Autumn comes to Asahikawa a little by surprise. The nights suddenly start feeling more chilly (though the days can still be quite warm), and the wind blows in from the north making jackets essential. Mornings bring plenty of frost and slowly but surely the amazing colour transformation of the mountains begins.
With Asahikawa effectively surrounded by mountains and forests on all sides, you'll be able to see the beautiful autumn foliage no matter which direction the road takes you. Having said that, there are particular areas that just shouldn't be missed.
Asahidake Onsen area with it's ropeway is a must in early to mid September, just before the arrival of the first snow.
Tenninkyo Onsen area (pictured above), is amazing with its rocky cliffs, dense forest, and the contrasting crystal blue water of the Chubetsu river.
If you are prepared to venture further away from the city, Sounkyo Onsen, Shirogane Onsen and Furano are great places to see all the magnificent colours of the Hokkaido Autumn.
Autumn here is truly spectacular and can be enjoyed from the middle of September up to mid to late October.