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Konbu Onsen Turuga Besso Moku No Sho

Niseko Ryokan Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Besso Spa

Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Moku-no-sho is located in quiet An’nupuri Village also known as the Konbu Onsen District and offers the most authentic Japanese Ryokan experience in Niseko.  Its philosophy is ‘Mori no Tenky Buro’ which allows guests to relax and become one with nature.  This is manifested in several ways throughout the hotel.  Private Onsen rooms are available for reservation for 50 minutes of pure relaxation – the only such service offered in Niseko.  DIning centres around an 8 course Kaiseki dinner creatively prepared with ingredients sourced from throughout Hokkaido and served in Restaurant Cullinet.

GREEN LEAF VILLAGE

Iroha Onsen Hot Springs Outdoor Bathin Annupuri Village Niseko on LuxNiseko Alpine Luxury Lifestyle Magazine

Annupuri Village the Iroha Onsen is a favorite stop throughout the year for a multitude of reasons.  First, it is convenient and easy to access by foot, bus or by car as it is located just below the Annupuri ski hills and a short walk from bus stops.  This makes it easy to schedule after a day’s activities and before dinner.  Second, it is one of the most reasonably priced onsens in Niseko.  Third, the Iroha Onsen offers a complete package of well-chosen furnishings, amenities and professional staff.  Finally, after recent renovations the onsen is now sparkling with a modern freshness that combines well with its traditional water qualities and location.  The outdoor view into the Annupuri forest is special and made all the better with the choice of a natural black stone bath and real wood fencing.  The rare combination of great spring water and a special view is fully realized at Iroha Onsen in Annupuri.

THE VALE ONSEN

KOIKAWA Onsen Niseko View

KOIKAWA ONSEN hot spring was opened in 1899 in Niseko marking it as one of the original facilities in the fledgling resort area.  Step inside the building and you will get a strong sense of its history.  What some may see as old others will appreciate the nostalgic value of visiting an onsen from another era.  Facilities include two indoor baths and two open-air bath – one each for women and men that alternate throughout the week. respectively.

YUMOTO ONSEN PRINCE HOTEL

YUMOTO ONSEN PRINCE HOTEL

The Yumoto Onsen at the Hirafutei Prince Hotel in Hirafu has an indoor and outdoor bathing facility.  No tap water is added to it so the hot spring water is 100%pure.
Carbon dioxide gas in the hot spring water sinks into your skin and improves the circulation of the blood.  The hot spring has been known to help with muscle pain and work as a great stress reliever.  The indoor facility features several pools of varying degrees of temperatures whilst the highlight of the outdoor facility is a boutique onsen overlooking the ski hills.

HOTEL KANRONOMORI ONSEN

Hotel Onsen Kanonomori

Hotel Kanronomori Onsen is all about enjoying yourselves and becoming at one with Nature, leaving the pressure of life behind you, the ‘Mori no Tenku Buro’ is the epitamy of endulgence and is the ulimate way to relax and unwind.  There are 2 large public bathing areas in Hotel Kanronomori Onsen both of which are located on the edge of the National park so that you feel at one with nature.  Both area’s are different  and are swapped over at night so in house guests get to enjoy the best of both bathing area’s.

HILTON NISEKO VILLAGE ONSEN

Niseko Hilton Onsen

Hilton Hotel offers refined accomodations set against the backdrop of beautiful Annupuri Mountain int the village of Niseko.  All the services one might expect of a global chain are present including a beautiful onsen looking out onto the winter wonderland.  Slow down and discover total relaxation in naturally heated thermal waters, renowned for being beneficial to general health and well being. The Hilton Niseko Village Onsen has two bathing areas; an indoor bath on the upper level overlooking the changing seasons and a spacious outdoor bath fronted by a colourful carp filled pond.

YUKORO ONSEN

YUKORO ONSEN

Perhaps the most popular Onsen in Niseko Hirafu and the most crowded – Yukoro Onsen nestles amongst the trees and has an authentic hot springs feel with its Japanese design interiors.  Located in the lower village of Hirafu this onsen features a tranquil outdoor setting with high walls and snow covered boulders.  Guests enter the change room, disrobe and walk downstairs to wash prior to making the dash outside to the bathing area.  The natural spring water is perfect for rejuvenating the body and mind.

HOTEL KANRONOMORI ONSEN

Hotel Onsen Kanonomori

Hotel Kanronomori Onsen is all about enjoying yourselves and becoming at one with Nature, leaving the pressure of life behind you, the ‘Mori no Tenku Buro’ is the epitamy of endulgence and is the ulimate way to relax and unwind.  There are 2 large public bathing areas in Hotel Kanronomori Onsen both of which are located on the edge of the National park so that you feel at one with nature.  Both area’s are different  and are swapped over at night so in house guests get to enjoy the best of both bathing area’s.

HILTON NISEKO VILLAGE ONSEN

Niseko Hilton Onsen

Hilton Hotel offers refined accomodations set against the backdrop of beautiful Annupuri Mountain int the village of Niseko.  All the services one might expect of a global chain are present including a beautiful onsen looking out onto the winter wonderland.  Slow down and discover total relaxation in naturally heated thermal waters, renowned for being beneficial to general health and well being. The Hilton Niseko Village Onsen has two bathing areas; an indoor bath on the upper level overlooking the changing seasons and a spacious outdoor bath fronted by a colourful carp filled pond.

Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Moku-no-sho is located in quiet An’nupuri Village also known as the Konbu Onsen District and offers the most authentic Japanese Ryokan experience in Niseko.  Its philosophy is ‘Mori no Tenky Buro’ which allows guests to relax and become one with nature.  This is manifested in several ways throughout the hotel.  Private Onsen rooms are available for reservation for 50 minutes of pure relaxation – the only such service offered in Niseko.  DIning centres around an 8 course Kaiseki dinner creatively prepared with ingredients sourced from throughout Hokkaido and served in Restaurant Cullinet.

GREEN LEAF VILLAGE

GREEN LEAF LUXURY SPA

The Green Leaf Onsen stands out as one of the most beautiful natural rock pools in Niseko Village. The water source originates from a 100% natural mineral spring and feeds into separate indoor and outdoor onsen for males and females. The onsenwater emerges from deep within the earth at 53.2 degrees and cooled to just over 40 degrees before entering the onsen. Flowing at 270 litres per minute, the water is believed to have natural healing powers derived from the mineral content.

THE VALE ONSEN

THE VALE NISEKO Onsen

The Vale Onsen Niseko taps 700m deep into this mineral rich volcanic region to collect its natural thermal spring water.  It is said it takes 160 years to filter down through Mount Yotei, collecting its healing minerals and fertility.  The building incorporates a traditional Japanese onsen with a twist.  An ultra-modern design mixes with the old tradition to create a bathing experience unique only to Niseko.  Designed for ultimate relaxation. From the moment you walk in be ascended to a Japanese aquatic world; the smell of sandlewoods and cedar; soft hues from the blue glow of the water;

[td_block_text_with_title custom_title=”NISEKO ONSEN GUIDE” header_color=”#f97d78″ header_text_color=”#eae9f1″]A trip to Japan is incomplete without a trip to an onsen. Onsens, the hot springs that serve as public baths in Japan, can be confusing for a first timer, but this addictive tradition is well worth the effort. Here is a quick guide to getting in and out of your first onsen without shaming anyone’s ancestors

PAYING AND UNDRESSING………

Many onsens have vending machine style ticket dispensers, but you need to read some kanji in order to use them. The word for adult is otona literally meaning, “big person.” Roughly speaking, the kanji looks likes a man standing with his legs apart and arms straight out, next to a character similar to an upside down “y.” If there’s no machine or you can’t understand it, simply go to the front counter and pay at the till. An onsen will normally cost between 500-900 yen ($6 – $10USD).

Most onsens are split into men’s and women’s. The proper change room should be obvious by color; men’s is usually marked by a blue or green hanging and women’s by a red or pink one. Check with the counter if you have any doubts – better to be safe. The change room will have cubbyholes with baskets for your clothes and coin lockers for your valuables. The coin lockers return your coins, so use them if they’re there. If there are no lockers, leave your valuables at the front.

BEFORE ENTERING THE ONSEN……..

At this point you’ll be carrying your kit and nervously adjusting your modesty towel, but it’s not time to jump it yet. Inside the onsen, there will be washing areas and a pile of small plastic bowls and stools. Grab a bowl and and find yourself an open spot. Traditionally, you would fill the bowl with water and pour it over yourself to wash, but modern onsens have showers as well as taps. Clean yourself thoroughly before getting into the onsen.

If you are going to shave, do it after going into the onsen at least once just in case you cut yourself. Nobody wants to share a bath with someone who’s bleeding. Also, you can carry your modesty towel with you, but wring out any soap or shampoo first.

DEPARTURE……

After slowly boiling yourself clean, you reverse the process: rinse your washing area, put the stool and bowl back, and get dressed. Remember to dry off with the modesty towel before stepping into the change room so you don’t drip all over the floor. Once you’re out, thank the lady at the desk and congratulate yourself on surviving your first onsen (and probably not your last). An onsen is an excellent experience that you can have anywhere in Japan.[/td_block_text_with_title]