- June 1st, 2014
[Closing Down: Hanazono Onsen in Kutchan] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed in Highland Resort
Hanazono Onsen is a hot spring resort in Kutchan town located in the southwestern direction 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
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.
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.
Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) is the largest swamp at about 770 m above sea level in the Shinsen-numa Wetland in Kyowa town located in the western direction of Sapporo city, and is well-known for a good place to see beautiful fall foliage, so a lot of visitors come. Mr. Toyomatsu Shimoda (下田豊松), the Japan’s first chief scout, that was moved by a phrase “Everything is God, here is a place that a hermit lives in (皆が神、仙人の住みたまう所)” named it the Shinsen-numa Swamp. Shinsennuma Rest Station (神仙沼自然休養林休憩所) is at Shinsen-numa Parking Lot along Hokkaido Road 66, and light meals are served. It opens a business from late May to early November. The parking has Shinsen-numa Nature Forest Lookout (神仙沼自然休養林展望台) and a public restroom. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Niseko Oyunuma Pond
Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼) is a hot spring bog at about 560 m above sea level in Niseko Yumoto Onsen (ニセコ湯本温泉), Rankoshi town located in the western direction of Sapporo city, and is a hot spring source of the Niseko Yumoto Onsen, and adjoins Yukichichibu (雪秩父). It is smaller than a pond with the same name in Noboribetsu Onsen. The circumference of the pond is about 200 m, and the 1,000 liters per minute of hot springs are gushing out. The pond used to be a geyser in old days, but Anglo-Saxon Mining Company Howl Company drew sulfur too much in the Meiji period, and it was destroyed. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are Koyunuma pond (小湯沼), Chisenupuri Ski resort (チセヌプリスキー場), Oyunuma Nature Pavilion (大湯沼自然展示館) and Yumoto Onsen Campsite (湯本温泉野営場) around here. Read More
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 direction 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. Read More
Nakama (なかま) is a ramen restraunt in Kutchan town (Niseko) located in the western direction 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. Read More
Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern direction of Sapporo city, and contains Niseko town (ニセコ町), Kutchan town (倶知安町), Kyogoku town (京極町), Makkari village (真狩村), Kimobetsu town (喜茂別町), Kyowa town (共和町), Rankoshi town (蘭越町) and Iwanai town (岩内町). The Niseko means “A river in a gorge” in Ainu language, and the origin of the word is Niseko Anbetsu River (ニセコアンベツ川). In a winter, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed, and rafting along Shiribetsu River (尻別川) can be enjoyed in a summer. It is one of the features that the Niseko has various nature such as the Mt. Yotei, Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) and Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼). In addition, tasty water from the Mt. Yotei and tasty ingredients are abundant. In a spring, cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, summer activities and nature can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and winter activities can be enjoyed in a winter, so tourists can enjoy the nature of Hokkaido including various onsen and tasty foods in Niseko throughout the year. Read More
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.
[Closing Down] 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. Unfortunately, They closed a business in March, 2018.
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
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|
|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)|
|Mapcode||398 561 392*24|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Hanazono Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Niseko is this
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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