- June 1st, 2014
[Niseko Higashiyama Onsen] Day Trip Bath and Outdoor Activities Can Be Enjoyed in Niseko Village
Niseko Higashiyama Onsen
Niseko Higashiyama Onsen (ニセコ東山温泉) is a hot spring resort in Niseko town located in the southwestern direction of Sapporo city. Here is Niseko Village Ski Resort that is one of Niseko United. Large area named Niseko Village is the big resort with 3 accommodations, and various activities are served. Niseko Village Ski Resort (ニセコビレッジスキーリゾート), Niseko Golf Course (ニセコゴルフコース), PURE (ピュア・アクティビティ) and Wine and Dine (ショッピング＆ダイニングエリア) are built. Golf, outdoor activities and horse riding can be enjoyed in a summer, and skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed in a winter, so a lot of tourists from all over the world come to do ski or snowboard. By the way, convenience stores are not built.
The origin of Niseko Higashiyama Onsen is relatively new, and Higashiyama Ski Resort (東山スキー場) and Higashiyama Prince Hotel (東山プリンスホテル) opened a business in 1982. After that, the Higashiyama Prince Hotel turned into Hilton Niseko Village Hotel (ヒルトンニセコビレッジホテル). In adition, YTL corp, one of the greatest conglomerate company in Malaysia bought out the Niseko Village, so the Niseko Village is getting more and more popular with all over the world. As for events in the Niseko Village, Niconico (*smile) Niseko Village Festival (ニコニコ・ニセコビレッジ・フェスティバル) is held in late August every year. By the way, there are Niseko Milk Maker Takahashi Ranch (ニセコミルク工房 高橋牧場) and Cafe Komugino (Cafeこむぎ野) near the Niseko Village, and those are popular in particular around here.
Atmosphere of Niseko Village Can Be Watched on Youtube
Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and the Niseko Onsenkyo Group containing the Niseko Higashiyama 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 Cherry trees, 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 Higashiyama Onsen, too. Although there is the hot spring resort at the foot of 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 Village Ski Resort. Niseko Village Express runs between New chitose airport and the Niseko Village, and Express Bus Niseko-go runs from Sapporo to Ikoi-no-Yuyado Iroha. In addition, Nicotto Bus (にこっとBUS) runs in the Niseko. Shuttle buses for hotel guests of the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel run between the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel and Kuttchan Station.
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
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
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 the Hilton Niseko Village Hotel.
Hilton Niseko Village Hotel
Hilton Niseko Village Hotel is a large-sized onsen resort hotel founded in 1982, and a building was desined as Niseko Higashiyama Prince Hotel by Mr. Kiyoshi Seike (清家清), a famous architect, in 1994. At present, Hilton Hotels and Resorts that is 3 major hotel group in the world runs it as a high class resort hotel, and greets a lot of tourists from all over the world, and is well-known for wining 4 times World Ski Award “Japan’s Best Ski Hotel” from 2013 to 2016, and is famous for feeling like uniting an open-air bath with a pond.
An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 1200. Tattooed people seem to be allowed to take a bath. By the way, a photography is prohibited at the bathhouse and the dressing room. Bad luck! A staying is possible, too, and Mt Yotei, the morning sun and the sea of clouds from guest rooms have a good reputation. Bar and Grill “Melt” (バー＆グリル「メルト」), Japanese Restaurant “Sisam” (日本料理「シサム」), Teppanyaki “Pirka” (鉄板焼「ピルカ」), Sushi Japanese Restaurant “Rera” (寿司「レラ」), Pub “Ezo” (パブ「エゾ」) and Restaurant “Yotei” (レストラン「羊蹄」) are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunts and the cafe.
There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at a large public bathhouse. The indoor bath is on the 1st floor, and the open-air bath facing a pond is on the 1st basement floor. The both baths use free flowing hot springs with adding water. Carps swim in the pond, and if it is fine weather, bathers can take a bath while seeing the Mt. Yotei.
The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and slightly oil smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 7.413 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom, a free hair dryer and a cold water dispenser are installed at a dressing room.
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||72.1 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, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women’s diseases, Cut, Burn, Weak child|
|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(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 1200. Child: JPY 700.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (500 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||398 351 256*06|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Niseko Higashiyama 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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