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Great Hot Springs in Suburbs of Sapporo -Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo-

May 12th, 2014

Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉) is a popular hot-spring facility for a day trip bath in the southwestern part of Sapporo city. Hoheikyo is farther than Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) from downtown. There are Hoheikyo Dam (豊平峡ダム) saving water for Lake Jozan (定山湖), Shizen-no-Mura (自然の村 * nature village) with cottages and an auto camping ground near the Hoheikyo Onsen. Furthermore, Onsen Shokudo's Indian curry (Onsen食堂のインドカレー) at a building of the Hoheikyo Onsen is famous, too, and people visit here only to eat Indian curry.

Bathtub Made of Hiba Tree
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

Hoheikyo Onsen won the first place in TripAdvisor "Hot Spring for Day Trip Bath Section in 2013" in Japan. There are 3 opne-air baths and 3 indoor baths at a bathhouse. Open-air baths are divided into 2 bathhouse groups, "Fukuro-no-Yu (ふくろうの湯) and Asobiyu-no-Roten (遊湯の露天)" and "Muine-no-Yu (無意根の湯)", the bathhouse for men is replaced the bathhouse for women every day. All bathtubs have fresh free-flowing hot-springs. Because they declare that freshness of the hot springs is the most important, they will have confidence of the hot spring quality. The hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride carbonated spring, and are a little opaque and light brown and have a little salty taste and a little sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.390 g. There is a drinking hot spring facility at the bathhouse, and bathers can drink the hot springs. When I drank it, it tasted salty. The hot springs seem to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout and Liver disease.

Drinking Hot Spring Facility at Bathhouse
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

I took a bath at the open-air bath "Fukuro-no-Yu and Asobiyu-no-Roten". The open-air baths were large and had good views, too. It is the size that about 200 people take a bath. Besides, the hot-spring incrustations which are made from calcium ingredients floats in the hot springs.

Opne-air Bath Named Asobiyu-no-Roten
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
Open-air Bath Named Fukuro-no-Yu
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

There are 3 indoor baths which are different in temperature. At the bathhouse, overflowed hot spring ingredients have deposited on the floor and the bathtubs, and those look like Turkish Pamukkale. The hot springs may be rich ingredients. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. By the way, visitors can not stay at this facility because there is not accommodation.

Pattern of Floor Made by Hotspring Ingredient
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
Hotspring Ingredientd Piled Up
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

Atmosphere of Hoheikyo Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hoheikyo Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 51.3 C
ph 6.7
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, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cut, Burn
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 Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Open-air bath(2 or 1), Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. A bathhouse for men replaces the bathhouse for women every day.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1000. Child: JPY 500. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours Weekday 10:00-24:00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 09:00-24:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
Parking lot +81-11-598-2410
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 708 694 574*32

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Hoheikyo Onsen.

Jozankei View Hotel(定山渓ビューホテル)  
Jozankei Manseikaku Hotel Milione(定山渓万世閣 ホテルミリオーネ)  
Hotel Shika-no-Yu(ホテル鹿の湯)  
Jozankei Grand Hotel Zuien(定山渓グランドホテル瑞苑)  
Jozankei Hotel(定山渓ホテル)    
Shogetu Grand Hotel(章月グランドホテル)  
Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei(定山渓第一寶亭留・翠山亭)  
Jozankei Onsen Hotel Sankeien(定山渓温泉 ホテル山渓苑)  
Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa MORI NO UTA(定山渓鶴雅リゾート スパ森の謌)  
Nukumori-no-Yado Furukawa(ぬくもりの宿ふる川)    
Hotel Sansui(ホテル山水) Only Tel:+81-11-598-2301
Spa and Estetique Suichokan(翠蝶館)  
Suizantei Club Jozankei(翠山亭倶楽部定山渓)    
Yukyu-no-Yado Shiraito(悠久の宿白糸)    
Onsen Ryokan Kinawaso(温泉旅館錦和荘)      

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