• October 12th, 2019
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[Eniwa Valley in Eniwa] Good Fall Foliage Spot Near Sapporo

Eniwa Valley

Eniwa Valley (恵庭渓谷) is a valley in Eniwa city located in the southeastern part of Sapporo city, and is near Lake Shikotsu. Hakusen Falls (白扇の滝), Rarumanai Falls (ラルマナイの滝), Sandan Falls (三段の滝) and Izarigawa Dam (漁川ダム) are along Rarumanai River (ラルマナイ川), Izari River (漁川) and Hokkaido Road 117 Eniwadake Park Line (道道117号恵庭岳公園線). Here is far away from the downtown of the Eniwa, so a convenience store and a restaurant are not built near here. The Eniwa Valley is one of famous places to see fall foliage in the central Hokkaido. The best season is about from early October to mid October. Admission free. Parking lots are free of charge.

Hakusen Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Upper Stream of Rarumanai Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
LowerStream of Rarumanai Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Sandan Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Hokkaido Road 117 Eniwadake Park Line
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Map
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai River
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa

Movie of Eniwa Valley

Lake Shikotsu

Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖) in Chitose city is the 2nd largest caldera lake after Lake Kussharo in Japan, and was born by large-scale eruptions 40,000 years ago. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 40 km, and the maximum depth is 360 m, and is the 2nd deepest lake after Lake Tazawa in Akita prefecture in Japan. It is said that the Lake Shikotsu is an unfrozen lake in the northernmost of Japan, but it sometimes is frozen actually. It is famous for clear water of the lake, too, and has transparency as well as Lake Mashu and Lake Baikal. Because the lake is close to New Chitose Airport, Sapporo city and Tomakomai city, it is a popular tourist attraction that a lot of tourists visit. Around the Lake Shikotsu, there are Shikotsuko Onsen Resort (支笏湖温泉街), Marukoma Onsen (丸駒温泉), Former Poropinai Camping Ground (ポロピナイ元キャンプ場), Bifue Camping Ground (美笛キャンプ場), Okotan Camping Ground (オコタン野営場), Lake Okotanpe (オコタンペ湖), Morappu Camping Ground (モラップキャンプ場), Mt Eniwadake (恵庭岳), Mt. Fushidake (風不死岳), Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) and Mt. Monbetsudake (紋別岳). Read More

Lake Shikotsu
Lake Shikotsu in Chitose

Fall Foliage of Hokkaido

It is said that the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido turns into red color at the earliest in Japan. The best time to see the fall foliage comes in Daisetsu-zan at high altitude, and it comes gradually in low areas. It comes in Mt. Asahidake (旭岳) and in Mt. Kurodake (黒岳) in mid September, and autumn leaves fall in early November. As for the highlight of the Fall Foliage of the Hokkaido, tourists are bowled over by vast nature with the fall foliage, or are bowled over by small space that goes well with the fall foliage. Except famous beauty spots for the fall foliage, there are less famous beauty spots for the fall foliage such usual mountains and rivers or gorges here and there. Read More

Fall Foliage in Shiranuka
Fall Foliage in Hokkaido

Look of Eniwa Valley

The Hakusen Falls, the Rarumanai Falls, the Sandan Falls and the Izarigawa Dam are along the Rarumanai River, the Izari River and the Hokkaido Road 117 Eniwadake Park Line. My visited places are as follows.

Rarumanai River
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa

Hakusen Falls

Hakusen Falls is a waterfall in the western part of the Eniwa Valley. Its difference in elevation is 15 m, and Rarumanai River drops water itself. Its white shape looked a white hand fan, so the falls was named. * the Hakusen means "White hand fan" in English. A parking lot, a public restroom, some resting facilities and some vantage points are built at the site, and visitors can view the falls from different angles. When I visited here, a lots of visitors came. The parking lot is very crowded with tourists during the fall foliage season.

Parking Lot
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Temporary Toilet
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Restroom at Riverside
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Riverside
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Map
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Gazebo
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Tourists Look at Rarumai River
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Resting Facilities
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Hakusen Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Vantage Point
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Hakusen Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Vantage Point
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Hakusen Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Walks
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai River
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Resting Place
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai River
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa

Movie of Hakusen Falls

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (12 Cars)
Business hour 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-123-33-3131
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 867 393 677*73

Rarumanai Falls

Rarumanai Falls is a waterfall between the Hakusen Falls and the Sandan Falls. The Rarumanai means "A stream without water (水無沢)" in Ainu language. I guess that it shows the stream has no water, but it is wrong. Correctly, the falls was too steep, and Ainu people felt as if the water looked non-flow. Its difference in elevation is 10 m, and a tributary flows into the Rarumanai River. I wonder if the falls is taller if it contains the upper stream of the falls. This is just a typical valley, and fall foliage is photogenic. I think that here is the best place to take a photo without being obstructed by some structures in the 3 falls.

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Parking Lot
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Temporary Toilets
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa

A parking lot, temporary toilets, Upper Takimi Open Space (上部滝見広場) and Lower Takimi Open Space (下部滝見広場) are built at the site. When I visited here, a lots of visitors came. The parking lot is very crowded with tourists during the fall foliage season. It takes about 5 minutes from the parking lot to the Upper Takimi Open Space on foot, and a bridge crosses the waterfall at the Upper Takimi Open Space, so visitors can view the falls on the bridge. Some cameramen and photographers came to take photos or shoot a movie, so I thought that here must have been a good place to take a photo.

Path to Rarumanai Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Beautiful Autumn Leaves
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Go Ahead
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Bridge Across Rarumanai Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Good Fall Foliage
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Comfortable Fall Foliage
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Great Yellow Leaves
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa

The lowwer biforked falls can be seen from Sesui Bridge (清水橋) and Rarumanai-kyo Bridge (ラルマナイ郷橋) along the Hokkaido Road 117 Eniwadake Park Line. The Lower Takimi Open Space is at the foot of the Seisui Bridge, so visitors can view the falls from river's perspective. Some photographers went down.

Arumanai River from Seisui Bridge
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Go Ahead along Hokkaido Road 117 Eniwadake Park Line
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai-kyo Bridge
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai Falls and Fall Foliage
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Rarumanai Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa

Movie of Rarumanai Falls

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (13 Cars)
Business hour 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-123-33-3131
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 867 394 518*21

Sandan Falls

Sandan Falls is the easternmost waterfall in the 3 falls, and is nearby Sandan-no-Taki Bridge (三段の滝橋). Its difference in elevation is 15 m. A tributary flows into the Rarumanai River. As its name suggests, the falls has 3 steps, so it was named. * dan means "Steps" in English. A parking area for bicycles, a resting facilitiy and Takimi Open Space are built at the site. Visitors can view the falls on the bridge and Takimi Spot right under the bridge. But as for the Takimi Spot, it is hard to shoot the whole waterfall bacause the bridge obstructs a good photo. In addition, flowers were offered on the Takimi Open Space for some reason.

Sandan-no-Taki Bridge
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Brilliant Fall Colors
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Valley and Fall Foliage
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Sandan Falls Covered with Fall Leaves
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Sandan Falls From Sandan-no-Taki Bridge
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Parking Area for Bicycles and Resting Facilitiy
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Path to Foot of Sandan-no-Taki Bridge
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Takimi Open Space
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Place to See Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Sandan Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Sandan Falls
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa
Brilliant Fall Colors
Eniwa Valley in Eniwa

Movie of Sandan Falls

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot A parking lot is not provided
Business hour 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-123-33-3131
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 867 394 354*82

Lake Eniwa and Izarigawa Dam

Lake Eniwa (えにわ湖) is a man-made lake in Eniwa city located in the southeastern part of Sapporo city, and is one of good places to see fall foliage in Eniwa Valley (恵庭渓谷), and is near Ecorin Village (えこりん村) and Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖). Izarigawa Dam (漁川ダム) that Izari River (漁川) floats into was built in 1980, and the lake was born. The water surface is 1.1 km2. Its height is about 46 m. An impervious wall is built in the center part of the dam, and the dam is a rockfill dam with a center core, a worldwide standard dam, and is used for a multipurpose dam such as a flood control. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Lake Eniwa
Lake Eniwa and Izarigawa Dam in Eniwa

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Eniwa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Eniwa Business Hotel SG(えにわビジネスホテルSG)
Booking
Eniwa Station Hotel(えにわステーションホテル)
Booking
Nakamura Ryokan(中村旅館) Only Tel:+81-123-33-2014
Meisho Minshuku(明勝民宿) Only Tel:+81-123-32-3321
memori(メモリー)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Koukaso(江花荘)
HP
Guest House IZARI(ゲストハウス漁)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Kashiwagi Area Recreation Facility Campsite(柏木地区レクリエーション施設キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Hokkaido Fall Foliage is here

Hokkaido Fall Foliage

By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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