Request an interpreter

When you need an interpreter for administrative procedures
at a ward office or for meetings with teachers at municipal schools.

To Apply

YOKE or an International Lounge

*Call one place from the following

YOKOHAMA Foreign Residents Information Center 045-222-1209
Aoba International Lounge 045-989-5266
Kanazawa International Lounge 045-786-0531
Konan International Lounge 045-848-0990
Kohoku International Lounge 045-430-5670
Tsurumi International Lounge 045-511-5311
Hodogaya International Lounge 045-337-0012
Midori International Lounge 045-532-3548
Minami Citizen’s Center/Multicultural Lounge 045-232-9544

Days interpreters can be dispatched

(General rule) Weekday 8:45-5:15 (maximum of 2 hours)



Eligible Activities

・Administrative procedures and consultations at Yokohama City Hall,
Ward offices, authorized childcare facilities etc.
・Individual meetings(consultations) and home visits etc at Yokohama
municipal schools.

Where volunteers can be dispatched

Yokohama City Hall
Ward offices (including health and welfare centers)
Childcare facilities (Licensed nursery schools and Yokohama nursery schools etc)
Yokohama municipal high schools
Yokohama municipal special needs schools
Yokohama municipal children’s guidance offices
Rehabilitative Education Centers in Yokohama
Yokohama municipal education center for special support
Yokohama City Consumer’s Center
Yokohama Municipal elementary schools
Yokohama Municipal junior high schools
Yokohama Municipal integrated education schools

To apply

Please apply by one week prior to dispatch

Languages available

English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, French, Tagalog, Indonesian, Russian, Others

When you need an interpreter at other places mentioned above

YOKE Language Volunteer Referral Program

To apply

YOKOHAMA Foreign Residents Information Center

Telephone 045-222-1209 (11languages available)

Eligible activities

Interpretation mainly at administrative procedures, explanations, and consultations at public facilities or groups within Yokohama where “Yokohama citizen volunteer interpreter program” can’t cover
The following activities are not eligible
・Political, religious, or for-profit content
・Content related to medical treatment
・Other content that does not fit the purpose of the program

Who can apply

・(General rule) Foreign residents living, working, or studying in Yokohama
(a representative may apply on behalf of the foreign residents)
・(General rule) Non-profit group and organizations in Yokohama
・Others, as deemed appropriate by YOKE


The fee (honorarium) is decided between the requester and the volunteer.
The expected amount is generally 3,000-4,000yen each time(transportation costs included).
The requester should pay the volunteer directly on the day of the interpretation.

To apply

Please apply by at least one week prior to the date of your request.

Languages available

English, Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, French, Tagalog, Indonesian, Russian, Others