Things to do / Traditional festivals

Hokkaido: Sapporo Matsuri (Hokkaido-jingu Reisai)

Annual Festival of the shrine. The highlight of this festival is a parade of four Horen, eight beautifully bedecked floats and over 1,200 people in traditional attires.

Schedule & key events:
● June 14 & 15
11 a.m.-8 p.m. Various performances including Taiko (Japanese drum), Noh and Bugaku (court dance with music) at the shrine
● June 16
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Parade along the city's main streets to the shrine

Location: Hokkaido-jingu Shrine                   and others, Sapporo, Hokkaido

JR Chitose Line to Sapporo Station From there, take Namboku Subway Line to O-dori Station, and change to Tozai Subway Line to Maruyama-koen Station, and then walk 15 min.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.