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Hot Springs with Long Hisotry Can Be Enjoyed -Bankei Onsen in Sobetsu-

May 27th, 2014

Bankei Onsen

Bankei Onsen (蟠渓温泉) is a hot-spring place in Sobetsu town located in the eastern part of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and is the place that hot springs have been gushed out since the Ainu period. The hot springs gush out along Osaru River (長流川), and it called Osaru-no-Yu (オサルの湯), many onsen funs come to take a bath at the natural open-air baths. There are 4 hot spring facilities, Yunotoya (湯人家), Bankei Fureai Center (蟠渓ふれあいセンター), Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen (伊藤旅館ひかり温泉) and Bangakuso (蟠岳荘). Visiotrs can take a day trip bath in those facilities.

Osaru-no-Yu

Osaru-no-Yu Open-air Bath No.1
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Osaru-no-Yu Onsen
Osaru-no-Yu Open-air Bath No.2
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Osaru-no-Yu Onsen
Osaru-no-Yu Open-air Bath No.3
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Osaru-no-Yu Onsen

Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen is a long-established hot spring ryokan founded in 1884. Appearance of building and interior decoration have an atmosphere such as the Taisho period and the Showa period. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. A staying is possible, too. There is a footbath beside a parking lot.

Appearance of Building
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Footbath beside Parking Lot
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

When I read Tweets, Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen seems to be popular.

There are 4 bathhouses, the large bathhouses for men with wash body place and the large bathhouses for women with wash body place, the bathhouse with a bathtub surrounded by rocks, the bathhouse with a cypress bath. Bathers must move from each bathhouses to each bathhouses in their clothes. Hot springs are sulfur and sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfer smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.017 g. All types of hot springs are the same at the bathhouses. Because drinking hot sprins are not allowable by the public health center, unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable.

Japanese-style Resting Room
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

There are 2 indoor baths at the large bathhouse, and at first I washed my body at this bathhouse. 2 indoor baths are different in water temperature, and the fresh hot springs are flowing freely. The hot spring ingredients petrifed, and the hot springs always flow from a faucet with beautiful white and blue hot spring ingredients. I let the hot springs overflow from a bathtub and enjoyed the overflowing. In addition, lyrics of Bankei Hikari Onsen Ondo (蟠渓温泉音頭 * a folk song for a dance) are drawn on a wall and those introduce tourist attractions of the neighborhood. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse.

Entrance of Bathhouse
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Dressing Room
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Bathhouse
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Bathhouse
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Bathhouse
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Hot Spring Ingredient Petrifed on Faucet
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Hot Springs Are Clear and Colorless
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Hot Spring Ingredient Petrifed on Faucet
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

The bathhouse with the bathtub surrounded by rocks and the bathhouse with the cypress bath are reserved bathhouse. The bathers see a wooden tag hanging on a door, and the bathers can take a bath if the wooden tag is written "Bather can take a bath now (次の方どうぞ)". When the bathers take a bath, must turn the wooden tag which is written "I am taking a bath (入浴中)" on the backside over theirselves. Otherwise, other visitors come to take a bath. The feature of the bathtub surrounded by rocks is that the hot springs are gushing out from stones. As for the cypress bath, the bathers can let the hot springs overflow from the bathtub while enjoying the good fragrance of the cypress. The bathhouses are small, but the bathers can enjoy the fresh hot springs.

Entrance of Bathtub Surrounded by Rocks and Cypress Bath
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Turn Wooden Tag Over
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Dressing Room at Bathhouse of Bathtub Surrounded by Rocks
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Bathtub Surrounded by Rocks
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Bathtub Surrounded by Rocks
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out from Stones
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Hot Spring Ingredient Petrifed on Faucet
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Dressing Room at Bathhouse of Cypress Bath
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Cypress Bath
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen
Fresh Hot Springs Are Flowing Freely
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

Atmosphere of Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring (Type: Weak Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 67.2 C
ph 7.5
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, Chronic skin diseases, Weak child, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Burn, Arteriosclerosis
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facility Indoor bath(4). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adults: JPY 400. Children: JPY 140. Infant: JPY 70.
Business hours 08:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-65-3000
Home page Home page is not provided

Yunotoya

Yunotoya is a hot-spring hotel founded in 1994. There is a hall for learning about nature, Donguri, near a building. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sulfur and sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfer smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Yunotoya
Hall for Learning About Nature, Donguri
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Hall for learning about nature, Donguri

When I read Tweets, Yunotoya seems to be popular.

Types of Hot Springs Sulfur and sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 92.2 C
ph 7.3
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, High blood pressure, Arteriosclerosis, Diabetes, Chronic woman's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn, Weak child
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Dry skin in the elderly, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Chronic digestive diseases, Diabetes, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease, Chronic constipation, Gout
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea, Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor spa(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 11:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-65-2225
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here

Bankei Fureai Center

Bankei Fureai Center is a public bath founded in 1991. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 420. There are 1 indoor bath at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sulfur and sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfer smell. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, bathers must bring those.

Appearance of Building
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Bankei Fureai Center

When I read Tweets, Bankei Fureai Center seems to be popular.

Types of Hot Springs Sulfur and sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 92.2 C
ph 7.6
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, High blood pressure, Arteriosclerosis, Diabetes, Chronic woman's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn, Weak child
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Dry skin in the elderly, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Chronic digestive diseases, Diabetes, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease, Chronic constipation, Gout
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea, Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adults: JPY 420. Children: JPY 140. Infant: JPY 70.
Business hours Weekday 13:00-19:00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10:00-19:00
Regular closing day Every Tuesday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-65-2004
Home page Home page is here

Bangakuso

Bangakuso is a long-established hot spring ryokan founded in 1950. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 300. There are 1 indoor bath at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sulfur and sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfer smell. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, bathers must bring those. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Sobetsu, Bankei Onsen Bangakuso

When I read Tweets, Bangakuso seems to be popular.

Atmosphere of Bangakuso Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Bangakuso

Types of Hot Springs Sulfur and sodium and calcium chloride and sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 67.2 C
ph 7.5
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, High blood pressure, Arteriosclerosis, Diabetes, Chronic woman's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn, Weak child
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Dry skin in the elderly, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not Drinking
Facility Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adults: JPY 300. Children: JPY 200.
Business hours 08:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-65-2277
Home page Home page is here

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Bankei Onsen.

Ito Ryokan Hikari Onsen(伊藤旅館ひかり温泉) Only Tel:+81-142-65-3000
Yunotoya(湯人家)
Bangakuso(蟠岳荘)      

A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen of Hokkaido

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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