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

Should you visit Yokohama or Matsue?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Yokohama or Matsue, 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 Matsue?

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.

Matsue

Matsue, Japan is located on the scenic shores of Lake Shinji in the Shimane Prefecture. Matsue is the capital city of the prefecture and is known as the water city due to being located between Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi, and the Sea of Japan. This historically rich city is famous for being a laid back samurai village with stunning sunsets and traditional confectioneries.

Which city is cheaper, Matsue or Yokohama?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Yokohama is $108, while the average daily cost in Matsue is $57. 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 Matsue in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yokohama $61
    Matsue $22
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yokohama $122
    Matsue $44

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yokohama $18
    Matsue $17

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

Is it cheaper to fly into Yokohama or Matsue?

Prices for flights to both Matsue 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 $32
    Matsue $24

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

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yokohama $26
    Matsue $7.70

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 Matsue

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

  • Private Customized Tour with Izumo Taisha Shrine: $88
  • Adachi Museum Private Customized Guided Tour from Matsue: $396
  • The best of Matsue walking tour: $496
  • Romantic Tour In Matsue: $496

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yokohama $15
    Matsue $5.99


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Yokohama and Matsue, we can see that Yokohama is more expensive. And not only is Matsue much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Matsue would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Matsue 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 Matsue.


When is the best time to visit Yokohama or Matsue?

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 Matsue in the Summer?

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

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

It's quite sunny in Matsue. Yokohama usually receives less sunshine than Matsue during summer. At this time of the year, Yokohama gets 137 hours of sunny skies, while Matsue receives 201 hours of full sun.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Matsue. It's quite rainy in Yokohama. In July, Yokohama usually receives less rain than Matsue. At this time of the year, Yokohama gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Matsue receives 268 mm (10.6 in) of rain.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yokohama 25°C (78°F) 
    Matsue 25°C (78°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Matsue in the Autumn?

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

In October, Yokohama is generally around the same temperature as Matsue. Temperatures in Yokohama average around 18°C (64°F), and Matsue stays around 17°C (62°F).

In the autumn, Yokohama often gets less sunshine than Matsue. Yokohama gets 129 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Matsue receives 173 hours of full sun.

Matsue 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 Matsue. Yokohama gets 175 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Matsue receives 135 mm (5.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yokohama 18°C (64°F) 
    Matsue 17°C (62°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Matsue in the Winter?

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

Matsue can be very cold during winter. Yokohama is a little warmer than Matsue in the winter. The temperature in Yokohama is usually 6°C (42°F) in January, and Matsue stays around 4°C (39°F).

Yokohama usually receives more sunshine than Matsue during winter. At this time of the year, Yokohama gets 175 hours of sunny skies, while Matsue receives 84 hours of full sun.

Matsue receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Yokohama usually receives less rain than Matsue. At this time of the year, Yokohama gets 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Matsue receives 151 mm (5.9 in) of rain.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yokohama 6°C (42°F) 
    Matsue 4°C (39°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Matsue in the Spring?

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

In the spring, Yokohama is around the same temperature as Matsue. Typically, the spring temperatures in Yokohama in April are around 14°C (58°F), and Matsue is about 13°C (55°F).

In the spring, Yokohama often gets less sunshine than Matsue. Yokohama gets 161 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Matsue receives 194 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Matsue. Yokohama receives a lot of rain in the spring. Yokohama usually gets more rain in April than Matsue. Yokohama gets 145 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Matsue receives 124 mm (4.9 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yokohama 14°C (58°F) 
    Matsue 13°C (55°F)

Typical Weather for Matsue and Yokohama

Yokohama Matsue
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (42°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 4°C (39°F) 151 mm (5.9 in)
Feb 6°C (42°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 4°C (40°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
Mar 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 7°C (45°F) 127 mm (5 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 145 mm (5.7 in) 13°C (55°F) 124 mm (4.9 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 153 mm (6 in) 18°C (64°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
Jun 22°C (71°F) 221 mm (8.7 in) 21°C (71°F) 196 mm (7.7 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 25°C (78°F) 268 mm (10.6 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 27°C (81°F) 145 mm (5.7 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 23°C (73°F) 216 mm (8.5 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 175 mm (6.9 in) 17°C (62°F) 135 mm (5.3 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 97 mm (3.8 in) 11°C (53°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 50 mm (2 in) 7°C (44°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)


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