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[Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo] Great Hot Springs in Suburbs of Sapporo

May 12th, 2014

Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen (やわらぎの里 豊平峡温泉) is a popular hot spring facility for a day trip bath in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and won the first place in TripAdvisor "Day Trip Hot Spring Facility Category in 2013" in Japan. 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, Indian Curry of Onsen Shokudo (Onsen食堂のインドカレー) at a building of the Hoheikyo Onsen is famous, too, and a lot of people visit here only to eat the Indian Curry. In addition, a photography was prohibited at a bathhouse.

Chicken Masala and Naan
Chicken Masala -Hoheikyo Onsen Shokudo in Sapporo-

There are opne-air baths and 3 indoor baths at the bathhouse. The open-air baths are divided into 2 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 with the bathhouse for women every day. 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. Those are known as large baths that about 200 people take a bath, so bathers can feel a sense of openness very much. By the way, hot-spring incrustations made from calcium ingredients danced in the hot springs.

All baths have fresh free-flowing hot-springs. Because they declare that freshness of the hot springs is the most important, they will have confidence in 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/kg. A drinking hot spring facility is provided at the bathhouse, and the 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.

There are 3 indoor baths that 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. I guess that the hot springs have 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, the visitors can not stay at this facility because there is not accommodation.

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)
Yi Feng Xiao Zhu Hot Spring Inn(温泉旅館一峯小築)

A page of Great Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Great Onsen of Hokkaido

A page of Sapporo foods and onsen is here

Sapporo Foods and Onsen

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park