Yukoro Onsen is a great place to head after you have had a long day on the hill and need to soak your weary muscles. It is one of the smaller onsens that you can find in the Niseko Onsen area but it is a convenient option for anyone staying in Lower Hirafu during winter that wants to visit an onsen. It can get pretty busy, though, especially when everyone comes here after skiing but no matter how busy it gets the onsen will still do wonders for your body and mind.
Like most onsen in Japan, baths are segregated into men’s and women’s although both sides are fairly similar. Yukoro offers visitors both an indoor and an outdoor bath with most visitors flocking straight to the rock and snow lined outdoor pool. The outdoor pool is the perfect place to relax, especially with some light snow fluttering on your head to keep you cool and the beautiful setting. The sulfurous water here is a rust colour which is very noticeable if you dry off with a white towel.
Yukoro offers basic amenities with only body soap and shampoo supplied, so if you wish to use anything else I would recommend bringing it with you. The changing rooms are also quite small which means you do feel rushed to get out of the way but there is still enough room to get ready with a sink area and hair dryers as well. Lockers are also available for a ¥100 returnable deposit and are big enough for all your belongings. Towel rental is an extra charge so bring your own if you don’t want to pay more than the ¥700 entry fee. Drinks including beer are allowed in the onsen which you can purchase from the vending machines in the main entrance area. There is also an area of tables and chairs where you can hang out and wait for members of the opposite sex.
Yukoro Onsen is found in the lower village of Hirafu and is within walking distance from anywhere in Hirafu or you can catch the shuttle bus to the stop nearby!