- June 1st, 2015
[Niseko Kogane Onsen in Rankoshi] View with Not Daily Life and Free Flowing Hot Spring Can Be Enjoyed
Niseko Kogane Onsen
Niseko Kogane Onsen (ニセコ黄金温泉) is a hot spring place in Rankoshi town located in the southwestern direction of Sapporo city. Only the Kogane Onsen opens a business in fields of Kogane district near a point across Shiribetsu River (尻別川) getting the first place 7 times in the quality of the water ranking in Japan and Niseko Anbestu River (ニセコアンベツ川), and is famous for a rare carbonic acid hot springs in Hokkaido and an open-air bath with a good view of Mt. Yotei, so a lot of onsen enthusiasts come. Their business period is from May to October.
Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and the Niseko Onsenkyo Group 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 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) in the Niseko, too. In addition, 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 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 Niseko Kogane Onsen.
Niseko Kogane Onsen
The Niseko Kogane Onsen is a hot spring facility for day trip bath. A building is surrounded by fields, and Mr. Hayashi (林) and his wife, around 80 years old, run it. Originally, they used to be a farmer, and hot springs gushed out when they dug agricultural well water, so they built the hot spring facility at their site. It is surprising that all facilities about the hot springs are handmade.
The Niseko Kogane Onsen is known for a semi-mixed bathing open-air bath and 100% natural fresh free flowing hot spring. A lot of onsen enthusiasts come to savor those. By the way, business season is from May to Octorber, and they close a business in a winter. In addition, a buckwheat noodles restaurant is built on the site, too, and his handmade Juwari Soba (十割そば) limited to 20 meals is popular, too. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A set of the buckwheat noodles and bathing is provided for JPY 1100, too.
There are 1 indoor bath, 1 semi-mixed bathing open-air bath, 1 small open-air sleeping bath and 2 open-air pot baths at a public bathhouse. The indoor bath at the small bathhouse is the size that about 4 poeple can take a bath. The indoor bath has the hottest spring in all the baths. The sunny bathhouse is feeling good. The handmade bathhouse remainds me of a building of the television drama “From the north country (北の国から)”, and a typical old atmosphere of Hokkaido can be felt.
I felt as if the open-air baths were placed on the Japanese garden, and a sense of openness can be felt very much, too. Parasols are built, too, so visitors can forget daily life. U-shaped semi-mixed bathing open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 5 people can take a bath at men side. A rocky wall sparetes the bathhouse for men from the bathhouse for women without completing, so family customers seem to enjoy themselves if there are a few pople. Because the oxidized hot springs turn into yellow ocher color, each bathers hard to see each bodies, and I guess that the owner consider the mixed bathing. If it is fine weather, a view from the open-air baths is amazing! Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) can be seen. In addition, in the evening, if the bathers push a button “Switch for Seeing Stars (星を見る時スイッチ)” to dim the lighting, a starlit sky can be enjoyed.
A small open-air sleeping bath and 2 open-air pot baths seat one, and whenever the bathers take a bath, they may feel comfortable for overflowing hot springs. By the way, fresh hot springs gush out without oxidizing, and its color is clear and colorless. In addition, natural air bubbles rose from the bottom! This is very interesting. Water temperature is warm, so it is suitable for taking a long bath, and the bathers can savor spending an elegant and blissful time while looking at the Mt. Yotei without thinking of anything.
The hot springs are sodium chloride bicarbonate sulfate spring, and are opaque and yellow ocher and have metallic taste and metallic taste smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredient are 3.389 g/kg. The hot springs are used for a shower or a water service at the bathhouse, too. Because the hot springs seemed to be drinkable, I drank it out of my hands from a faucet. It had a metallic taste, and carbonic acid was not felt. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A free hair dryer is installed at a dressing room. There is not a restroom, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom of outside. By the way, the visitors can not stay at this facility because there is not accommodation.
Atmosphere of Niseko kogane Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Spring quality||Sodium chloride bicarbonate sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||36.7 C|
|Indication||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women’s diseases, Weak child, Burn, Cut, 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 constipation, Chronic cholecystitis, Gout, Diabetes, Liver disease, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diseases accompanied by edema in general, Diarrhea|
|Facilities||Open-air bath(4), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. But open-air bath is semi-segregation.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.|
|Regular closing day||From November to April|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||398 195 227*20|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Rankoshi. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Niseko Konbugawa Onsen
Niseko Yumoto Onsen
Niseko Goshiki Onsen
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Great Onsen of Hokkaido is here
Great Onsen of Hokkaido
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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