Onsens are traditional Japanese baths which are fed by natural thermal springs. The mineral rich Onsen waters are said to have special qualities and the bathing experience is considered to be therapeutic for the mind and body. In any case, an Onsen is the perfect way to sooth those aching muscles after a day of skiing or riding. The best Onsens have outdoor baths and the feeling of bathing in a hot spring in subzero temperatures, is totally invigorating!
There are strict rules of etiquette for visitors to an Onsen. All bathers must wash themselves thoroughly before entering the bath and users must be naked. Don’t worry though, most Onsens have separate baths for men and women.
Our pick of the best Onsens in the Niseko area are:
Visiting an Onsen is a fantastic cultural experience and is highly recommended for all visitors to Niseko.