Sakado Yosakoi

Sakado Yosakoi is relatively famous. It is one of the largest yosakoi events in the Kanto plain (Greater Tokyo Area). There are actually two each year. One in summer and one in autumn. Information for both are contained in this post. The Autumn Yosakoi was on in 2023 for the first time in five years – it hadn’t been on in 2019 either due to a large typhoon. This year, the summer Yosakoi will be on for the first time in five years too, having been cancelled four years in a row due to the pandemic.

Sakado Yosakoi

The two yosakoi are completely separate to the point that they each have their own website. They also have different venues. Information for the summer yosakoi is first, followed by information for the autumn event.

Sakado SUMMER Yosakoi

The Sakado summer festival started in 2001 and quickly made quite a name for itself. Before the pandemic more than 5000 dancers participated in the traditional and vibrant yosakoi dance. Until 2018 there were also children’s yosakoi, but after a heat wave that year they cancelled their performances. The festival is on from until 8 pm on both the 17th and 18th. After dark they use huge spotlights to light up the streets so you can continue watching the dancers perform. There are festival stalls and a great atmosphere during the two day festivities.

Summer Information

Event: Sakado Summer Yosakoi 坂戸夏よさこい

Dates: Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th 2024

Time: from noon to 8 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Sun Road / Times Sakado Station North Exit, 2 Hinodecho, Sakado, Saitama 350-0225. View on Google Maps.

Access

The main venue is Times Sakado Station North Exit, which is a coin parking lot! The dance is performed on Sun Road which is close to the North Exit of Tobu Tojo Line’s Sakado Station.

Summer Yosakoi official website


Sakado AUTUMN Yosakoi

I love the smiles in this photo, which is from the official website

Before the pandemic (and typhoon), in 2018, a total of 2300 people in 53 teams competed in the Autumn Sakado Yosakoi. The dancing teams parade from Sakado station to Kita-Sakado station, both of which are on the Tobu Tojo Line. There are three stage areas as well, with the main stage at Sakado’s Bunka Hall, in the car park. Apart from the parade and stage events, there are some festival booths which of course include festival food. In 2024 the festival will only be on for one day, rather than two as it was before the pandemic.

Autumn Information

Event: Sakado Yosakoi 2024 第24回 坂戸よさこい

Date: Sunday October 13th 2024.

Time: from 10 am to 7.30 pm (Its the first time in 6 years that its on from morning to night. Last year it started late and finished early)

Cost: there is no admission fee for the street event

Venue: main area is usually around Sakadoshi Bunka Hall文化会館ふれあ大ホール, 17-1 Motocho, Sakado, Saitama 350-0228. View on Google Maps.

*They make changes between now and the event. Please do check the official autumn website (competely separate to the summer website) for the most up-to-date information.

Access

This event is less than an hour from Shibuya and Ikebukuro stations, using the Tobu Tojo line. The nearest stations are Kita Sakado and Sakado stations. They are a 10 and 15 minute walk respectfully, from the main stage.

Other things to do in Sakado

Editor’s note: This post was temporarily removed from the website during the pandemic. It was republished on August 22nd 2023. Last update and republish July 14th 2024.

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