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!
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 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.
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.
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
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)
|Buses depart from Jozankei Tourist Information Center||Arriving at Hoheikyo Dam car park|
|Buses depart from Hoheikyo Dam car park||Arriving at Jozankei Tourist Information Center|
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.
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)
|Buses depart from Jozankei Tourist Information Center||Arriving at Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort|
|Buses depart from Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort||Arriving at Jozankei Tourist Information Center|
* If you are doing a round trip, please take the same bus back as your outward bus.
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!
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).
1) Sapporo Station → Hakkenzan = 640 yen
2) Jozankei → Hakkenzan = 270 yen
|Bus 1||Bus 2|
Nearby facilities include
1Toyama Fureai Orchard
2Hakkenzan Orchard, Hakkenzan Winery, Wild Mustang’s