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.
A comprehensive summary of things to do in autumn in Sapporo
Autumn in Hokkaido is the season for salmon and fruits, as well as a number of food events in Sapporo
Sapporo budget date courses starting from ¥500
Before winter’s falling snow turns everything white, the trees of the city turn red and yellow
One-day driving trips to Jozankei
Try the local wines of Hokkaido, a region with many wineries
|Sapporo Autumn Fest 2019||September 6 - September 29, 2019|
An alternative event is being considered to substitute for the Sapporo Autumn Fest 2020.
|Kamokamo River Nostalgia||Shinzenkouji 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 Marathon||October 6, 2019||Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena (inside Makomanai Park in Minami-ku, Sapporo) and other locations|
|The Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market||October 10–31, 2020||Sapporo community plaza|
|Sapporo Chrysanthemum Festival||November 3-5, 2020||Sapporo Ekimae-dori underground walkway (Chi-Ka-Ho)|
|Sapporo Art Stage||November 1-30, 2020||Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway, other venues|
|Jozankei Nature Luminarie||June 10- October 20, 2020||From Futami Park to Futami Suspension Bridge, Jozankei Onsen Nishi 4, Minami-ku, Sapporo|