The Yosakoi Festival was started in 1954. In this uniquely Japanese festival, some 200 teams totaling close to 20,000 people dance with naruko wooden clappers at nine contest venues and seven theaters in the city of Kochi. Participants wear eye-catching outfits and parade cars are extravagantly decorated; meanwhile, the dances and music used by dance teams range from classical Japanese to Samba and rock music. One after another, teams perform dances designed around specific themes and ideas, dazzling onlookers.
Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Otesuji 2-chome
Kouchi Pref. Kouchishi Otesuji 2-chome [map]
[8/10・11]11:00Start, Depends on the venue
- Average attendance
- 1,100,000 people in total
- Street stall
Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN
- On foot aboutminutes
- about m
- View route from Station View route from Bus Stop View route from IC View route from Parking
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Kochi Main Areas
The largest of Shikoku's prefectures, Kochi is endowed with some of the island's most exceptional sand beaches lining the Pacific Ocean, which narrows into the Shimanto-gawa, a huge river that stretches 196 kilometers into the prefecture, passing verdant mountains and hosting countless riverside activities. Whether you're a pilgrim or not, Kochi's 16 Buddhist temples that make up one leg of the Shikoku Pilgrimage are worth a visit, particularly Chikurin-ji for its five-tier pagoda.