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[Niseko Goshiki Onsen] Day Trip Bath and Beautiful Scenery Can Be Enjoyed at Secret Onsen

October 25th, 2014

Niseko Goshiki Onsen

Niseko Goshiki Onsen (ニセコ五色温泉) is a hot spring place in Niseko town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and has an atmosphere such as a secret onsen in a mountain. There are Goshikinuma Onsen Ryokan (五色温泉旅館), Niseko Yama-no-Ie (ニセコ山の家), Goshiki Onsen Information Center (五色温泉インフォメーションセンター), Niseko Campsite (ニセコ野営場) and Niseko Shrine (ニセコ神社) in the heart of the mountain at 750 m above sea level, and here is a base for hikers that go up Mt. Annupuri (アンヌプリ) and Mt. Iwonupuri (イワオヌプリ). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The origin of the Goshiki Onsen has some opinions, and it is said that "Goshiki Onsen seems to have 5 types of hot springs" or "Sulfur is mixed with the hot springs, and looks 5 colors" are most plausible. * Goshiki means 5 colors in English. Tourists visit here all the year round, and Especially, hikers enjoy mountains in a summer, and backcountry skiers or backcountry snowboarders enjoy themselves in a winter. The Niseko Goshiki Onsen has heavy snow, and Hokkaido Road 58 (道道58号) from the Niseko Goshiki Onsen to Kutchan is closed to traffic in a winter season (from November to May). Yama-no-Ie and Goshiki Onsen Information Center closed a business in the winter, too. By the way, starry sky is beautiful in the evening because there is nothing.

Hot Springs Are Gushing out from Ground
Niseko Goshiki Onsen

Atmosphere of Backcountry Skiing around Niseko Goshiki Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Backcountry Skiing around Niseko Goshiki Onsen

Atmosphere of Trekking to Mt. Iwaonupuri Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Trekking to Mt. Iwaonupuri

It is the beginning of the Niseko Goshiki Onsen that Mr. Michisaburo Inamura (稲村道三郎) used his own funds on developing a road from Kuttchan to the Niseko Goshiki Onsen around 1920, and Mr. Tsuchijiro Inoue (井上土次郎) opened Inoue Onsen (井上温泉) in 1929. After that, Inamura Onsen (稲村温泉) that is predecessor of the Goshiki Onsen Ryokan was founded in 1930. Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and the Niseko Onsenkyo Group containing the Niseko Goshiki Onsen has been appointed by Minister for the Environment, and is one of 15 nation insurance hot spring resorts in Hokkaido.

Mt. Iwaonupuri with Fall Foliage and Trail Path
Niseko Goshiki Onsen

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.

Mt. Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Shrine
Niseko Goshiki Onsen

There are Sakamoto Park, 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 Niseko, 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. Nonstop buses do not run from Sapporo to here, But Express Bus Niseko-go runs from Sapporo to Ikoi-no-Yuyado Iroha.

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

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Goshiki Onsen Ryokan and Niseko Yama-no-Ie.

Trail Path to Mt. Iwaonupuri
Niseko Goshiki Onsen

Goshiki Onsen Ryokan

Goshiki Onsen Ryokan is a popular small sized onsen ryokan founded in 1930, and is well-known for 100% pure natural free flowing hot springs, and is one of 18 onsen fasilities that the Japan Association of Secluded Onsen Heritage (日本温泉遺産を守る会) will recognize the hot spring facilities using fresh free flowing hot springs in Hokkaido. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 700. A staying is possible, too. They have 2 buildings, Main Building (本館) and Annex Building (別館), and the Annex Building only for hotel guests is accommodations without meals. But it did not open a business at that day when I came. There is a public bathhouse at the Annex Building, too. Goshiki Onsen Ryokan is popular for hikers and backcountry skiers or backcountry snowboarders, and a lot of overseas tourists come, too.

Appearance of Building
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen

There are 2 gender segregated large public bathhouses, Daiyokujo (大浴場) and Karamatsu-no-Yu (からまつの湯), on the 1st floor of the Main Building. But the bathers must move from the bathhouse to the bathhouse in wearing their clothes because the bathouses are away from each bathhouses.

Entrances of Bathhouses. Innermost Karamatsu-no-Yu Is Divided into Man and Woman
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen

There are 1 open-air bath and 2 indoor baths at the Daiyokujo. The wooden open-air bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. A view from the open-air bath is splendid. Bathers can look at Mt. Annupuri and Mt. Iwaonupuri. But the hot springs were considerably hot nearby a hot spring gushing place. I could not endure too hot springs, and took a bath at a remotest part of the hot spring gushing place near an outlet.

Open-air Bath
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen
Open-air Bath
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen
Nice View
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen

The indoor baths are different water temperature at the small public bathhouse. The large indoor baths is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. The hot springs were too hot to me, and I gave up bathing when I visited here in a summer. I flew up when I put my foot into the hot springs. But the hot springs of the small indoor bath were suitable temperature, and I was able to take a bath comfortably. The small indoor bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. Unfortunately, I tried to drink it several times, but I could not drink it with my hands because the gushing hot springs were too hot...

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2 Indoor Baths
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen
Indoor Bath
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen

There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at the Karamatsu-no-Yu. New interior decoration is a special feature. The open-air bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. A view from the open-air bath is inferior to the Daiyokujo of the view, but I am glad that I can enjoy suitable temperature. Similarly, the indoor bath is the suitable temperature, too, and is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. If you will enjoy views, the Daiyokujo is most suitable. If you take a long bathing, the Karamatsu-no-Yu is most suitable.

Indoor Bath at Karamatsu-no-Yu
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen
Open-air Bath at Karamatsu-no-Yu
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen
Open-air Bath at Karamatsu-no-Yu
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen
View from Open-air Bath
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan

The hot springs are acidic sulfur magnesium and sodium and calcium sulfate chloride spring, and are milky white and have acid taste and sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredient are 4.574 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 219.2 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at each bathhouses. A restroom and a free hair dryer are installed at each dressing rooms.

Dressing Room at Daiyokujo
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen
Dressing Room at Karamatsu-no-Yu
Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Niseko Goshiki Onsen

Atmosphere of Goshiki Onsen Ryokan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Goshiki Onsen Ryokan

Types of Hot Springs Acidic sulfur magnesium and sodium and calcium sulfate chloride spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 76.1 C
ph 2.6
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, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women's diseases, Cut, Burn, Weak child, Diabetes, High blood pressure, 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 digestive diseases, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea
Facilities Open-air bath(2), Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 700. Child: JPY 500.
Business hours From May 01 to October 31 08:00-20:00
From November 01 to April 30 10:00-19:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (80 cars)
Telephone number +81-136-58-2707
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 398 436 507*24

Niseko Yama-no-Ie

Niseko Yama-no-Ie is a small-sized long-established onsen inn beside Niseko Campsite, and its predecessor is Niseko National Railway Yama-no-Ie (ニセコ国鉄山の家) founded in 1937. The appearance is like a mountain hut with a gable roof, and hikers often use it as a base. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too. They opens a business only during a summer. But, they have been closed since 2016 at present.

Appearance of Building
Niseko Yama-no-Ie Niseko Goshiki Onsen

There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at a tiled public bathroom on the 1st floor. Sunny bathroom with large windows is feeling good. Bathers can feel a sense of openness without a roof. Hot springs are acidic sulfur magnesium and sodium and calcium sulfate chloride spring, and are milky white and have acid taste and sulfur smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A free hair dryer is installed at a dressing room.

Look of Baths (Source: Niseko Yama-no-Ie)
Niseko Yama-no-Ie Niseko Goshiki Onsen

Atmosphere of Niseko Yama-no-Ie Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Niseko Yama-no-Ie

Types of Hot Springs Acidic sulfur magnesium and sodium and calcium sulfate chloride spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 76.1 C
ph 2.6
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, Arteriosclerosis, Diabetes, High blood pressure
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 cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Elementary school student: JPY 300. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day From November to May
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-136-58-2611
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 398 436 419*88

List of Accommodations

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

Goshiki Onsen Ryokan(五色温泉旅館)
Booking
Niseko Yama-no-Ie(ニセコ山の家)
Booking
Rakuten

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Niseko is here

Niseko

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