The Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens were established in 1886 as a part of the Old Sapporo Agricultural College. They were opened by Dr. Miyabe Kingo, a graduate of Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University). The gardens cover 13.3 hectares and are the second oldest botanical gardens in Japan! The collection Read More ....
|Height||1293 m / 4114 ft|
|Length||11km round trip|
|Hiking Time||Winter - 4 hours to the top
Summer - 3 hours to the top
Cabin available - Free
|Sapporo-dake, Jozankei, Minami Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture 061-2301
Take route 230 past Jozankei , turn left heading to Hoheikyo Hot Spring.
For outdoor enthusiasts there is a great hike up to Mt. Sapporo (Sapporo Dake). The views from the 1293m summit are spectacular! You can catch stunning views of Sapporo on one side and on the other, there are views of the inactive volcano, Mt Yotei. The hike is medium and to get to the summit it takes about 4 hours in winter with snowshoes and about 3 in summer. The length is about 6 km from the hike starting point. You will need a car to get to there! (refer to the map to see where the starting point is).
The hike can be done in a day but if you are looking for a weekend away, there is a cabin halfway up. The cabin is 2 stories and is decked out with a fireplace, a kitchen area with cups and cooking knives, tables, chairs, a toilet, and oil lamps. The cabin is sometimes locked, but if you are caught out in a blizzard or are in need of shelter the back windows are easy to open. The cabin, known as Hiyamizu Hut is looked after by a local resident and the firewood is constantly stocked up. If you do stay at the cabin then make sure you leave it clean and tidy for the next hikers!
For an even more spectacular view of the sunrise from the mountain summit, leave the cabin at around 3:30am in the morning. If you can wake up its well worth it! To get to the trail head you will need a car! It’s less than an hour’s drive from the centre of Sapporo. Turn off onto the road from the Number 230 Road, and follow the signs to Hoheikyo Dam. Just before reaching the parking of the Dam, you’ll see a a sign indicating the Sapporo dake Trailhead on the left side. During winter you will need snowshoes. For information on where to get some good hiking gear go to Shugakusou Outdoor.