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 FestSeptember 6 - 29, 2024Odori Park

Sapporo MarathonOctober 6, 2024Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena (inside Makomanai Park in Minami-ku, Sapporo) and other locations
Sapporo Art StageNovember 1 - 30, 2024

*2024, date to be determined
Sapporo Ekimae-dori Underground Walkway, other venues
Jozankei Nature LuminarieJune 1 - October 31, 2024From Futami Park to Futami Suspension Bridge, Jozankei Onsen Nishi 4, Minami-ku, Sapporo
Sapporo City JazzJuly 13 -December 10 2024Odori Park, Sapporo City Hall, Outdoor Stage of Sapporo Art Park