Sapporo Spring Festivals & Baseball June 19 2009, 4:20pm via discoverniseko.net

Last weekend was a great time to escape Niseko to Sapporo as the 18th Yosakoi Soran dance festival (Japanese only) was on.

sapporo dance festival

sapporo dance festival

yosakoi soran sapporo dance

yosakoi soran sapporo dance

The festival is a great show of modern very energetic dance to modern music. For more info on the history of this style of dance check Yoaskoi on Wikipedia

I was also lucky enough to go to the Sapporo Dome to see the local baseball team the Nippon Ham Fighters take on the Dragons, this was also a great afternoon entertainment, I definitely recommend it if you get the chance, again lots of energy when the Fighter were scoring and the Sapporo dome is an awesome structure well worth a look!

outside sapporo dome

outside sapporo dome

A Sapporo Fighters game at the Sapporo Dome

A Sapporo Fighters game at the Sapporo Dome


Finally the Sapporo Matsuri(Festival) was also on, which is the Annual Festival of Hokkaido Jingu Shrine. During this festival Nakajima Park at the south end of the city is full of food and game tents and Sapporo people get dressed up in their Yukata(traditional Japanese clothing), again a very colourful festival.

Even though it rained throughout the weekend the weather could not dampen the spirits of the people, great city and a great weekend!