Hōheikyō

Top choice Onsen

in Jōzankei

Home to Hokkaidō's largest outdoor bath, Hōheikyō is a stunner, set above town on the gorge's forested slope. The whole rambling structure is shack-like, which just adds to the appeal of having stumbled upon something great. The door curtains indicating which baths are for men and which are for women are swapped daily. These waters purportedly ideal for improving women's skin.

Oddly enough, there's an Indian restaurant on the ground floor. The Sapporo–Jōzankei bus continues on to Hōheikyō (¥840, 1¼ hours), its final stop.