One of the best things about skiing in Japan is the Onsen at the end of the day.

An Onsen is a Japanese natural hot spring bath. They are found throughout Japan and are woven into the very fabric of the country’s culture. 

There are several specific rules that make the Japanese hot spring baths unique on the global stage. The most important is that you always Onsen in the nude. This rule is non-negotiable, and you will quickly find yourself getting used to it!

Other rules are often dependent on the specific Onsen, but generally tattoos are frowned upon, you always wash yourself in a shower before entering the hot baths, and being antisocial is unacceptable. 

Relating this wonderful tradition back to skiing – the power of the Onsen to soothe aching muscles and relax you after a long day enjoying the slopes of Rusutsu is incredible. We think it is an essential and amazing part of your ski trip to Japan and want to make sure you get to some of the best Onsen near to Rustusu so here is our list of favourites!

There is nothing like an outdoor natural hot spring surrounded by snow

Photograph kindly provided by Houheikyo Onsen

Houheikyo

This delightful Onsen can be found just off route 230 near to the famous town of Jozankei. Houheikyo has been around for years – as you can tell by the worn stone floors of the bathhouses. The outdoor baths, or Rotenburo, are beautiful, especially in winter as the snow pillows around them and at night lights illuminate the whole scene. 

Houheikyo is an Onsen of an increasingly rare breed across Japan, the water that you bathe in is 100% direct from the spring. This means there is no dilution, no added heat, and the water is not reused. Making this as pure as an Onsen can get!

In bizarre but brilliant fashion the Onsen also has a famous Indian restaurant attached to it. So after your bath you can enjoy some fresh baked naan bread and a spicy curry.

¥1,000 Adult

¥500 Children

Opens: 10:00 AM

Closes: 10:30 PM

Last entrance is at 9:45 PM

608-2 Jōzankei, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 061-2301

Website

(011) 598-2410

Houheikyo is stunning under lights in the evening

Photograph kindly provided by Houheikyo Onsen

Midori no Kaze, Kitayuzawa

Are you looking for a classic Japanese Onsen Hotel? Well this is the best and it is only 35 minutes drive from Rusutsu! We advise anyone staying at Rusutsu to book your last night here, it is on the way to the airport and could not be a better way to relax after your ski week. 

Midori no Kaze does not allow non-guests to use the Onsen and so the baths are never too busy and the experience is amazing. The massive outdoor pool is complemented by a series of ‘Wood Spas’, essentially hot tubs that are scented with different woods and are guaranteed to send you into blissful relaxation. 

Your hotel package will include breakfast and dinner, both of which are buffet style and offer a quite simply vast array of Japanese and Western foods. We think this place is amazing and couldn’t recommend it more!

The Onsen is included in your room price

Onsen opens from check-in at 3:00 PM 

Closes briefly from 2:00 AM to 3:30 AM to swap male and female baths over

Then closes again the same time as check out – 11:00 AM

300-2 北湯沢温泉町 大滝区 Date-shi, Hokkaidō 052-0316

Midori no Kaze is truly beautiful in winter

Makkari Onsen

Makkari Onsen is just 15 minutes down the road from Rusutsu and is on the way to Niseko Village – ideal if you’re heading back from a day trip.

While not as elaborate as the other Onsen we have listed Makkari makes up for that with local charm, low prices, and on a clear day a magnificent view of Mount Yotei from the outdoor bath.

¥500 Adults

¥200 Children

Opens: 11:00 AM

Closes: 21:00 PM

Always closed on Mondays (or the following business day if Monday is a public holiday)

〒048-1615 174-3, Midorioka, Makkari-mura, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

0136-45-2717

The local charm of Makkari Onsen

Rusutsu Resort

If you are lacking in transport options to visit the above then look no further than the Rusutsu Resort baths themselves. They can be found in South Wing of the Resort, adjacent to the Wave Pool and opposite the Gymnasium. 

While there is no outdoor pool available here there are two temperatures of hot pool, an cold pool and a sauna available. This is a fantastic option if you have just finished your ski day and are desperate for somewhere to relax, alternatively a quick trip to the baths could loosen you up nicely for night skiing!

Free for guests of the Hotel

Non-guests: ¥1,080 to be paid at front desk (includes rental towel)

Open: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Open: 14:00 PM – 01:00 AM

South Wing – opposite the gymnasium

Rusutsu Resort’s indoor baths

The Westin 

If you are looking for a more up-market bathing option in Rusutsu then look no further than The Westin. These baths have everything, including an outdoor pool that has a great view of West Mountain. With same price as the Rusutsu Resort baths the choice is a no brainer, catch the monorail over and jump in!

Free for guests of the Hotel

Non-guests: ¥1,080 to be paid at front desk (includes rental towel)

Open: 5:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Open: 14:00 PM – 01:00 AM

The Westin

The incredible baths of The Westin

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One of the best things about skiing in Japan is the Onsen at the end of the day.

An Onsen is a Japanese natural hot spring bath. They are found throughout Japan and are woven into the very fabric of the country’s culture. 

There are several specific rules that make the Japanese hot spring baths unique on the global stage. The most important is that you always Onsen in the nude. This rule is non-negotiable, and you will quickly find yourself getting used to it!

Other rules are often dependent on the specific Onsen, but generally tattoos are frowned upon, you always wash yourself in a shower before entering the hot baths, and being antisocial is unacceptable. 

Relating this wonderful tradition back to skiing – the power of the Onsen to soothe aching muscles and relax you after a long day enjoying the slopes of Rusutsu is incredible. We think it is an essential and amazing part of your ski trip to Japan and want to make sure you get to some of the best Onsen near to Rustusu so here is our list of favourites!

There is nothing like an outdoor natural hot spring surrounded by snow

Photograph kindly provided by Houheikyo Onsen

Houheikyo

This delightful Onsen can be found just off route 230 near to the famous town of Jozankei. Houheikyo has been around for years – as you can tell by the worn stone floors of the bathhouses. The outdoor baths, or Rotenburo, are beautiful, especially in winter as the snow pillows around them and at night lights illuminate the whole scene. 

Houheikyo is an Onsen of an increasingly rare breed across Japan, the water that you bathe in is 100% direct from the spring. This means there is no dilution, no added heat, and the water is not reused. Making this as pure as an Onsen can get!

In bizarre but brilliant fashion the Onsen also has a famous Indian restaurant attached to it. So after your bath you can enjoy some fresh baked naan bread and a spicy curry.

¥1,000 Adult

¥500 Children

Opens: 10:00 AM

Closes: 10:30 PM

Last entrance is at 9:45 PM

608-2 Jōzankei, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 061-2301

Website

(011) 598-2410

Houheikyo is stunning under lights in the evening

Photograph kindly provided by Houheikyo Onsen

Midori no Kaze, Kitayuzawa

Are you looking for a classic Japanese Onsen Hotel? Well this is the best and it is only 35 minutes drive from Rusutsu! We advise anyone staying at Rusutsu to book your last night here, it is on the way to the airport and could not be a better way to relax after your ski week. 

Midori no Kaze does not allow non-guests to use the Onsen and so the baths are never too busy and the experience is amazing. The massive outdoor pool is complemented by a series of ‘Wood Spas’, essentially hot tubs that are scented with different woods and are guaranteed to send you into blissful relaxation. 

Your hotel package will include breakfast and dinner, both of which are buffet style and offer a quite simply vast array of Japanese and Western foods. We think this place is amazing and couldn’t recommend it more!

The Onsen is included in your room price

Onsen opens from check-in at 3:00 PM 

Closes briefly from 2:00 AM to 3:30 AM to swap male and female baths over

Then closes again the same time as check out – 11:00 AM

300-2 北湯沢温泉町 大滝区 Date-shi, Hokkaidō 052-0316

Midori no Kaze is truly beautiful in winter

Makkari Onsen

Makkari Onsen is just 15 minutes down the road from Rusutsu and is on the way to Niseko Village – ideal if you’re heading back from a day trip.

While not as elaborate as the other Onsen we have listed Makkari makes up for that with local charm, low prices, and on a clear day a magnificent view of Mount Yotei from the outdoor bath.

¥500 Adults

¥200 Children

Opens: 11:00 AM

Closes: 21:00 PM

Always closed on Mondays (or the following business day if Monday is a public holiday)

〒048-1615 174-3, Midorioka, Makkari-mura, Abuta-gun, Hokkaido

0136-45-2717

The local charm of Makkari Onsen

Rusutsu Resort

If you are lacking in transport options to visit the above then look no further than the Rusutsu Resort baths themselves. They can be found in South Wing of the Resort, adjacent to the Wave Pool and opposite the Gymnasium. 

While there is no outdoor pool available here there are two temperatures of hot pool, an cold pool and a sauna available. This is a fantastic option if you have just finished your ski day and are desperate for somewhere to relax, alternatively a quick trip to the baths could loosen you up nicely for night skiing!

Free for guests of the Hotel

Non-guests: ¥1,080 to be paid at front desk (includes rental towel)

Open: 6:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Open: 14:00 PM – 01:00 AM

South Wing – opposite the gymnasium

Rusutsu Resort’s indoor baths

The Westin 

If you are looking for a more up-market bathing option in Rusutsu then look no further than The Westin. These baths have everything, including an outdoor pool that has a great view of West Mountain. With same price as the Rusutsu Resort baths the choice is a no brainer, catch the monorail over and jump in!

Free for guests of the Hotel

Non-guests: ¥1,080 to be paid at front desk (includes rental towel)

Open: 6:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Open: 14:00 PM – 01:00 AM

The Westin

The incredible baths of The Westin

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