Things To Do in Niseko, Hokkaido
On the other hand, during end of Spring and early Summer (April and May), people come for the Melon and beautiful flowers.
For us, the best experience here was our Onsen Experience at Hilton Niseko.
Anyway, before we go there.
We traveled from Usuzan straight to Niseko and we stayed in Bongo Cottage. It's a very good experience staying in cottages and each experience is different from one another. Bongo Cottage is a very cozy cottage with very nice lady. Lady's name is Mari and she has a son, Yohei whom we manage to meet that day, who speaks pretty fluent english and love snowboarding and skiing. There was a piano at the reception place, apparently Mari's daughter plays it! Heard she has another son too, Gen.
Our cottage was strong and sturdy. We felt super cozy inside especially with strong winds blowing outside. In this particular cottage we had, there was no bathroom, as it's a common practice for guest to visit the onsen at Hilton Niseko. The owner gave us a coupon that allowed us to visit Hilton Niseko's Onsen at a discount. It's part of collaboration between hotels and Hilton. Super amazing!
Owner also place a huge iron bowl of water on the heater system to create a more humid environment for us within the cottage.
Niseko Cheese Factory!!
Then on the left there is a small cafe, we can order Coffee, Tea, Wine, and Cheese. Pretty good!!
After visiting the factory, we were supposed to eat Okonomiyaki at the restaurant next door to Niseko Cheese Factory but unfortunately it was closed. Anyway we ended up at an even better restaurant. An Italian Japanese restaurant that was recently open. Double as a cheese factory too!
The restaurant is so new, it's not on Google Maps yet. It's located next to Restaurant Prativo and Milk Kobo Niseko. Starts with M.
Most importantly, the view is super amazing.
Here's how the Onsen we went look like. I couldn't take pictures with my own phone over there as my room was full of naked guys. It's not allowed too.
On the inner side is the Onsen while in front of the Onsen is an ice cold natural pond, apparently with fish in it. Initially I only see people in the Onsen, but one buff guy jumped into the ice pond while we were soaking. He looked very comfortable and satisfied.
No one else jumped in. As soon as the buff guy left. I gave it a try. It was soooooooooooo cold. But the feeling....... is really satisfying. And I got addicted to that feeling. I ended up jumping back and forth the entire time. It was a group full of Caucasian in our Onsen. I encouraged everyone to join me in the ice pond. Some people hesitated at first, but soon everyone joined me. Ended up having lots of laughter and jokes.
I went home feeling healed and energized. It's good to go into both hot and cold water to regulate heart rate and blood flow. If we keep soaking in hot water, we may feel dizzy.