We were initially planning on staying 2 days in Niseko, and 2 days at Jozankei. However, after looking at the writeups and things to do online, we figured it will be quite a packed trip that way. So, we omitted Niseko and decided on the lesser known Jozankei Hotsprings town instead. It was a very good choice, as the trip was extremely relaxing, and had things for everyone to do! We splurged on the hotel (Sankeien), it was not the cheapest in the town, but also not the most expensive! I booked it online directly from the hotel, and it helped that I had a Japanese literate friend who talked through all the packages and it’s contents with me before we booked it online. A list of all the available hotels can be viewed on their tourist page HERE. Best thing about this hotel (and most of the hotspring hotels), is that Dinner and Breakfast (and sometimes even lunch!) is included in the price of the hotel. So we had our dream of having a full set dinner (like the ones shown on Japan Hour!) served to us in the room. An experience!! Plus the hotsprings were very very good and totally refreshing.
Incidentally, the night that we were in Jozankei, was the night that earthquakes shook central Tokyo and also some parts of Hokkaido. Cocooned in the mountains, we hardly felt a thing! Except when we turned on the TV and realised something must have happened from all the emergency news reports.
Jozankei was really unforgettable. We were really glad to have made it there and also to have spent an overnight trip. It is definitely worth visiting if you’re in Sapporo, even for a daytrip.