Yukimizake: Sip Sake While Viewing the Snowy Landscape

As temperatures here in Noboribetsu Onsen dip below freezing and snow skims over the ground, we find the best balance for a cold Hokkaido winter day is a hot bath with sake!

Our Yukimizake is a favorite service here at Dai-ichi Takimotokan this time of year for all the guests who want to enjoy a delicious drink in the bath while appreciating the winter landscape in Noboribetsu. Not many onsen ryokans in Japan offer drinks in the open-air bath, so we think it is a unique delight. Hot springs, a little sake, and snowy scenery – what could be better?

In the rotenburo or open-air bath, guests can enjoy beer, sake, or beverages like orange juice between the hours of 15:30 and 20:30 year-round.

Served on a wooden tray, it floats next to you in the bath as you look out over the stunning nearby snowy landscape in Noboribetsu Onsen. Whether washed in sunlight or soft moonlight, it is a winter treat not to be missed!