There is nothing more relaxing than rejuvenating in an Onsen after a hard day’s skiing in the powder. This incredible Japanese tradition is often the highlight of many guests visit to Japan. Onsen’s are natural thermal hot springs, rising from deep within the ground. They are renowned for having therapeutic qualities. An Onsen is a wonderful way to participate in an ancient Japanese tradition. However strict etiquette must be adhered to. All bathing is done in the nude and the idea is to simply relax in the soothing water. The majority of Onsen’s provide separate areas for men and women. Please be mindful that the Onsen experience is considered a quiet time in Japan.
Several beautiful Onsen’s can be found in the Furano region. The Ryounkaku Onsen, located at the highest drivable point in Hokkaido on Tokachi Mountain is one of the most famous Onsen’s in Hokkaido. The outdoor spring provides spectacular views of the Tokachi-Dake volcano. In winter the Onsen is surrounded by a sea of white mountains and billowing clouds. In summer the Onsen gazes down onto valleys of green. Perhaps one of the best ways to experience the Onsen is to combine a bathing session with a guided tour to the back country surrounding it. The Furano Tourist Association has produced a video highlighting the beauty and benefits of this Onsen. Click here for more details.
Closer to Furano the La Terre Onsen in Naka Furano offers over a dozen different kinds of spas or pools. The Highland Furano Hotel is located on the outer fringes of Furano. The Onsen in the hotel is located on the lower ground floor and provides relaxing views of expansive lavender fields in the summer and looks over snow capped forests in the winter. Perhaps the most convenient bathing option for visitors to Furano is located in the Hotel Bell Hills. The Hotel is located only two minutes walk from Fresh Powder, just down from the Kitanomine Gondola, providing a very convenient therapeutic option after a long day sightseeing or skiing.
There is a well defined etiquette to be observed when visiting an Onsen. Below is a an introductory list that will stand you in good stead:
|Furano Office||Furano Apartments & Chalet Direct Phone No:|
|Address:||14-26 Kitanomine, Furano,||Apt #1:||1 BR Japanese Bath||+81 (0) 167 23 6481|
|Hokkaido, Japan, 076-0034||Apt #2:||2 BR Mid Floor (Kitanomine)||+81 (0) 167 23 6482|
|MapCode:||450 028 802 (for car navigation)|
|Telephone:||+81 (0) 167 23 4738||Apt #3:||Studio Mid Floor||+81 (0) 167 23 6483|
|Fax:||+81 (0) 167 22 1089||Apt #4:||Studio Fire Place||+81 (0) 167 23 6484|
|Email:||email@example.com||Apt #6:||2 BR Top Floor (Tokachidake)||+81 (0) 167 23 6486|
|Web:||www.furanofreshpowder.com||Chalet:||5 BR Parkside||+81 (0) 167 23 5624|
|Niseko Office||Niseko Apartments Direct Phone No:|
|Address:||183-38, Aza Yamada, Kutchan-cho, Abuta-gun,||Apt #1:||3 BR Creek Side||+81 (0) 136 22 3687|
|Niseko Hirafu, Hokkaido, Japan 044-0081||Apt #2:||3 BR Mountain view||+81 (0) 136 22 3707|
|MapCode:||398 414 144 (for car navigation)|
|Telephone:||+81 (0) 136 22 3807||Apt #3:||2 BR Top Floor||+81 (0) 136 22 3763|
|Fax:||+81 (0) 167 22 1089||Apt #4:||Studio Top Floor||+81 (0) 136 22 3801|
|Email:||firstname.lastname@example.org||Apt #5:||1 BR Top Floor||+81 (0) 136 22 3806|
|Web:||www.nisekofreshpowder.com||Office:||Downstairs||+81 (0) 136 22 3807|
|General Enquiries||Emergency Contact - Staff Mobile|
|Telephone:||+81 (0) 167 23 4738||Mobile #1:||+81-90-6212-6913|