- May 31st, 2014
[Kutchan Onsen in Niseko] Day Trip Bath and Mt. Yotei While Bathing Open-air Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Hotel Yotei
Kutchan Onsen (倶知安温泉) is a hot spring place in Kutchan town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city. Only Hotel Yotei along Hokkaido Road 85 is built on a hillside at about 200 m above sea level. It takes about 5 minutes from the center of the Kutcan by car. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, 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.
Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and the Niseko Onsenkyo Group containing the Kutchan 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 Kutchan Onsen, too. 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 part 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
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 part 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 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. Read More
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. Read More
Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern part 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
Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Hotel Youtei.
Hotel Youtei is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 2000, and its predecessor is Hotel Yoteikaku (ホテル羊蹄閣), and is famous for looking at Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) from an open-air bath. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. Tatoo seems to be Ok. A restraunt and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too.
There are 1 open-air bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse on the 2nd floor. The bathhouses for men or women are sometimes replaced. The bathouse is not large, but the sunny bathhouse with a lot of windows is feeling good. The indoor bath is the size that about 15 poeple can take a bath, and the whirlpool bath is the size that about 5 poeple can take a bath, and both baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. Fresh hot springs gush out in sequence, and overflow freely from bathtubs, and flow to an outlet. A quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too.
The open-air bath on a balcony is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. A sense of openness can be felt, and it is comfortable. Bathers can look at the Mt. Yotei while bathing. It is a good point that a part of a blindfold fence is lowered to easy to look at the Mt. Yotei. In addition, brown hot spring ingredients that have been precipitated on the tiles of the hot springs gushing place is a highlight, too.
The hot springs are sodium and magnesium bicarbonate chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.624 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Kutchan Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium and magnesium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||49.3 C|
|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, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases|
|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 digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 800. Elementary school student: JPY 300. Infant: Free of charge.|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||398 538 380*44|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kutchan Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Niseko is here
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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