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Onsen in Hokkaido

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Noboribetsu Onsen
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    Hokkaido Noboribetsu-shi Noboribetsuonsencho
    This hot spring area, one of the country’s foremost, is blessed with an abundance of high quality hot spring waters. There are nine varieties of source springs found in the area, each with its own coloration and purported health benefits, including sulfur springs, chloride springs, alum springs, sulfate springs, melanterite springs, iron springs, acidic springs, alkaline springs, and radium springs. In the indigenous Ainu language, “nupur pet” means “white, cloudy river” or “dark colored river;” believed to be the phrase from which the Japanese place name “Noboribetsu” is derived. It also alludes to the area’s abundance of hot water, which is so great that it even changes the color of the river. Many people come here to enjoy the area’s distinctive and atmospheric hot spring hotels and inns, and to enjoy a day trip spent sampling different bathhouses. The area offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, including picturesque Noboribetsu Jigokudani (Hell Valley), Oyunuma Pond, and Tessen Pond, plus destinations like famous scenery, historic sites, and theme parks.
  • Maruseppu Onsen
    Hokkaido Monbetsu-gun Engarucho Maruseppukamimurii 172
    A hot spring resort located in Maruseppu, Engaru Town to the northwest of Kitami City. Situated in a forest area 300 meters above sea level, there are no convenience stores or souvenir shops nearby. The waters of the area's alkaline simple spring are said to treat such ailments as nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, joint stiffness, bruises, sprains, fatigue, chronic digestive diseases, hemorrhoids, and sensitivity to cold. Visitors can experience the area's natural wonder through such destinations as the Taihei Highland, formed long ago by pyroclastic flow from an ancient volcanic eruption; and the Maruseppu Insectarium, located inside the Ikoi no Mori forest park. Afterword, there's nothing better than taking a relaxing hot spring soak while gazing at a star-filled sky.
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  • Naganuma Onsen
    Hokkaido Yubari-gun Naganumacho Higashi 6-sen Kita 4
    A popular hot spring inn located just a one hour drive from Sapporo inside a lush public park, here visitors can enjoy both convenience and the natural beauty of Hokkaido. The inn's spring generates some of the greatest volumes of piping hot water of any in Hokkaido; its baths are constantly replenished kakenagashi style from the spring without the use of any additional waters or heating. The waters of the inn's iodine-containing highly saline sodium chloride spring are said to treat a variety of ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, joint stiffness, bruises, sprains, and chronic digestive diseases. Due to their high salt content, they are known for their warming properties, heating the body down to the core. The inn's bathhouse facilities are open to non-guests as well. The inn is famous for its source spring tofu, made with water from the inn's spring, and visitors are particularly recommended to purchase the inn's hot spring bathing plan which includes making your very own handmade source spring tofu.
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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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  • Kamisunagawadake Onsen
    Hokkaido Sorachigunkamisunagawachou Kamisunagawa 65-106
    The waters of this hot spring, Kamisunagawadake-onsen, located in Kamisunagawa Town southwest of Asahikawa City, can be enjoyed at the Panke no Yu hotel standing at the foot of Goryoyama. The hotel was established in 1970; its bathing facilities are also open to non-guests. The waters of the sodium hydrocarbonate saline cold mineral spring are said to treat some 17 ailments, including nerve pain, muscle soreness, joint pain, frozen shoulders, motor paralysis, joint stiffness, bruises, sprains, and sensitivity to cold. The Kamisunagawadake Nihon Teien, a 20 thousand square meter Japanese garden where visitors can enjoy highly seasonal natural beauty, is located nearby. Garden sights include beautiful garden rocks, a three tier waterfall, zigzagging bridges, arbors, and the wild bird bridge, a 40 meter long bridge from which you can hear the calls of some 18 bird species, and visitors can be soothed by the garden's scenery and the songs of birds.
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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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