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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 Moss Pink at Mishima Private 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 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

Moss Pink at Mishima Private Garden

Mishima's Moss Pink (三島さんちの芝桜) is a private garden in Niseko, Kutchan town located in the western part of Sapporo city. Mr. Mishima has been planted the moss pink after retirement from farmer in the early 2000s. The area that the moss pink was planted seems to be 4,000 m2 now. I was really surprised at the area of moss pink very much when I visited here. These flowers are best viewed from late May to mid June. There is no charge for admission. A free parking lot and a restroom are provided, too. Because the garden is thrown open to visitors in his good faith, the visiotrs follow a manner, and let's 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-

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

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.

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)
Pension and Cottage Kazemidori(ペンション&コテージ風みどり)
Pension Tinkerbell(ペンションティンカーベル)

A page of Niseko is here