Despite its proximity to Sapporo, Jozankei Onsen – a picturesque hot spring resort tucked away in the forest – is the perfect place for a relaxing day trip or a healing weekend oasis away from the hustle and bustle. For those staying overnight, the local ryokan (traditional inns) will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to simpler times. These couples beautifully with the fiery foliage each fall. Many consider this the best time of year to visit when a vivid color palette dresses the trees lining Jozankei’s canyons. Aside from the onsen (hot springs), plenty more seasonal activities are popular in Jozankei: fruit-picking, rafting, skiing, and more.
3 Jozankei Onsenhigashi, Minami-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido