoto Highlights: $12
  • Flower hunting in Kyoto with Mori the Doggo (Online experience): $12
  • Forest bathe in Kyoto’s Sacred Mountain (Online experience): $12
  • Gion Walking Tour by Night with Virtual Option: $13
  • Kyoto Virtual Tour: $15
  • Mansagama-pottery wheel experience-: $18
  • Kyoto Virtual Online Tour: $18
  • Kimono and Yukata 2 Hours Experience in Kyoto: $20
  • Gion Historical Virtual Walking Tour in Kyoto: $21
  • 5-Hour Guided Walking Tour - Walk in Kyoto, Talk in English: $21

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yokohama $15
    Kyoto $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Kyoto

Also in Kyoto, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Kyoto Small-Group Sake Brewery Tour with Sake Tasting: $61
  • Sake Brewery Tour: $81
  • Kyoto Sake Brewery & Tasting Walking Tour: $93
  • Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour with Lunch: $191
  • Kyoto Sake Brewery Tour: $193
  • Fushimi Private One Day tour/ Sake brewery & Geisha lunch: $1,210


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Yokohama and Kyoto, we can see that Yokohama is more expensive. And not only is Kyoto much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Kyoto would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kyoto and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Yokohama would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Yokohama than you might in Kyoto.


When is the best time to visit Yokohama or Kyoto?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Yokohama or Kyoto in the Summer?

Both Kyoto and Yokohama are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In the summer, Yokohama is around the same temperature as Kyoto. Typically, the summer temperatures in Yokohama in July are around 25°C (78°F), and Kyoto is about 27°C (81°F).

Yokohama usually receives less sunshine than Kyoto during summer. Yokohama gets 137 hours of sunny skies, while Kyoto receives 183 hours of full sun in the summer.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Kyoto. It's quite rainy in Yokohama. In July, Yokohama usually receives less rain than Kyoto. Yokohama gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 236 mm (9.3 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yokohama 25°C (78°F) 
    Kyoto 27°C (81°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Kyoto in the Autumn?

Both Kyoto and Yokohama during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In October, Yokohama is generally around the same temperature as Kyoto. Temperatures in Yokohama average around 18°C (64°F), and Kyoto stays around 18°C (64°F).

In the autumn, Yokohama often gets less sunshine than Kyoto. Yokohama gets 129 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kyoto receives 159 hours of full sun.

Kyoto gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Yokohama. Yokohama usually gets more rain in October than Kyoto. Yokohama gets 175 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 111 mm (4.4 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yokohama 18°C (64°F) 
    Kyoto 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Kyoto in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Yokohama and Kyoto.

Kyoto can be very cold during winter. Yokohama is a little warmer than Kyoto in the winter. The temperature in Yokohama is usually 6°C (42°F) in January, and Kyoto stays around 5°C (40°F).

Yokohama usually receives more sunshine than Kyoto during winter. Yokohama gets 175 hours of sunny skies, while Kyoto receives 140 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Yokohama usually receives around the same amount of rain as Kyoto. Yokohama gets 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 50 mm (2 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yokohama 6°C (42°F) 
    Kyoto 5°C (40°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Kyoto in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Yokohama as well as Kyoto.

In the spring, Yokohama is around the same temperature as Kyoto. Typically, the spring temperatures in Yokohama in April are around 14°C (58°F), and Kyoto is about 14°C (58°F).

In the spring, Yokohama often gets less sunshine than Kyoto. Yokohama gets 161 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Kyoto receives 176 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Kyoto. Yokohama receives a lot of rain in the spring. Yokohama usually gets around the same amount of rain in April as Kyoto. Yokohama gets 145 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Kyoto receives 153 mm (6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yokohama 14°C (58°F) 
    Kyoto 14°C (58°F)

Typical Weather for Kyoto and Yokohama

Yokohama Kyoto
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (42°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 5°C (40°F) 50 mm (2 in)
Feb 6°C (42°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 5°C (41°F) 63 mm (2.5 in)
Mar 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 8°C (47°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 145 mm (5.7 in) 14°C (58°F) 153 mm (6 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 153 mm (6 in) 19°C (67°F) 154 mm (6 in)
Jun 22°C (71°F) 221 mm (8.7 in) 23°C (73°F) 251 mm (9.9 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 27°C (81°F) 236 mm (9.3 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 29°C (83°F) 146 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 24°C (75°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 175 mm (6.9 in) 18°C (64°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 97 mm (3.8 in) 12°C (54°F) 68 mm (2.7 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 50 mm (2 in) 7°C (45°F) 40 mm (1.6 in)


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