Hot spring heaven around the corner from Niseko
Niseko still has a few secrets up its sleeve, and one of these is Niseko-cho, or the Niseko town district.
Covered by forests and rivers, it is an abundant farming area known for melons, asparagus and tomatoes; eateries in town serve farm produce with fresh local meat and award-winning dairy products.
Peace and quiet, fine dining and drinking, and rejuvenating hot springs await in the hamlet of Konbu Onsen, a hot spring retreat in Niseko-cho with a history of more than 100 years. It is the richest source of natural hot spring water in the Niseko area, which is renowned for its revitalising effect on skin.
Looking out on the snow-covered landscape while immersing oneself in a hot spring bath in Nisekocho is the finest way to end any day in Niseko; grab yourself a Yu-meguri Onsen Pass, which will give you three visits to any of the participating hot springs in the area for just ¥1,440. The next step is to hop aboard a Niseko Yumeguri Bus, which connects ten of the local hot springs, and a great selection of delicious restaurants.
In addition to its natural beauty, accommodation in Konbu Onsen offers great convenience; the historic Japanese-style Hotel Kanronomori, for example, includes free Wi-Fi in its guest amenities.
The slopes of Hirafu are only 12 kilometres from Konbu Onsen, and direct shuttle services from local hotels connect the village with Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Moiwa ski resorts. Just 2-3 minutes away, Niseko Moiwa is the closest to Konbu Onsen, and has a collection of six different courses, with the longest reaching 2.8 kilometres.
Bordered by lush natural reserve, this tasteful retreat makes a serene base from which to enjoy the powder of Niseko.
Travelling times to Niseko-cho & Konbu Onsen
Sapporo: 2 hours (bus)
Hirafu Welcome Center: 30 min (bus)