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Autumn's Best Niseko Sightseeing Spots

Autumn brings about a drastic change in the palette of the Niseko landscape, as green makes way to vibrant oranges, rich reds and golden browns. Here are the best places to see it for yourself.

Shinsen Numa

Shinsen Numa 1

The overwhelmingly beautiful Shinsen Numa marsh is considered by some to be a place where the gods live. And rightly so, as the golden grassland is like a painting and the quiet ambience does indeed give this place a holy feel. With a wooden boardwalk for access, this is one of Niseko's most picturesque and popular autumn photo spots.

The Panorama Line

Panorama Line In Autumn On The Road

A winding road, surrounded by mountains, bright yellow and orange trees and with almost no traffic lights or stops, it's little wonder the Niseko Panorama Line is hugely popular with road-trippers and cyclists. Closed during the winter, autumn is considered the best time to take this stunning drive from Niseko through Rankoshi to Kyowa, and beyond.

Fukidashi Park

Fukidashi Park

Kyogoku is a pretty little Japanese town at the base of Mt Yotei, approximately 30 minutes by car from Niseko. It's biggest tourist drawcard is the stunningly curated Fukidashi Park with many trees carrying vibrant autumn colours and a pond which receives up to 8 tons of water running down from Yotei every day. A roadside station at the park sells souvenirs, coffees and plenty of yummy Japanese snacks, but make sure you bring an empty water bottle to fill up with fresh Yotei water from the spring.

Lake Hangetsu

Lake Hangetsu 3

A popular spot for winter snow-shoe tours, Lake Hangetsu (Half-Moon Lake) is arguably even more breath-taking before the snow falls. From above, the lake is shaped, as the name suggests, like a half moon. Under the imposing shadow of Mt Yotei, walking a full loop of Lake Hangetsu will take about 20 minutes. A great, serene autumn escape, and a great photo opportunity too.

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