Niseko is a famous and popular place to ski and snowboard, but in fact, there are very different hot springs which are called “The Heaven of Hot Springs”. These hot springs make your skin smoother and softer, as this place is not only for winter but all year long. Here we’ll introduce the 3 best hot springs and selected landmarks in Niseko.
▲Enjoy the 100% pure hot springs surrounded by natural scenery
“The Heaven of Hot Springs”, Niseko!
The Niseko Area lies over many towns: Niseko Town, which has a mountain ski resort called Niseko Annupuri, Kutchan Town and Rankoshi Town. It takes about 2 hours to get to the area by car from Sapporo City or New Chitose Airport.
▲A picture of Mt. Youtei with snow which you can see from the Niseko Area.
In the Niseko Area, there are several hot springs of various sizes, from big to small such as Niseko Konbu Hot Springs, Niseko Yumoto Hot Springs, Niseko Goshiki Hot Springs, Niseko Annupuri Hot Springs, Niseko East Mountain Hot Springs, and so forth. Also, there are many varieties of spring qualities among them, the spring quality that makes your skin smoother and clean are the most.
A lot of hotels allow to use its hot springs for a day without staying there. Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy soaking in a hot bath after doing snow sports or hiking?
Now, we will introduce to you 3 hot springs renowned for having an effect on beautiful skin in the Niseko Area.
Niseko Grand Hotel: Where you can enjoy two “rejuvenating” hot springs
Our first recommended hotel is Niseko Grand Hotel. It is located in Niseko Konbu Hot Springs, 10 minutes away from Niseko View Plaza Michi-no-Eki (Roadside Rest Area). The entrance fee for a day trip to the hot spring is 900 yen for adults and 450 yen for children under 12 years old.
▲The Rejuvenation Hot Spring; its features are 2 types of spring qualities and a big mixed open-air bath.
In this hotel, there are two types of spring qualities. One is called “Alkaline Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate Springs” which is rich in carbonate components and makes your skin smoother from fine bubbles that form on your skin. The other one is called “Sodium Hydrocarbonate Spring”, the salinity is contained in the hot spring elements and it sticks in your skin like a “mask” to make your skin more moisture. Those two types of spring qualities are low stimulations to your skin.
▲At the rim of the open-air bath surrounded by rocks, 'Hot Water Flower' (called “Yunohana”* in Japanese) *It refers to the material that can be seen in the hot spring water
These two spring qualities contain a lot of sodium metasilicate in their water, and they are among the ones with the most content in Japan. Many cosmetics and serums tend to have sodium metasilicate and is said to boost skin metabolism and help prepare ceramide.
▲This hot spring is called “Rejuvenation Water”
There are two bath tubs in the indoor hot spring for both men and women so that you can enjoy the two spring qualities. Meanwhile, the Open-Air Mixed Onsen has mixed spring qualities. It contains the elements to make your skin sleeker and moister, you may feel as if you’re in a hot spring of mixed shampoo and conditioner.
You might be surprised for the mixed hot spring, but you'll be wearing a bathing suit. Both men and women can enjoy bathing and relaxing together, making this a great spot for couples.
For those staying at the hotel, the bathing suits are free, but for those going just for the day, you can rent a bathing suit at the front desk for 100 yen.
For those who care about the mixed hot spring, they have an open-air bath for ladies.
▲The open-air baths for women are separated into two types of spring qualities: sleek and smooth.
I had hard soles but after taking a bath at the hot spring, they felt smoother and softer. The huge open-air bath makes you feel free, like I’ve cleaned both body and soul.
Niseko Grand Hotel
412 Niseko, Abuta, Hokkaido, 048-1511
Hours for day visitors: 11:30 – 22:00 (Last admission is 21:30)
Entrance fee for day visitors: 900 yen for adults
450 yen for children under 12 years old
Rental for day visitors: Bathing suit: 100 yen
Bath towel: 150 yen
Face towel: 100 yen
Drink “Kanro Water” from a subterranean river at Niseko
If you’re planning to go to Niseko Grand Hotel, it is also recommended to go to a sightseeing spot called “Kanrosui” (sweet water) just across from the hotel.
▲ You can drink natural spring water at the spot. From local people to tourists visit this place.
When the Emperor Showa and Empress Kojun stayed at Niseko Grand Hotel, they drank the water and said “It’s sweet”, and so the water was called “Kanrosui”.
It’s better to bring your own bottle to drink the water.
▲Take a drink before and after taking a bath.
It can be used not only for drinking water but also with coffee and tea.
413 Niseko, Abuta, Hokkaido, 048-1511
Yumoto Onsen “Yukichichibu”
The second hot spring we will introduce is Yukichichibu, located in the “Niseko Yumoto Hot Spring Resort” a 7-minute drive from the Niseko Grand Hotel. In addition to local people, tourists can enjoy a day trip to hot spring at Yukichichibu.
The entrance fee is 700 yen for adults and 300 yen for children from 6 to 12 years old.
▲Open-air bath for women
This spring quality is sulfur which gives the white-greyish color to the hot water. It is said that it promotes the healing of rough skin, scratches, rashes and heat rash. Besides, some people claim that sulfur components act on melanin and it makes your skin brighter.
The open-air bath for men
There are two indoor baths for both men and women. In addition, the resort has two kinds of open-air baths for men and 5 different open-air hot springs for women.
Above all, the mud water in an open-air bath for women is a must-have experience! You can expect that your skin will be smoother.
▲This mud bath contains a larger amount of mud compared to other baths. Look at this amount of mud!
▲I’ll introduce the best way to enjoy the mud bath. First, take a bath in the mud water (the middle square tub) and apply the mud to your skin slightly, and after that, clean your body with the tub next to the mud bath (the square tub in the foreground).
I also tried the mud hot spring. I had a feeling of warmth clinging to the skin and felt warm. When I washed away the mud, my skin got smoother.
However, if you apply too much mud, the skin may get dry.
▲It is claimed that the skin will become smoother just by taking a bath in the regular indoors hot springs or the open-air baths.
After taking a bath there, I felt my skin got brighter.
The original springs of Yukichichibu is "Oyunuma", located right next to this building. It is common in the Japanese culture to spend the day doing activities in order to get tired and then better enjoy the refreshing quality of the hot spring. As you can take a walk around Oyunuma, why not visit it before taking a bath to get tired?
▲Oyunuma behind Yukichichibu
680 Yunosato, Rankoshi-cho, Isoya-gun, Hokkaido
Hours for day visitors: 10:00 – 20:00 (Last admission is 19:30)
Entrance fee for day visitors: 700 yen for adults over 13 years old
300 yen for children
*Every Tuesday is closed.
Let's take a look at "Oyunonuma" where a powerful source spreads in front of you
It takes about 5 minutes by walking from Yukichichibu to the end of the walk route of Oyunuma.
▲ The smoky marsh. You can watch the powerful hot marsh closely.
▲The temperature of the marsh is around 60 to 70 degrees Celsius (140F to 150F). Be careful not to burn your hands by putting your hands out.
In fact, this marsh doesn’t come from the ground. It is a marsh where the water of a stream has accumulated, but it seems that high temperature with gas such as hydrogen sulfide spouts out from the bottom of the marsh, and it mixed with the water of the stream, becoming a hot spring. It is a spot where you can feel the power of the earth and the wonder of the earth.
▲The gases spouted from the edge of a stream and a marsh
▲Bubbles blown out and water gets colored where the gas is. The place where it spouts is indeterminate and seems it is moving in the marsh.
680 Yusato, Rankoshi-cho, Isoya-gun, Hokkaido
Free to walk (Closed during winter)
Niseko Goshiki Onsen Ryokan: Feel as if you’re in a secret bath in the mountains
The last hot spring to introduce is Niseko Goshiki Onsen Ryokan. It is a hot spring and a Japanese-style hotel located in Niseko Goshiki Hot Springs near Mt. Niseko Annupuri and Mt. Iwao Nupuri, and it is about 6 minutes by car from Yukichichibu on a gravel road. The entrance fee for one-day is 700 yen for adults and 500 yen for children.
▲ Located in a mountainous area, full of likely secret hot springs.
▲Its feature is to enjoy the spring quality with sulfur that is good for both skin and hair.
This spring quality is sulfur, but its color is completely different from the hot spring of Yukichichibu. It is a translucent water with a greenish color. It might look whitish or bluish due to the color of the sky and the light.
The origin of the name Goshiki Onsen is said to be due to the water which has five colors. However, according to the staff of the hotel, the origin of the name doesn’t come from the color of the water and is not exactly known. It is a little mystery of the hot spring.
▲It looks blue due to the brightness in this picture
The exact spring quality name is "acidic, sulfur-magnesium, sodium, calcium-sulfate, chloride spring", and the spring quality contains various minerals such as aluminum, iron and salts besides the sulfur components.
▲The place where the Yunohana deposited became purely white. It is proof that it contains a lot of sulfur.
Many people claimed that if you take a bath at the hot spring, the sulfur will make your skin smoother. Moreover, the mineral-rich waters will make your skin shiny. Many people say that putting the water over your head will also make your hair moist and shiny.
▲It made me feel as though I was in a secret hot spring deep in the mountains! After soaking for a while, my skin felt smooth.
There are two hot springs for men and women, and they have both indoor hot springs and open-air baths. Since you can enter both during your one-day stay, why don’t you try the different hot springs!
Niseko Goshiki Onsen Ryokan
510, Niseko, Niseko-cho, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido
Hours for day visitors: 9:00 – 20:00 from May to November
10:00 – 20:00 from December to April
Entrance fee for day visitors: 700 yen for adults over 13 years old
500 yen for children from 5 to 12 years old
*Be sure check the weather in advance since some roads may be closed due to the weather during winter
Take a walk through Shinsennuma Marsh, a mysterious marsh that lies in the mountains
After visiting the Goshiki Onsen Ryokan, let's head out to explore the mysterious Shinsennuma Marsh in the mountains.
▲Just like the name of the marsh suggests, in Japanese, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and feel as if God or a Hermit came out to you.
A 20-minute walk from the Shinsennuma Rest Parking lot, which takes approximately 15 minutes by car from Goshiki Onsen Ryokan via the Niseko Panorama Line (closed from the late October to the late April). It will take some time, but it is worth it! Great views are waiting for you.
▲The landscape of the wetland that spreads along the way to Shinsennuma Marsh is also beautiful.
Maeda, Kyowa-cho Iwanai-gun, Hokkaido
Free to walk (From the late October to the early April, it is closed since the Niseko Panorama Line is closed during winter)
The best 5 view spots of Mt. Yotei
Last, we’ll introduce the best 5 view spots of Mt. Yotei from each Niseko area.
1: Twin Cherry Trees
▲A picture of the big and small cherry trees from a road. (Not allowed to get into the fields due to the private property) It takes about 10 minutes by car from “Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza”
2: Niseko Bridge
▲The great view from the bridge on the way to the hot springs. You can see how the Shiribetsu River flows. There are two parking lots in both sides of the bridge. It takes about 3 minutes by car from “Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza”.
3. Niseko Takahashi Farm
▲The classic view from the “Niseko Takahashi Farm” has restaurants and shops. The cream puffs and ice creams from “Milk Kobo” are really good. It takes about 8 minutes by car from “Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza”.
4: Miyata View Point Parking
The scene from the view point parking mainly was built for seeing Mt. Yotei is along with Japan National Route 5. It takes 3 minutes from “Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza”.
5: Kurokawa View Point Parking
▲A view of Mt. Yotei from the view point parking is along with Japan National Route 5 as well the Miyata View Point Parking. It takes 5 minutes from “Michi-no-Eki Niseko View Plaza”.
How was touring around for me around the Niseko area?
I went to the above 3 hot springs and my skin got much younger and smoother. It makes me feel refreshed as new.
While you’re having a great time doing winter activities, why not visit the area hot springs and let your tiredness fade away.
*The effectiveness of hot springs may vary per person.
*All prices in this article are tax included.