Jozankei Onsen is a popular hot spring spot that opened in 1866. One hour by car from the downtown Sapporo, it is located alongside the river and surrounded by the mountains. The area is famous for the autumn leaves watching, especially when the whole mountains are covered with red and yellow leaves in mid-October. The cliff and beautiful valley of the Toyohira River have a tremendous impact. The open-air baths offer you the amazing views of colored leaves in autumn and snow in winter.
Sapporo has all kinds of shops, from drugstores and electronic retail stores through department stores and boutiques carrying high brand items. Tanukikoji Shopping Arcade is the busiest shopping district in Sapporo with 200 shops. You can find local agricultural products, Japanese gadgets, fashion items, etc. In the area from 4-chome through 7-chome, there are numbers of eateries, perfect for your lunch or tea break.
Best Eats in Autumn
Japanese people love curry-rice and ramen. In Hokkaido, these dishes have differently evolved. “Soup Curry” which was invented in Sapporo, has become one of the soul foods in Hokkaido. You dip rice in your spicy, thin, chunky curry soup. “Sapporo Ramen” is usually consists of thick, sticky noodles and soup which is mainly miso-flavored. However, some famous ramen restaurants offer ramen in their specialty salt or soy sauce-flavored soups. You will find your own favorite type of ramen.