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[Yosakoi Soran Festival in Sapporo] One of Largest Yosakoi Festivals in Japan That 2 Million Tourists Visit

Yosakoi Soran Festival

Yosakoi Soran Festival (YOSAKOIソーラン祭り) in Sapporo is a dance event mixed "Yosakoi Festival (よさこい祭)" in Kochi with a song of the herring fishing "Soran Bushi (ソーラン節 * Folk Tune Interjected as the Refrain of Soran)" familiar to Hokkaido people. Mr. Gaku Hasegawa (長谷川岳) was moved by the vibtrant Yosakoi Festival in the Kochi, and planned and designed the same dance event in the Hokkaido. The event was held for the first time in 1992, and audience was about 20,000. But it becomes a big event that about 2 million tourists visit the Sapporo at present. Open period is early June, and about 300 dance teams dance to win Yosakoi Soran Champion (YOSAKOIソーラン大賞) during 5 days in about 20 venues including Odori Park (大通公園), a main venue, in the Sapporo.

Yosakoi Soran Festival
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Turning Somersaults
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival

Movie of Yosakoi Soran Festival

The Yosakoi Festival that is an origin of the Yosakoi Soran Festival is a dance event held in the Kochi in 1954 to compete against Awa Dance Festival (阿波おどり), one of the 3 major bon dance in Japan, in Tokushima. The Yosakoi means "Come here in the evening" in old Japanese, and uses Yosakoi-bushi (よさこい節), an old folk songa in the Kochi, as a motif. Seicho Yosakoi Naruko Odori (正調よさこい鳴子踊り) designed by 5 major traditional Japanese dance school in the Kochi was unveiled as well as the Awa Dance Festival with the traditional Japanese dance. The Awa Dance Festival has about 400-years history. When I watched the movie below, I felt the dance was very vibtrant.

Movie of Awa Dance Festival

Movie of Seicho Yosakoi Naruko Odori

Mr. Eisaku Takemasa (武政英策), a famous composer, made lyrics and music of the Yosakoi Naruko Odori used in the Yosakoi Festival on the basis of the Yosakoi-bushi. He allowed everybody to arramge the Yosakoi Naruko Odori freely, and suggested dancers have a dance by using a clapper, and those are the origin of the Yosakoi Festival at present. Because the Yosakoi Soran Festival inherited the Yosakoi Festival was a success, various original Yosakoi Festivals are held all over Japan. In addition, localized Yosakoi Festival is held in Ghana, Africa. It is possible that the Yosakoi Festival having high degree of freedom spreads throughout the world.

Movie of Yosakoi Festival in Kokchi

Movie of Yosakoi Festival in Ghana

Odori Park

Odori Park (大通公園) is in the very center of Sapporo city, and is located between Sapporo Station and Susukino. Offices and commercial facilities are built around the park, and it is just at very center of the big city. But 92 types 4,700 trees such as lilac, Japanese elm and cherry tree are planted, and fountains and flower beds are built, so the park is well-known as a place of relief for Sapporo citizens as well as tourists. The park has been chosen as one of The 100 Best Roads in Japan (日本の道100選), Japanese City Park Best 100 (日本の都市公園100選), The 100 Best Townscapes (都市景観100選) and Japan's Top 100 Historical Parks (日本の歴史公園100選), so it is one of the most famous parks in Japan. Article is here

Odori Park
Odori Park in Sapporo

Sapporo TV Tower

Sapporo TV Tower (札幌テレビ塔) is a tower for broadcasting in the east end of Odori Park, Sapporo city, and was built for TV waves of NHK (日本放送協会) adjacent to the Sapporo TV Tower in 1956. Mr. Tachu Naito (内藤多仲) that designed Tokyo Tower (東京タワー) and Nagoya TV Tower designed the tower. Its height is 147.2 m, and it is well-known as the 2nd highest building in Hokkaido after JR Tower. The tower has been famous as a symbol of the Sapporo since a long time ago, and is one of famous school trip spots. About 360,000 tourists come. Article is here

Odori Park from Sapporo TV Tower
Sapporo TV Tower


Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Article is here


Odori Park Venue

Odori Park Venue is the largest venue in about 20 venues in the Sapporo. Roads from east to west along the Odori park are closed, and the dance teams dance and parade on the roads. A main stage is built at West 8-chome, and the dance teams dance on the stage, and the final is held here. The audiences usually enjoy a dance only from the side because a lot of dance teams dance along the roads. But the audiences can enjoy the dance from the front at the West 8-chome. Admission free. There are charged seats, too. There are public restrooms, but there is no free parking lot. In addition, North Food Park (北のフードパーク) is built, and visitors can savor tasty foods of the Hokkaido. It is crowded with a lot of the visitors.

Moving Energetically
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Seats of Main Stage
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Main Stage
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Food Stalls Lined
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Pikachu Come
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival

The features of the Yosakoi Festival is that dancers with elaborating dance clothing and makeup have original designed dances to music by using the clapper. In the case of the parade, an accompanist truck (地方車) is added. A lot of the dances are performed in a colorful manner, and I think that all the dance teams need is standing out. In addition, the systematic dance is required, so the action synchronized with the musice is hilight. Acrobatics dance is performed, too.

1 Dance Team
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Dance Like Japanese Dancing
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Doing Back-flip
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
They Correct Worn‐out Kimono with Each Other
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Here We Go
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
They Are Filled with Strength
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Some Action
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
They Make Theirselves Look Taller
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival

According to a rule of the Yosakoi Soran Festival, one dance team (up to 150 people) dances in perfect order. Each dance teams devise ideas to express "Impression and Spirit" of the examination standard by the dance, and aims at the championship. It may be said that the event is Rio's Carnival for the Japan. A lot of oversea people join the event, and it became an international event recently.

Act Orderly
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Having Vigor and Power
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
View from Back
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
They are Filled with Strength
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Look Like Drama
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Little Child
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Jumping in Perfect Order
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Pretty Woman
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Go for It
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Open Umbrella
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival
Water Station Is Provided, Too
Sapporo Yosakoi Soran Festival

Atmosphere of Yosakoi Soran Festival Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yosakoi Soran Festival

Admission fee Free of charge *There is pay seat
Parking lot A parking is not provided
Business hours 10:00-21:30 * Business hours change depending on days
Regular closing day From mid June to early June
Telephone number +81-11-231-4351
Home page Home page is here

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Odori Park. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.


Odori Park

Sapporo View Hotel Oodori Kouen(札幌ビューホテル大通公園)
Hotel Vista Sapporo Odori(ホテルビスタ札幌大通)
Richmond Hotel Sapporo Odori(リッチモンドホテル札幌大通)
Hotel WBF Sapporo Odori(ホテルWBF札幌大通)
Best Western Sapporo Odori-Koen(ベストウェスタン札幌大通公園)
Tokyu Stay Sapporo Odori(東急ステイ札幌大通)
La'gent Stay Sapporo Odori Hokkaido(ラ・ジェント・ステイ札幌大通)
APA Hotel Sapporo Odori-koen(アパホテル 札幌大通公園)
Nest Hotel Sapporo Odori(ネストホテル札幌大通)
Hotel Okura Sapporo(ホテルオークラ札幌)
Sapporo Grand Hotel(札幌グランドホテル)
Hotel Resol Trinity Sapporo(ホテルリソルトリニティ札幌)
New Otani Inn Sapporo(ニューオータニイン札幌)
Hotel Hokke Club Sapporo(ホテル法華クラブ札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo(アパホテル 札幌)
Hotel Tokeidai(ホテル時計台)
Sapporo Prince Hotel(札幌プリンスホテル)
APA Hotel TKP Sapporo Ekimae(アパホテル TKP札幌駅前)
Cross Hotel Sapporo(クロスホテル札幌)
Hotel Sapporo Garden Palace(ホテル札幌ガーデンパレス)
Richmond Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(リッチモンドホテル札幌駅前)
Hotel Pearl City Sapporo(ホテルパールシティ札幌)
Asano Hotel(あさ野ホテル)
Hotel Sunroute New Sapporo(ホテルサンルートニュー札幌)
Tokyu Stay Sapporo(東急ステイ札幌)
Century Royal Hotel Sapporo(センチュリーロイヤルホテル)
UNIZO Inn Sapporo(ユニゾイン札幌)
Sapporo Classe Hotel(札幌クラッセホテル)
Sapporo Sumire Hotel(札幌すみれホテル)
Hotel Gracery Sapporo(ホテルグレイスリー札幌)
Hotel Hashimoto(ホテルハシモト)
Grids Sapporo Hotel&Hostel(GRIDS札幌)
Hotel Clubby Sapporo(ホテルクラビーサッポロ)
Royton Sapporo Hotel(ロイトン札幌)
Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Kitayojo(ホテルルートイン札幌北四条)
Hotel Monterey Edelhof Sapporo(ホテルモントレエーデルホフ札幌)
Hotel Raffinato Sapporo(ホテルラフィナート札幌)
Nest Hotel Sapporo Ekimae(ネストホテル札幌駅前)
JR Inn Sapporo(JRイン札幌)
Dormy Inn Premium Sapporo(ドーミーインPREMIUM札幌)
Hotel Leopalace Sapporo(ホテルレオパレス札幌)
Dormy Inn Sapporo Annex(狸の湯 ドーミーイン札幌ANNEX)
Guest House On My Way(ゲストハウス道中)
Hotel Bougainvillea Sapporo(ホテルブーゲンビリア札幌)
Nakatono Hotel(中殿ホテル)
Guest House Yuyu(札幌ゲストハウス 雪結)
Hotel Hamilton Sapporo(ホテル ハミルトン札幌)
Hotel Tetora Spirit Sapporo(ホテルテトラ スピリット札幌)
Nakamuraya Ryokan(中村屋旅館)
ANA Crowne Plaza Sapporo(ANAクラウンプラザホテル札幌)
Villetta Odori(ヴィレッタ大通)


Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビス スタイルズ 札幌)
B4 Apartment in Sapporo(B4 アパートメント イン 札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekinishi(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅西)
ANA Holiday Inn Sapporo Susukino(ANAホリデイ・イン札幌すすきの)
HOTEL MYSTAYS Sapporo Susukino(ホテルマイステイズ札幌すすきの)
the b sapporo susukino(ザ・ビー 札幌すすきの)
Tmark City Hotel Sapporo(Tマーク シティ ホテル 札幌)
HOTEL RELIEF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルリリーフ札幌すすきの)
Hotel Nets Sapporo(ホテルネッツ札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekiminami(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅南)
Mercure Hotel Sapporo(メルキュールホテル札幌)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino Ekimae(アパホテル 札幌すすきの駅前)
APA Hotel Sapporo Susukino(アパホテル 札幌すすきの)
Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)
Premier Hotel-CABIN-Sapporo(天然温泉プレミアホテル -CABIN- 札幌)
Spa Hotel SOLE Susukino(SPA HOTEL ソーレ すすきの)
Hotel Route-Inn Sapporo Chuo(ホテルルートイン 札幌中央)
Marks Inn Sapporo(マークスイン札幌)
The Stay Sapporo(The Stay Sapporo)
Spa Safro(すすきの天然温泉 スパ・サフロ)
Super Hotel Sapporo Susukino(スーパーホテル札幌・すすきの)
Red Planet Sapporo Susukino South(レッドプラネット札幌すすきの南)
Hotel WBF Sapporo Susukino(ホテルWBF札幌すすきの)
Comfort Hotel Sapporo Susukino(コンフォートホテル札幌すすきの)
Smile Hotel Premium Sapporo Susukino(スマイルホテルプレミアム札幌すすきの)
Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Crossroads(東横イン札幌すすきの交差点)
Toyoko Inn Sapporo Susukino Minami(東横イン札幌すすきの南)
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Sapporo Susukino(ダイワロイネットホテル札幌すすきの)
Comics and Capsule Hotel Comicap Sapporo Susukino(Comics&CapsuleHotelコミカプ札幌すすきの店)
Sapporo Tobu Hotel(札幌東武ホテル)
HOTEL LiVEMAX Sapporo(ホテルリブマックス札幌)
JASMAC PLAZA HOTEL(ジャスマックプラザホテル)
Sapporo Tokyu REI Hotel(札幌東急REIホテル)
Hotel North City(ホテルノースシティ)
Weekly Sapporo 2000 & Annex(ウィークリーさっぽろ2000&アネックス)
SappoLodge(ゲストハウス SappoLodge)
Capsule Inn Sapporo (Male Only)(カプセル・イン札幌)
Business Hotel Line(ビジネスホテルライン)
Ibis Styles Sapporo(イビススタイルズ札幌)
Sapporo Park Hotel(札幌パークホテル)
Hotel Annex(ホテルアネックス)
Hotel Ronshan Sapporo(ホテル ロンシャンサッポロ)
Hotel New Budget Sapporo(ホテルニューバジェット札幌)
Hotel Royal Stay Sapporo(ホテル ローヤルステイ・サッポロ)
Frame Hotel Sapporo(フレイムホテル札幌)
Swanky Hotel Otomo(スワンキーホテル・オートモ)
Sapporo Daiichi Hotel(札幌第一ホテル)
Quintessa Hotel Sapporo(クインテッサホテル札幌)
Hotel Resol Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルリソル札幌 中島公園)
HOTEL MYSTAYS PREMIER Sapporo Park(ホテルマイステイズプレミア札幌パーク)
Hotel Porte(HOTEL PORTE)
Hotel Shinto(ホテル新東)
Karaksa Hotel Sapporo(からくさホテル札幌)
Social Hostel 365(Social Hostel 365)
Time Peace Apartment(タイムピースアパートメント)
Sapporo Oriental Hotel(札幌オリエンタルホテル)
Kuranoya Sapporo(倉のや 札幌)
Sapporo Guest House Nariya(札幌ゲストハウス 成屋)
The Stay Sapporo Nagomi(THE STAY SAPPORO 和ーNAGOMIー)
Sapporo Inn Nada(サッポロイン NADA)
Igloo Dorm & Breakfast(IGLOO Dorm&Breakfast)
Ten to Ten Nakajima-Koen(Ten to Ten HOKKAIDO Hostel & Kitchen)
Sapporo Excel Hotel Tokyu(札幌エクセルホテル東急)
Hotel Lifort Sapporo(ホテルライフォート札幌)
Vessel Inn Sapporo Nakajima Park(ベッセルイン札幌中島公園)
Hotel Vista Sapporo Nakajima Koen(ホテルビスタ札幌 中島公園)
City Cabin by Nikoh Refre (Male Only)(ニコーカプセルホテル リフレ)

A page of Sapporo is here




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