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  • Toyako Onsen
    Hokkaido Abuta-gun Toyako Cho Toyako Onsen
    This hot spring district, one of the largest in Hokkaido, was created by the eruption of Mt. Yosomiyama in 1910. Many hot spring hotels stand side by side in the area, particularly on the bank of Lake Toya. There are also day trip bathhouses and free footbaths, and here visitors can luxuriate in relaxing hot spring waters while enjoying the vast, picturesque scenery of the Lake Toya area. The chloride springs found here contain an abundance of potassium and sodium; note that they are not drinkable. Lake Toya Long-Run Fireworks Nights fireworks displays are held each year here from late April through October, and during these times the area bustles with many tourists. Taking a dip in a hot spring bath while enjoying a fireworks display is particularly fun.
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  • Akankonsen
    Hokkaido Kushiro-shi Akancho Akankonsen
    This hot spring district situated on the shore of Lake Akan in Akan Mashu National Park is one of Hokkaido's largest and generates an amazing 3,800 liters of hot water every minute. In addition to many hot spring inns and day trip bathhouses, the district is dotted with free hot spring hand- and footbaths, and visitors can relax and enjoy the delights of hot spring waters in a scenic location commanding a view of Lake Akan and Mt. Oakan. The area's alkaline simple springs are colorless and transparent and are notable for their smooth, velvety feel. Gentle on the skin, their waters are a favorite of men and women of all ages.
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  • Utoro Onsen
    Hokkaido Shari-gun Sharicho Utoro
    A scenic hot spring district commanding views of Mt. Rausu and the Sea of Okhotsk located on the Shiretoko Peninsula, a designated World Heritage Site. Relatively new, the area was established as a hot spring district in 1972. The area boasts over 10 source springs and generates an astounding 1,000 liters of hot water every minute. Dark reddish-brown hydrogen carbonate springs and chloride springs are found in the district, and their waters are said to be highly moisturizing, resulting in smooth, soft skin post-bath. In winter, hot spring bathers can enjoy views of white snowscapes and ice floes, and during this time in particular the area bustles with many tourists.
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  • Tokachigawa Onsen
    Hokkaido Kato-gun Otofukecho Tokachigawa Onsen
    A hot spring district designated a Hokkaido Heritage Site which boasts moor hot springs, a type of hot spring only found in a few places around the world. A moor hot spring is one in which plant-derived organic matter has dissolved into its waters; moor hot springs are characterized by their dark reddish and yellowish brown color and smooth, slippery feel. Gentle on the skin, the area's hot spring waters contain an abundance of natural moisturizing substances and are called a natural skin lotion by some. The area is host to simple springs and chloride springs, each bearing slightly differing properties depending on facility and location, but they are all said to have powerful skin beautifying properties and this hot spring village is accordingly particularly popular with women.
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  • Sounkyo Onsen
    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Kamikawacho Sounkyo
    A hot spring district located in a ravine consisting of some 24 kilometers of continuous sheer cliffs at the foot of Mt. Kurodake. The area boasts over 60 source springs and an accordingly abundant flow of piping hot water. One of Hokkaido's top destinations for picturesque scenery, this hot spring village also serves as a base for sightseeing in Daisetsuzan National Park. There are many famous and beautiful waterfalls in the area such as Ryusei Falls; a stream in the area, fed by a hot spring, is lined with Japanese maples and many other deciduous trees, and in fall the entire area is decorated with gorgeous autumn foliage. The area's mildly alkaline chloride springs and sulfate springs are gentle on the skin and accordingly are favored by men and women of all ages.
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  • Biei Shirogane Onsen
    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Bieicho Shirogane
    A picturesque hot spring district commanding a view of the grand Tokachi mountains. Situated at the foot of this mountainous area, this hot spring village serves as a base for many mountain climbers looking to hike the slopes of Mt. Tokachi and Biei Fuji. The area's chalybeate springs and sulfate springs contain an abundance of calcium and magnesium; known as the Cane-Forgetting Springs, their waters are said to aid recovery from fatigue in addition to easing skin diseases, cuts, burns, muscle soreness, nerve pain, and other ailments. A four kilometer long stretch of road on the way from urban Biei Town to Shirogane is lined with Japanese white birches and is known as the White Birch Highway.
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  • Nukabira Gensen Go
    Hokkaido Kato-gun Kamishihoro Cho Nukabira Gensen Go
    A hot spring district located in Kamishihoro Town, itself situated at the foot of the eastern mountains of Japan's largest national park, Daisetsuzan National Park. Nukabira means person-shaped rock in the indigenous Ainu language. Here visitors can take in the magnificent natural scenery created by a range of 2,000 meter tall mountains. The history of this hot spring district dates back to the early Taisho period, and the abundant volume of piping hot water it generates is utilized to constantly replenish the waters of hot spring baths here kakenagashi style. In the time when there were no ski slopes or rail lines, the district prospered as the leading hot spring destination in the Doto area. The temperature of the area's colorless sodium-chloride and hydrogen carbonate springs (alkaline springs) ranges somewhat high, between 50 and 60° C. Because this area is situated on ground higher than the more urban parts of Hokkaido, in winter the temperature drops precipitously, making the hot springs found here an indispensable natural blessing.
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  • Asahidake Onsen
    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Higashi-kawacho Asahidake Onsen
    This hot spring district is located inside Daisetsuzan National Park at the foot of Mt. Asahi-dake, the highest peak of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group, and is the oldest hot spring district in Hokkaido. Asahi-dake is 2,291 meters tall and has been selected as one of Japan's 100 most famous mountains; the seasonal beauty of this peak is breathtaking. There are nine hot spring hotels in the area which have been erected in locations which take advantage of this magnificent scenery, but unlike many hot spring districts in Japan, there is no real town area to speak of. In other words, visitors are free to enjoy lush natural beauty enwrapped in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. There are cross-country skiing courses here available for use from November to May and places which rent equipment; beginners are recommended to take a relaxing soak to ease sore muscles after trying the sport. It is said that the food in Higashikawa Town is grown with spring water, and the area's rice, fresh vegetables, and liquors are all superbly delicious.
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  • Mori no Spa Resort Hokkaido Hotel Onsen
    Hokkaido Obihiro-shi Nishi 7 Jominami 19-1
    A bathhouse fed by a moor hot spring-a spring into which have dissolved the organic acids humic acid and fulvic acid, generated by the process involved in plant matter buried in the ground changing into coal, giving its waters a smooth, velvety feel. The spring, located on the grounds of the Hokkaido Hotel, is renowned for its beautifying properties. The organic acid-rich waters are said to treat nerve pain, muscle soreness, and joint pain. The facility has an indoor bath an outdoor bath, bedrock bath, regular sauna, and private reservable bath. Located close to the center of Obihiro City, just a five minute drive from JR Obihiro Station, the hotel is surrounded by beautiful forest and offers convenient access to nearby sightseeing destinations. The hotel's daily fresh-baked bread is also popular.
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  • Shikotsukonsen
    Hokkaido Chitose-shi Shikotsukonsen
    Mystical Lake Shikotsu is surrounded by virgin forest. The springs of Shikotsuko Onsen, situated along the lake's east bank, were bored in 1974. Located in an area where sightseeing boats dock, there are many restaurants and souvenir shops in the district. The waters of the area's hypotonic mildly alkaline springs are said to treat a wide range of ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, and joint pain, in addition to aiding recovery from fatigue; they are also drinkable. Akihime Ontama Rice is a local specialty dish made with kokanee salmon transplanted to Lake Shikotsu from Lake Akan, and visitors can try this tasty meal at any of the hot spring inns in the area. Junmaishu sake and shochu liquors made with Lake Shikotsu water make for perfect souvenirs. Visitors can also find many elegant Japanese and Western style confections made with the finest ingredients in the area.
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