Fukiage Hot Spring (吹上温泉) has to be one of the best, if not the best, onsen (hot spring) experiences we have ever had. What sets this area apart is that while it’s very easy and cheap to access, Fukiage Hot Spring provides a truly authentic onsen experience up in the mountains.
Budget travel tips
- Bring some food to cook in the kitchen if you are staying here, as there is no big shop.
Things to do
A natural hot spring, up a mountain with views down below, away from any noise and totally free. A true hot spring experience.
Using the same source as the free outside bath, this center has a wide selection of both inside and outside baths. There are so many types it will take you a while to get them all done, plus there is a mixed swimsuit area for families. A great place to relax after or before some hiking.
Open: 10 AM to 10 PM
Price: Adults 600 yen, Children 400 yen
The surrounding area is full of forests and interesting volcanic landscapes. There are a wide selection of routes, including a 6-8 hour hike up Mount Tokachidake, then down to Tokachi Onsen or the Sandanyama 3-4 hour hike. Pick up a map from the recreation center above, or better at the tourist info center in Asahikawa. There are also some free to stay at mountain huts (山小屋), so ask about these.
How to get there
There are three minibuses a day (35 mins mins, 500 yen):
Kamifurano station (上富良野) to Fukiage Hot Spring (吹上温泉): 9:22, 13:19, 16:31
Fukiage Hot Spring (吹上温泉) to Kamifurano (上富良野): 10:31, 14:21, 17:40
Hostels and Cheap Hotels
Fukiage Hot Spring Recreation Center Hakuginso (吹上温泉保養センター)
Right next to the bus stop, stay half way up the mountain for only 2600 yen per person (hot spring access included), with a kitchen and little shop to buy some cheap noodles. Tent space available for 500 yen. Reservations usually not required. Japanese only website here, but you could ask another hotel to reserve for you if you can’t speak Japanese.