Niseko’s hidden hot spring: Goshiki Onsen

Niseko Goshiki Onsen Outdoor Bath

A world away from the luxury chalets, bars and brand-name fashion stores of Hirafu Village, on the other side of the mountain lies Goshiki Onsen – the hidden hot spring.

Beyond the resort area boundaries and Mt Annupuri’s unpatrolled, weather-beaten western face, a timeless secret awaits. At 750m elevation, on a saddle deep between Mt Annupuri and the neighbouring peak of Iwaonupuri, a collection of rugged, age-wearied wooden structures lies almost entirely buried for most of winter by months of relentless, wind-driven snowfall.

Goshiki Onsen Area

“In stark contrast, inside you will find the warmth of a centuries-old Japanese tradition and sulfur-rich, turquoise hot spring baths.”

In stark contrast, inside these buildings you will find the warmth of a centuries-old Japanese tradition and sulfur-rich, turquoise hot spring baths. It’s not glamorous and it’s extremely rustic, but for those looking for a unique Japanese experience this is it.

From Hirafu it’s a 30-minute trip via one of two routes: the first a straight line from the Hirafu Welcome Centre up to the peak via a series of chairlifts and a short hike, and down the other side via a 10-minute descent; the other is by road, this route a little more than 20km, snaking around the mountain and up into the Annupuri range where the soothing waters of Goshiki Onsen await.

Photos: Aaron Jamieson

Goshiki Onsen
Phone: 0136-58-2707
Hours: 10:00-20:00 (last entry 19:00)

*Map purposely not included for your adventure ;)

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