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Fresh Green and Fall Foliage Are Beautiful -Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo-

October 21st, 2017

Jozankei Dam (定山渓ダム) is a a concrete gravity dam with about 117.5m in height in Jozankei located in the southwest part of Sapporo city, and is near Jozankei Onsen. It was mainly built for the purposes of securing drinking water and electric power in 1989, and Lake Sapporo (さっぽろ湖), a man-made lake, was born. A canoe can be enjoyed on the surface of the lake, and Rainbow Trout (ニジマス), Whitespotted Char (アメマス) and Ito Fish (イトウ) are caught in a summer, and Japanese Pond Smelt (ワカサギ) is caught in a winter.

Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Information Map of Jozankei Dam
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Source: Sapporo Development and Construction Dept, Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau

There is Jozankei Dam Museum (定山渓ダム資料館) at the foot of the Jozankei Dam, so visitors can know about the dam. Because there is not a parking lot on the dam, the visitors must go up from Jozankei Dam Karyuenchi (定山渓ダム下流園地) to enjoy views from the dam. Hokkaido Road 1 Otaru Jozankei Line (北海道道1号小樽定山渓線 * Jozankei Lake Line (定山渓レイクライン)) is built along the lake, and there are 4 observation platforms, Sapporoko 1st Observation Platform (さっぽろ湖第一展望台), Sapporoko 2nd Observation Platform (さっぽろ湖第二展望台), Sapporoko 3rd Observation Platform (さっぽろ湖第三展望台) and Sapporoko 4th Observation Platform (さっぽろ湖第四展望台), along the road. Lake Saporo is famous for beautiful fall foliage, too. By the way, dam cards are distributed at Jozankei Dam Management Branch (定山渓ダム管理支所) and the Dam Museum.

Monument of Lake Sapporo
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo

In the 4 observation platforms, enjoying most beautiful views is the Sapporoko 1st Observation Platform. The Jozankei Dam, Mt. Kotengudake (小天狗岳) and Kobiki Bridge (木挽大橋) go well with fresh green and the fall foliage. The Sapporoko 1st Observation Platform is crowded with tourists in fall foliage season. The best time to see is from early October to mid October. There are a parking lot, a restroom and benches on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.

Mt. Kotengu with Fall Foliage
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Lake Sapporo and Fall Foliage
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Look of Site
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Look of Site
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Kobiki Bridge and Fall Foliage
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Parking Lot and Benches
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo
Restroom
Jozankei Dam and Lake Sapporo in Sapporo

Atmosphere of Lake Sapporo Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Lake Sapporo

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (20 cars)
Business hour 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-11-582-4714
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 708 844 592*77

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 Sapporo foods and onsen is here

Sapporo Foods and Onsen

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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