Welcome to Jōzankei
Jōzankei (定山渓) sits along the Toyohira-gawa, deep in a gorge. It's the closest major onsen town to Sapporo and an easy escape for those after some R&R. The resort is especially pretty (and popular) in autumn, when the leaves change colour – a sight that can be viewed from many an outdoor bath. Only an hour's bus or car ride from Sapporo, Jōzankei works well as a day trip. Most hotels and ryokan allow nonguests to use their onsen baths for a fee (¥500 to ¥1500). There's also Hōheikyō further up the road, often voted one of Hokkaidō's best onsen.