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Review: Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa MORI NO UTA

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Jozankei Onsen Higashi, Minami Ku, Sapporo, Hokkaido, 061-2302, Japan

Getting into hot water

  • By SilverTraveller Lamilly

    5 reviews

  • July 2015
  • Adult family

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Those who have been to a Japanese Hot Spring (or Onsen), can skip this part. Those who have never been to a Japanese Hot Spring, there are certain rules to follow.

When you book in you will be given a large towel and a small towel then you make your way to the bath.

First you enter the locker room area where you take off all your clothes, leave it in the locker (this place has large wicker baskets instead) then you make your way to the spa area with only the little towel you’ve been given.

Wash yourself thoroughly either in the shower (which has no curtains) or sit on the little stool and use the little bowls. (I say little, because they really are small??)
When you are squeaky clean you can enter the water. Before entering the water, it might be a good idea to throw the bath water over your body (using the little bowl by the side) to acclimatise your body to the water temperature which might be as high as 42degrees.

For those who have been to an onsen, this spa resort hotel offers several indoor baths to include a water massage bath and three outdoor ones. Outdoor you are surrounded by nature, trees and flowers and the open sky is your roof. When it rains (which it did), your have a warm body with a cool head, and believe it or not, it is the most comfortable feeling in the world. I could have stayed there all day.

If you want reflexology or a massage, you will need to make a booking.

Body soap, shampoo/conditioner, hair brush, hair dryer, some face lotions are available to use, so no need to bring your own.

We did not stay at the hotel but went for their ‘bath and buffet’ package.
After the bath, we had lunch with a top class choice of food, both Western and Japanese – everything was delicious.

We drove there, but there is a free shuttle bus from Sapporo to the hotel that leaves in the morning and returns to Sapporo in the afternoon, more than enough time for bath and buffet.

If you drive, the car park is free.

For those who don’t want to get into hot water in the nude with strangers, most hot spring resort hotels offer rooms with private bath, so no need to share with anyone else.

There is no mixed bathing, men and women bath separately. Phew, did I hear you say.

Most spa resort hotels are open to the public at certain times, so there’s no need to stay if you don’t want to.

The hotel kindly gave me permission to use the photos on their HP as you cannot take photos of the bath.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 5 Comment(s)

  • coolonespa
    almost 5 years ago
    Thanks for the link Lamilly, looks great
  • Lamilly
    almost 5 years ago
    coolonespa: The hotel said I could copy photos from their HP. Even though I sent the photos together with my review, the photos were not published??? I have asked why, no answer to date.
    If you want to see the photos that would have been, have a look at the hotel's HP.
  • coolonespa
    almost 5 years ago
    Sounds like quite an experience. Will you be adding the photos you mentioned?
  • Lamilly
    almost 5 years ago
    HMJ: When out of the water you can use the small towel to cover yourself, but the towel cannot go in the water. Some women place it on their head?? looks odd, I'll admit, or you can place it on the side of the bath.
    It's a great experience, but don't overdo it by staying a long time in the water, a couple of minutes at most for the first time, a little longer once you're used to the temperature.
    You'll have a great time!
  • HMJ
    almost 5 years ago
    Our trip next year includes staying in a number of ryokan with their own onsen so I loved reading about your experience. I think I'd have preferred to use the larger towel to cover my modesty!