Famous Natural Open-air Bath in Mountains -Kawakita Onsen in Shibestu-
February 15th, 2014
Kawakita Onsen (川北温泉) is a hot spring facility in Shibetsu town. There is the hot spring facility in mountains that bears come out a lot up. A signboard stands near Kanayama Bridge (金山橋) along national route No.244, and vitiors arrive at Kawakita Onsen if the visitors will go along a rough road for 5 km. Drive carefully because the rough narrow road faces cliffs. It will be buried under a snow in a winter and the visitors must walk on the snow.
Originally there was a hot spring facility run by Shibetsu town, but it gave up its business, and only bathtubs are left. Local people manage it and bathers can take a bath free now. A restroom is a little way from a dressing room.
There are 2 open-air bathroom for men and women, there is 1 open-air bath at the bathroom. The open-air bath is the size that about 3 people take a bath. Fresh free flowing hot springs are overflowing from the bathtub. But, with the situation as it is, the bathers probably will not be too hot to take a bath because water temperature of hot spring source is about 60 C. The bathers adjust the temperature of the hot springs with spouting water from the hose myself. The bathers can take a bath comfortably while hearing the murmuring of a river and birdsong because the river flows near open-air bath surrounded by nature.
The hot springs are boric acid and sulfate spring, and are milky white and have salty sulfur taste and sulfur smell. A plastic cup was provided and I drunk the hot springs, it tasted like soup stock. I have never drunk the taste of the hot springs.
Atmosphere of Kawakita Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Spring quality||Boric acid and sulfate spring [hydrogen sulfide type] (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: -, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring )|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||59.6 C|
|Indication||Neuralgia, Chronic woman's diseases, Rheumatism, Chronic dermatitis|
|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, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally|
|Indications of drinking||Unknown|
|Facilities||Open-air bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Free|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||658 395 814*71|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kawakita Onsen.
|Inakaya Green Grass(田舎家グリーングラス)|
A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen of Hokkaido