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Autumn Leaf Spots

Autumn leaf spots near Hakodate Airport

Autumn leaf spots near Hakodate Airport


Maple Leaves Reflected Upside Down in the Waters of Hokuto City

The city of Hokuto, located in southern Hokkaido at the starting point of the Hokkaido Shinkansen line, is famous for its "cherry blossom corridor," which is home to many famous cherry blossom viewing spots in spring. The splendid illuminated ruins of the former camp site of Matsumae clan's Hekirichi camp, the 300-year-old giant weeping cherry trees at Houkiji Temple, the rows of cherry trees along the Ono River, and the Senbon (thousand) cherry trees at Kiyokawa River are all famous for their cherry blossoms. We will introduce you to nature's color show from mid-October to early November.

The first thing to check out is the foliage reflected upside down in the water. Take the Hakodate Bus, which connects Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station to Hakodate Station. Take a bus (Line 21, 22, 25 or 28) bound for Hakodate Station from Bus Terminal No. 5 bus stop in front of Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station. From here, walk slowly and leisurely for approximately 8.5 km. Please take a map with you. The direction you are heading is Hachiro-numa. After crossing the Ono River, you will take a gentle uphill road. Occasionally you will look back and see the plains, the birthplace of Hokkaido's paddy fields. Hachiro-numa is a moat pond that was originally made for paddy water and a carp farm, and is now a general park. Here Mt. Kannon (height 144.4m), is a lush green place with trees, with colors changing en masse in the fall. The foliage is magnificently reflected upside down on the surface of Hachiro-numa swamp which acts as a mirror. The city of Hokuto is holding a special event to let visitors enjoy the fantastic fall colors at night by lighting them up. From Hachiro-numa, head down the hill to Hokkeji Temple, famous for its cherry blossoms. Your final destination is the bus stop in front of the General Administration Office.

Next, we will enjoy the fall foliage of the Matsumae Clan's Hekirichi Camp site. This site is closely related to Hakodate Goryokaku, an earthen fortress built for security of the North and much like Shiryokaku. History buffs will love this place, with cherry blossoms blooming and the surrounding trees turning color in the fall. Very unfortunately, the Hakodate War broke out after its completion and it was burned to the ground, so you can only feel the undulations of the earthen ramparts on the site, but you can still sense the time period as the trees change color.

In addition, there are many other important historical sites in Hokuto City, such as the Baron Kawada Museum (Danshaku Center), the birthplace of baron potatoes, the Trappist Monastery, famous for its men's monastery, and the ruins of Yafurai Gun Battery.

Best time to view the autumn leaves:Mid October-Early November

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Autumn leaf spots in Hokuto

Print out the map and walk a trail!

北斗市内walking MAP

Autumn leaf spots around Hokuto

Print out the map and walk a trail!

北斗市内walking MAP

A quick detour

While Waiting at the Station, Go to a "Little Drinking" Spot

A liquor store where you can enjoy tasting is located in the Tourism Exchange Center Hokkuru adjacent to Shin Hakodate Hokuto Station.
You can purchase an IC card for the wine of Hokkaido and choose from 16 varieties of wine from the tasting machine and drink 30ml each.
You can also try out a 3-piece sample set of sake, shochu, etc., as well as snacks to help you choose a good souvenir.

Sake Shop Inamuraya
1-1-7 Ichinowatari, Hokuto, Hokkaido
In the Hokuto City Tourism Exchange Center Annex
【 Opening hours 】 9:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m. 【 Regular Holiday 】 Irregular holidays
【 TEL 】 +81-138-83-8565 【Official Website】

Recommended day-trip hot spring in Hokuto

Seseragi Onsen

4-3-20 Honcho, Hokuto, Hokkaido
●Phone Number:+81-138-77-7070
●Opening hours: 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
●Regular Holiday:Monday
●Fee:Adult¥350 Junior high and high school student¥300 Elementary school student¥140 Infant¥70
【Official Website】

Higashimae Onsen “Shinwa-no Yu”

85-5 Aza Higashimae, Hokuto, Hokkaido
●Phone Number: +81-138-77-8000
●Opening hours: 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
●Regular Holiday:Open all year round
●Fee:Adult¥450 Child(7-12 years old)¥210 Child(3-6 years old)¥110(tax included)
【Official Website】

Natural Hot Spring Nanaehama no Yu

8-4-1 Nanaehama, Hokuto, Hokkaido
●Phone Number: +81-138-49-4411
●Opening hours: 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.(Last admission 10:30 p.m.)
●Regular Holiday:Open all year round
●Fee:Adult(Junior high school students and above)¥520 Elementary school student¥210(tax included) Infant(3-5 years old)¥110
【Official Website】

Natural Onsen Kitayumichi

1-1-7 Ichinowatari, Hokuto, Hokkaido
Reception on the 2nd floor at Hotel Lagent Plaza Hakodate Hokuto
●Phone Number: +81-138-77-5055
●Opening hours: 1:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
●Regular Holiday:Open all year round
●Fee:¥500(tax included)
●Bath towel / face towel set¥200
【Official Website】

Access from Hakodate Airport


Take a bus bound for JR Hakodate Station from Hakodate Airport and get off at Hakodate Station (20 minutes).
<Please check the bus timetable>

9 km from Hakodate Airport via Route 278 - 20 minutes