Jozankei Nature Village in Winter
Last updated Apr 2, 2019
Jozankei Nature Village (定山渓自然の村) is a recreation park run by Sapporo City. It is open year round, so it is a great place to enjoy the deep-winter Hokkaido outdoors in a relatively controlled, safe environment. Tent sites are available all year round, as are the cabins and ‘tent-houses’.
Particularly in winter, the tent houses and cabins are a really good deal. The wooden log cabins sleep 5, and cost 4,700yen a night (for the whole cabin). The tent-houses sleep 7, and cost 3,900yen a night. They’re all heated with very effective kerosene heaters. Details in Japanese here.
Behind the nature village is a large wooded area that is great fun to explore on snowshoes or ‘hunter’ skis. You can bring your own equipment or rent it all at the nature village.
Getting to Jozankei Nature Park is fairly straight forward by public transport. Take the Nanboku Subway Line all the way to the final station, Makomanai Subway Station. From there, catch a bus to Hoheikyo Onsen (hot springs). If you time it right, you can catch a free bus all the way to Hoheikyo Onsen. The free bus leaves Makomanai Subway Station at 10am each day, and takes 45 minutes (https://www.hoheikyo.co.jp/en/access/index_e.html). The bus leaves about 100m down the road from the station (42.990827,141.356258).
There is ample parking at the Nature Village carpark here.
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