Enjoy seasonal food delicacies from Hokkaido’s vast expanses and the fall foliage that arrives ahead of Honshu|September to November

Fall arrives in Sapporo after the start of September. The Sapporo Autumn Fest takes place in mid-September and showcases seasonal tastes from across Hokkaido in Odori Park. It also marks the start of the fall foliage season in the mountains and around town. After the fall foliage peaks, the trees begin to shed their leaves, and it is local knowledge that the first snowfall of the season is near when white fluffy snow bugs begin to fly around. Sapporoites know that winter is soon to follow once they view the snow-dusted summit of Mt. Teine from downtown. Although with each passing day it only grows colder, autumn is also known as the most “delicious” season, when Hokkaido-grown produce is the most bountiful. This is the time to get out and enjoy an outdoor hot spring bath and meal at a nearby hot springs spa or head to a popular restaurant serving seasonal favorites.

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A comprehensive summary of things to do in autumn in Sapporo

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Autumn in Hokkaido is the season for salmon and fruits, as well as a number of food events in Sapporo

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Sapporo budget date courses starting from ¥500

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Before winter’s falling snow turns everything white, the trees of the city turn red and yellow

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One-day driving trips to Jozankei

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Try the local wines of Hokkaido, a region with many wineries

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Kamokamo River NostalgiaShinzenkouji Temple (Jodo Sect) (Minami 6-jo Nishi 1-chome, Chuo-ku, Sapporo) Higashi Honganji Temple (Shinshu Sect Sapporo annex) (Minami 7-jo Nishi 8-chome 290, Chuo-ku, Sapporo)
Sapporo Autumn Fest 2021September 30 - October 19, 2021
An alternative event is being considered to substitute for the Sapporo Autumn Fest 2021.
Odori Park

Sapporo MarathonOctober 6, 2019Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena (inside Makomanai Park in Minami-ku, Sapporo) and other locations
The Sapporo International Short Film Festival and MarketOctober 10–31, 2020Sapporo community plaza
Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival November 3-5, 2021Sapporo Ekimae-dori underground walkway (Chi-Ka-Ho)
Sapporo Art StageNovember 1-30, 2020Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway, other venues
Jozankei Nature LuminarieJuly 1- October 20, 2021From Futami Park to Futami Suspension Bridge, Jozankei Onsen Nishi 4, Minami-ku, Sapporo