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Autumn Leaves at the Hoheikyo Dam in Sapporo, Hokkaido: Video Introduction

This video, titled "A Place to View the Autumn Leaves|Hoheikyo Dam|Jozankei, Sapporo, Hokkaido|4K" (紅葉スポット 豊平峡ダム 北海道札幌市定山渓 Hoheikyo Dam 4K), was uploaded by "M Channel."

There are many prominent tourist attractions in Sapporo, Hokkaido, but one famous for its autumn leaves is the Hoheikyo Dam, located on Lake Jozan.

This video features the beautiful colors of nature at Hoheikyo Dam in autumn. Be sure to check it out to see the breathtaking autumn leaves of Hokkaido, Japan!

Characteristics and Attractions of the Hoheikyo Dam, Where Lake Jozan Is Located

Image of Hoheikyo Dam, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Photo:Hoheikyo Dam, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Hoheikyo Dam, located in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, is a 102.5-meter-tall arched concrete dam that has been selected as one of the Top 100 Water Resources and Top 100 Dammed Lakes in Japan.

Since general vehicles are not allowed to enter, hybrid electric buses operate from the entrance of the dam to Hoheikyo Park.
[Video] 0:33 - Hybrid Electric Buses at Hoheikyo Dam

The observation deck is a viewpoint that offers breathtaking scenery and spectacular views throughout Japan's four seasons. If the weather is good, you can see a rainbow form in the water released from the dam. The dam discharge times are as follows.

[June - Oct.] Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
[June, Sept., Oct.] Weekdays: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
[July, Aug.] Weekdays: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Hours may vary by season, so please check the website of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in advance.
[Video] 2:33 - Water Being Discharged from Hoheikyo Dam

When to See the Autumn Leaves at the Hoheikyo Dam

Image of late autumn at Hoheikyo Dam, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Photo:Late autumn at Hoheikyo Dam, Sapporo, Hokkaido

The leaves at Hoheikyo Dam usually begin to change color in late September, and the best time to view the autumn foliage is from early to mid-October.

However, during peak season, the surrounding roads become congested, parking lots fill up, and one-hour waits become very common. Some places have time limits, so it is recommended to visit first thing in the morning when the autumn leaves are in season.
[Video] 1:14 - Autumn Leaves at Hoheikyo Dam

A Hoheikyo Onsen Specialty! Delicious Indian Curry!

At Hoheikyo Onsen, a 13-minute drive from Hoheikyo Dam, there are day-trip hot springs and campgrounds, as well as canoeing experiences and barbecue facilities.

One of the must-try foods at Hoheikyo Onsen is Indian curry. It has a nice texture and delicious flavor! The Indian curry, made with carefully selected naan, dozens of spices, and onions, is a superb dish that once eaten is unforgettable, and many repeat customers come back for more.

There are five levels of spiciness to choose from, so you can select the spiciness that suits you best. If you're a fan of spicy foods, maybe try the hottest level?

It takes about 80 minutes to reach Hoheikyo Onsen from the Sapporo Station bus terminal, and a free shuttle bus is available from Makomanai Subway Station, making it easily accessible. If you visit Hoheikyo Dam for sightseeing, definitely sit down for some lunch in the area!

Summary of Sightseeing at the Hoheikyo Dam

Image of the observation deck at Hoheikyo Dam, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Photo:The observation deck at Hoheikyo Dam, Sapporo, Hokkaido

Hoheikyo Dam is not only famous for its colorful autumn leaves, but also for the picturesque reflections that can be seen on the lake. They're super photogenic and look great on Instagram as well. The water being discharged from the dam also makes for great photos as well.

In addition, there's a free lift car to the rest house, which takes you to the lookout point in just a minute! That being said, it's not that far, so you can go there on foot as well.

There's also a well-maintained promenade and a viewing platform, making it possible to enjoy the scenery with a nice hike. Autumn here is spectacular, but consider visiting in other seasons as well!

【TripAdvisor】Hoheikyo Dam

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Last Updated : Nov. 12, 2022
八木下 歩美(Ayumi Yagishita)
A mother and writer who loves travel, nature, and calligraphy.
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