Japan is famous for its distinct four seasons, and the individual beauty of each one. Traditional Japanese poetry includes certain words associated uniquely with particular seasons, helping to stimulate the reader’s imagination. Many Japanese look forward to the autumn for newly harvested rice, along with produce like sweet potatoes and symbolic fish mackerel pike, lavishly used in seasonal specialty dishes.
Hokkaido is a place thoroughly enjoyable all year around, but is often even more gorgeous with the eye-catching autumn foliage. The viewing peak of autumnal colours in the northernmost prefecture of Japan generally occurs October onwards.
Some of the viewing spots near Niseko:
Niseko Panorama Line – Not only a beautiful road, but also fun to drive. (Only open between end of April and late October.)
Shinsen Numa Marsh – Perfect for those who love beautiful nature hikes and autumnal colours. (Closed during the winter months.)
Lake Toya – Multiple campgrounds line the lake shoreline, and every night is fireworks night until the end of October!
Lake Shikotsu – The panoramic view of its crystal clear water glowing with countless shades of different colours is unrivalled.
Whether you are driving, hiking, or bike riding through an autumn-brisk Hokkaido, you will be rewarded with picturesque landscapes emblazoned by vibrant splashes of colour. Let’s go explore and beat the end-of-summer blues!