Top 5 Autumn color spots in Hokkaido

Want to head up north to Hokkaido for the Autumn leaves this year? The vast nature here, unspoiled by all the concrete and construction of more populated areas makes it an awesome place to see the red and golden leaves.

Times vary for when to see the leaves in Hokkaido, so please check each places average dates.

sounkyo_autumnSounkyo Hot Spring

A favourite for budget hikers and those wanting to get away from it all in an onsen (hot spring). Take the ropeways or hike up Kurodake mountain for some breathtaking views. Mid-September to early October.

Sounkyo Hot Spring guide

asahidake_autumnAsahidake and Daisetsuzan Ginsendai

Hike up into the stunningly colored mountains in this vast national park. Possible to hike all the way to Sounkyo from here, for a multi-day autumn leaves experience. Mid to late September.

Asahidake guide

JozankeiJozankei Gorge

Chill out the Momiji Kappa Bus (October 1st-21st) as it takes you around what many consider the best Autumn leaves spots in Japan. There is also a gondola service and hiking available. Access from Sapporo station for Jozankei Onsen (75 mins, 770 yen).

Official Website

hokkaido_sapporo_autumnHokkaido University

Located in the heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido University’s grounds are free to explore. The main road is lined with gingko trees, so with the university’s traditional buildings this is a rather unique autumn leaves spot. Early September to late October.



Next to and on the way to Tokachi Onsen, get away from all the crowds at this quiet spot for autumn leaves. Do a bit of hiking or just relax in the hot springs surrounded by all the golden and red leaves! Mid to late September.

Check out our Autumn Leaves guide for more!

Published by Matthew Baxter

Japan travel writer and onsen addict