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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.

Lake Jozan
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan

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.

Kudan Falls
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Senjoiwa Rocks
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Electric Bus Stop
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan

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.

Dam Museum
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Rest House and Hoheikyo Tunnel
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Dam Card
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan

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.

Parking Lot Is Crowded
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Restroom beside Parking Lot. Women Form A Long Line
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
A lot of Tourists
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Ticket Office for Electric Bus
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Tourists Form A Long Line to Take Electric Bus
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Hiyamizu Tunnel
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Running Electric Bus
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan

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.

Daiichi Takimi Bridge Between Hiyamizu Tunnel and Hoheikyo Tunnel
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Senjoiwa Rocks from Daiichi Takimi Bridge
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Kudan Falls from Daiichi Takimi Bridge
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan

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.

Entrance of Hoheikyo Dam
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Crowded with Tourists on Dam
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Lake Jozan and Hoheikyo Dam
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Rocks with Fall Foliage Are Great
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Rocks with Fall Foliage Are Great
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Discharge from Dam
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Hoheikyo Dam
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Fall Foliage from Hoheikyo Dam
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Rest House Dammieru and Fall Foliage
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Lift Car
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Tourists Form a Line to Take Lift Car
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Path to Rest House Dammieru
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Red Maple Leaves
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Rest House Dammieru
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Hoheikyo Observation Deck and Rest House Dammieru from Bottom
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Observation Deck
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Outside Seats
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Hoheikyo Observation Deck
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Lake Jozan and Fall Foliage
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Hoheikyo Dam
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Lake Jozan and Fall Foliage
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Brightly Colored Maple Leaves
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Path to Chojo Lookout Is Closed
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Around Bus Stop
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Restroom
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Stand
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Dam Museum
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Look of Dam Museum
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Look of Dam Museum
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Look of Dam Museum
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
View from Dam Museum
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Restrooms beside Dam Museum
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan
Red Maple Leaves
Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan

Atmosphere of Hoheikyo Dam Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Hoheikyo Dam

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (250 cars)
Business hour 09:00-16:30
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
Telephone number +81-11-598-3452
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 708 573 418*08

Accommodations

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)
Hotel Shika-no-Yu(ホテル鹿の湯)
Hanamomiji(花もみじ)
Jozankei Grand Hotel Zuien(定山渓グランドホテル瑞苑)
Jozankei Hotel(定山渓ホテル)
Booking
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)
Nukumori-no-Yado Furukawa(ぬくもりの宿ふる川)
Booking
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)
Yukyu-no-Yado Shiraito(悠久の宿白糸)
Booking
Keiryuso(渓流荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
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)
Jalan
Booking.com

A page of Sapporo is here

Sapporo

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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