For some of the best autumn leaves in Hokkaido, you need to head to the central part of the island! Here you’ll find breathtaking foliage, with hues of red, orange, and yellow.

This area has various well-known fall foliage viewing spots, from Sapporo’s city center to the natural landscapes of Niseko and Lake Tōya.

Read on to find out more about eight recommended fall colors viewing spots for you – all of which are easily accessible from the Sapporo City area!

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1. Ginkgo Avenue: Hokkaido University’s tunnel of pretty yellow trees (Sapporo)

First, we start with a famous leaf-peeping spot within Sapporo City. This is Hokkaido University’s Ginkgo Avenue, regarded by Sapporo locals as their go-to location for enjoying the yellow leaves that mark the coming of autumn.

There are some 70 ginkgo trees grown here on the street, stretching around 380 meters. The best time to catch these yellow leaves is the period from late October to early November. There is so much beauty to appreciate in nature at every phase as the autumn leaves change in color.

The university campus grounds where Ginkgo Avenue is located is open to the public. The street transforms into a golden carpet when the leaves fall, becoming the perfect, ethereal location for a stroll.

The main entrance of Hokkaido University is a 7-minute walk from Sapporo Station or a 4-minute walk from its nearest subway station Kita-juni-jo Station on the Namboku Line. Ginkgo Avenue itself is located 10 minutes by foot from the main entrance of the university.

Hokkaido University
Kita eight Jo Nishi 5, Kita-ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sapporo
011-716-2111

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2. Mt. Moiwa Ropeway: Enjoy the spectacular view from above! (Sapporo)

Mt. Moiwa, which stands at 531 meters tall, is a viewing spot easily accessible from Sapporo City. You can even look out at the Sapporo streets from the observation deck at the top of Mt. Moiwa.

On a day with good weather, you can also see as far as Ishikari Bay in the distance. In autumn, the ancient forest turns a mix of yellow and red, a picturesque view for visitors to enjoy.

To reach the peak of Mt. Moiwa, we will take the ropeway and cable car. The Mt. Moiwa Ropeway serves the route between Sanroku Station and Chufuku Station. Board the back of the gondola when you are heading up to Chufuku and the front when you are heading down, as this will offer you the most incredible panoramic view of the beautiful scenery during the ride.

On reaching Chufuku Station, switch to the mini “Morris Car” cable car, which will take you to the summit.

Alternatively, as guided pathways have been set up, you may choose to take a walk up instead, which will grant you a more immersive experience and view of the autumn leaves.

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