Private onsens in Niseko (with map!)

  • March 01, 2021

Going to an onsen for the first time is undoubtedly a little intimidating - stripping down and bathing with total strangers is hardly a regular occurence in the west. If you're not ready to jump into the world of public onsens, have no fear, there are many private onsens available in Niseko for you to enjoy the healing benefits of the warm, mineral-rich water. These onsens are also good options for those with tattoos (many public onsens don't allow guests who have tattoos) or couples who'd like a private onsen experience.

1. Chalet Ivy

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The private onsen at Chaley Ivy is a great option for those looking for a discreet onsen experience in Hirafu village, as the hotel is located on Hirafu-zaka, the village's main street. Reservations are required to enjoy this onsen, and sessions last 45 minutes.

Chalet Ivy private onsen

Location: Chalet Ivy 1F, Hirafu-zaka (Google maps location)

Price: ¥5,000 per session

Opening hours: 12noon – 24:00 (last entry: 23:00) during hotel operation periods

Session Time: 45 minutes

Reservation required?: Yes (via contact form)

2. Kira no Yu

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Kira no yu is a popular onsen located in Niseko Town, around ~15 minutes from Hirafu village. They have one private onsen available (reservations not essential but recommended) and it's great for price conscious guests. It's a basic onsen, but opening the large windows during the session offers a view into the grassed area outside the pools and a refreshing gust of air. The onsen complex also has a cafe, gift shop, relaxation room, massage chairs and various vending machines.

Kira no yu private onsen

Location: Kira no yu onsen, opposite Niseko station (Google maps location)

Price: ¥1,000 flat fee for a 1hr private onsen session, plus ¥500pp onsen entrance fee

Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30 (last entry: 21:00). From November - July, the onsen is closed every 2nd and 4th Wednesday (if this day falls on a national holiday, the following day will be closed)

Session Time: 1 hour

Reservation required?: No, but reservations are recommended (reception number: +81(0) 136-44-1100)

3. Moku no Sho

Image: Moku no Sho
Image: Moku no Sho

Located in the Annupuri/Moiwa area of Niseko, Moku no Sho onsen is a high-end hotspring hotel that allows non-staying visitors to enjoy an onsen and dinner package. Gaze out from the window at the forest and Niseko Anbestu River while relaxing in their private onsen, which includes luxe amenities and a lovely polished stone build. Before your onsen you will be treated to traditional a Japanese Kaiseki-style dinner using seasonal and locally sourced high quality ingredients. You can access Moku no Sho via car or taxi.

Moku no sho private onsen

Location: Moku no Sho hotel, Annupuri/Moiwa area (Google maps location)

Price: Dinner and onsen packages start from ~¥11,880 per person, and an extra surcharge of ¥2,200 per group is required to use the private onsen

Opening hours: 15:00 - 23:00 during hotel operation periods

Onsen Session Time: 50 minutes (please also allow time for dinner)

Reservation required?: Yes, at least 5 days in advance (via front desk +81(0) 136-59-2323)

4. Kanro no Mori

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The Kanro no Mori private onsen in the Annupuri/Moiwa area of Niseko is perfect for families, as it fits over 10 people in its large bath and has multiple shower stations and a baby change area in the drying room. There is also a sauna available to use in the private onsen area and complimentary towel rental, making this option great value. It's worth noting that this onsen is indoors with no windows, so you won't receive a view if you choose this option.

Kanro no mori private onsen

Location: Kanro no Mori hotel, Annupuri/Moiwa area (Google maps location)

Price: ¥3,500 flat fee for a 50 minute private onsen session, plus a per-person onsen entrance fee (¥900 per adult, ¥300 per child, ¥0 per preschooler)

Opening hours: 11: 00 - 21: 00 (last entry: 20:30)

Onsen Session Time: 50 minutes (please also allow time for dinner)

Reservation required?: Yes (via contact form)

5. Yūsenkaku

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The Yūsenkaku private onsen is located at Konbu station, around 20 minutes from Hirafu village by car. This onsen is a favourite of Japanese visitors and locals due to its affordable price, range of hotsprings (public) and proximity to the station. Quality meals are also available at the onsen complex, so we recommend having dinner there before your private onsen session.

Yūsenkaku private onsen

Location: Konbugawa Onsen Yūsenkaku, next to Konbu station (Google maps location)

Price: ¥1,000 flat fee for a 1hr private onsen session, plus a per-person onsen entrance fee (¥500 per adult, ¥300 per child, ¥0 per preschooler)

Opening hours: Tue-Sunday 10: 00-21: 30, Monday (the next day if Monday is a national holiday) 12: 00-21: 30 (last entry: 21:00)

Onsen Session Time: 1 hour

Reservation required?: No, but reservations are recommended (reception number: +81(0) 136-58-2131)

Whether you're looking for onsen options that are tattoo-bearer or family friendly, or if you're looking for a more private experience in general, there are plenty of private onsens to choose from in the Niseko area.


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