Hidden Niimi Onsen Re-Opens In Niseko This Winter

After a year of silence, Niimi Onsen has resumed operations and opens its doors for customers this winter season.

A longstanding favourite of both Niseko locals and regular guests, it was a big disappointment to many when Niimi Onsen closed its doors last winter season. After a year of silence, the well-loved secret hot spring has announced that it is re-opening it's doors!

Niimi Onsen has a long history and well-founded reputation, opening it's doors in Rankoshi Town over 100 years ago in the 45th year of the Meiji emperor's rule (1912). It was well-regarded for both the quality and taste of the water and became a point of pride for the local region. It's re-opening this year has been a cause for celebration for many of the old onsen's fans.

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Line up for Niimi Onsen's grand re-opening!

There have been a few changes to the way Niimi Onsen is operating following it's re-open. In the past, it had been one of a few remaining onsen which offered a mixed men and women bathing pool. Following it's re-open, the outdoor pool, rotenburo, will be divided into a separate male and female bathing pool. The onsen will be operating primarily for day-use, meaning guests do not need to stay the night in order to make use of the bathing pools. There will be a limited number of rooms available for staying the night if you are keen to stay at an old and historic onsen in Hokkaido. Of the twenty-two rooms, only five will be in operation for the time being.

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Niimi Onsen from outside.

If you are coming to Niseko this winter or later in Spring or Summer, make sure you make time to check out the recently renewed Niimi Onsen!

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