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

Should you visit Yokohama or Osaka?

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

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

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.

Osaka

The third largest city in Japan, Osaka has a lot to offer travelers. It's at the center of the Kansai region, and is a wonderful place to spend a few days. The city sits at the mouth of the Yodo River on Osaka Bay and is a major commercial hub for the country.

Osaka has a humid subtropical climate with four seasons. The winters are mild with January temperatures having an average high of almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Snow is very rare. Springs start cool and become hot and humid. This is also the wettest season with the rainiest time being between May and early July. Summers are hot and humid with July temperatures climbing into the high 90s Fahrenheit. The fall season becomes cooler as winter approaches.

Which city is cheaper, Osaka or Yokohama?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Yokohama is $117, while the average daily cost in Osaka is $80. 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 Osaka in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Yokohama $66
    Osaka $40
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Yokohama $132
    Osaka $80
Compare Hotels in Yokohama and Osaka

Looking for a hotel in Yokohama or Osaka? 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 Osaka


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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 Osaka Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Yokohama $19
    Osaka $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Yokohama

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Yokohama:

  • Yokohama Private Departure Transfer : from Yokohama Port or Hotels to Tokyo Hotels: $230
  • Yokohama Port Shared Transfer : from Yokohama Port to Haneda Airport: $101
  • Yokohama Osanbashi Port to Main Tokyo Private Transfer Haice bus for pax1-9: $295
  • Yokohama Osanbashi Port to Main Tokyo Private Transfer Alphard bus for pax1-5: $223
  • Transfer from Yokohama To HND Airport by Private Car for Nighttime Flight: $369
  • Transfer from Yokohama To HND Airport by Private Car for Daytime Flight: $305
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Narita International Airport: $210
  • Shared Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Haneda Airport: $82
  • Private Haneda Transfer Service to/from Yokohama City: $165
  • Private Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Narita International Airport: $364
  • Private Departure Transfer : Yokohama City to Haneda Airport: $181
  • Low Cost Private Transfer From Tokyo International Airport to Yokohama City - One Way: $516

Typical Local Transportation prices in Osaka

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Osaka:


  • Subway
    $9.24

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Osaka

Also for Osaka, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Airport Transfer from Osaka city to Kansai airport: $105
  • Departure Private Transfer from Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX by Minivan: $124
  • Departure Private Transfer from Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX by Sedan Car: $119
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Car: $218
  • Departure Private Transfers: Osaka City to Kansai Airport KIX in Business Van: $269
  • Japan Private Airport Transfer from Osaka City to Kansai Airport(KIX): $168
  • Japan Railway Station Shared Arrival Transfer : Shin Osaka Station to Osaka City: $25
  • Japan Railway Station Shared Departure Transfer : Osaka to Shin Osaka Station: $25
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Land Rover Discovery Sport 2018: $323
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Minivan Toyota HIACE 2019: $398
  • KIX Airport Transfers (to or from OSAKA) by Toyota ALPHARD 2019: $398
  • Kansai Airport to/from Osaka City: Private Transfer Service: $200

Is it cheaper to fly into Yokohama or Osaka?

Prices for flights to both Osaka 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 $35
    Osaka $23

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 Osaka

For Osaka, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Street Food Tour Around Dotonburi Canal: $9.84
  • Takoyaki Cooking Class: $13
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Namba, Osaka: $30
  • Deep Food Tour & Bar Hopping in Temma, Osaka: $30
  • (Online)Popular Japanese pancake and miso soup cooking: $31
  • 2-Hour Kuromon Market Walking Street Food Tour: $36
  • Local Secrets Food Tour in Osaka: $37
  • Osaka Okonomiyaki Cooking Experience!: $40
  • Walkabout Food Tour in Osaka: $43
  • Okonomiyaki Cooking, The Heart of Osaka: $57
  • Lunch Box Bento Set Cooking: $74
  • Home Cooking Class: $76

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Yokohama $28
    Osaka $17

Tours and Activities in Yokohama

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

  • 7-hour Kamakura tour to/from Yokohama City With Private Car: $807
  • 7-hour Tokyo tour, with Private Car, from/to Yokohama: $858
  • Baseball Experience with DeNA BayStars in Yokohama: $145
  • Guided architecture tour in Sankeien garden: $81
  • Japanese cuisine Making tour with Wine experience by Yokohama Winery: $323
  • Kamakura One Day Hike Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide: $123
  • Private Tour to see Highlights of Kamakura, Enoshima, Yokohama from Tokyo: $984
  • Private Yokohama Tour - History, Culture and Food: $298
  • Romantic Tour In Yokohama: $496
  • Sankeien Garden Audio Guide Tour: $6.00
  • See Tokyo On Your Cruise-Over: $293
  • The Best Of Yokohama Walking Tour: $496

Typical Entertainment prices in Osaka

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Osaka's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Osaka Aquarium (for 2)
    $35

Tours and Activities in Osaka

For Osaka, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • 【Special Sale】Virtual Osaka Dotonbori & Ebisu Bridge Walking Tour: $6.89
  • Osaka Dotonbori Wonder Cruise: $9.84
  • Osaka Bay : Sightseeing Cruise: $14
  • General Admission ticket to ABENO HARUKAS in Osaka: $15
  • Osaka virtual tour: $15
  • Skip the Line: Kids Plaza Osaka Admission Ticket: $17
  • HARUKAS 300 Observatory E-Ticket: $20
  • Livestream Virtual Tour of Osaka Castle Park: $22
  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Osaka Admission Tickets: $23
  • Real Kimono experience and Tsumami Kanzashi Workshop: $24
  • Livestream Virtual Tour of Osaka's Minami Area: $28
  • Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass: $30

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Yokohama $16
    Osaka $11

Sample the Local Flavors in Osaka

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Osaka:

  • Osaka Pub Crawl and Nightlife Tour: $20
  • Private Tour - Fashionable Pub Crawl at Osaka, Enjoy the Japanese Alcohol!: $98


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


When is the best time to visit Yokohama or Osaka?

Both places have a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. As both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Yokohama or Osaka in the Summer?

The summer brings many poeple to Yokohama as well as Osaka.

In July, Yokohama is generally around the same temperature as Osaka. Temperatures in Yokohama average around 25°C (78°F), and Osaka stays around 28°C (82°F).

In the summer, Yokohama often gets less sunshine than Osaka. Yokohama gets 137 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Osaka receives 183 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Osaka. Yokohama receives a lot of rain in the summer. Yokohama usually gets less rain in July than Osaka. Yokohama gets 138 mm (5.4 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 157 mm (6.2 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Yokohama 25°C (78°F) 
    Osaka 28°C (82°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Osaka in the Autumn?

Both Osaka and Yokohama are popular destinations to visit in the autumn with plenty of activities.

Yokohama is around the same temperature as Osaka in the autumn. The temperature in Yokohama is usually 18°C (64°F) in October, and Osaka stays around 19°C (66°F).

Yokohama usually receives less sunshine than Osaka during autumn. Yokohama gets 129 hours of sunny skies, while Osaka receives 159 hours of full sun in the autumn.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Osaka. It's quite rainy in Yokohama. In October, Yokohama usually receives more rain than Osaka. Yokohama gets 175 mm (6.9 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 108 mm (4.3 in) of rain each month for the autumn.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Yokohama 18°C (64°F) 
    Osaka 19°C (66°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Osaka in the Winter?

Both Osaka and Yokohama during the winter are popular places to visit.

In the winter, Yokohama is around the same temperature as Osaka. Typically, the winter temperatures in Yokohama in January are around 6°C (42°F), and Osaka is about 6°C (42°F).

In the winter, Yokohama often gets more sunshine than Osaka. Yokohama gets 175 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Osaka receives 140 hours of full sun.

Yokohama usually gets more rain in January than Osaka. Yokohama gets 53 mm (2.1 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 46 mm (1.8 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Yokohama 6°C (42°F) 
    Osaka 6°C (42°F)

Should I visit Yokohama or Osaka in the Spring?

The spring attracts plenty of travelers to both Yokohama and Osaka.

In April, Yokohama is generally around the same temperature as Osaka. Temperatures in Yokohama average around 14°C (58°F), and Osaka stays around 15°C (59°F).

Yokohama usually receives less sunshine than Osaka during spring. Yokohama gets 161 hours of sunny skies, while Osaka receives 176 hours of full sun in the spring.

Osaka receives a lot of rain in the spring. Yokohama gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In April, Yokohama usually receives around the same amount of rain as Osaka. Yokohama gets 145 mm (5.7 in) of rain, while Osaka receives 137 mm (5.4 in) of rain each month for the spring.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Yokohama 14°C (58°F) 
    Osaka 15°C (59°F)

Typical Weather for Osaka and Yokohama

Yokohama Osaka
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 6°C (42°F) 53 mm (2.1 in) 6°C (42°F) 46 mm (1.8 in)
Feb 6°C (42°F) 72 mm (2.8 in) 6°C (43°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
Mar 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in) 9°C (48°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
Apr 14°C (58°F) 145 mm (5.7 in) 15°C (59°F) 137 mm (5.4 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 153 mm (6 in) 20°C (67°F) 140 mm (5.5 in)
Jun 22°C (71°F) 221 mm (8.7 in) 24°C (74°F) 204 mm (8 in)
Jul 25°C (78°F) 138 mm (5.4 in) 28°C (82°F) 157 mm (6.2 in)
Aug 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in) 29°C (84°F) 95 mm (3.7 in)
Sep 23°C (74°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 25°C (77°F) 170 mm (6.7 in)
Oct 18°C (64°F) 175 mm (6.9 in) 19°C (66°F) 108 mm (4.3 in)
Nov 13°C (55°F) 97 mm (3.8 in) 13°C (56°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Dec 8°C (47°F) 50 mm (2 in) 8°C (47°F) 35 mm (1.4 in)


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