Koganeyu Onsen

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Koganeyu Onsen
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Grant-808
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Isolated picturesque indoor/outdoor onsen with fabulous food
Dec 2017
Most Sapporo onsen goers head to Jozankei, a pedestrian friendly town with plenty onsen, restaurant, and shopping choices, and many bus departures/returns. After visiting their website, I decided upon Koganeyu Onsen, located in an isolated area on highway 230 on same route to Jozankei, 5 kilometers (10 minute drive) prior to the main Jozankei onsen town. I followed their detailed access instructions on their website, which included catching their complementary shuttle bus from Makomauchi Station (Namboku green line, last station, shuttle bus departure times at 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 1:45PM and 3:45PM). Follow the website instructions exactly, exiting the train station, crossing the street, then walking 50 meters to your right, passing the airport bus stop and looking for the Koganeyu Onsen shuttle bus stop (if you can't read Japanese, look for their 596-2111 phone number on the bus stop sign and shuttle bus side). Note that there is a chance of the shuttle bus being full (seats roughly 20, my shuttle at 9:30AM on a mid-December weekend was 3/4 full), which will entail catching the Jozankei line bus 7 or 8 to the Kogane stop, followed by a 5 minute downhill walk. The onsen shuttle bus made a handful of stops along the 30-40 minute journey, with the onsen being the last stop. Upon arrival, the onsen was a plain and simple one story structure. The front desk staff spoke limited English, they were very polite and professional and did have an English handout with the services, basically a JPY750 entrance fee and optional JPY200 for a towel/yukata (robe) set. Still only mildly impressed, I went through the routine of changing into my birthday suit, holding a mere hand towel, a thorough showering on a footstool in the communal shower, and onto the indoor hotsprings, offering a choice of regular hotspring water or seasonal spiced bath, in wintertime its yuzu (citrus), each calibrated to 39-40 degrees C (also cold plunge available, but not really needed in the wintertime), with water sourced from an underground hotspring. Only upon exiting to the outdoor hotsprings was I fully impressed, firstly with the natural looking hotspring and three large pot hotsprings, then more so with the spectacular scenic view of the snow covered mountain and adjacent forest. The ritual of cooking oneself followed by thawing out in the freezing winter air was blissful serenity. Based on the looks and muted conversation of the other patrons, I was the only gaijin (foreigner), and as such, expected to know the onsen customs and etiquette; unlike the more foreigner friendly onsen in Jozankei. The onsen was split in half by gender, with similar facilities of each side. No tattoos. Private family room and hotspring is available for 90 minutes at JPY3240, but this is indoor, versus the spectacular outdoor gender specific onsen. Being hungry after the onsen experience, I headed onto the restaurant, expecting a simple decent meal. I ordered the sushi/tempura/soba set which consisted of 9 small dishes. It was fabulous, each dish meticulously prepared in both presentation and taste. At roughly JPY2000, it was well worth it, and feeling of staying in a traditional ryokan. Remembering to get a return bus token upon entry, I wandered around the area while waiting for the return bus. Regretfully, the next door Ainu Cultural Center was closed (2 minute walk from onsen), possibly for the entire winter. It did look like an impressive structure worthy as a destination visit. Fortunately, the outdoor exhibits consisting of a few historic structures and a boat remained visible. A walk to the edge of the gulch offered commanding views of the stream and mountainside. The return shuttle bus arrived and departed on schedule, almost full, and dropped off on time at the Makomauchi Station, for an easy subway ride back into the Sapporo city center, a totally different world and time from the secluded onsen. This was an unexpected trip highlight experience and would definitely recommend to fellow travelers, but with conditions. Firstly, this is not a large capacity onsen and limited seats on the complementary shuttle, thus don't go during peak season, since it is the only onsen in the area, unlike Jozankei with plenty of options. You must be prepared to continue your journey to Jozankei using local transportation if the shuttle is full or the onsen is at capacity. Secondly, at least based on my trip, I was the only foreigner, thus you must be comfortable with this and know the basic onsen etiquette. Other than that, go for it, a worthy half day trip from Sapporo.

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Grant-808
Honolulu, HI477 contributions
Isolated picturesque indoor/outdoor onsen with fabulous food
Dec 2017 • Solo
Most Sapporo onsen goers head to Jozankei, a pedestrian friendly town with plenty onsen, restaurant, and shopping choices, and many bus departures/returns. After visiting their website, I decided upon Koganeyu Onsen, located in an isolated area on highway 230 on same route to Jozankei, 5 kilometers (10 minute drive) prior to the main Jozankei onsen town. I followed their detailed access instructions on their website, which included catching their complementary shuttle bus from Makomauchi Station (Namboku green line, last station, shuttle bus departure times at 9:30AM, 11:00AM, 1:45PM and 3:45PM). Follow the website instructions exactly, exiting the train station, crossing the street, then walking 50 meters to your right, passing the airport bus stop and looking for the Koganeyu Onsen shuttle bus stop (if you can't read Japanese, look for their 596-2111 phone number on the bus stop sign and shuttle bus side).

Note that there is a chance of the shuttle bus being full (seats roughly 20, my shuttle at 9:30AM on a mid-December weekend was 3/4 full), which will entail catching the Jozankei line bus 7 or 8 to the Kogane stop, followed by a 5 minute downhill walk. The onsen shuttle bus made a handful of stops along the 30-40 minute journey, with the onsen being the last stop.

Upon arrival, the onsen was a plain and simple one story structure. The front desk staff spoke limited English, they were very polite and professional and did have an English handout with the services, basically a JPY750 entrance fee and optional JPY200 for a towel/yukata (robe) set. Still only mildly impressed, I went through the routine of changing into my birthday suit, holding a mere hand towel, a thorough showering on a footstool in the communal shower, and onto the indoor hotsprings, offering a choice of regular hotspring water or seasonal spiced bath, in wintertime its yuzu (citrus), each calibrated to 39-40 degrees C (also cold plunge available, but not really needed in the wintertime), with water sourced from an underground hotspring. Only upon exiting to the outdoor hotsprings was I fully impressed, firstly with the natural looking hotspring and three large pot hotsprings, then more so with the spectacular scenic view of the snow covered mountain and adjacent forest. The ritual of cooking oneself followed by thawing out in the freezing winter air was blissful serenity. Based on the looks and muted conversation of the other patrons, I was the only gaijin (foreigner), and as such, expected to know the onsen customs and etiquette; unlike the more foreigner friendly onsen in Jozankei. The onsen was split in half by gender, with similar facilities of each side. No tattoos. Private family room and hotspring is available for 90 minutes at JPY3240, but this is indoor, versus the spectacular outdoor gender specific onsen.

Being hungry after the onsen experience, I headed onto the restaurant, expecting a simple decent meal. I ordered the sushi/tempura/soba set which consisted of 9 small dishes. It was fabulous, each dish meticulously prepared in both presentation and taste. At roughly JPY2000, it was well worth it, and feeling of staying in a traditional ryokan.

Remembering to get a return bus token upon entry, I wandered around the area while waiting for the return bus. Regretfully, the next door Ainu Cultural Center was closed (2 minute walk from onsen), possibly for the entire winter. It did look like an impressive structure worthy as a destination visit. Fortunately, the outdoor exhibits consisting of a few historic structures and a boat remained visible. A walk to the edge of the gulch offered commanding views of the stream and mountainside. The return shuttle bus arrived and departed on schedule, almost full, and dropped off on time at the Makomauchi Station, for an easy subway ride back into the Sapporo city center, a totally different world and time from the secluded onsen.

This was an unexpected trip highlight experience and would definitely recommend to fellow travelers, but with conditions. Firstly, this is not a large capacity onsen and limited seats on the complementary shuttle, thus don't go during peak season, since it is the only onsen in the area, unlike Jozankei with plenty of options. You must be prepared to continue your journey to Jozankei using local transportation if the shuttle is full or the onsen is at capacity. Secondly, at least based on my trip, I was the only foreigner, thus you must be comfortable with this and know the basic onsen etiquette. Other than that, go for it, a worthy half day trip from Sapporo.
Written January 4, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

winterskies
Singapore, Singapore36 contributions
Superb onsen!
Oct 2017 • Solo
This onsen is not located centrally in Sapporo, so a drive is highly recommended. Visited twice at night and it is located en route to Jozankei. It closes at 11pm so do reach early for a night bath.

I think I paid only 650 yen for the onsen and an additional 200 yen for the towels. Please note that tattoos are not allowed in the onsen. The onsen is clean and provides good baths but tends to be rather crowded on weekend nights.

After the bath, it’s also nice that there are many vending machines outside selling a variety of cold and hot drinks. I will highly recommend the Hokkaido milk stored in glass bottles after a comfortable onsen session.
Written October 24, 2017
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dianefeng
Sydney, Australia1,770 contributions
Easy access from sapporo bus terminal.
Feb 2016 • Family
Bought 1800 package actually saved only 50 yen. But not disappointed. Onsen water is great here; facilities are good and clean. Planned to have lunch end up had dinner too. Food is so fresh price are not expensive.

Before you head to here take a photo of the return bus shedule too.
Written February 1, 2016
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Livetoeat
Aiea, HI100 contributions
Spanking clean onsen
Aug 2015
Went by bus from Sapporo Bus Station, stand #12; bought the 1800 yen package to the onsen which was a good value for the money. Had some trouble finding the onsen because the bus doesn't stop in front of the onsen.

Get off bus.Cross the street, look for the onsen icon with the rising steam to the right. Walk straight down that road for a short distance and then go down the covered walkway. Cross the street on the bottom of that walkway, turn left down the road; the building is to the right side of the road.

Opens at 10. It was new, very clean, efficient staff. The "tsubo" bath in the outdoor bath area was especially nice.

Will definitely return at a more leisurely pace for rest and recreation.

Written August 3, 2015
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Amanda
Sapporo, Japan3,463 contributions
Soak near Sapporo
Dec 2012 • Friends
Just 35 mins from Sapporo - beautiful natural hot springs in a small river valley. Free shuttle buses leave Makomonai Subway station at 9.30, 11 and 1 - and then the onsen costs just Y700. You can rent towels for a little more. Private family bathroom also available Y3,150 for 90 mins. Outdoor baths have 1 person ceramic pot baths. View of forest. Cheap restaurant. Across the road a museum about Ainu people.
Written December 2, 2012
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