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Yosakoi Soran Festival YOSAKOIソーラン祭り

YOSAKOI Soran Festival YOSAKOI Soran Festival
YOSAKOI Soran Festival YOSAKOI Soran Festival

An epic dance-off event in Hokkaido full of flashy moves, color, and music

The Yosakoi Soran Festival in Hokkaido is based on another Japanese festival from Kochi Prefecture and features naruko clappers accompanying Hokkaido's Soran Bushi folk melodies. Started in 1992, this multi-day event in early June now attracts upwards of a million visitors a year.

Don't Miss

  • The finale on Sunday night
  • Learning how to dance in Waodori Square
  • The outdoor food stalls in Susukino

How to Get There

You can get to the festival by subway from Sapporo Station .

The festival takes place at Odori Park , which is a two-minute subway ride from Sapporo Station to Odori Station on the Namboku Line.

Quick Facts

Clappers were originally used to scare birds away from rice fields

The clappers are an integral element in yosakoi dancing



The dance-off phenomenon

Yosakoi dancing is often staged as a competition, with the teams competing for pride and sometimes prizes. The dances are based on traditional Japanese dance, especially Awa Odori, but incorporate many modern styles and features, as well as colorful and coordinated costumes.

Find the best vantage point, or learn to dance

Watch live street dancers doing breathtaking dance pieces for free along Odori Park , Ekimaedori in front of Parco, and in Susukino.

You're encouraged to get close and involved in the festival, with workshops for beginners offered in Waodori Square.


If you plan to catch the festival but don't want to spend your whole holiday in Sapporo , it is best to be there on the weekend for the final contest.

Party all night

Many shops, clubs, and restaurants sell food and beverages outdoors at night in Susukino during the festival. You can usually also get discounts or free entry into nightclubs by wearing yukata or kimono on the weekend.



The latest information may differ, so please check the official website

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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