Sapporo Yosakoi Festival

The Yosakoi Soran Festival is an energetic dancing event based on the Yosakoi Festival of Kochi Prefecture, featuring naruko clappers and Hokkaido’s Soran Bushi folk melodies. Launched in 1992 with 10 teams and 1,000 dancers, it has developed into a major international event attracting some 30,000 dancers from Japan and abroad and approximately 200 million visitors. The main venue is Odori Park, where dances are performed both on stage and as a parade. Visitors can join in the dancing at Waodori Square and visit stalls serving dishes from around the country. Performances are also held at various other parts of Sapporo. Besides the energetic choreography, vibrant costumes and make-up are part of the festival’s attractions.

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Sapporo Yosakoi