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[Niseko Konbugawa Onsen in Rankoshi] Day Trip Bath in Early Morning Can Be Enjoyed at Yusenkaku

June 1st, 2014

Niseko Konbugawa Onsen

Niseko Konbugawa Onsen is a hot spring place in Rankoshi town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city. Only Rankoshi-Cho Interchange Promotion Center Yusenkaku (蘭越町交流促進センター 幽泉閣) opens a business at a residential area across Shiribetsu River (尻別川) getting the first place 7 times in the quality of the water ranking in Japan and Konbu River. Except the Yusenkaku, a Japanese confectionery, a restaurant, a shop, a gas station and 100th Anniversary of Forest Park Golf Course (100年の森パークゴルフ場) are built, but convenience stores are not built. There is Yezo Ramen Katsuji (えぞらーめん勝二) that has gotten the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido Special Edition 2012 and 2017 relatively near here.

100th Anniversary of Forest Park Golf Course
Niseko Konbugawa Onsen

Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and the Niseko Onsenkyo Group containing the Niseko Konbugawa 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.

Niseko Oyunuma Pond
Niseko Konbugawa 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) 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

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 part 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. Article is here

Beautiful Fall Foliage
Shinsen-numa Wetland and Shinsen-numa Swamp in Niseko

Oyunuma Pond

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 part 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. 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

Rankoshi Ramen Yezo Ramen Katsuji

Yezo Ramen Katsuji (えぞらーめん勝二) is a popular ramen restraunt in Rankoshi town, Niseko and t is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. There is a buliding near a building of Homac Nicot (ホーマックニコット). Article is here

Dark-Brown Miso Ramen
Dark-Brown Miso Ramen -Yezo Ramen Katsuji in Rankoshi-

NISEKO

Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern part 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. Article is here

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List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Yusenkaku.

Rankoshi-Cho Interchange Promotion Center Yusenkaku

Rankoshi-Cho Interchange Promotion Center Yusenkaku (蘭越町交流促進センター 幽泉閣) is a long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1958 in the back of Konbu Station. The appearance is like a mosque in Middle East countries. A building was renewed in 1997, and a footbath is built on the site. The Yusenkaku is popular with local people. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 06:00 to 08:00 in the ealry morning. A chartered bath is provided, and an extra cost is JPY 1000 per 60 minutes. A set of day trip bath and meals is served for JPY 1000. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Yusenkaku

There are 1 outdoor bath, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 2 cascading baths, 1 cold bath and 2 saunas at a large public bathhouse. The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks has water temperature of 38 - 41 C, and uses chlorine hot springs. The outdoor bath surrounded by walls does not has a good view. One of the indoor bath has water temperature of around 46 C, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. Another indoor bath has water temperature of 40 - 42 C, and uses free flowing hot spring with adding water. The whirlpool bath has water temperature of 38 - 41 C, and uses free flowing hot spring with adding water. The cascading baths use heated water. 2 types of the saunas, dry and wet, are provided.

Look of Baths (Source: Yusenkaku
Niseko Konbugawa Onsen

The hot springs are sodium chloride carbonated spring, and are clear and light yellow and have neither taste nor smell, have very slippery and smooth touch. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.496 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and a free hair dryer are installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Yusenkaku Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yusenkaku

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 53.4 C
ph 8.2
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, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women's diseases, Cut, Burn
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, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(5), Sauna(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 06:00-08:00 and 10:00-21:30
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-136-58-2131
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here
Mapcode 398 162 393*42

List of Accommodations

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

Yusenkaku(幽泉閣)
Booking
Rakuten
Tsukimi-no-Yado Akahane(月美の宿 紅葉音)
Yugomori-no-Yado Adajo(湯ごもりの宿アダージョ)
HP
Booking
Pension and Cottage Kazemidori(ペンション&コテージ風みどり)
Booking
Pension Tinkerbell(ペンションティンカーベル)
HP
Booking
Rakuten

A page of Niseko is here

Niseko

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