[Weiss Onsen in Kyowa] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Entrance of Niseko
July 1st, 2014
Weiss Onsen (ワイス温泉) is a hot spring place in Kyowa town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city. A mountain was named after Mt. Weisshorn in Alps, Switzerland because the mountain near the Kyowa looked like the Mt. Weisshorn (there are various opinions), and the Weiss in the foot of Mt. Weisshorn was named after Mt. Weisshorn. Only Weiss Onsen is built along National Route 5 at 73 m above sea level. Except the Weiss Onsen, there are private houses and Masukin Shokudo (升金食堂), Unfortunately, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. But Suetsugu Shokai (末次商会) that is famous for Tunnel-mochi Rice Cake (トンネル餅) and Gentlemen (じぇんとるめん) that is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition are relatively near.
Niseko Onsenkyo Group passed a rigorous screening in 1958, and Niseko Onsenkyo Group around the Weiss 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.
There are Kyogoku Fukidashi Park (京極吹き出し公園), 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) around the Weiss Onsen, too. In addition, Suetsugu Shokai (末次商会) that sells Tunnel-mochi Rice Cake and Kyowa Ramen Gentlemen (じぇんとるめん) that got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition are relatively close. By the way, 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 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
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
Tunnel-mochi Rice Cake
Suetsugu Shokai (末次商会) is a Japanese confectionery store near Kozawa station (小沢駅) in Kozawa, Kyowa town and is famous for selling Kozawa's local specialty sweets "Tunnel-mochi Rice Cake (トンネル餅)". The Tunnel-mochi Rice Cake was made in commemoration of the completion of Inaho Tunnel for Hakodate Main Line with great difficulty construction by the founder, Mr. Kyutaro Nishimura (西村久太郎), in 1904. This is the longtime seller Japanese sweet more than 110 years. By the way, the son of Mr. Kyutaro Nishimura is Mr. Keiyu Nishimura (西村計雄), Japanese painter, and Keiyu Nishimura Memory Museum (西村計雄記念美術館) is built in the Kyowa town. Article is here
Kyowa Ramen Gentlemen
Gentlemen (じぇんとるめん) is a popular ramen restraunt in Kyowa town (Niseko) and was founded in 2007. It is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. A building is black and red outstanding appearance. Many buildings in Niseko have this decoration. Probably those will be in vogue. Article is here
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
List of Day Trip Onsen
Bathers can take a day trip bath only at Weiss Onsen.
Weiss Onsen is a middle-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1970, and its predecessor is Nation Insurance Center "Weiss-so". A building has an old atomosphere of Showa period like ryokan. Day trip bath is unexpectedly crowded with local people on weekday. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too. Construction workers often stay here, and reasonable price has a good reputation.
There are 2 indoor baths at a tiled public bathhouse. The indoor baths that are placed at the center of the bathhouse are partitioned at the center. Each baths are the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and hot springs flows freely from the baths. Water temperature are different, hot spring and lukewarm spring. Showers are usesd the hot springs, too.
The hot springs are sodium chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and light yellow and have a little salty taste and a little sulfur smell, and have a thickness touch. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.529 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and a free hair dryer are installed at a dressing room.
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||46.2 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Chronic women's diseases, Weak child, Arteriosclerosis, Cold sensitivity, 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||Not drinking|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300.|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Reservation||Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||398 743 837*31|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Weiss Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Niseko is here