Five Reasons to Visit Yokohama This Summer!
– How to Enjoy the Japanese Summer Tradition –
Planning a holiday? Here are the reasons why you should put Yokohama on your travel itinerary. Why not experience the Yokohama local-style summer?
1. Japanese summer traditions of fireworks and summer festivals
The Japanese summer tradition, fireworks and summer festivals taking place in the Port city, Yokohama, features a whole different experience. In July and August, beautiful fireworks sparkle in the summer night skies over the areas such as the downtown bay area, the beaches of Kanazawa, and the river bank of Tsurumi. We recommend that you wear the traditional "yukata (summer kimono)" and mingle with the local people to attend the summer festivals lined up with many food stands. If you dance "Bon Odori" to the call and song with many people circling the yagura (raised platform), you are sure to collect some unforgettable summer memories.
- Fireworks HANABI Symphonia – meets Sky Light Magic –
- The 10th Minato Mirai Bon Odori
- The 31st Tsurumi River Summer Festival 2017
- The 43rd Kanazawa Fireworks Festival 2017
- Minato Yokohama Yukata Festival 2017 -Wearing yukata is a passport in summer Yokohama-
2. No Japanese Required! Hands-on Events & Fun Spots for Kids
Fun for kids and adults alike! This summer, Yokohama is hot with experience-based events that can be enjoyed even without understanding Japanese: "Pikachu Outbreak!" with the world's favorite Japanese game character "Pikachu" jacking the whole city; "Yokohama Dinosaurs Exhibition," the largest of its kind in Japan, where dinosaurs roam in the forest; and "Tomica Expo," presented by mini-car brand "Tomica" whose outstanding details are unique to Japan, with giant dioramas and an assembly factory set up in the venue! Furthermore, there are other spots to enjoy the summer, such as coming into contact with sea animals at "Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise" and going on a night safari at "Yokohama Zoorasia"!
- Pikachu Outbreak 2017
- Yokohama Dinosaurs Exhibition 2017 – Forest of moving and roaring dinosaurs
- Tomica Expo in YOKOHAMA – Welcome to the new Tomica town! –
- Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise
- Yokohama Zoological Gardens "ZOORASIA"
3. Outdoor beer gardens with great view to escape from the summer heat
To beat the heat in hot summer season, Japanese have a tradition to go to the beer gardens with fresh air and ice-cold beers! The outdoor terrace and rooftop beer gardens open only during the summer season. Enjoy the "beer gardens" with the beautiful harbor night view over port of Yokohama!
- YOKOHAMA MARINE TOWER BEER GARDEN 2017
- Jambo FARM!! RED BRICK Paradise
- Yamate Rose Terrace – Beer Garden with a Harbor View
- Star Hotel Yokohama – Rooftop Beer Garden
4. Open-air music festivals enjoyed in Japan's birthplace of jazz
Yokohama is the place where jazz was first introduced to Japan. Even today, there are small jazz cafés and live music clubs, stylish hostess bars, and various other jazz scenes in the city where history still remains strong. In this city of jazz, outdoor jazz festivals are popular events during the summer and fall months. In the "Blue Note Jazz Festival," held at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse, and "Yokohama Jazz Promenade," the largest jazz festival in Japan, not only jazz artists who represent Japan but also big-time artists from abroad will come to Japan to appear on stage!
- Yokohama Asahi Jazz Festival 2017
- YOKOHAMA Honmoku Jazz Festival 2017
- Blue Note Jazz Festival in Japan 2017
- Yokohama Jazz Promenade 2017
5. Exposure to art scenes of great variety
Yokohama Triennale, Japan's leading international exhibition of contemporary art that takes place once every three years in Yokohama, will be held this year. Not only budding artists of Japan, but also renowned artists who are active internationally, including Ai Weiwei, Olafur Eliasson, and Maurizio Cattelan, will also participate. This year's exhibition is titled "Islands, Constellations and Galapagos." Art works are displayed in a collection of small exhibitions in the image of connecting like archipelagos and constellations, to open possibilities for discussions on current issues such as global "connectivity" and "isolation" from the angle of art. In addition to the exhibition, the town will be overflowing with exhibits and art events during the Triennale. Other planned programs include the "Yokohama Paratriennale," where artists with and without physical disabilities can engage in art activities, and "Smart Illumination Yokohama," where the town is beautifully lit up with the most advanced energy-saving illuminations for verification.