Onsen for Newbies

The Vale Niseko Penthouse Private Onsen

A low-down on onsen etiquette for newbies to enjoy the quintessentially Japanese experience with confidence. Nestled deep in the mountains of Hokkaido, Niseko is a powder haven renowned for its mesmerizing views, and stunning skiing conditions. While the small Japanese town is undeniably a skier’s paradise, it is also famous for its steaming onsens, the volcanic spring baths that contain a multitude of medicinal properties. Onsens come in many forms. They can be gender-exclusive, small, large, indoor, outdoor, simple, luxurious, free-standing, or attached to a hotel. A dip in the thermally heated mineral waters can soothe aching muscles and invigorate […]