[Hoheikyo in Sapporo] Fresh Green and Fall Foliage Make Beautiful Valley
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. Although it is in Sapporo city, it is located in Shikotsu Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園), and nature is very rich. The Hoheikyo has Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan (定山湖), and is well-known as a good place to see fall foliage. 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.
By the way, a nonstop bus, Yuttari Liner (直通バス湯ったりライナー), runs between New Chitose Airport and Jozankei, and a nonstop bus, Kappa Liner (かっぱライナー号), runs between the central part of Sapporo and Jozankei, so those would be very convenient. In addition, a shuttle bus service is available from July to late September between the Jozankei Onsen and the Hoheikyo.
From New Chitose Airport to Jozankei Onsen
Resort Liner Leaves for Jozankei Onsen at 09:30
From Jozankei Onsen to New Chitose Airport
Resort Liner Leaves to New Chitose Airport at 16:20
Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen (やわらぎの里 豊平峡温泉) is a popular hot spring facility for day trip bath in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and won the first place in TripAdvisor "Day Trip Hot Spring Facility Category in 2013" in Japan. Hoheikyo is farther than Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) from downtown. There are Hoheikyo Dam (豊平峡ダム) saving water for Lake Jozan (定山湖), Shizen-no-Mura (自然の村 * nature village) with cottages and an auto camping ground near the Hoheikyo Onsen. Furthermore, Indian Curry of Onsen Shokudo (Onsen食堂のインドカレー) at a building of the Hoheikyo Onsen is famous, too, and a lot of people visit here only to eat the Indian Curry. In addition, a photography was prohibited at a bathhouse. Article is here
Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in Sapporo city suburbs, and one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). Jozankei is called a back room of Sapporo (札幌の奥座敷), and 2.4 million people per year visit the Jozankei Onsen that is near the center of Sapporo for about 60 minutes. Oversea visitors increased in hot spring boom recently, too. Article is here
Indian Curry of Onsen Shokudo
Onsen Shokudo (ONSEN食堂) is at a building of Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉) located in Jozankei (定山渓), Sapporo city. It is a strange combination of hot springs and Indian curry for some reason. But the Indian curry is very popular. Visitors will be always lines on weekends because I suppose that an Indian cooks. Article is here
The Hoheikyo Dam (豊平峡ダム) was built in 1972, and is one of rare dams that only 2 dams were built in the method of construction called Arch-type Concrete Dam in Hokkaido. Its height is 102.5 m. Speaking of rare things, there is one more thing. As well as 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. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Dam Museum (ダムミュージアム) is on the site, and the tourists can visit here on the weekdays, and there is a resting station on a hill, too. The tourists can view the whole dam at an observation deck if the tourists go up walks. 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 the 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 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|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Hoheikyo. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|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)|
|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)||
|Okujozankei Onsen Kasho Gyoen(奥定山渓温泉 佳松御苑)||
A page of Sapporo is here
A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here
Shikotsu-Toya National Park