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Onsen (Hot Spring)
Niseko, like the rest of Japan, has an abundance of natural hot springs. The Japanese-style hot spring is called an onsen, and there are over 25 different onsen scattered across the Niseko region alone. In fact, before Niseko was a famous ski resort is was primarily used as onsen holiday destination for domestic visitors. To qualify as onsen, waters must be naturally heated and sufficiently mineral rich. A dip into these waters is therapeutic and incredibly relaxing, especially after a day on the ski slopes. Visiting in the summer? Time your onsen visit to coincide with sunset over Yotei - it’s magic.
Niseko Grand Hotel Onsen
One unique onsen to highlight in the Niseko area is the Niseko Grand Hotel Onsen. This onsen is praised for its mineral-rich waters, but also for its mixed bathing. The Grand Hotel features a very large public rotenburo (outside bath) that allows both men and women. Most onsen in Japan are now separated by gender, although some like the Niseko Grand Hotel still exist. Several hot springs in the area also have private baths that you can rent at a premium. Perfect for small groups or families.
Which onsen should you visit?
Not sure which onsens to visit? Vacation Niseko has come up with a detailed list of our favorites:
This is crucial information to read before entering a Japanese hot spring. If you have done any research on onsen you probably know that you are not allowed to wear any swimsuits - you must bathe in the nude. But that is not it! There are many unspoken rules and expectations at a Japanese onsen that should be followed.
Click below and follow the guidelines to make sure your onsen experience is an awesome one!
The Yumeguri Onsen Pass can be purchased for 1,440/1,930/2,160 yen. This provides 3 tickets that can be used at 15 different onsens in the Niseko Area. The pass is valid for 180 days so you can use the pass at 3 different onsens or you can visit a single onsen multiple times. This is the best value for those looking to explore Niseko's many different onsen! The pass is available at most michi no eki road stations, but the three most convenient locations in the Niseko area are the Ski Japan Hirafu Office, the Niseko View Plaza, and the Kutchan Information Center.
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