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[Hanazono Onsen in Kutchan] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed in Highland Resort

June 1st, 2014

Hanazono Onsen

Hanazono Onsen is a hot spring resort in Kutchan town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and is also called Niseko Weiss Hanazono Onsen, and the name is well-known. Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel (ニセコワイスホテル) and Zaborin (坐忘林) are built at about 450 m above sea level in the hillside of Mt. Weisshorn. It takes about 15 minutes from the center of Kutchan by car. There are Niseko HANAZONO Resort that is one of Niseko United, Niseko Weiss Ski Resort and Niseko Tokyu Golf Course (ニセコ東急ゴルフコース) around the Hanazono Onsen surrounded by forests. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Niseko has a lot of good restaurants that has a good reputation, Kouka (広華), Fujii Pastry Shop (お菓子のふじい), Bistro Kutchan Izakaya (ビストロ倶知安酒場) and Alaska Donuts (アラスカ ドーナツ) are popular in particular around Kutchan Station. I ate ramen noodle at Nakam got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. It was so tasty.

Atmosphere of Niseko HANAZONO Resort Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and the Niseko Onsenkyo Group containing the Hanazono 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.

Hanazono Onsen

There are Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼), Niseko Oyunuma Pond (ニセコ大湯沼) and Mishima's Moss Pink Garden (三島さんちの芝桜) around the Hanazono Onsen, too. Although there is the hot spring resort around the ski resort, except skiing and snowboarding in a winter, 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. By the way, Only in the winter, Nonstop ski bus (New chitose airport) and Nonstop ski bus (Sapporo) run between New Chitose Airport or Sapporo and the Niseko. Express Bus Niseko-go runs from the Sapporo to the Niseko. In addition, a courtesy bus for hotel guests of the Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel runs between Kutchan Station to the Hanazono 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

Mishima's Moss Pink Garden

Mishima's Moss Pink Garden (三島さんちの芝桜) is a private garden in Niseko, Kutchan town located in the western part of Sapporo city, and is around 1 km away from Kuchan Station. After retirement from a farmer, Mr. Kazuo Mishima (三島和夫) has been planted the moss pink not to prevent tuning a agricultural land into a wasteland since the early 2000s. The moss pink is a perennial plant of the family polemoniaceae native of North America, and is a kind of the phlox. He has expanded the moss pink field every year, and now the park space is 4,000 m2. I was really surprised at the area of moss pink very much when I visited here. Admission free. A free parking lot and a restroom are provided, too. If the parking lot is full, visitors can park their cars at Kutosan Park Parking Lot (くとさんパーク駐車場) and Asahigaoka Park Parking Lot (旭ケ丘公園駐車場). Because the garden is thrown open to visitors in his good faith, the visiotrs follow a manner, and appreciate the moss pink. Article is here

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


Nakama (なかま) is a ramen restraunt in Kutchan town (Niseko) located in the western part of Sapporo city and opened a business in 1997. The ramen restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. The ramen restraunt had an atmosphere such as a typical ramen restraunt. White and red interior decoration was very bright. There are some tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Article is here

Nori and Ume Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillet
Nori and Ume Ramen with Roasted Pork Fillet -Nakama in Kutchan-

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel.On the other hand, an accommodation without taking a day trip bath is Zaborin.

Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel

Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel is a middle-sized onsen hotel opened a business in 2004. Daiichihotel group runs it. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 718. A shop and a restraunt is at a building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. * You need to make a reservation in advance. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Hanazono Onsen in Kutchan Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel

There are 1 open-air bath, 2 or 3 indoor baths, 1 footbath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced depeding on time. The baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs and heated hot springs. The open-air baths with a cypress bath or a bath surrounded by rock have different atmospheres. Mt. Niseko Niseko Annupuri and Mt. Yotei can be seen, and starry sky is beautiful in the evening.

Atmosphere of Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel

The hot springs are sodium and magnesium bicarbonate chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.085 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom , free hair dryers and a cold water dispenser are installed at a dressing room.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and magnesium bicarbonate chloride sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 37.3 C
ph 6.9
Indications Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoids, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women's diseases, Cut, Burn, 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 Not drinking
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(2 or 3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 718. Child: JPY 411.
Business hours Weekday 13:00-18:00, Saturday, Sunday, and National holiday 13:00-16:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-136-23-3311
Home page Home page is this
Reservation Booking.com is this ,Jalan is this, Rakuten is this
Mapcode 398 561 392*24

List of Accommodations

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

Natural Resort Niseko Weiss Hotel(ナチュラルリゾートニセコワイスホテル)

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