Should You Visit Yokohama?

Are you thinking about visiting Yokohama, Japan? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.


Is Yokohama worth visiting?

This city is a good place to visit for one to two days. Yokohama is not far from Tokyo, and it's the second largest city in the country. It was home to the first international port in Japan, which opened in 1859. It is also where you'll find the largest Chinatown in the country, as well as several great amusement parks, gardens, aquariums, and parks. Yokohama is loved by visitors for many reasons, and is routinely on national "best of" lists, including U.S. News Best Places to Visit in Japan.

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Reasons to Visit Yokohama

Museums
The city has some eclectic museums like Cupnoodles Museum, the Ramen Museum, and the Kirin Beer Factory. There are also zoos, gardens, and the largest Chinatown in Japan.

Food
As home to the largest Chinatown in Japan, you'll find no shortage of Chinese restaurants here. You'll also find that the local cuisine uses a lot of vegetables. Local favorites include kenchin-jiru (tofu and vegetable chowder) as well as gyunabe (beef hot pot).

Nightlife
The nightlife scene is diverse, with lounges, pubs, and clubs throughout. It is also the home of Japan's first commercial brewery - Kinn. You'll find a good live music scene as well as everything from casual bars to upscale cocktail lounges.

Shopping
The shopping scene has a laid back vibe that encourages you to take a stroll and enjoy the sights. Head to Marine & Walk Yokohama, which is right by the Minato Mirai waterfront, to find boutiques and upscale vendors. Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse is also one of the more famous shopping areas, but you should also check out Yokohama World Porters.

Authenticity
Yokohama has an authentic vibe where you can experience local culture, cuisine, and activities without the large tourist crowds of other popular destinations.




Is Yokohama worth visiting in the Summer?

The high season for travel in Yokohama is the summer, so expect to see more tourists than usual. This destination is somewhat touristy, so in the high season it's usually busier.

The weather in Yokohama is fairly warm during summer, and stays around 25°C (78°F). But it can get as warm as 29°C (83°F) at times, too. It's also quite rainy during this season, so be prepared.

The activities of the city are numerous, and this is a great time of year to explore all of them. From family-friendly attractions to romantic getaways, as well as budget-friendly things to do, there's something for everyone. Famous landmarks, museums, tours, and more are all available. You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable city, especially in the nice weather. During this season it's fun to experience the famous sights and museums, the big city activities, and the nightlife scene.


Summer Weather in Yokohama
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 25°C (78°F) 138 mm (5.4 in)
August 27°C (81°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
September 23°C (74°F) 190 mm (7.5 in)

Is Yokohama worth visiting in the Autumn?

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during autumn, and temperatures hover around 18°C (64°F).

Autumn is the shoulder season for travel in Yokohama, which means slightly less visitors than in the peak season. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

Autumn is a great time of year to explore the numerous museums and landmarks around town. They are fun for the whole family as well great for couples. This is a great time of year to browse the museums and enjoy the city's energy.


Autumn Weather in Yokohama
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 18°C (64°F) 175 mm (6.9 in)
November 13°C (55°F) 97 mm (3.8 in)
December 8°C (47°F) 50 mm (2 in)

Is Yokohama worth visiting in the Winter?

Winter is the low season for travel in Yokohama. This destination is fairly touristy, but in the low season you can find fewer crowds and better deals.

The weather in Yokohama can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 6°C (42°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

You'll like that you can take public transit easily in the winter, too. You can get around quickly while avoiding bad weather if needed. You'll find plenty to do during winter, as you'll be able to spend time at the museums, dine out at amazing restaurants, and take advantage of the local nightlife. Also, you can discover the big city activities.


Winter Weather in Yokohama
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January 6°C (42°F) 53 mm (2.1 in)
February 6°C (42°F) 72 mm (2.8 in)
March 9°C (47°F) 122 mm (4.8 in)

Is Yokohama worth visiting in the Spring?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Yokohama. This destination is somewhat busy with tourists, but in the shoulder season you'll find less crowds and better deals.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during spring, and temperatures hover around 14°C (58°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the quaint shops, the museums and landmarks, and the nightlife.


Spring Weather in Yokohama
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 14°C (58°F) 145 mm (5.7 in)
May 19°C (66°F) 153 mm (6 in)
June 22°C (71°F) 221 mm (8.7 in)

Related

What is Yokohama most famous for?

Yokohama is most famous for its tech industry, impressive Chinatown, and brightly lit skyline at night. It is often described as laid-back, diverse, bright, colorful, and under-rated.

What is the most famous sight in Yokohama?

The most popular sight in Yokohama is the Yokohama Chinatown. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Yokohama on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for the Yokohama Chinatown and other attractions here.

How touristy is Yokohama? Is it a popular city to visit?

Yokohama is more popular with local tourists than with international visitors. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Authentic Sumo Experience in Tokyo : Enter the Sanctuary: $142
  • Kamakura 6hr Private Walking Tour with Government-Licensed Guide: $142
  • Yokohama Private Full Day Tour: $202
  • Yokohama Private Tour  -Garden Necklace-: $88
  • Yokohama One Day Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private: $240
  • Calligraphy Experience in Kabukicho: $67
  • Private Kabuki-cho Tour with Local Guide: $100
  • Tokyo 8hr Private Tour with Licensed Guide from Yokohama: $189

How long should I spend in Yokohama?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Yokohama is one to two days. Since Yokohama has activities such as nightlife, shopping, museums, and dining, many visit for up to two days.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Yokohama? and Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Yokohama?.