Updated: May 15, 2019
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Soak in the Medicinal Waters of Jozankei Onsen, in Hokkaido

Jozankei Onsen is located only an hour away from Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city, making it a perfect weekend getaway.

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Jozankei Onsen History

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The history of Jozankei Hot Springs - 定山渓温泉 - dates back to 1866, when Miizumi Jozan, an ascetic monk, discovered the hot springs and opened a healing spa in upper Toyohira River. Jozan cut through the forest to develop the land and put a great amount of work into bringing injured and sick people to the spa for healing. Eventually, his enthusiasm led up to building bridges and roads, and little by little the spa’s reputation spread out.
In 1918, when the industry of mining and lumbering arose and many workers arrived in the area, restaurants and shops started to increase in number. Thereafter, the area, blessed with splendid nature and bountiful waters continued to grow into one of the finest hot spring spas in Hokkaido.

The Hot Springs

There are 56 hot springs in Jozankei Onsen and more than half of them gush out naturally from openings in the rock bed and along the shores of the Toyohira River. Spring water temperatures are about 60 to 80 degrees Celsius and produce an amazing estimated daily volume of about 8,600 liters.

The water contains sodium chloride (neutral hypotonic hot spring), featuring its colorless and transparency, and mild amount of salt. It is said to have medicinal properties, helping cure anemia, neuralgia, arthrodynia, cuts, and burns.

Things to Do

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Jozankei is located within the gorgeous Shikotsu-Toya National Park, where one can experience the unique beauty of each season surrounded by rich nature.

From large-scale hotels with 650 rooms to cozy, traditional Japanese-style inns with 9 rooms, Jozankei boasts an impressive collection of 19 accommodations, as well as a variety of high-quality hot springs and easy access from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo Station.
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Aside from hot springs, Jozankei is popular as a spot for various outdoor leisure activities. The nearby Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort, as well as canoeing, rafting, horseback riding, bicycle rentals, and an orchard for many kinds of fruit picking, are all available for visitors to enjoy!
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