Niseko is a world-famous powder destination renowned for its incredible snow conditions, delectable local cuisine, a wide variety of things to see and do, and luxury accommodations promising a ski holiday of ultimate opulence and comfort. The geothermically-rich ski resort area also lends itself to natural onsens, some of which are piped directly into hotels, chalets, and villas, providing guests with the leisure of their own in-house onsen without even having to step foot outside.
Onsens are natural hot springs with geothermically heated water that can be found in abundance throughout Japan’s mountainous terrain. Packed with minerals, onsens are not only relaxing but also incredibly beneficial for your physical wellbeing. Therapeutic benefits include boosting blood circulation, reducing stress and promoting sleep, relieving pain and muscle aches, and improving skin conditions. Onsen bathing is also an intrinsic part of Japanese culture, with written recordings of the practice dating back to the 1st century. Staying at accommodation with onsen is the ultimate way to combine your ski holiday with one of Japan’s most treasured cultural and therapeutic experiences.
Hotels with Public Onsens
Many Niseko hotels have public onsen onsite, with separate facilities for men and women. These onsen facilities are available to hotel guests and some of them can also be used by non-staying guests for a fee. In public onsens, even those located in your own hotel, it is important to follow onsen etiquette, which only enhances the cultural experience.
Accommodation with Private Onsen
Some of Niseko’s most indulgent properties also offer private onsen. These are most commonly found in chalets and holiday homes although there are increasingly more condominium suites that offer this luxury. Private onsen is exclusively for guests of the particular suites or villas, making it the perfect option for those seeking privacy and exclusivity. Private onsen offer the same geothermic hot-spring water as public onsen, with all its renowned health benefits.
Accommodation with Japanese style Bath Tubs
More commonly than private onsen, many accommodations offer Japanese-style baths. The bathrooms often resemble a traditional Japanese onsen, typically with hinoki (Japanese cypress) or stone baths, but instead of being filled with hot-spring water they are filled from the tap. Some are even designed to retain the heat of the water so that they don’t need to be emptied and refilled between uses. Japanese family members always share the water, washing thoroughly with soap, shampoo etc. in the shower before entering the bath, which they leave as immaculately clean as the water in a public onsen.
Accommodation with Hot Tubs and Jacuzzis
Last but not least, private jacuzzi or hot tubs are plentiful at accommodations throughout Niseko, and require little introduction. These are most often located outdoor, allowing guests to enjoy the spectacular vistas Niseko has to offer.
We have put together a list of Niseko accommodations with private onsen, jacuzzi/hot tub, or Japanese-style bathtub to help you choose the best accommodation with onsen for your visit to this powder paradise.
Green Leaf Hotel
Nestled among rocks and pine trees, The Green Leaf onsen is a solitude haven after a busy day on the slopes. This public onsen is available to all hotel guests and during certain hours, can also be used by non-hotel guests.
One of the most iconic onsens in the area, the onsen at Hilton Niseko Village offers a fantastic view of Mt. Yotei and nearby mountain ranges. Entry is free for hotel guests and non-staying visitors can enjoy the facilities for a fee.
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Niseko Village is one of the few accommodations in Niseko with both indoor and outdoor onsens. The public onsens here are exclusively for hotel guests and each suit also comes with a large Japanese-style stone bath.
Newly opened in December 2022, Intuition Niseko is in a central location just steps away from Hirafu’s restaurants and bars. Intuition boasts 2 penthouses with private open-air onsen where you can sit back and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Intuition also has a public onsen, exclusively for hotel guests, on the ground floor.
Sansui Niseko is another exciting addition to Hirafu Village in Winter 22-23, combining natural materials and luxury living. Its penthouses come with private onsens, allowing guests to unwind in the therapeutic waters after a day of adventure. For other guests, a communal onsen is available onsite as well as private family baths.
Opened in December 2022, Setsu Niseko is an exquisite condominium-hotel complex with an impressive range of onsite amenities. Some suites come with an outdoor terrace and their own private bath – a perfect way to unwind while enjoying the breathtaking views of Mt. Yotei. You will also have access to the public onsen and four private onsens, available for bookings.
Nestled in a serene birch forest in Lower Hirafu Village, Yamakei Residences offer a tranquil holiday experience whilst being just minutes away from Hirafu’s centre. Privacy and exclusivity are of utmost importance at Yamakei Residences. Each apartment at Yamakei features its own private onsen for you to relax and enjoy the soothing sounds of the nearby creek.
AYA Niseko features a communal onsen available to only hotel guests as well as private family baths which you can reserve in advance. Some suites have private onsen baths for extra privacy and exclusivity.
Chalet Ivy has a natural hot spring onsen onsite which only hotel guests are allowed to use. Together with a fine dining restaurant and a well-equipped gym, Chalet Ivy has all of your wellness boxes checked.
Centrally located in Middle Hirafu Village, Kozue is an elegant boutique hotel with 6 stunning condominiums. 2 of Kozue’s apartments have jacuzzi on their private terraces where you can relax to the view of the adjacent birch forest.
A brand new luxury development in the heart of Hirafu Village, Niseko Kyo will be welcoming its first guests in Winter 23-24. The spacious apartments, together with their private onsens, provide an oasis of comfort and tranquillity whilst being in a central location means that you are only footsteps away from Hirafu’s best restaurants and bars.
The 4-bedroom penthouse apartment at Middle Hirafu Village’s Setsugetsu Terrace has a wonderful large hinoki tub which offers incredible views of Mt. Yotei. It is also one of the biggest residences in Niseko – guests can book either the 4-bedroom penthouse apartment or the whole apartment block with 8 bedrooms to accommodate up to 17 guests.
Situated at the foot of the Ace Family chairlift, it is hard to beat Snow Crystal‘s immediate access to Grand Hirafu’s ski slopes. Guests seeking the extra touch of luxury can also choose apartments with private outdoor jacuzzi tubs which has an expansive Mt. Yotei view to elevate their Niseko ski holiday experience to new heights.
Terrazze’s 4-bedroom Mt. Yotei Panorama Penthouse apartment has a traditional onsen-style bathroom with hinoki bathtub complete with wooden washing stools and a sauna that looks out to Mt. Yotei. Terrazze is located in Middle Hirafu Village and comes with parking spaces as well as onsite concierge services providing the utmost convenience.
Centrally located in Upper Hirafu Village, just minutes away from Hirafu’s main resort facilities, The Setsumon showcases a harmonious blend of exquisite alpine-living, chic and modern fixtures, and ultimate convenience. The Setsumon has a few apartment options which have their own private outdoor jacuzzi overlooking the village.
An award-winning property in the heart of Hirafu Village, The Vale Niseko has 8 different apartment types which include their own private outdoor onsen with the penthouse boasting an impressive unobstructed view of Mt. Yotei. There is also a communal indoor and outdoor onsen, exclusively for hotel guests, on the ground floor.
One of the few 7-bedroom holiday homes in Niseko, Greystone Chalet sleeps up to 18 guests in comfort. This large premium chalet also has a beautiful onsen-style stone bath with wooden washing stools and shower.
Gustav’s Hideaway is a spacious and inviting 4-bedroom holiday house in a quiet part of Lower Hirafu Village with an exclusive outdoor hot tub that promises relaxation and rejuvenation in the midst of Niseko’s natural beauty.
The perfect combination of comfort and luxury, Pavilions Estate-located Jade Rabbit‘s thoughtful design extends to its Japanese-style bathtub and massage chair for a blissful retreat after a day of exploration.
Kasetsu is a 6-bedroom luxury house with its own Japanese-style bathtub looking out to the tranquil forest in Lower Hirafu Village. With an open-plan dining and living area, Kasetsu has more than enough space for everyone to spread out in style.
Kazahana Chalet offers 6 bedrooms of luxury that sleeps up to 13 guests in comfort in a convenient Middle Hirafu Village setting. The stunning chalet has a private outdoor hot tub on the top floor terrace with a panoramic view of Mt. Yotei.
Just a 3-minute drive from Hanazono’s ski lifts stands Meikeikyo, an exclusive 5-bedroom house nestled in a tranquil woodland setting. Meikeikyo boasts a large Japanese-style bathtub onsite, offering a time of ultimate relaxation.
Panorama Niseko is a collection of stunning 5-bedroom villas, each with their own indoor and outdoor onsen. Panorama Villas are located just outside of Hirafu Village, providing unobstructed views of Mt. Yotei.
Offering unbeatable Mt. Yotei views, Soseki House is a luxury 6-bedroom Lower Hirafu Village house offering an authentic Japanese lodging experience with private onsen-style bath and other Japanese-inspired finishing touches.
Tamo Townhouses are a collection of 5-bedroom Japanese-inspired homes in a convenient Middle Hirafu Village location. Each one features a beautiful hinoki bathtub room for the perfect soak after a long day of exploration.
If having an onsen or hot tub at your own accommodation is a bit too much of a splurge, check out our Niseko Onsen Guide for a list of our top recommended onsens in Niseko that you can visit during your stay.
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