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[Niseko Yakushi Onsen in Rankoshi] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at One of Three Major Secret Onsen in Japan [Closed Business]

July 10th, 2014

Niseko Yakushi Onsen

Niseko Yakushi Onsen (ニセコ薬師温泉) is a hot spring place in Rankoshi town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and is one of three major secret onsen in Japan together with Yachi Onsen in Aomori Prefecture and Soya Onsen in Tokushima Prefecture. Only Niseko Yakushi Onsen Ryokan (薬師温泉旅館) is built at around 180 m above sea level in the mountain, and is surrouded by forests, so secret onsen is the perfect word to describe the Niseko Yakushi Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Hot springs were discovered in 1896, and the onsen was called "Narita Onsen (成田温泉)" at that time. The Niseko Yakushi Onsen is one of 7 Konbu Onsen Places (昆布七湯) that were used to be in Meiji period and Taisho period, and has the old history. Unfortunately, this onsen ryokan closed down in 2014.

Close Down Is Shown at Private House
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

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

Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath Looks like Pond
Niseko Yakushi 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.

Broken Building for Stay
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

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

List of Day Trip Onsen

There is not a hot spring facility for day trip bath now.

Yezo Salamander's Eggs in Spring. Nature is Rich around here.
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

[Shut Down] Yakushi Onsen Ryokan

Yakushi Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized long-establish onsen ryokan surrounded by forests, and opened a business in 1896, and is one of 18 onsen fasilities that the Japan Association of Secluded Onsen Heritage (日本温泉遺産を守る会) will recognize the hot spring facilities using fresh free flowing hot springs in Hokkaido. Because a building was destroyed, I thought that the ryokan was shut down. But they opened their bussiness unexpectedly. It is said that it is ruins-type onsen. They have 2 buildings, a private house and a building for stay, and there was a ticket vendor at their private house, I purchased a bathing ticket via the ticket vendor. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 300. A staying is possible, too. The appearance and the interior decoration are very old. Unfortunately, they closed down in 2014. This article before closing is as follows.

Appearance of Building
Niseko Yakushi Onsen
Building for Stay
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

They have 4 public baths, and there are 1 mixed bathing public bathroom and 2 gender segregated public bathrooms on the 1st floor of the building for stay, and there is 1 mixed bathing open-air bath look like almost the pond on the outside. The baths are away from each baths, so bathers must move in wearing their clothes.

Stuffed Bear on Front Porch
Niseko Yakushi Onsen
Look of Inside
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

The mixed bathing public bathroom is surrounded by wooden boards, and is very dark. There is 1 mixed bathing indoor bath, and it is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. A wash place is not at the bathroom, so please take a bath after washing your body at the gender segregated public bathroom. The depth of the bath is around 1 m, and bathers can take a bath while standing. The bottom of the bath is paved with rocks, and hot springs gush out from the bottom, and do not expose to air without oxidizing, so this onsen is famous for fresh free flowing hot springs called high quality hot springs. The bath uses (1)sodium chloride carbonated spring. The hot springs are called "Various Changes of Hot Springs (七変化の湯)" because the hot springs sometimes look changing color. In addition, the onsen is famous for a legend with curing baldness, too.

Entrance of Mixed Bathing Bathroom
Niseko Yakushi Onsen
Mixed Bathing Bathroom
Niseko Yakushi Onsen
Mixed Bathing Indoor Bath
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

There is 1 indoor bath at the gender segregated public bathroom. The bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. The depth of the bath is around 1 m, and bathers can take a bath while standing, too. The bottom of the bath is paved with rocks, and the hot springs gush out from the bottom, and do not expose to air without oxidizing. The bath uses (2)sodium chloride spring. The wash place is at the bathroom. But showers are broken. The bathroom is slighly dark, and handprints are covered on a wall.

Entrance of Bathroom for men
Niseko Yakushi Onsen
Gender segregated Indoor bath (Source: Wikipedia)
Niseko Yakushi Onsen
Indoor Bath for Men
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

An owner guided me to the mixed bathing open-air bath through a destroyed steel bridge, and there is 1 mixed bathing open bath like a pond in nature. It is the size that about 6 people can take a bath. He told me that I must pay JPY 100 to take a bath. Algae that was not flowers of sulphur floated naturally on the surface of the hot springs. Because he did not clean the open-air bath for about 7 years, it might be an unembellished situation. I paid the money, but I gave up bathing.

Path to Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath
Niseko Yakushi Onsen
Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath. A lot of Gnats Fly
Niseko Yakushi Onsen

The hot springs are (1)sodium chloride carbonated spring, and are opaque and ocherocherous and have a little salty taste and metallic smell, and and another one is (2)sodium chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and metallic smell. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, bathers must bring those. A restroom is broken at a dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. I think that this onsen is unsuitable for people having a weak heart or a neat and tidy people because a destroyed building and deep baths are amazing. But I suppose that a person liking adventure can enjoy it.

Atmosphere of Niseko Yakushi Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Niseko Yakushi Onsen

Types of Hot Springs (1)Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type:Weak acidic, Osmotic Pressure:Low, Spring Temperature Type:Hot spring)
(2)Sodium chloride spring (Type:Weak acidic, Osmotic Pressure:Low, Spring Temperature Type:Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)37 C
(2)-
ph (1)5.6
(2)-
Indications (1)(2)Neuralgia, Wound, Gout, Chronic skin diseases
Contraindications (1)(2)Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Pulmonary tuberculosis
Indications of drinking (1)(2)Hypoacidity, Anemia
Contraindications of drinking (1)(2)Hyperchylia, Kidney disease, Gastric ulcer
Facilities Mixed bathing open-air bath(1), Mixed bathing indoor bath(1), Gender segregated indoor bath(1).
Entrance fee to the bath facility JPY 300
Business hours 06:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Mapcode 398 281 592*51

List of Accommodations

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

Niimi Onsen(新見温泉)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Tsukimi-no-Yado Akahane(月美の宿 紅葉音)
Booking
Yugomori-no-Yado Adajo(湯ごもりの宿アダージョ)
HP
Booking
Yusenkaku(幽泉閣)
Booking
Rakuten
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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