Onsen Guide

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REST, RELAX & REJUVENATE

Immersing yourself in an onsen (Japanese hot spring) is an experience not to be missed whilst travelling in Japan. Naturally occurring volcanic hot water springs are a source of welcome relief from tired muscles and joints after a long day on the mountain. But what you perhaps didn’t know is that not every onsen is the same; the water used in an onsen can have a wide variety of mineral compositions based on its location and path of the water. The Japanese categorise the types of onsen and associate different health benefits with different types of water.

ONSEN MINERAL COMPOSITION GUIDE

  • Sodium Bicarbonate saline – for beautifying the skin
  • Chloride – retains body heat
  • Sulphate – for cuts & bruises
  • Ferruginous – for recovering iron levels
  • Sulphur – for high blood pressure & joint pain
  • Acidic Antibacterial – not recommended for people with skin sensitivities
  • Carbon Dioxide – for high blood pressure and rheumatism

 

ONSEN TIPS & RULES

onsen-tips


KANRONOMORI
Kanronomori is the only hotel in the district that offers private onsen for hire for 50 minutes for those who are not sure about the public hot spring experience. Bookings usually required.

kanronomori

Opening hours: 11:00am-10:00pm Last Entry 9:00pm
Price: ¥800 Adult, ¥300 Child (6-12 years old)
Private Indoor onsen – 50 mins: ¥3,000
Note: Face & bath towels set rental ¥200. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths and sauna, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136 58 3800


GOSHIKI ONSEN
The baths here are made out of beautiful larch wood and use natural water fresh from Mt. Iwanopuri. This popular hot spring sees guests returning time and time again. With iconic views, this is an onsen not to be missed.

goshiki

Opening hours: 10:00am-7:00pm
Price: ¥700 Adult, ¥500 Child (3-12 years old)
Note: Face towel purchase ¥300, bath towel purchase ¥600. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136 58 2707


YUKORO ONSEN
Conveniently located in the lower village, Yukoro is popular among locals. You can find your way to Yukoro by the smell of chloride salts emanating from this outdoor onsen.

yukoro

Opening hours:  5:00pm-10:30pm
Price: ¥600 Adult, ¥380 Child (4-12 years old)
Note: Face towel rental ¥100, bath towel rental ¥200. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, men and women separate.


HIRAFU-TEI ONSEN
Located in one of the most popular hotels in Hirafu, the onsen at Niseko Prince Hotel Hirafu-tei is perfectly situated with Mt. Yotei and Mt. Annupuri views. Sauna is also available.

hirafutei

Opening hours: 7:00am-10:30am, 1:00pm-10:00pm
Price: ¥1,000 Adult, ¥600 Child (4-12 years old)
Note: Bath towel rental ¥200, face towel purchase ¥200. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths and sauna, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136-23-2239


NISEKO GRAND HOTEL
Niseko Grand Hotel has a beautiful, natural surroundings with indoor and outdoor baths. This is one of the few onsens where one can experience mixed bathing within the Niseko area. With a casual atmosphere, you can relax, unwind and soothe your muscles.

grand-hotel

Opening hours: 11:30am-10:00pm Last entry 9:00pm
Price: ¥900 Adult, ¥450 Child (6-12 years old)
Note: Face towel rental ¥100, bath towel rental ¥150, rental bath clothes for women ¥100. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, separate men and women baths available.
Tel: 0136 58 2121


IKOI NO YUYADO IROHA
Formerly known as Ikoi No Mura, this onsen is located at the base of Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort. It uses free-flowing hot spring water that is rich in Metasilicate, which is believed to be effective for making skin smooth and beautiful.

ikoino-mura

Opening times: 12:00am-10:00pm Last entry 21:00
Price: ¥800 Adult, ¥400 Child (6-12 years old)
Note: Face & bath towels set rental ¥310. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths and sauna, men and women separate.


KIRA NO YU
Located in front of the JR Niseko Railway Station, Kira No Yu is a great place to refresh yourself and unwind. Family friendly events are held here regularly. Private family bathing areas are also available. Youmeguri Pass & SJ guest service card are accepted.

kiranoyu

Opening hours: 10:00am-9:30pm Last entry 9:00pm
Price: Adult 500 Child (4 to 12) 250 Private onsen 1,000
Note: Bath towel & face towel rental ¥300, Bath towel purchase ¥850, Face towel purchase ¥150, Indoor and outdoor onsen bath, private onsen available
Tel: 0136 44 1100


MAKKARI ONSEN – HOYU CENTER
With magnificent views of Mt. Yotei from the outdoor bath. Located only meters away from a Michelin Star rated restaurant, this is a bathing experience not to be missed. Yumeguri Pass can be used here.

makkari

Opening hours: 10:30am-9:00pm Last entry 8:30pm
Price: Adult ¥500, Child (4-12) ¥200
Note: Bath towel ¥600 Face towel ¥200, Indoor and outdoor onsen bath
Tel: 0136 45 2717


HILTON NISEKO VILLAGE
A 15-minute drive from Hirafu village, the onsen at Hilton Niseko Village has a spacious outdoor bath with classic stone construction. An iconic setting with views of Mt. Yotei across a Japanese Carp filled pond.

hilton

Opening hours: 1:00pm-9:00pm
Price: ¥1,000 Adult, ¥500 Child (6-12 years old)
Note: Rental for face & bath towel set ¥300. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, men and women separate
Tel: 0136 44 1111


YUKI CHICHIBU
Originally opened in 1966 and refurbished in September of 2015, this historical outdoor onsen offers a total of 8 different onsen baths including a women-only mud onsen. It is widely believed that a mud onsen can make your skin beautiful, so is a must-try when you are there.

yuki-chichibu

Opening hours: 10:00am-8:00pm Last entry 7:30pm
Price: ¥500 Adult, ¥300 Child (6-12 years old)
Note: Bath towel rental ¥300, face towel purchase ¥200. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, men and women separate. Ladies mud bath.
Tel: 0136 58 2328


YUGOKORO-TEI
Using only natural spring water, Yugokoro-tei offers a large, deep outdoor onsen bath as well as free massage chair service in the relaxation area. A wooden walkway and hut is set up in the outdoor onsen providing a classic Japanese atmosphere.

yugokorotei

Opening hours: 6:00am-11:00pm
Price: ¥800 Adult, ¥700 Child (13-15 years old), ¥500 Child (6-12 years old)
Note: Face towel rental ¥100, bath towel rental ¥200, face & bath towels set rental ¥250. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, free massage chairs and bed, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136 58 2500


KOIKAWA ONSEN
With over 115 years of history, this is one of the oldest onsens in the Niseko area. It is also one of the most famous hot springs in Hokkaido. Experience the age old Japanese onsen tradition at this historic site.

koikawa

Opening hours: 10:30am-8:00pm
Price: ¥600 Adult ¥300 Child (4-12 years old), ¥100 (under 3 years old)
Note: Face towel rental ¥200, bath towel rental ¥300. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136 58 2111


HOTEL YOUTEI
Just a 15-minute drive from Hirafu village, located near the Kutchan JR station, this onsen uses natural spring water and offers great views of Mt. Yotei view from their outside onsen. With many local dining options nearby, it’s a great way to spend an evening out.

hotel-youtei

Opening hours: 10:00am-10:00pm
Price: ¥800 Adult ¥500 Child (4-12 years old)
Note: Face towel rental ¥100, bath towel rental ¥200. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136 22 1164


HOTEL NISEKO ALPEN
Located on the first floor of the Hotel Niseko Alpen, this onsen facility is equipped with sauna, and both indoor and outdoor onsen baths. There is also a 25 meter swimming pool and stone sauna available.

niseko-alpen

Opening hours: 1:00pm-10:00pm Last Entry 9:00pm
Price: ‎¥700 Adult, ¥400 Child (6-12 years old)
Note: Face towel rental ¥200, bath towel rental ¥300. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths and sauna, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136 22 1105


ONE NISEKO RESORT TOWERS
Open since December 2012 located at the base of Moiwa resort. This outdoor onsen is surrounded by white birch trees and deep fresh snow. This is a relaxing space where Japanese tradition meets the modern world.

one-niseko-resort-towers

Opening hours: 12:00pm-12:00am
Price: ¥900 Adult, ¥500 Child (6-12 years old)
Note: Included rental face & bath towels. Indoor/outdoor onsen baths, men and women separate.
Tel: 0136 50 2111


 

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