Niseko Onsens: Our top picks!

  • September 23, 2016

Famous for its incredible powdery snow, Niseko is also blessed with a rich abundance of onsen hot springs. To officially qualify as an onsen, hot spring water must be naturally heated and sufficiently rich in minerals. Often reaching temperatures above 40°C, hot spring water is the best way to relax after a day of hard play on the slopes. Our team has come up with a list of the top 8 onsens in Niseko. Read on to get started with your onsen journey.

Niseko Annupuri Onsen Yugokoro-tei

Yugokoro-tei (湯心亭)is famous for its geothermally-heated high temperature hot spring. The natural water source is directly used in the bathing areas and goes up to 56.4 degrees celsius. Yugokoro-tei features a very soothing natural atmosphere with an outdoor bathing area surrounded by massive rocks and a rich forest. Guests can use the rocks as a seat to cool down. Shampoo, conditioner and body soap are included in the shower area.

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Outdoor onsen of Yugokoro-tei ©Yugokorotei

Opening hours: 06:00 - Midnight (last entry at 23:00)

Entrance Fee

  • 1,000 JPY per adult and 900 JPY per high school student
  • 500 JPY per primary school student
  • Free admission: children under 6

Towels rental 

  • Face towel: 100 JPY
  • Bath towel: 200 JPY
  • Face and bath towel set: 250 JPY

Phone: 0136-58-2500

Yukichichibu Onsen

Located in Rankoshi town, Yukichichibu(雪秩父) is not easy to reach in winter. However, this onsen is definitely worth a visit and you will be sure to escape the crowds for a tranquil moment of your own. Yukichichibu has more than 10 outdoor hot spring baths and there is also a famous mud bath in the female section!  

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Outdoor onsen of Yukichichibu ©Yukichichibu Onsen
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Mud onsen of Yukichichibu ©TV Hokkaido

Opening hours: 10:00 - 20:00

Entrance Fee

  • 700 JPY per adult
  • 300 JPY per child

Phone: 0136-582328

Niseko Grand Hotel

Niseko Grand Hotel is one of the few onsen that offers a mixed gender experience. This is the ideal choice for families who wish to spend time and relax together after a long day on the slopes. The secluded mixed onsen baths are at the end of the garden and surrounded by many trees. The three mixed outdoor onsen baths offer a blend of both iron-mineral and sodium-mineral spring water. Ladies need to wear a ‘’Yuami’’ before entering the mixed onsen, which is available for rental at front desk for 100 JPY. There are two outdoor and two indoor baths (in each female and male sections) at Niseko Grand Hotel, each respectively boasting iron-mineral-spring water and sodium-mineral-spring water. 

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Outdoor onsen ©Niseko Grand Hotel

Opening Hours: 11:30 - 22:00 (last entry: 21:30)

Entrance Fee:

  • 900 JPY per adult
  • 450 JPY per child (7 to 12 years old)
  • Yuami onsen wear rental: 100 JPY
  • Bath towel rental: 150 JPY / Face towel rental: 100 JPY

Phone: 0136-58-2121

Goshiki Onsen (五色温泉)

Located at a high elevation of 750m above sea level, Goshiki was once selected as one of the top 10 secret onsens in Japan by TV Tokyo. Guests can enjoy a decor of wild alpine plants at the foot of the Niseko Annupuri and Iwaonupuri mountains. A winter visit guarantees that you'll find yourself wrapped in a silvery white scenery. For summer, a green lush landscape coupled with birds singing awaits visitors. The source flows from Mt. Iwaonupuri and the natural sulfur-rich spring water is said to have healing effect on diabetes, high pressure and more.

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Outdoor onsen ©Goshiki Onsen

Opening Hours:  Summer: 08:00 - 20:00 / Winter: 10:00 - 19:00 (Please call in advance to confirm the opening hour in winter)

Entrance Fee:

  • 700 JPY per adult
  • 500 JPY per child

Phone: 0136-582707

Niseko Konbu Onsen Tsuruga Besso Moku no sho

Opened in July 2013, Moku-no-sho (杢の抄) is an onsen located in a tranquil corner around Annupuri. Moku no sho has two onsens, the public Meisen no Yu and the private Wasen no Yu hot spring baths. The latter is a good option for guests who need more intimacy and prefer a private family onsen. However, both onsens are closed to the public. To experience this mystical place, you need to opt for the dinner plan which includes a visit to the onsen. If you want to complete your Niseko trip with a genuine Japanese experience, Moku no sho is your call. 

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Moku-no-sho public onsen bath: Meisen no Yu ©Moku no sho

Phone: 0136-59-2323

Hilton Niseko Village Onsen

This onsen offers splendid views of Mount Yotei. Situated at the base of Hilton Niseko Village, this is the perfect choice for those who want to relax in an onsen right after skiing. On an interesting note, there is a pond filled with colorful carps next to the outdoor bath.

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Relaxing in the hot onsen overlooking the majestic Mount Yotei is one of the best activities in Niseko. ©Hilton Niseko Village Onsen

Entrance Fee

  • 1,200 JPY per adult
  • 700 JPY per child
  • Towel rental: 100 JPY

Phone: 0136-441111

Kanro no mori

Kanronomori (甘露の森) means the dew of forest in Japanese. As the name suggests, the outdoor onsen bath of Kanronomori is located inside a forest where you can truly relax in a beautiful nature setting. Being slightly acidic and rich in sulfate ions, the hot spring water of Kanronomori is said to keep the skin moist. Kanronomori also has private onsen for hire, which is a great option for those who want to have more intimacy. The hotel provides a shuttle bus service to pick up guests from Niseko and Kutchan JR station.

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The outdoor onsen of Kanronomori is located inside a secluded forest ©Kanronomori Onsen

Opening hours: 11:00 - 21:00

Entrance fee

  • Public onsen - 900 JPY per adult and 300 JPY per child
  • Private onsen - 3,000 JPY per 50 minutes plus 900 JPY onsen fee per person

Phone: 0136-58-3800

Prince Hotel Hirafu tei

Located right on Hirafu-zaka, the Prince Hotel Hirafu tei onsen is regarded as the best of the 3 Hirafu public onsens (the others are Alpen Hotel and The Vale). With outdoor baths, a cool water bath, sauna, shower and post-soak amenities plus great views of Yotei and the ski slopes, it's a top choice if you want to visit an onsen in Niseko but want to get there by foot.

The onsen is designed to be stress-relieving and is loved by visitors for its shallow 'sleeping bath' that is perfect for lying flat and resting while the water just covers your body.

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You can enjoy a view of Mt Yotei or the ski slopes right in Hirafu village at Prince Hotel © Prince Hotel Hirafu tei 

Opening time

  • 7am - 10:30am, 1:30pm - 11pm

Entrance Fee

  • 1,200 JPY / adult
  • 600 JPY / child (4 years old - elementary school age)

Phone: 0136-23-2239


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