- July 15th, 2014
[Ike-no-Yu Onsen in Teshikaga] Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath on Shore of Lake Kussharo beside Matsuya Ryokan
Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池の湯温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the northern direction of Kushiro city. The hot spring gushes out at the lakeshore in the southwestern part of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park, and it is one of hot spring places around the Lake Kussharo. It is hard to find the Ike-no-Yu Onsen, and there are a parking lot and the open-air bath next to Matsuya Ryokan (松屋旅館 * Shut Down) after visitors turn at a sign board of the Matsuya Ryokan, and go straight. The distance is about 10 km away from Kawayu Onsen (川湯温泉), and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built.
The Ike-no-Yu Onsen was used by Ainu poeple originally. It has a long history, and Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura (松浦武四郎) visited here in 1858, so a stone slab inscribed with Takeshiro Matsuura is built, too. There are the Kawayu Onsen, Sanko Onsen (三香温泉), Sunayu Onsen (砂湯温泉), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉) and Nibushi Onsen (仁伏温泉) around here, and various natural open-air baths can be enjoyed throughout the year. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, Fresh green and the canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and whooper swans can be watched in a winter.
The Lake Kussharo is the largest caldera lake in Japan in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern direction of Lake Akan (阿寒湖), and its shape tuend into the current shape by large-scale eruptions 40,000 years ago. Before then, the lake was larger round lake than the current lake. It is the 2nd largest caldera lake in the world after Lake Toba in Indonesia, too. In Akan Mashu National Park, The perimeter of the lake is about 57 km, and the maximum depth is 117 m, and Nakashima (中島), the largest island on the fresh water lake in the Japan, flotas on the surface of the lake, but landing is prohibited. There are Mt. Mokoto (藻琴山), the Wakoto Peninsula, Bihoro Pass Lookout (美幌峠展望台), Tubetsu Pass Observation Deck (津別峠展望台), Mokotoyama Lookout Parking Park (藻琴山展望駐車公園), Highland Koshimizu 725 (ハイランド小清水725), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Sanko Onsen (三香温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉), Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池ノ湯温泉), Suna-Yu (砂湯), Nibushi Onsen (仁伏温泉), Wakoto-kohan Campsite (和琴湖畔キャンプ場), Wakoto Campsite (和琴キャンプ場), Suna-Yu Campsite (砂湯キャンプ場) and Highland Koshimizu Campsite (ハイランド小清水キャンプ場) around the Lake Kussharo. Read More
Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島) is the only peninsula extending out Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in the southern side of the Lake Kussharo. In Akan Mashu National Park, Wakoto Field House (和琴フィールドハウス), Wakoto-Kohan Campsite (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場), Wakoto Campsite (和琴キャンプ場), a nature trail (自然探勝路), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), a souvenir shop, a restraunt, a boat for hire, Koshin-so (湖心荘), a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. Fresh green, a canoe and fishing can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn and a snow scenery can be enjoyed in a winter, and it is said to be a sightseeing base of the Lake Kussharo. By the way, Min-min-zemi cicada (ミンミンゼミ) inhabits here, and they do not inhabit further north than the Lake Kussharo, so they have been designated as a special natural treasure since 1951. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Sunayu (砂湯) is a touring attraction along Hokkaido Road 52 in the eastern side of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), and is named because hot springs ooze out from sandy beach on the lakeside. It means “A place that sand gushes out” in Ainu language, too, so the hot springs have oozed out since a very long time ago. In Akan Mashu National Park, Sunayu Campsite (砂湯キャンプ場), Sunayu Resthouse Letarachip (砂湯レストハウス レタラチップ), Koike Shoten souvenir shop (小池商店), a public restroom and a parking lot on the site. The Sunayu Resthouse Letarachip has a restraunt and souvenir shop, and a swan boat can be rented, too. In addition, they accept a motorboat tour. Fresh green, camping, playing in water, fishing and canoeing can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and a winter scenery and Whooper swans can be enjoyed in a winter. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Ike-no-Yu.
Ike-no-Yu is a natural open-air bath on the lakeshore, and is popular for a good sense of openess. Bathers can forget daily life. It opens for 24 hours, and the sunset seems to be beautiful early in the evening. Starry sky may be beautiful, too. An entrance fee to the bath facility is free of charge.
There is 1 mixed bathing open-air bath. This is a pond with about 15 m in diameter, and is the size that about 20 people can take a bath. The hot spring gush out from the bottom of the pond without oxidizing, 100% natural fresh free flowing hot springs can be enjoyed.
The hot springs are unexpectedly hot, and water temperature is around 40 C. Bathing is comforatable only in a summer, but except the season, I think that it is too cold. When I visited here, few algae floated on the surface of the hot springs, and the hot springs looked considerably clean. But watch your steps, because moss grow on the surface of pebbles that spread all over the bottom of the bath, and those are very slippery.
The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Dressing rooms for men or women are built beside the pond. The bathers can take a bath in wearing swimsuits or with a bath towel covering body, but a lot of Japanese men take a bath withhout wearing anything. I guess female bathers are too shameful to take a bath without wearing somtheing. By the way, a use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted.
In a winter, whooper swans and deers gather around the open-air bath. When I visited here, a deer ate dried grass. The grass is not frozen by steam, so here is really useful by wild animals.
Atmosphere of Ike-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Simple hot spring|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||38 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Rheumatism, Gastrointestinal disease|
|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 bathing open-air bath(1)|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Free of charge|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||638 057 669*86|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Ike-no-Yu Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Lake Kussharo is here
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here
Akan Mashu National Park
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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