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Yokohama is a city buzzing with a wide range of events and festivals throughout the year. There are dazzling fireworks displays, mouth-watering culinary fairs, colorful flower shows, mini-concerts and so much more. Here's a look at the best events the city has to offer. Find more events on our Yokohama Visitors Guide.

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January

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year

Sankeien Garden New Year Event

Detail
“Kakushokaku,” the historic building located in the Garden will be open for public during the New Year’s holidays. The traditional Japanese cultural performances will be held during this period.
Dates
Jan. 1 - Jan. 3
Venue
Sankeien Garden
Contact
Sankeien Garden045-621-0634

Chinese New Year

Detail
The countdown of Chinese New Year starts with exploding firecrackers, followed by the boisterous pomp of Chinese lion & dragon dance, parade, Chinese acrobats, and a classic Chinese opera.
Dates
Jan. or Feb. (*Chinese New Year)
Venue
Yokohama China Town
Contact
Yokohama China Town045-681-6022

Photo Yokohama

Detail
“PHOTO YOKOHAMA” is a series of events that is related to photos and images and it is held from January to March all over Yokohama. Yokohama, being the birthplace of commercial photographs in Japan and rich in attractive photo spots, is the best place for providing opportunities to get familiar with the culture of photos and images.
Dates
Early Jan. to Late Mar.
Venue
Various places in Yokohama City
Contact
Early Jan. to Late Mar.03-3545-8131 (Weekdays only 10am to 5pm)

February

Sankeien Garden Plum Blossoms Viewing
Sankeien Garden Plum Blossoms Viewing

Yokohama Film Festival

Detail
The Film Festival chooses the top 10 and individual award winners from Japanese movies released the previous year. The selected films will be shown all day and an award ceremony will take place.
Dates
First Sunday of February
Venue
Kannai Hall
Contact
Yokohama Film Festival Executive Office045-430-1845

Sankeien Garden Plum Blossoms Viewing

Detail
Sankeien Garden is well known for its magnificent plum blossoms. During this season, Shiraume (white plum blossoms) and Koubai (light pink plum blossoms) reach their full bloom. The “Garyobai” plum blossoms are an exceptional sight to see. On Sundays and holidays, there are Koto (Japanese harp) performances and other special events.
Dates
Early Feb. to Early Mar.
Venue
Sankeien Garden
Contact
Sankeien Garden045-621-0634

Okurayama Plum Blossoms Viewing

Detail
About 180 plum blossoms trees of 30 kinds, such as Shirakaga, Bungo and Ryokugaku, will be in full bloom.
Dates
Second or Third Saturday of Feb.
Venue
Okurayama Plum Blossoms Garden (Okurayama Commemoration Hall)
Contact
Kohoku Ward Office Regional Empowerment Promotion Section045-540-2234

Motomachi Charming Sale

Detail
The streetwide sale campaign on Motomachi Shopping Street takes place twice a year in February and September for 6 days. Every year, the shopping street is bustled with many shoppers and visitors.
Dates
Late Feb.
Venue
Motomachi Shopping Street
Contact
Motomachi SS Committee045-641-1557

March

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Yokohama Motomachi
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Yokohama Motomachi

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Yokohama Motomachi

Detail
Join the celebrations for Ireland’s most famous spring festival by donning the color green and coming to Motomachi. Listen to Irish music and enjoy the welcoming atmosphere with green balloons!
Dates
Mid-Mar.
Venue
Motomachi Shopping Street
Contact
Motomachi SS Committee045-641-1557

Minato Mirai 21 Sakura (Cherry blossom) Festa

Detail
During the Festa, Lanterns illuminate the 500m long row of cherry blossom trees at nigt time. The modernistic town of Minatomirai will be filled with a nostalgic atmosphere. There will also be various events held at the surrounding facilities, mainly during the weekends such as street performances, live music performance, stamp rally, and more.
Dates
Late Mar. to Early Apr.
Venue
Minato Mirai 21
Contact
Sakura Festa Executive Office045-662-0081

Sankeien Garden Cherry Blossoms Viewing

Detail
In this season, cherry blossom trees reach their full bloom all at once. Open hours will be extended for the Outer Garden. During this period, the three-storied pagoda relocated from the former Toumyouji temple of Kyoto are illuminated and there will be performances of Japanese traditional music.
Dates
Late Mar. to Early Apr.
Venue
Sankeien Garden
Contact
Sankeien Garden045-621-0634

Garden Necklace Yokohama

Detail
The city of Yokohama will be filled with seasonal flowers this spring! The event will publicize the results of the green initiatives that the city of Yokohama has shown such leadership in carrying out, and it will promote Yokohama as a city of flowers and lush greenery.
Dates
End of Mar. to Early Jun.
Venue
Satoyama Garden, Yamashita Park, Harbour view Park, Nihon Odori, Yokohama Park, Shinko-chuo Park, etc.
Contact
Garden Necklace Yokohama Executive office045-671-2629 (9am to 5pm)

April

Noge Street Performance
Noge Street Performance

African Festival Yokohama

Detail
Experience being in Africa at the African Festival Yokohama. Enjoy stage performances of African music & dance, and savour the African foods served at the stands.
Dates
Early Apr.
Venue
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Contact
African Festival Yokohama Committee045-317-7890

Ookagawa Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival)

Detail
Ookagawa is well known for its beautiful cherry blossoms. During the festival, areas around Ookagawa are lit up with lanterns. Various food stands will open along the river for you to enjoy the food under the cherry blossoms. Many events will also take place during weekends.
Dates
Early Apr.
Venue
Around Ookagawa
Contact
Naka-ku Area:Ookagawa Sakura Matsuri Executive Office (Naka-ku) nakaku{at}river-sakura.com
Minami-ku Area:Ookagawa Sakura Matsuri Executive Office (Minami-ku)045-341-1237

Yokohama Flower & Green Spring Fair

Detail
Beds of flowers and greenery illustrate spring in Yokohama. The fair takes place in Yokohama Park and Yamashita Park, which are filled with tulips of various colors and shapes.
Dates
Late Apr.
Venue
Yokohama Park, Yamashita Park
Contact
Yokohama Green Association045-228-9430

Yokohama Street Performance

Detail
The City of Yokohama transforms into a stage for street performances. Experienced street performers make spectators thrall to them with their acrobatics, juggling acts, pantomimes, and their repertoire of thrilling performances.
Dates
Mid-Apr.
Venue
Isezaki Mall 1,2,3st, Yoshida-machi, Yokohama Station East, Ishikawa-cho
Contact
NPO Yokohama Daidogei Committee045-662-9189

Noge Street Performance

Detail
The City of Yokohama transforms into a stage for street performances. Experienced street performers make spectators thrall to them with their acrobatics, juggling acts, pantomimes, and their repertoire of thrilling performances.
Dates
Mid-Apr.
Venue
Noge Shopping Avenue
Contact
Noge Street Performance Executive Committee045-262-1234

May

The Yokohama Parade (International Costume Parade)
The Yokohama Parade (International Costume Parade)

The Yokohama Parade (International Costume Parade)

Detail
A spectacular parade with many marching bands and dance teams which people all over Japan come to watch. Enjoy the colorful float, marching bands, lion & dragon dance performance, and many other Yokohama-esque performances. The parade starts from Yamashita Park and ends at Isezaki-cho. The course is 3.4 km long.
Dates
May 3rd
Venue
Yamashita Park - Shinko Area - Bashamichi - Isezaki-cho Area
Contact
Yokohama Chamber of Commerce045-671-7423

Ice Cream Anniversary Bashamichi Parade

Detail
On May 9th, 1869, ice cream was sold for the first time in Japan at Bashamichi, Yokohama. For this reason, May 9th is commemorated as an anniversary for the first ice cream served in Japan. Events take place along the Bashamichi street. On the day, “Bashamichi Ice (cream)” is served for free.
Dates
Early May
Venue
Bashamichi Shopping Avenue
Contact
Bashamichi Shopping Avenue045-641-4068

Shomyoji Temple Takigi Noh

Detail
Shomyoji Temple is one of the most popular temples in Yokohama. During the event, a Noh stage surrounded with bonfires are built where Japanese arts like Noh and Kyogen (classical comedic drama) are performed.
Dates
Early May
Venue
Shomyoji Temple
Contact
Kanazawa Ward Office045-788-7804

Yokohama Port Opening Anniversary Bazaar

Detail
A traditional bazaar since 1920. There will be the Great Plant Fair as well as booths of clothing, sundries, and food aligned in Yokohama Park.
Dates
Late May to Early Jun.
Venue
Yokohama Park
Contact
Yokohama Port Opening Anniversary Bazaar Executive Committee045-651-4547

Yokohama Central Town Festival

Detail
Various events to celebrate the opeining of the port will take place in the Yokohama Central Twon Area.
Dates
Late May
Venue
Yokohama Central Town (Bashamichi, Kannai, Yamashita-dori, Chinatown, Motomachi, Yamate)
Contact
Yokohama Central Town Festival Executive Office045-227-0823

June

Hakkeijima Hydrangea Festival
Hakkeijima Hydrangea Festival

Yokohama Port Festival

Detail
A festival celebrating the opening of Yokohama port. The main site of the festival is at Rinko Park in the Minato Mirai 21 area. On the seaborne area, you can board the ships where there are test-ride events. On land, there will be music concerts and performances. You may also enjoy a collaborative spectacle of fireworks with sounds and laser.
Dates
Early Jun.
Venue
Rinko Park and Seaborne Area
Contact
Yokohama Port Festival Executive Committee045-212-5511

Hakkeijima Hydrangea Festival

Detail
During the festival, you can see 20,000 hydrangeas in full bloom on this manmade island, the most you can find anywhere in Kanagawa Prefecture. There are numerous hydrangea-related events, including the Hydrangea Stamp Rally, tea ceremony, photo exhibitions, and restaurants offering specialty menus. There will also be a “Bayside Market ~Hydrangea Fair~,” with sweets which are associated with hydrangea and special dishes only offered during the festival.
Dates
Mid-Jun. to Early Jul.
Venue
Hakkeijima
Contact
Hakkeijima Hydrangea Festival Executive Office045-788-9778

Mois de la France à Yokohama (Yokohama France Month)

Detail
Since 2005, the month of June in Yokohama is dedicated to France. During the Yokohama France Month, the city of Yokohama turns into France with a variety of events on art, music, and food. Experience the French culture through the art exhibitions, gastronomic events, film programming, concerts, and much more.
Dates
Early Jun. to Late Jun.
Venue
Various places in Yokohama City
Contact
Institut Français Yokohama045-201-1514

July

Yokohama Sparkling Twilight
Yokohama Sparkling Twilight

Yokohama Sparkling Twilight

Detail
Yokohama Sparkling Twilight is a summer tradition in the port city of Yokohama.The Sparkling Fireworks show is being held over two days; the combination of music and fireworks provides a superb climax to the Yokohama Sparkling Twilight event. Yokohama Sparking Twilight also incorporates a number of other special activities, including the Sparkling Parade, a parade of mikoshi portable shrines from every district in Yokohama
Dates
Mid-Jul. *For 2020, it will be held in Sep.
Venue
Yamashita Park, the offshore of Yamashita Park, and the surrounding area
Contact
Yokohama Sparkling Twilight Executive Committee045-681-2353

Yokohama Asahi Jazz Festival

Detail
Asahi Jazz Festival gives many opportunities to play and perform for amateurs.
Dates
Late July
Venue
Children’s Nature Park Baseball Field
Contact
Asahi Jazz Festival Executive Committee045-304-9000(From Nov. 2019)

August

Minato Mirai Bon Odori Dance Festival
Minato Mirai Bon Odori Dance Festival

Kanteitan (Guan Yu Festival)

Detail
“Kanteitan” is a ritual and ceremony celebrating the birth of Guan Yu, a popular Chinese general who played a significant role in the Chinese classic, “Three Kingdom Saga.” Starting with a solemn ritual, China Town then burst into colors with a procession, Chinese lion & dragon dance, and classic Chinese dances and operas.
Dates
Early Aug. (June 24th in the Lunar Calendar)
Venue
Yokohama China Town
Contact
Yokohama China Town Kantei-byo045-226-2636

Minato Mirai Bon Odori Dance Festival

Detail
The Bon Odori (Dance Festival) is Minato Mirai’s summer tradition. At the venue, a full-scale yagura (raised platform) is built, with shops and beer gardens opened, along with en-nichi (fair booths).
Dates
Mid-Aug.
Venue
Rinko Park
Contact
PACIFICO Yokohama045-221-2155

Kanazawa Festival Fireworks

Detail
It is the firework festival in the southern part of Yokohama, Kanazawa-ku. It takes place in the end of summer season at the Yokohama’s one and only swimming beach, Marine Park (Umi-no-Koen). 3,200 bursts of fireworks will be launched into the air.
Dates
Late Aug.
Venue
Marine Park (Umi no Koen)
Contact
Kanazawa Ward Office045-788-7801

September

Sankeien Garden Harvest Moon Viewing
Sankeien Garden Harvest Moon Viewing

Motomachi Craftmanship Street Food Fair

Detail
Having the Motomachi Craftmanship Street as a main venue, the street will be full of food stands from the traditional restaurants around the area with the live music performances.
Dates
Early Sep.
Venue
Motomachi Craftmanship Street
Contact
Motomachi CS Committee045-663-1413

Osannomiya Fall Festival

Detail
A mikoshi (portable shrine) is carried around the town during the festival. As an offering, dramatic performances are played inside the shrine at night.
Dates
Mid Sep.
Venue
Hie Shrine
Contact
Hie Shrine045-261-6902

Sankeien Garden Harvest Moon Viewing

Detail
Buildings such as the three-storied pagoda relocated from the former Toumyouji temple of Kyoto are illuminated during the event. Enjoy the full moon and absord the traditional Japanese atmosphere.
Dates
Late Sep. to Early Oct.
Venue
Sankeien Garden
Contact
Sankeien Garden045-621-0634

Motomachi Charming Sale

Detail
The streetwide sale campaign on Motomachi Shopping Street takes place twice a year in February and September for 6 days. Every year, the shopping street is bustled with many shoppers and visitors.
Dates
Late Sep.
Venue
Motomachi Shopping Street
Contact
Motomachi SS Committee045-641-1557

Great Japan Beer Festival (Beer Fes Yokohama)

Detail
This event, known as “Beerfes,” is the country’s largest beer festival. With the admission fee, it allows you to taste more than 200 types of beers with the tasting glass, providing a perfect opportunity to compare craft beers from Japan and abroad.
Dates
Late Sep.
Venue
Osanbashi Hall
Contact
Japan Craft Beer Association0798-70-7171

October

Yokohama Oktoberfest
Yokohama Oktoberfest
Yokohama JAZZ Promenade
Yokohama JAZZ Promenade ©YJP (撮影:大河原)

National Day of China

Detail
China’s national day commemorating its foundation. Ethnic parades, lion & dragon dances are seen across China Town.
Dates
Oct. 1st
Venue
Yokohama China Town
Contact
Yokohama China Town045-641-8606

Soujusetsu (Double Ten Day)

Detail
The most celebrated festival in Taiwan. To commemorate this day, traditional dance will be performed at the schoolyard of Yokohama Overseas Chinese School and lion dances are seen across Chinatown.
Dates
Oct. 10th
Venue
Yokohama China Town
Contact
Yokohama China Town045-681-2114

Yokohama Oktoberfest

Detail
Like the Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, beers from around the world, including limited-edition Oktoberfest beers and beers on sale in Japan for the first time, are served at the Yokohama Oktoberfest. And with traditional German food and live performances by German bands as well, you can enjoy the authentic atmosphere of the original Oktoberfest.
Dates
Early to Mid-Oct.
Venue
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Contact
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse045-227-2002

Yokohama JAZZ Promenade

Detail
Japan’s biggest event of jazz music which attracts more than 120,000 audiences and more than 2,000 professional and amateur musicians from Japan and overseas every year. Various styles of live jazz sessions will be held in about 50 venues including concert halls, live houses, and on the streets.
Dates
Early Oct.
Venue
Various places in Yokohama City
Contact
Yokohama JAZZ Promenade Executive Committee045-211-1510

Shin-Yokohama Performance

Detail
Various events like stage events, exhibitions, food stalls, quiz games, etc. are held by the community, residents and companies.
Dates
Mid. Oct.
Venue
Nissan Stadium, Shin-Yokohama Station event space
Contact
Shin-Yokohama Performance Executive Committee045-476-0747

World Festa Yokohama

Detail
At World Festa Yokohama, you can experience the culture of the world. Enjoy local foods, ethnic music, and dance performances, as well as folk crafts from around the world.
Dates
Mid-Oct.
Venue
Yamashita Park
Contact
World Festa Yokohama Executive Committee045-671-7423 (9am - 5pm)

Yokohama International Festa

Detail
The event to get in touch with the world cusine, folk art, fair-trade goods, folk dance, and culture to better understand the international coorperation.
Dates
Mid-Oct.
Venue
Grandmall Park
Contact
Yokohama C plat 045-662-6350

Diwali in Yokohama

Detail
Diwali is a festival of light which marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Experience the essence of true Indian culture through food, music performances, classic dances and more.
Dates
Mid Oct-
Venue
Yamashita Park
Contact
Diwali in Yokohama Executive Committee045-263-8109

Bashamichi Festival

Detail
During the Bashamichi Festival, Horse-drawn carriages, rickshaws, and ladies dressed in clothes from Rokumeikan era (1880’s) will parade through the Street. It recreates the mood of the times of cultural enlightenment.
Dates
Late Oct.
Venue
Bashamichi Shopping Avenue
Contact
Bashamichi Shopping Avenue045-641-4068

November

Yokohama Marathon
Yokohama Marathon

Yokohama Chinatown Food Festival

Detail
Food festival at Yokohama Chinatown.
Dates
Month of Nov.
Venue
Yokohama China Town
Contact
Yokohama China Town 045-681-6022

Yokohama Marathon

Detail
The Yokohama Marathon is the third-largest marathon event in Japan in which members of the general public can take part, after the Tokyo Marathon and the Osaka Marathon. The Yokohama Marathon will use a course that passes many tourist spots, with the latter half of the course also including part of an expressway.
Dates
Early Nov.
Venue
Start: Minatomirai Ohashi Bridge, Goal: Pacifico Yokohama
Contact
Yokohama Marathon Organizing Committee Administrative Office045-651-0666 (Weekdays 9:30am - 5pm)

Kotohira Otori Shrine Tori-no-ichi (The Rooster Fair)

Detail
Most of the outside stalls sell Kumade (rake-shaped good luck amulets) and Daruma (roly-poly papier-mache doll) acompanied by the sound of rythmic clapping, and the whole lively event is a constant reminder of the start of winter. The fair is full of people wishing for prosperous business and good maritime traffic.
Dates
Kotohira Otori Shrine
Venue
11月酉の日
Contact
Kotohira Otori Shrine045-231-3208

December

Yokohama Yamate Western Style Houses - Christmas Around the World
Yokohama Yamate Western Style Houses -
Christmas Around the World

Yokohama Yamate Western Style Houses - Christmas Around the World

Detail
In the 8 Yokohama Yamate Western-style buildings, you can experience the Christmas world through different kinds of Christmas decorations and workshops from around the world.
Dates
Month of Dec.
Venue
Bluff No. 111, British House Yokohama, Bluff No. 234, Ehrismann Residence, Berrick Hall, Home of a Diplomat, Bluff No. 18, Bluff No. 68 (Yamate 68 Ban-Kan)
Contact
Yokohama Green Association045-623-7812

Christmas Market in Red Brick Warehouse

Detail
At the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Christmas Market, German-style Hutte (huts), just like the real thing, will be set up in the cobble-stoned plaza area. This is a market where families and couples can enjoy shopping while waiting for Christmas to arrive. A Christmas tree will be on display in the plaza and the entire Red Brick Warehouse area will be steeped in Christmas atmosphere.
Dates
Late Nov. to Dec. 25th
Venue
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Contact
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse045-227-2002

Art Rink in Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Detail
An artistic skating rink of lights, opened from early December to mid February. The skating rink with multicolored illumination at the retro-looking Red Brick Warehouse creates a fantastic ambiance. The marvelous night scene of Minatomirai adds to the allure of the rink.
Dates
Dec. to Feb.
Venue
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse
Contact
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse 045-211-1515

MM21 TOWERS Milight

Detail
In this event, which lasts for just one day, all the office buildings in the Minatomirai 21 area come together to turn the entire district into a single illuminated display. This year’s event will be held right before Christmas. Each year, this illumination of every building, which has become a Christmas season tradition, draws a large crowd of photography enthusiasts and visitors to the area.
Dates
Late Dec.
Venue
Minatomirai 21 Area
Contact
Yokohama Minatomirai 21 Corporation045-682-0021
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