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Sapporo Autumn Fest

(Japanese Translation below)

By Taisei Sato

In Sapporo, there are many big events held in autumn that are very popular. One of them is the Sapporo Autumn Fest. This festival is a food event that started in 2008 and is held at Odori Park in Sapporo to celebrate the autumn harvest and for people to enjoy the flavors. 


The theme of the festival is “Food from Hokkaido and Sapporo.” This event aims to revitalize Hokkaido by serving seasonal ingredients and local gourmet food from all over Hokkaido, and to play a role in spreading the word about Hokkaido cuisine. 


You can enjoy food from all over Hokkaido, including specialty products and local gourmet food and the event is centered around Sapporo’s taverns and restaurants. Odori Park is divided into several booths at the Autumn Fest, and there is a gourmet food stamp rally held at the Sapporo City booth, Obihiro booth, Hakodate booth, and Asahikawa booth. By completing this stamp rally, you can receive prizes from the four major gourmet foods. 

This year the festival was held at Odori Park 4-chome to 8-chome, and 10-chome and 11-chome. Each street had a different concept, offering ramen made with Hokkaido wheat, specialty products from municipalities in Hokkaido, and wines and sake made with Hokkaido ingredients and brewing. 


No matter how many times you visit during the event, you'll be able to discover new tastes, such as cocktails, delicious Hokkaido meat and sweets, and even a corner where you can enjoy special dishes made by popular and famous chefs using Hokkaido ingredients that change daily. 


This event, which was held during September, attracted many tourists from both within and outside of Hokkaido as well as from overseas, and was crowded with visitors every day from noon to night. 


The 2023 Sapporo Autumn Fest executive committee announced on the 2nd of October that the number of visitors was 2.38 million, which was 1.5 times more than last year, and the highest number ever.


佐藤 大晟












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