5 Amazing Ways to See Hokkaido in September

Catch the final days of summer with a stay in Hokkaido during September. Enjoy pleasant weather, sights to see and flavours to be tasted during the tail end of Niseko's green season. Here's five ways to take in the magic of Hokkaido during your stay in Niseko.

Ride the Summer Gondola

Take in the crisp mountain air and the breathtaking scenery of Mt Yotei and Niseko with a ride on the Summer Gondola in Niseko. Enjoy the Niseko Siesta featuring six, two-metre, round cushion couches on the mountain top so you can take a nap and take pictures with Mt Yotei in the background.

Summer Gondola1

A pleasant way to see Niseko and iconic Mt Yotei.

Explore Lake Toya

Located 60 minutes from Niseko, Lake Toya is one of Hokkaido's most stunning scenic locations. Enjoy great outdoor activities like canoeing, SUP (standup paddle boarding) and hiking, or simply take in the scenery aboard one of the lake cruises.

Take a ride to the summit of nearby active volcano, Mt Usu, via the Usuzan Ropeway and soak up the 360 degree panorama. Marvel at the dazzling colour display in the summer sky with nightly fireworks (weather permitting) on until October 31st.

Lake Toya Usuzan Ropeway

Views of Lake Toya and Mt Yotei from the Usuzan Ropeway.

Fruit Picking in Yoichi

September is the perfect time enjoy fruit picking in Yoichi, just over an hour's drive from Niseko. Peaches, plums, apples and grapes are all ripe and ready for the picking and you can take home what you pick. It's a great activity for the whole family. Yamamoto Orchard is a great spot to check out.

Fruit Picking

The whole family can enjoy a stop at Yoichi's orchards.

Get Close to Nature with a Hike

Niseko has so much natural beauty to discover and hiking is a great way to see it all with trails open in the warm summer season. There's a variety of trails perfect for beginners like Lake Hangetsu, Shinsen-numa, Mt Iwaonupuri and for an extra challenge try Mt Annupuri or even Mt Yotei.


Shinsen-numa's easy boardwalk is great for all ages.

See the Autumn Sights

Experience the change in seasons with Hokkaido's trees all shades of gold from late September through to late October. Drive along the Panorama Line from Niseko to Iwanai to enjoy the rolling hills, views of the Sea of Japan and the sheer beauty of the Niseko region.

Celebrate the season and taste Hokkaido delights at the Sapporo Autumn Festival on from September 9th-30th at Odori Park.

Autumn scenery in Niseko.

Views of Niseko-Annupuri ranges from the Panorama Line.

Ready to plan your Niseko trip?

Browse Rooms