[Niseko Kogane Onsen in Rankoshi] View with Not Daily Life and Free Flowing Hot Spring Can Be Enjoyed
June 1st, 2015
Niseko Kogane Onsen
Niseko Kogane Onsen (ニセコ黄金温泉) is a hot spring facility for day trip bath in Rankoshi town. 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 on their site. It is surprising that all facilities about the hot springs are handmade.
Niseko Kogane Onsen is famous 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 300.|
|Regular closing day||From November to April|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||398 195 227*20|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Rankoshi.
|Tsukimi-no-Yado Akahane(月美の宿 紅葉音)||
|Pension and Cottage Kazemidori(ペンション＆コテージ風みどり)||
A page of Great Onsen of Hokkaido is here
Great Onsen of Hokkaido
A page of Niseko is here