5 Little-Known Yet Popular Onsen Inns in Hokkaido with Good Online Reviews
Hokkaido is a place where you can enjoy grand nature and delicious meals, and there are also lots of hot springs. Here are some carefully selected hot spring inns that are relatively unknown yet popular on review websites.
1. The Lakeview TOYA Nonokaze Resort
This is a resort hotel on the shore of Lake Toya where every guestroom has a view of the lake. There are various hot spring baths within the facilities, but the especially recommended bath is the open-air bath on the roof. While it's great to soak in the open air with the infinity bath merging with the sea, but during the Lake Toya Long Run Fireworks Show held between late April and the end of October, soaking while watching the fireworks is something you must try. The entire facility has free Wi-Fi, and there are English and Chinese speaking staff.
Lake Toya Long Run Fireworks Show will be held between Friday, April 28 and Tuesday, October 31, 2017
2. Ki Niseko
This is a hotel where you can enjoy a grand view of nature and spring water full of minerals. There is an indoor bath and an open-air bath. There are various types of guestrooms, but the one you should definitely aim for is the penthouse on the top floor. The private deck terrace has a hot tub, and you can enjoy bathing in it while gazing out at Mt. Yotei. The entire facility has free Wi-Fi available, and there are staff that speak English, Chinese, Thai, or Malaysian.
3. Choyo Tei
This ryokan was listed as offering the highest level of comfort in the Special Michelin Guide Hokkaido 2017. It was built in a quiet area surrounded by nature, and there are plenty of nearby spots where you can enjoy mountain climbing, hiking, and autumn foliage at an earlier time than the rest of Japan. They have various types of baths available, including an open-air bath where you can gaze at a full view of Mt. Choyo and an indoor bath with a view of a huge gorge through a glass panel 40m wide.
4. Hakodate Hotel Banso
Hakodate is home to one of Japan's biggest trade port, and as a result is an area that was infused with foreign culture earlier than most of the rest of the country. This hotel fuses foreign cultures with Japanese aesthetics in a way that suits Hakodate. The water that flows into their baths comes from Yunokawa Onsen, a hot spring known for its heat retention properties. There are various types of baths where you can enjoy the smooth water. There are also various saunas available. There are English-speaking staff.
5. Shogetsu Grand Hotel
This is a hotel within Sapporo in the Jozankei Onsen region. The baths in the hotel offer well water that has various benefits, including helping neuralgia and sensitivity to cold. There is a stone open-air bath where you can enjoy the sight of the valley throughout the year, and a fragrant cypress indoor bath. There are other baths as well that you can enjoy. The steam bath using the well water at its original 75℃ temperature is also popular.
Please consider some of these places to stay when you're planning your Hokkaido trip!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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