[Aurora Onsen in Shibecha] Day Trip Bath and Fresh Moor Spring Can Be Enjoyed at Aurora Farm Village
September 15th, 2016
Aurora Onsen (オーロラ温泉) is a hot spring place in Shibecha town located in the north part of Kushiro city. Aurora Farm Village (オーロラファームヴィレッジ) is around 1.5 km distance through a graveled path from Tsurui National Route (鶴居国道 * National Route 274), and is a nature experience village surrounded by forests beside the northern tip of Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland (釧路湿原). Total area is 991,735.537 m2, and Center House (センターハウス), hot spring facilities, cottages, a camping ground and a lookout are built on the site. Here with rich nature is popular for people came from outside Hokkaido, A whole mountain is like the Aurora Farm Village. There are the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland, 900 Sogen Grassland (900草原) and Tawadaira Observaton Deck (多和平キャンプ場) around the Aurora Onsen. By the way, an entrance gate is closed at 20:00.
As for the Aurora Onsen, hot springs were succeeded in drilling in 1997, simple alkaline spring with moor hot spring. The moor spring is brown spring that gushes out from a peat bed or a lignitic bed, and contains a lot of organics of plant origin, so it has slippery touch, and is good for a skin, and is called beauty hot spring (美人の湯), too. The moor spring is different from usual types of the hot springs, and the hot springs are recognized as the moor spring if those contain humus.
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) that 500,000 people visit every year is a famous sightseeing spot in the Eastern Hokkaido and is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It was designed as a wetland under Ramsar Convention in 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. There are many rare animals inhabit and plants including Japanese cranes, Blakiston's fish-owls that are only 100 in Hokkaido, Iijima Ruriboshiyanma (イイジマルリボシヤンマ) that is the remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Itou fish (イトウ) that is said to be a very rare fish, Kushiro jacob's ladder (クシロハナシノブ) that is the remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu (ヤチボウズ). Article is here
900 Sogen Grassland
900 Sogen Grassland (900草原) is a municipal ranch in the south of Teshikaga town. About 2000 cows are bred at a site area of 930 ha. 900 Sogen Grassland was named after the site area. It is known for enjoying a typical scenery of Hokkaido and beautiful contrast between green grassland and blue sky is comforatable. An observatory tower, an observatory deck, a resthouse, a restroom and a parking lot are built on the top of the ranch, and there is a park golf course around the ranch. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Tawadaira Observaton Deck
Tawadaira Observaton Deck (多和平展望台) is a viewpoint in Shibech located in the northeast part of Kushiro, and is popular for enjoying a typical expansive scenery of Hokkaido from a hilltop at 195 m above sea level. There are Tawadaira Observaton Deck, Tawadaira Campsite (多和平キャンプ場), Green Hill Tawa (グリーンヒル多和), a parking lot and a restroom on the site. The Tawadaira Campsite covered with green grass is popular for motorcycle riders. There are a souvenir shop and a restraunt at the Green Hill Tawa. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
List of Day Trip Onsen
The visitors can take a day trip bath only at the Aurora Farm Village.
Aurora Farm Village
Aurora Onsen is a facility of Aurora Farm Village, and is well-known for enjoying free flowing hot springs with moor hot spring. It is said that onsen lovers must visit the hot spring place. A staying is possible, too. A restaurant is at the Center House, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use it.
First of all, the visitors for day trip bath pay JPY 500, an entrance fee to the bath facilities, at a reception of the Center House, and go to the bath facilities by their cars. Hotel guests can use a cart car freely. Public bathrooms are 200 m distant from here, and 3 huts, a bathroom for mixed bathing and bathrooms for men and women, are bult. The bathrooms with handemade feeling make the visitors feel a secret onsen.
I took a bath at the mixed bathing open-air bath first. There are 1 mixed bathing open-air bath at the bathroom for mixed bathing. The bathroom with a half-opened roof is surrounded by wooden walls, and the bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath. A forest opens before bather's eye, and tweets of birds and murmuring of hot springs are comfortable. I enjoyed an atomosphere such as a hideout. By the way, dressing rooms are gender segregated.
Then I went to the bathroom for men in wearing clothes. There are 1 indoor bath and 2 open-air bathes at the bathroom for men. The indoor bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath. The hot springs of the indoor spa surrounded by rocks is hottest, and the overflowing hot springs from bathtub can be enjoyed. To prevent freezing by leaving shower has been running, and I was interested in the shower at the indoor bath. I enjoyed a moor smell at a closed bathroom fully, too.
2 open-air baths are next to the bathroom for men, and the bathers can go in and out without clothers. Each open-air baths are the size that about 2 people can take a bath, and have a sense of openness very much, and the bathers can see a forest and clouds in the sky. I relaxed myself very much, and here is very comfortable. In the evening, starry sky seems to be beautiful.
The hot springs are simple alkaline spring with the moor hot spring, and are clear and dark brown and have tasteless and the moor smell. Those have smooth and sliperry touch. The sum total of hot spring ingredients are 0.260 g/kg. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinking not to obtain a permission of the health center. Shampoos and bodysoaps are not provided at the bathrooms, so the bathers must bring those. A restroom is installed at the each bathrooms for men or women. A hair dryer is not installed. By the way, there is an open-air bath for dogs, too.
Atmosphere of Aurora Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Simple alkaline spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||43.6 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase|
|Contraindications||Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Active tuberculosis, Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally|
|Indications of drinking||Not drinking|
|Facilities||Mixed open-air bath(1), Sex-Segregated open-air bath(2), Sex-Segregated indoor bath(1), Open-air bath for dog(1).|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.|
|Regular closing day||Tuesday and Winter season|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||462 258 653*82|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Aurora Onsen.
|Aurora Farm Village(オーロラファームビレッジ)||Only Tel: +81-15-488-4588|
A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen of Hokkaido