[Bibai Onsen] Day Trip Onsen and Blue Cave Bath at Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan
May 2nd, 2014
Bibai Onsen (美唄温泉) is a hot spring place in Bibai city located in the northeastern part of Sapporo city. Only Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan (ピパの湯 ゆ～りん館) is built on a small hill with a distant view of the Bibai at about 70 m above sea level. A park golf course is built on the site, too, there are a lot of athletic facilities such as a baseball field and a tennis court in the area. In addition, there is Tomei Park (東明公園) that is one of the 10 best places for cherry-blossom viewing in Hokkaido next to here, too. The distance is around 5 km away from the center of the Bibai, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built near here.
The bibai means "A place with a lot of fresh-water mussel" in Ainu language, and is pronounced "pipa-o-i", so the facility was named after it. I do not know about Yurinkan. Speaking of the Bibai, Bibai Grilled Chicken Giblets on Skewer (美唄焼き鳥) and Bibai Fried Noodles (美唄焼きそば) are famous. Some restraunts serve the grilled chicken on skewer in the Bibai, and the fried noodles can be bought at Coa Bibai (コアビバイ). As for tasty restaurants in the Bibai, Yakitori Tatsumi (やき鳥 たつみ), Sobadokoro Shoan (そば処匠庵), Sugiura Bakery (すぎうらベーカリー), Fukuyoshi (福よし) and Cafe Stoven (カフェ ストウヴ) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Yakitori Tatsumi and the Sugiura Bakery, and those were tasty. By the way, Famous tourist attractions in the Bibai are Miyajima Swamp (宮島沼) and ARTE PIAZZA BIBAI (アルテピアッツァ美唄) as well as the Tomei park.
Cherry Blossoms of Tomei Park
Tomei Park (東明公園) in Bibai city is located in the northeastern part of Sapporo city. About 2000 cherry trees such as Yezo mountain tree (エゾヤマザクラ) and Yoshino tree (ソメイヨシノ) are planted. The Yoshino tree are northern limit of cherry tree forest. The Tomei Park is one of famous place for cherry blossoms. Cherry blossoms are full in bloom in early May. Bibai Sakura Festival (桜まつり) is held on 2 days, Saturday and Sunday, during best time. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Miyajima Swamp (宮島沼) is a small swamp in Bibai city located in the northeastern of Sapporo city and is the thirteenth wetland designed as the Ramsar Convention Wetland in Japan, and the perimeter of the swamp is about 2.7 km. It is famous as the largest and northernmost wild goose's temporary resting place in Japan. Migratory birds such as Wild Goose, Bean Goose, Whistling Swans come flying in a spring and an autumn, and 60,000 wild birds stay at the Miyajima Swamp, tops. The wild bird's silhouettes are cheered up by the morning sun with reddish light, and a scenery that the wild birds fly away (ねぐら立ち) is very mysterious. Actually, I was impressed very much. Article is here
Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl of Tatsumi
Tatsumi (たつみ) is a popular Yakitori restaurant in Bibai city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city and was founded in 1968. The restaurant is known for serving Bibai Yakitori (美唄焼き鳥 * grilled chicken on skewer) in Hokkaido. The Bibai Yakitori is grilled chicken giblets on skewer (モツ串). It is the idea (もったいない * Mottainai) that they use one chicken untill last. Because Bibai people who came to Hokkaido in the Meiji period were provided with a pair of chickens by Japanese nation, they bred those to survive themselves. As for the chicken, I can imagine a valuable thing as a few property. Article is here
Bibai Fried Noodles
Bibai Fried Noodles (美唄焼きそば) are sold by Kadoya (角屋) in Bibai city and begun to be sold in 1970 and are one of famous local dishes. The Bibai Fried Noodles seem to be devised to fill stomaches of workers in coal mine town "Bibai" and are called "Sacked Fried Noodles", too, and customers can eat directly the bibai fried noodles from a package without geting our hands dirty. In addition, the Kadoya does not retail the Bibai Fried Noodles and the customers can buy the Bibai Fried Noodles at the Coa Bibai (コアビバイ). 3 kinds of the Bibai Fried Noodles, the Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles (復刻版焼きそば), the Coal Bibai Fried Noodles (石炭焼きそば) and the Salt Bibai Fried Noodles (塩やきそば), were sold when I visited the Coa Bibai. I bought 1 Coal Bibai Fried Noodles and 1 Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles. Each prices are JPY 108. Article is here
Sugiura Bakery (すぎうらベーカリー) is a popular bakery in Bibai city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city. A bread is famous for using rice flour. I heard from Ms. Tani that a soft serve ice cream was tasty, and I visited here. The stylish appearance of a building was outstanding very much. The breads were displayed overcrowdedly when I entered here. This store provided a place for customers to enjoy foods and drinks. Customers can drink coffee or water freely, too. Article is here
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan.
Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan is a small-sized onsen hotel run by Ambix inc., and has a opened a business since 2003, and is very popular with family customers because of various events. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 650. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 07:00, too. A restraunt and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A chartered bath is provided, and an extra cost is JPY 2800 per 60 minutes. A staying is possible, too.
There are 2 outdoor baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 2nd floor. The sunny tiled bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. The large indoor bath is the size that about 12 people can take a bath, and the small indoor bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and both baths use heated cold springs. The round whirlpool bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and uses heated water.
The open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and a cave bath is the size that about 12 people can take a bath, and both baths use heated cold springs. The cave bath that has become a synonym for the Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan reflects an image of Italian Blue Cave. The cave is just artificial rocks at noon, but blue light that is lit up in the evening turns into blue rocks. Bather can relax at slightly dark space. By a sudden turn, a sense of openness can be enjoyed at the open-air bath. A small waterfall provides a waft of freshness, too.
The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate cold spring, and are clear and light yellow and have neither taste nor smell, and have slightly smooth and slippery touch, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.781 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Bibai Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium bicarbonate cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||16.9 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Hemorrhoid, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn|
|Indication of the radon hot spring||Heart and circulatory diseases, Motility disorders, Skin diseases, Nervous system disease, Gastrointestinal disorders, Liver and metabolism diseases|
|Indications of drinking||Not drinking|
|Facilities||Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 650. Child: JPY 300.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (260 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||180 617 858*07|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Bibai Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.