Fresh Green and Fall Foliage Make Beautiful Valley -Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan in Sapporo-
May 13th, 2014
Hoheikyo (豊平峡) is located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city and is farther than Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) from downtown. Though there is Lake Jozan in Sapporo city, it is located in Shikotsu Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園) and nature is very rich. There are Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉), Nature Village and an auto camping ground near the Lake Jozan (定山湖). Furthermore, Onsen Shokudo's Indian curry (Onsen食堂のインドカレー) in Hoheikyo Onsen is popular.
The Hoheikyo Dam (豊平峡ダム) was built in 1972. It is one of rare dams that only 2 dams were built in the method of construction called Arch-type Concrete Dam in Hokkaido. Speaking of rare things, there is one more thing. Like Kurobe Dam in Toyama, electric buses are operated by consideration to environment. Therefore general cars can not reach to the dam. In order to go to the dam, tourists must change electric buses at a parking lot, or the tourists must go to the dam on foot. In the case of walking, vititors walk thorugh Hiyamizu Tunnel (冷水トンネル) and Hoheikyo Tunnel (豊平峡トンネル), it takes about 20 minutes to reach to the dam. The visitors can look at Kudan Falls (九段の滝) and Senjoiwa Rocks (千丈岩) between the tunnel and the tunnel.
There is Dam Museum (ダムミュージアム) in the site, and the tourists can visit here on the weekdays, and there is a resting station on a hill, too. The tourists can look over the whole dam at an observatory if the tourists climb walking paths. But beware of bears because bears may appear frequently. In addition, the dam did not have water at all and I visited here in the the worst timing. A staff told me that the best viewed season was in June. But I heard that fall foloage was the best season to look around in an autumn. Which is correct ? By the way, dam cards are distributed at Hoheikyo Dam Management Branch (豊平峡ダム管理支所) and the Dam Museum.
Hoheikyo is famous for beautiful fall foliage, too. The best time to see is from early October to mid October, so I visited here in mid October. The fall foliage was just full bloom, so a lot of tourists came. There were an electric bus stop and a restroom beside a parking lot, and those were crowded with a lot of tourists depending on time zone. It takes about 5 minutes by the electric bus. It took me about 20 minutes to go the Hoheikyo Dam on foot.
In the case of walk, enjoying beautiful Senjoiwa Rocks with the fall foliage and Kudan Falls with the fall foliage each in their own way is good point. In the case of the electric bus, the tourists can not take a photo freely, therefore some tourists walk.
I think that good viewing points for the fall foliage at the dam site are views on the dam, views from Hoheikyo Observation Deck (豊平峡展望台) beside the Rest House Dammieru (レストハウス「だむみえーる) and views from the Hoheikyo Dam Reference Library. In addition, a path with the fall foliage from a lift car stop to the rest house is good, too.
Atmosphere of Hoheikyo Dam Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (250 cars)|
|Regular closing day||Hoheikyo dam reference library: Saturday, Sunday, and National holiday, Hoheikyo dam management branch: Weekdays|
|Electric bus fare||Round‐trip ticket, Adult: JPY 620, Elementary school student: JPY 300.
One‐way ticket, Adult: JPY 310, Elementary school student: JPY 150.
|Electric bus season||From May to late November|
|Electric bus operational hour||08:45-16:00|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||708 573 418*08|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Jozankei Onsen.
|Jozankei View Hotel(定山渓ビューホテル)|
|Jozankei Manseikaku Hotel Milione(定山渓万世閣 ホテルミリオーネ)|
|Jozankei Grand Hotel Zuien(定山渓グランドホテル瑞苑)|
|Shogetu Grand Hotel(章月グランドホテル)|
|Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei(定山渓第一寶亭留・翠山亭)|
|Jozankei Onsen Hotel Sankeien(定山渓温泉 ホテル山渓苑)|
|Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa MORI NO UTA(定山渓鶴雅リゾート スパ森の謌)|
|Hotel Sansui(ホテル山水)||Only Tel:+81-11-598-2301|
|Spa and Estetique Suichokan(翠蝶館)|
|Suizantei Club Jozankei(翠山亭倶楽部定山渓)|
|Onsen Ryokan Kinawaso(温泉旅館錦和荘)|
|Yi Feng Xiao Zhu Hot Spring Inn(温泉旅館一峯小築)||
A page of Sapporo is here
A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here
Shikotsu-Toya National Park