Day 4 - it's my highly anticipated onsen getaway and I have chosen Jozankei onsen!
I know, there are quite a few more interesting onsen areas to go, like Niseko, Noboribetsu, Lake Shikotsu, but these are slightly further away from Sapporo. Since our time here was so limited and our main objectives for visiting onsen were to rest and relax at a nice ryokan, have a therapeutic soak in the hot spring and enjoy a sumptuous kaiseki dinner, Jozankei Onsen fitted the bill nicely.
We woke up late and took our time to pack luggage. Checked out at around 10.30am and left the big luggage with the hotel. Thereafter, we proceeded to Stellar Place (connected to JR Sapporo station) for early lunch. We had some time to spare because check-in time at the Jozankei ryokan is around 2-3pm and we would be taking either 1pm or 1.30pm bus.
Hubby and P were keen in bbq meat, but N and I were not so interested, a bit too heavy for first meal of the day!
The set came with a soup and small salad as starter.
There are a lot of choices for omurice here. Rice can also be cooked with cheese, sauce could be demi-glace sauce. Toppings like hamburger can be added as well.
After lunch, we proceeded to the Sapporo Station Bus Terminal (South Exit) and bought our bus tickets (Jotetsu Bus) bound for Jozankei Onsen. The one-way fare cost 750 yen and takes about 75 min. There are 2-3 buses available every hour.
There's also a direct bus line called "KappaLiner" which takes 60 min, at the same price. However this service requires reservation and only runs 2 service per day at 11am and 3pm (not suitable for us). Hence we chose to take the local Jotetsu Bus for the outbound journey. For the journey back to Sapporo, I requested the ryokan staff to make reservation for the KappaLiner.
After waiting for about 15 mins, the front office staff informed us that they were ready. And after the check-in procedures, we were ushered to our rooms.
First, we headed to P and N's room, which was the Premium Suite with in-room onsen bath!
Additional sleeping area.
Balcony area with TV. Standard layout for Japanese ryokan.
Bathroom, normal tap water (not fresh spring water).
Time to head to the onsen!
Typically, ryokans would provide beauty products such as collagen cream, moisturising lotion, hair serum etc for ladies to use after soaking the onsen.
The indoor bath has 3 pools. 2 of them at 40 degree celsius and 1 at 35 degree celsius.
I usually prefer the outdoor onsen, the roten ofuro.
The male onsen would be switched over to female the next morning, so that guests could enjoy both onsens.
After dinner, we went to P and N's room for chit chatting and strawberry shortcake (bought it in the morning) before retiring for the night.
Next post would be our 5th and 6th (last) day at Hokkaido! Stay tuned!
- Jozankei hotspring - http://jozankei.jp/
- Jotetsu Bus (from Sapporo Station to Jozankei onsen) - http://www.jotetsu.co.jp/bus/name_search_201312/pdf/sapporoeki-12.pdf
- KappaLiner - http://www.jotetsu.co.jp/bus/jozankei/kappa%2820120401%29.html
- Shogetsu Grand Hotel - http://www.shogetsugrand.com/index.html