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[Niseko Niimi Onsen in Rankoshi] Day Trip Bath and Secret Onsen Can Be Enjoyed in Heart of Mountain

May 29th, 2014

Niseko Niimi Onsen

Niseko Niimi Onsen (ニセコ新見温泉) is a hot spring place in Rankoshi town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city. In the heart of the mountain at 497 m above sea level, there are 2 onsen ryokan, Niimi Honkan (新見本館) and Niimi Onsen Hotel (新見温泉ホテル), along Hokkaido Road 268. The 2 adjacent buildings are built just in front of a gate for closing to traffic in a winter (from late October to late May), and are surrouded by forests, so secret onsen is the perfect word to describe the Niseko Niimi Onsen. It takes about 30 minutes by car from the center of the Rankoshi to here. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Because Mr. Naotaro Niimi (新見直太朗) discovered the hot springs, here was named after his family name. This onsen seemed to reveal to him in a dream. A bronze statue of the Naotaro Niimi is built near the buildings. Both onsen ryokan closed down in 2016, but the Niimi Honkan has been restarted as Niimi Onsen since 2017.

A Lot of Trees
Niseko Niimi Onsen

Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and the Niseko Onsenkyo Group containing the Niseko Niimi Onsen has been appointed by Minister for the Environment, and is one of 15 nation insurance hot spring resorts in Hokkaido. There are a lot of the hot spring places such as Niseko Goshiki Onsen (ニセコ五色温泉), Niseko Yumoto Onsen (ニセコ湯本温泉), Niseko Higashiyama Onsen (ニセコ東山温泉), Niseko Konbu Onsen (ニセコ昆布温泉), Niseko Yunosato Onsen (ニセコ湯の里温泉), Niseko Yakushi Onsen (ニセコ薬師温泉), Niseko Niimi Onsen (ニセコ新見温泉), Niseko Ekimae Onsen (ニセコ駅前温泉), Konbugawa Onsen (昆布川温泉), Niseko Weiss Onsen (ニセコワイス温泉), Hanazono Onsen (花園温泉), Hirafu Onsen (ひらふ温泉) and Kutchan Onsen (倶知安温泉) around the Niseko. Types of hot springs are different, and have a wide variety. It is said that Onsen lovers will go crazy for the hot springs. Niseko Yumeguri Onsen Pass (ニセコ湯巡りパス) is issued, and the ticket users can take a bath at 3-4 hot spring facilities.

Guide Map around Niseko Niimi Onsen
Niseko Niimi Onsen

There are Sakamoto Park, Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼), Niseko Oyunuma Pond (ニセコ大湯沼) and Moss Pink at Mishima Private Garden (三島さんちの芝桜) in the Niseko, too. In addition, various things can be enjoyed all the year round in the Niseko. For example, Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, trecking, ski gondra, rafting and hot air ballooning can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snowshoes can be enjoyed in the winter. Nonstop buses do not run from Sapporo to here, But Express Bus Niseko-go runs from Sapporo to Ikoi-no-Yuyado Iroha.

Over 100 Years of Niimi Honkan History
Niseko Niimi Onsen

Shinsen-numa Wetland and Shinsen-numa Swamp

Shinsen-numa Wetland (神仙沼湿原) and Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) is at 770 m above sea level are in Kyowa town located in the western part of Sapporo city. Wooden paths are built from Shinsen-numa parking lot to Shinsen-numa Swamp, and visiotrs can arrive at Shinsen-numa Wetland and Shinsen-numa Swamp for approximately 20 minutes, and the paths lead for Naganuma swamp (長沼) halfway is built. The visitors can reach to the Shinsen-numa Wetland and the Shinsen-numa Swamp from Oyachi (大谷地) parking lot, too, and it take approximately 30 minutes. The visitors can see the state that woodland horsetail, the endangered species, grows wild from Oyachi parking lot. The Oyachi parking lot has no facilities, but there is a resting station at Shinsen-numa parking lot, the visitors can take a meal and a break. There is a restroom, too. Article is here

Beautiful Fall Foliage
Shinsen-numa Wetland and Shinsen-numa Swamp in Niseko

Niseko Oyunuma Pond

Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼) is a hot spring bog at the Niseko Yumoto Onsen (ニセコ湯本温泉) in Rankoshi town located in the western part of Sapporo city and is hot spring source of Yumoto Onsen. The circumference of the pond is about 200 m and the 1000 liters of the hot springs per minute are gushing out. Oyunuma Pond was a geyser in old days, but Anglo-Saxon mining company called Howl Company drew sulfur too much in the Meiji period and it was not geyser. Walking paths are built around the pond, and visitors can see the state that the hot springs are gushing out. The visitors can go around for about 10 minutes. Article is here

Baba River Flows along Oyunuma Pond
Niseko Oyunuma Pond in Rankoshi

Moss Pink at Mishima Private Garden

Mishima's Moss Pink (三島さんちの芝桜) is a private garden in Niseko, Kutchan town located in the western part of Sapporo city. Mr. Mishima has been planted the moss pink after retirement from farmer in the early 2000s. The area that the moss pink was planted seems to be 4,000 m2 now. I was really surprised at the area of moss pink very much when I visited here. These flowers are best viewed from late May to mid June. There is no charge for admission. A free parking lot and a restroom are provided, too. Because the garden is thrown open to visitors in his good faith, the visiotrs follow a manner, and let's appreciate the moss pink. Article is here

Mt. Yotei, Canola Flowers and Moss Pink
Moss Pink at Mishima Private garden in Kucchan

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Niimi Onsen.

Niimi Honkan in Winter
Niseko Niimi Onsen

Niimi Onsen

Niimi Onsen is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded by Mr. Naotaro Niimi in 1912, and is famous for a wonderful mixed bathing open-air bath. His eldest son family maneged it. They got the first place in the special issue on "Hot Spring Top 10 in Japan" of Asahi Shimbun News Paper. I think that the most popular onsen in Japan was marvelous! Because very fresh hot springs flew freely, this ryokan was introduced in book "Drinking Hot Spring is Good for Health. Onsen Trip" written by Mr. Fuyuto Noguchi. A resting room is provided, too. They closed down in 2016, and an owner was changed in 2017, and its name changed from Niimi Honkan to Niimi Onsen. At the time, the mixed bathing open-air bath was partitioned into open-air baths for men or women. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. This article before renwing is as follows. Unfortunately, they close a business since June, 2017.

Appearance of Building
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan

They have 4 public bathhouses for men or women, 1st Bathhouse (第1浴場) and 2nd Bathhouse (第2浴場) on the 1st floor. But bathers must move from the bathhouse to the bathhouse in wearing their clothes because the bathouses are away from each bathhouses. There are 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cascading bath and 1 sauna at the small 1st Bathhouse. The sunny bathhouse with a lot of windows is feeling good. The indoor bath is the size that about 3 people take a bath, and is very hot, and uses 100% natural free flowing (2)calcium and sodium sulfate spring. In addition, the sauna is used the hot springs, too.

View from Indoor Bath
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan
View from Whirlpool Bath
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan

The whirlpool bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing (2)calcium and sodium sulfate spring. A drinking hot spring facility is installed between the indoor baths, and a plastic cup is provided, too. When I drunk it, it tasted a slightly salty, and that is just hot spring. It seems to effective for Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout.

Drinking Hot Spring Facility
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan

There are 1 mixed bathing open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at the small 2nd Bathhouse. Only open-air bath is mixed bathing, and the indoor baths for men or women are gender segregated. The bathhouse is filled with the steam, but sunny bathhouse with a lot of windows is feeling good if there is not the steam. The indoor bath is the size that about 7 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing (1)calcium and sodium sulfate spring, and the hot springs overflow from the indoor bath to the bath floor. A view is good, too.

2nd Bathhouse
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan
View from Indoor Bath
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan

The mixed bathing open-air bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and is like a natural pond surrounded by rocks and grass. A sense of openness can be enjoyed very much. I was very comfotrable. A view of mountains in Niseko was splendid, too. A couple whom I got to know at the Niimi Honkan highly praised the open-air bath. The open-air bath uses 100% natural free flowing (1)calcium and sodium sulfate spring mixed with 100% natural free flowing (2)calcium and sodium sulfate spring.

Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan
Rugged Rock
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan

The hot springs are (1)(2)calcium and sodium sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are (1)1.542 g/kg and (2)1.584 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A free hair dryer is provided at a dressing room, but there is not a restroom. You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

Look of Resting Room
Niseko Niimi Onsen Niimi Honkan

Atmosphere of Niimi Honkan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Niimi Honkan

Types of Hot Springs (1)(2)Calcium and sodium sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)65.1 C
(2)65.2 C
ph (1)(2)7.3
Indications (1)(2)Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoids, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Arteriosclerosis
Contraindications (1)(2)Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Active tuberculosis, Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking (1)(2)Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout
Contraindications of drinking (1)(2)Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Mixed bathing open-air bath(1), Gender segregated indoor bath(4), Gender segregated indoor bath sauna(1). * Except mixed bathing open-air bath, Gender segregated Bathhouses.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 400. Infant: Free of charge
Business hours 10:00-19:00
Regular closing day Monday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-136-55-6173
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 398 456 512*16

[Shut Down] Niimi Onsen Hotel

Niimi Onsen Hotel is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded by Naotaro's second son in 1960. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A restraunt is at a building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too. Unfortunately, They closed down in 2016.

Appearance of Building
Niimi Onsen Hotel

They have 3 public bathrooms, a mixed bathing bathroom on the 2nd floor and gender segregated bathrooms on the 1st floor. But bathers must move from the mixed bathing bathroom to the gender segregated bathrooms in wearing their clothes because the bathrooms are away from each bathrooms. In addition, the gender segregated bathrooms for men or women are replaced depending on time. There is 1 mixed bathing open-air bath at the mixed bathing bathroom. There are 1 indoor bath, 2 cascading baths and 1 sauna at the bathroom for mainly men. There is 1 indoor bath at the bathroom for mainly women.

Appearance of Building in Winter
Niimi Onsen Hotel

The hot springs are calcium and sodium sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.446 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom.

Types of Hot Springs Calcium and sodium sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 63.2 C
ph 7.3
Indications Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoids, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Arteriosclerosis
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Active tuberculosis, Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Mixed bathing open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours 08:00-19:30
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-136-57-5224
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 398 456 512*16

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Rankoshi. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Niimi Onsen(新見温泉)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tsukimi-no-Yado Akahane(月美の宿 紅葉音)
Booking
Yugomori-no-Yado Adajo(湯ごもりの宿アダージョ)
HP
Booking
Yusenkaku(幽泉閣)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension and Cottage Kazemidori(ペンション&コテージ風みどり)
Booking
Pension Tinkerbell(ペンションティンカーベル)
HP
Booking
Rakuten

A page of Niseko is here

Niseko

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