See five great views of autumn leaves in Jozankei by bus

See five great views of autumn leaves in Jozankei by bus

 

If you want to see crimson leaves in fall, Jozankei is one of the best places to go.
Here are five places in Jozankei, located in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, with spectacular views of colorful leaves.
This autumn, there are buses running to each of the five major leaf viewing spots in the area.
There is also a guided tour bus. Even if you come by car, you can use this to ensure you enjoy the colors to the full.
Take the bus to five major viewing spots!

Buses for five major crimson leaf views in Jozankei

Booking and departures for all buses is at Jozankei Tourist Information Center

* Please note that buses may be delayed or canceled due to weather or traffic conditions
the five major autumn leaf views in Jozankei

Introduction to five major leaf views in Jozankei

AREA1Jozankei Onsen Area

The spectacular colors of the leaves in Jozankei reflect the variations in temperature across the valley due to its wide rocky surfaces and the river that flows abundantly through it.You can see gorgeous views of the valley and the deep national forest from the hot springs town, with beautiful bridges dotted around. The reflections of the crimson leaves on the surface of the water are stunning. Indulge yourself in a walk along the natural path from the Futami Suspension Bridge, swathed in red leaves.

AccessKoyo Kappa Bus

Local volunteer guides show you stunning views of the autumn leaves in Jozankei that are not widely known to outsiders.Along the way, you can drop in at the Ainu Culture Promotion Center or buy fresh autumn fruit from a farm outlet.

  • Operation periodfrom 10/1/2018 (Mon) - 10/21/2018 (Sun)
  • Bus departures9:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:15 PM, 3:15PM (4 buses daily)
  • Journey timeApprox. 1 hour
  • Bus capacity45 people
  • PricePrice: 500 yen per seat (Adult, child same fare)
  • ReservationsSeats are allocated on a first come/first served basis on the day.
  • Bus typeTour bus seating 45 passengers.

AREA2Hoheikyo Dam

Hoheikyo is one of the leading fall leaf viewing areas in Japan, and is especially popular with overseas tourists.Here you can take in wonderful views of Jozanko and Senjoiwa interwoven with majestic nature, along with the best example of an arch dam in Hokkaido. This has been selected as one of the “Top 100 Forest Water Sources” (Suigen no mori) and “Top 100 Dam Lakes” (Damuko) in Japan

AccessHoheikyo Dam Liner (Electric bus, round trip)
  • Operation period9/29 (Sat) - 10/21 (Sun)
  • Ticket sales45 tickets available per bus
  • Bus departuresAs follows
  • Price

    1) Round trip bus ticket = 500 yen per person (Adult, child same fare)
    2) Hoheikyo Dam electric bus round trip + bus round trip combined ticket
= 1,000 yen per person (Adults only)

  • ReservationsSeats are allocated on a first come/first served basis on the day.
  • Bus type(Scheduled bus capacity: 33 seated, 12 standing)

Timetable

Outward journey

  Buses depart from Jozankei Tourist Information Center   Arriving at Hoheikyo Dam car park
Bus1 9:30 9:45
Bus2 10:30 10:45
Bus3 11:30 11:45
Bus4 12:40 12:55
Bus5 13:50 14:05

Inbound journey

  Buses depart from Hoheikyo Dam car park   Arriving at Jozankei Tourist Information Center
Bus1 10:50 11:05
Bus2 12:10 12:25
Bus3 13:20 13:35
Bus4 14:30 14:45
Bus5 15:30 15:45

AREA3Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort

A popular leaf viewing spot recently highlighted on Hokkaido TV. The 8-person ski gondolas run during the leaf viewing season and take you up to the summit, where you get amazing views out over Ishikari Bay.There is also a panoramic observation platform at the summit station.The "Taste of Autumn festival" featuring food from Hokkaido is held every weekend during the season.

Koyo Gondola information

  • Operation period9/22/2018 (Sat/holiday) - 10/14/2018 (Sun)
  • Round-tripAdult round-trip: 1,200 yen
  • Bus departures9:30AM - 3:30PM (Boarding for the last gondola is at 3:00PM)
  • Please notePlease be aware that the service may not run in bad weather.
  • ContactSapporo Kokusai Ski Resort 011-598-4511 (9:00AM - 5:00PM)
AccessKoyo Gondola Liner (Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort)
  • Operation period9/29/2018 (Sat) - 10/14/2018 (Sun)
  • Bus capacity45 people
  • Bus departuresAs follows
  • Price

    1) Round trip only = 1,000 yen per person (Adults)
* One way 630 yen (Children half price)

    2) Koyo Gondola round trip + bus round trip combined ticket
= 2,000 yen per person (Adults only)

  • ReservationsSeats are allocated on a first come/first served basis on the day.
  • Bus typeTour bus seating 45 passengers.

Timetable

Outward journey

  Buses depart from Jozankei Tourist Information Center   Arriving at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort
Bus1 9:10 9:40
Bus2 11:35 12:05
Bus3 14:00 14:30

Inbound journey

  Buses depart from Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort   Arriving at Jozankei Tourist Information Center
Bus1 10:55 11:25
Bus2 13:20 13:50
Bus3 15:45 16:15

* If you are doing a round trip, please take the same bus back as your outward bus.

Jozankei Farm

AREA4Jozankei Farm

The first authentic “Orchard” in Japan.This is a fruit theme park where you can enjoy trekking and zip lining as well as fruit picking.There is a viewing terrace with 360 degree views of crimson leaves, as well as original dishes made with home grown fruit and vegetables for you to sample. A feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!

AccessJozankei Farm free shuttle bus
  • Operation period9/29/2018 (Mon) - 10/21/2018 (Sun)
  • Bus departures9:40~15:00
  • Operation intervalEvery 30-40 minutes approximately
  • Bus capacityBus capacity: 18 people
  • PriceFree
  • Bus typeLarge minivan bus for 9 passengers *2

AREA5Hakkenzan area

Hakkenzan is approximately 5 km from Jozankei Onsen town in the Sapporo area, near Koganeyu Onsen.At the food of Hakkenzan with its eight distinct rocky peaks, you will find a winery, a horse riding club, and fruit orchards. The snow activity event, Yukizanmai (Jozankei Mountain party) is held here in winter.There are stunning panoramic views of the autumn leaves from the summit of Hakkenzan (altitude 504m).

AccessJotetsu Bus service: Kappa Liner
(Sapporo Bus Terminal ⇔ Hakkenzan ⇔ Jozankei Onsen)
  • Operation period6/1/2018 (Fri) - 10/31 (Wed)
  • Bus departuresAs follows
  • Bus capacityEach bus has 45 places (advance booking required)
  • Price6/1/2018 (Fri) - 10/31 (Wed)
  • Reservations

    1) Sapporo Station → Hakkenzan = 640 yen
    2) Jozankei → Hakkenzan = 270 yen

  • Bus typeTour bus seating 45 passengers.
  • URLClick here for details

Timetable

Outward journey

  Bus 1 Bus 2
Sapporo Station 9:30 12:30
Hakkenzan minamiguchi 10:14 13:14
Hakkenzan chuoguchi 10:15 13:15
Jozankei 10:31 13:31
Hoheikyo onsen 10:39 13:39

Inbound journey

  1便 2便
Hoheikyo onsen 13:20 16:50
Jozankei 13:26 16:56
Hakkenzan chuoguchi 13:45 17:15
Hakkenzan minamiguchi 13:46 17:16
Sapporo Station 14:34 18:04

Nearby facilities include

1Toyama Fureai Orchard

2Hakkenzan Orchard, Hakkenzan Winery, Wild Mustang’s

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