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7 Recommended Hokkaido Hotels With Soothing Hot Springs

7 Recommended Hokkaido Hotels With Soothing Hot Springs

Translated by Sandy Lau

Written by Kajiyama

Hokkaido 2019.09.26 Bookmark

Looking for Hokkaido accommodation that's convenient? These seven hot spring hotels that are easily accessible from Sapporo and airports. Relax at these recommended lodging with delicious local cuisine and relaxing, spacious onsen (hot springs) for an unforgettable trip.

Seven Hokkaido Hotels with Convenient Access

Home to the most hot springs in Japan, Hokkaido is a hot spring haven with a total of 244 onsen resorts. There are several accommodations that take pride in utilizing the natural waters gushing from their hot springs.

We introduce accommodations with spacious hot springs that also have great access from Sapporo, a major destination Hokkaido, and each airport on the island. Relax at these lodging and enjoy a much-deserved soak!

Hakodate Yunokawa Hot Spring Resort

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Yunokawa Hot Spring Resort in Hakodate is ranked as one of three best onsen facilities in Hokkaido alongside Jozankei and Noboribetsu Hot Spring Resorts. It is also one of the most famous hot springs compiled on a list of 100 onsens. A five-minute drive from Hakodate Airport, it is known as a hot spring district located near Japan’s best airport.

A Picturesque Outdoor Bath! Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei

Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei is fifteen minutes from JR Hakodate Station or five minutes from Hakodate Airport by car. Its location gives it convenient access for those traveling from afar.

Equipped with a picturesque open-air bath that overlooks the Tsugaru Strait and Mt. Hakodate, the hotel also has the most accommodations in Japan with 124 rooms and an outdoor hot spring bath. In other words, this is an onsen facility that hot spring connoisseurs will find irresistible.

The hotel's interior was renovated in 2018, creating the stylish but warm environment felt at the restaurant buffet, and other communal spaces.

An on-site kitchen is utilized during the dinner buffet. You can taste made-to-order menu items from sushi, tempura, steak, and much more that will fill adults and children alike with excitement.

Students on school trips are not accepted into the restaurant. The restaurant, which caters to each diner's individual needs, is recommended for guests who plan on booking an extended stay.

Website Language Support None
On-site English Support Available
Access from the Nearest Station 15-minutes by taxi, bus, or foot from JR Hakodate Station
Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport None

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La Vista Hakodate Bay - Boasting a Million Dollar Night View

Located in the Hakodate Bay Area, La Vista Hakodate Bay is surrounded by popular Hakodate tourist spots such as the Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse: a commercial complex packed with interesting shops. By car, it is 20 minutes from Hakodate Airport, which may seem a bit far. However, buses connecting to Hakodate Airport and Hakodate City Tram are located next to the hotel, making it a convenient location.

You’ll find four types of open-air baths—a bathtub encased in rock, cypress wood bath, clay bathtub, and barrel bath—on the hotel’s top level (13th floor). Known in Japan as a “Million Dollar Night View,” you can take in Hakodate’s spectacular night view while bathing in your favorite bathtub.

Once you’ve finished soaking, take a break with a complimentary popsicle at Sora, the outdoor rest area on the same floor.

La Vista Hakodate Bay is also known for its delicious Japanese and Western-style breakfast buffet. The Katte Don is a bowl of rice topped with as much fresh seafood as you want—including salmon roe, squid, northern shrimp, and cod roe. It is a very popular dish.

Website Language Support None
On-site English Support Available
Access from the Nearest Station 9 minutes by bus and foot, 11 minutes by tram and foot, or 15 minutes by foot from JR Hakodate Station
Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport 21 minutes by shuttle bus (in front of Hakodate Bay Area) and foot from Hakodate Airport

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Wakamatsu Hot Spring Resort - Michelin Star Awardee

Opening its doors in 1922, Wakamatsu Hot Spring Resort has a long history dating back to the Taisho period—even earning one star in the “MICHELIN GUIDE to Hokkaido.” It is a long-established resort with beautifully furnished facilities and guest rooms that are reminiscent of Japan at every turn.

Upon arriving, you will be treated to a matcha welcome drink accompanied with the “Matsu no Midori”: an original dessert consisting of a meringue-filled dacquoise layered with matcha cream. At the inn, you can experience a tea ceremony and soba noodle making workshop, creating a space where guests can immerse themselves in both Japanese aesthetic and tradition.

Seasonal seafood and other ingredients are used in abundance for dinner. For breakfast during the summers, you can eat squid freshly-caught that morning.

The spacious public and open-air baths that look out onto the Tsugaru Strait and Shimokita Peninsula are free-flowing from its own wellspring (*1). You can see the water gushing from the wellspring in the pavilion at the front of the entrance.

*1 Gensen-kakenagashi: a bathtub filled directly from a gushing wellspring. Minimal amounts of outside-sourced water and heat are added for temperature regulation.

Website Language Support Japanese, English, Chinese
On-site English Support Available
Access from the Nearest Station 13 minutes by taxi, 18 minutes by bus and foot from JR Hakodate Station
Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport None

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Kappo Ryokan Wakamatsu

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Niseko Konbu Onsen

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The Niseko Hot Spring Resort boasts a variety of hot springs gushing from the many wellsprings found on Hokkaido.

Niseko Resort is the generic term for the hot springs in the Niseko area, including Niseko Konbu Onsen. It was selected as one out of a hundred most prestigious hot springs in Japan.

Relaxing Family Time at Hotel Kanronomori

Hotel Kanronomori is where the Forest Concert, performed in the lobby by local musicians, is held every night.

In the Forest Sky Open-Air Bath, you’ll be able to bathe as if you’re floating in a forest. With a scenery lined with trees, this view will change with the coming of each season. This attractive feature also makes it an ideal place to visit during different periods each year.

The private bath can hold up to ten people and even comes with a sauna. This allows families or groups to simultaneously soak and relax in the hot springs.

Dinner is a semi-buffet that comes with a main course, such as sashimi (sliced raw fish) or a meat dish, and as many appetizers, seasonal dishes, and desserts as you like. Stay in one of their top-quality rooms to indulge in a multi-course meal in the lounge.

Niseko is known to be difficult to navigate around. However, you can access the inn on just one bus from Sapporo or Otaru Station by taking the Niseko Express Bus. Direct buses to Niseko also leave from New Chitose Airport in the winter.

Website Language Support None
On-site English Support Available
Access from the Nearest Station 10 minutes by taxi or hotel bus from JR Niseko Station
Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport Take the Niseko Express Bus from the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal (in front of Ikoino Yuyado Iroha). Express buses are also available from New Chitose Airport in the winter.

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Noboribetsu Onsen

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Noboribetsu Onsen is a famous Hokkaido hot spring that boasts nationwide popularity. There are nine different types of hot springs—a rarity even internationally. It's considered to be a hot spring department store in Japan.

Infants Are Welcome at Hotel Mahoroba!

A feature of Hotel Mahoroba is its theme park-like hot springs spread across the first and second-floor basement levels! Here, you can soak in four hot springs with 31 different types of baths.

The hotel warmly welcomes guests with infants. Naturally, you can enter their large public baths with your baby, but there are also cribs placed in the dressing rooms and a portion of the women’s restrooms. Additionally, high chairs for bathing use can be rented, as well as a diaper trashcan and diaper-changing mats. Diapers are sold in the stores on the premises.

Dining can be served a variety of ways, including in the banquet hall, your private room, or at a buffet restaurant. At Green Terrace, a restaurant on the second floor, diners can indulge in all-you-can-eat crab. You’ll be able to enjoy Japan’s top three crabs (hairy, red king, and snow crab) to your heart’s content.

Website Language Support None
On-site English Support Available
Access from the Nearest Station 10 minutes by taxi, 18 minutes by bus and foot from JR Noboribetsu Station
Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport 100 minutes by hotel bus from Sapporo TV Tower

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Dai-ichi Takimotokan - Sumptuously Soak in 5 Types of Hot Springs with 35 Baths

At Dai-ichi Takimotokan, guests can soak in five types of hot springs (sulfur, sodium sulfate, acidic iron sulfate, common salt, and alkaline springs), which is half the number of onsen varieties found in Japan. Its large public bath is open 24 hours so you can bathe for as long as you want, whenever you want.

There’s also a 25-meter heated pool, a 50-centimeter deep children’s pool, and water slides that families can enjoy. This is sure to become a very fulfilling stay for both adults and their playful children.

For dinner, you can choose to have your meal served in your room, in the dining hall, or at the buffet. In the buffet dining area, menu cards for dishes that use seven specific ingredients (wheat, egg, shrimp, crab, buckwheat, dairy, and peanuts) are marked with an icon for guests with allergies. For vegetarians, please let the inn know beforehand to prepare non-meat meals.

The official website is complete with language support in Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean. A private shuttle bus also departs from Sapporo Station, making the inn easily accessible for international tourists.

Website Language Support Japanese, English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean
On-site English Support Available
Access from the Nearest Station 13 minutes by taxi, 15 minutes by bus from JR Noboribetsu Station
Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport Two hours by the Waku-Waku Shuttle Bus from Sapporo Station

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Kojohama Onsen

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Kojohama Onsen is located near Noboribetsu Onsen and sits along a national highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Its water output is so abundant that it’s said to be the best in all of Hokkaido with its many varieties of hot springs. There are also sightseeing spots in the vicinity like Lake Kuttara, a circular caldera lake that is a must-see.

Kokorono Resort Furukawa - Wheelchair Access and Dog-Friendly!

The amazing scenery at Kokorono Resort Umino Bettei Furukawa appears as if it transformed to become one with the Pacific Ocean, with nothing obstructing it from your view in the open-air baths. The open-air baths and footpaths are where bathers can appreciate the ocean. Hammocks on the open terrace also add to the relaxing mood that hangs in the air throughout the premises.

The employees at Kokorono Resort work their hardest to make sure everyone visiting will enjoy their stay. By considering the needs of guests with young children, the inn offers a plan that allows them to leisurely use a private bath with a sweeping view of the ocean for 110 minutes. A wheelchair-accessible Japanese-Western style room with electric beds and a terrace are also available.

Additionally, there are two types of rooms where you can stay with your dog. The twin room has a yard furnished with a washing area and there's the Japanese-Western style room that can accommodate up to five people. The fact that both of these rooms have an entryway is another great feature.

Website Language Support Japanese, English
On-site English Support Available
Access from the Nearest Station 5 minutes by taxi from JR Noboribetsu Station. A shuttle bus is available.
Direct Buses from Sapporo or the Nearest Airport None

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The information presented in this article is based on the time it was written. Note that there may be changes in the merchandise, services, and prices that have occurred after this article was published. Please contact the facility or facilities in this article directly before visiting.

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