[Kutchan Onsen in Niseko] Day Trip Bath and Mt. Yotei While Bathing Open-air Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Hotel Yotei
May 31st, 2014
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 Moss Pink at Mishima Private 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 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
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
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
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
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 Kutchan Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Niseko is here