Hot spring, known as “Onsen” is a good place to relax and warm your body. In some cases, natural hot spring has many benefits for health because of the existing minerals in the water. You can find numerous hot springs around Japan, including in Hokkaido. There are some hot springs that are close to the city of Sapporo, that you may want to try.
Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) is located in the west of Sapporo, inside Shikotsu-Toya National Park. There are 56 sources of hot springs in Jozankei spa resort gushing 60 to 80 degree water. The water is colorless and transparent. It contains sodium chloride which is effective for those who have Anaemia, Neuralgia, Arthrodynia, Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), Cuts, Burns, Chronic women’s diseases, and mild amount of salt that makes your body warm up from the inside as it prevents the sweat from evaporating.
By direct bus lines from New Chitose Airport (approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes)
– Fee: Adult 1650 yen, child 830 yen
– Inquiry: Hokuto Kotsu Bus call:011-375-6000
– Tickets: The New Chitose Airport Hokuto kotsu information desk / At the bus
By direct bus lines “KappaLiner” (approximately 60 minutes)
– Fee: 770 yen, child 390 yen
– Inquiry: Jotetsu Kawazoi Office call 0120-37-2615 (*deadline is until 17:00 the previous day.)
Noboribetsu Onsen is located in the southwestern Sapporo and is part of Shikotsu-Toya National Park. The hot spring has nine different kinds of water, such as sulfur with a milky-white color of the water with a particular smell, salt, aluminum known to tighten the skin, and iron. Each hot spring has its effects in easing some diseases. There are many hotels and ryokans with hot spring baths. Typically, you need to spend between 800 to 2000 yen to enjoy the hot spring for the non-staying guests. You can also find a public bath house in the central area of town.
Toyako Onsen is located next to Lake Toya, at the foot of Mount Usu. There are some hotels along the side of the lake, such as Grand Public Bath which has two basement floors with indoor bath. Some outdoor baths are also available if you want to enjoy the view of Toya Lake. You do not need to check-in to the hotel to enjoy the bath, just spend a fee of 500 to 1000 yen and you can enjoy bathing during the day. If you go to the hot springs from May through October, you can see daily fireworks in the evening.
By bus to the JR Toya Station: from Sapporo (Takes 3 hours by train), or from Lake Toya (Tokayo) Bus terminal.
Toyako Onsen*Japanese Only