5. Sounkyo Hot Spring
This is a favorite for budget hikers and onsen (hot spring) fans. Take the ropeways or hike up Mount Kurodake for some breathtaking views.
Fall Foliage Period: Mid September to early October
4. Asahidake & Daisetsuzan Ginsendai
Hike up into stunning mountains in this vast national park. If you want a multi-day immersion in autumn leaves, you can even hike all the way to Sounkyo from here!
Fall Foliage Period: Mid to late September
3. Jozankei Gorge
Take the Momiji Kappa Bus (October 1 to 21) as it takes you around what many consider the best fall foliage spots in Japan. There's also a gondola service and hiking in the area. Access from Sapporo Station for Jozankei Onsen (75 min, ¥770).
Fall Foliage Period: October 1–21
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