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Natural Open-air Bath with Fresh Free Flowing Hot Springs -Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu-

May 13th, 2017

Kawamata Onsen (川又温泉) is a natural opem-air bath in Kozan-cho, Noboribetsu city. Mr. Hyokichi Kawamata (川又兵吉) found gushing hot spring along Washibetsu-kuruma River (鷲別来馬川) in 1908, so it was named after his family name. Kozan-cho was developed to dig sulphur, and Horobetsu kozan (幌別鉱山) opened a business, so it was developed around Kozan-cho, too. I guess that Mr. Hyokichi Kawamata also was one of the persons concerned the Horobetsu kozan. Ryokan was built nearby the Kawamata Onsen and was crowded with the persons concerned the Horobetsu kozan in those days. But only stone foundations remain now in the heart of the mountains. Then an open-air bath and trails are maintenanced by staffs of Forest Kozan (ふぉれすと鉱山) and onsen lovers. Thanks!

Guide Map for Kawamata Onsen
This Guide Board Catch Your Eyes, And Turn Left
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Beware of Bears
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

There are 2 trail routes to reach to Kawamata Onsen. I planed to climb on the trail route from a parking lot near an entrance of Papirattsu Forest (パピラッツの森). It has about 1.8km in total. The trail route was blocked by fallen trees and an avalanche of the earth and rocks, but I arrived at the Kawamata Onsen for about 40 minutes. Other trail route is the traul route from an entrance of Katsura-hiroba (かつら広場) to the Kawamata Onsen, The length is about 800m.

Parking Lot near Entrance of Papirattsu Forest
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Trail
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bathers Must Advance along Guide Borads. Do Not Get Lost!
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Fallen Tree Appears
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
River? or Trail?
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Blocking Trail by Fallen Trees
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Blocking Trail by Fallen Tree
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Pink Tape Is Mark for Trail
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Blocking Trail by Avalanche of Earth and Rocks
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Avalanche of Earth and Rocks
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Muddy Trail
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bather Must Cross Stream
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Cliff, Watch Your Step!
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bather Must Cross This River
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Junction of Each Routes
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Cliff, Watch Your Step!
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

Wooden dressing room is a mark, and it may be said that the smell of sulfur is the mark, too. The trail routes have rivers and mud, so bathers should put on their rain boots. In addition, bears live around this area, and you should bring a bear bell and should keep bugs off.

Bather Must Cross This River nearby Open-air Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

There is 1 open-air bath that about 1 person seem to take a bath along the Washibetsu-kuruma River. Its depth is about 50 cm, and hot springs are gushing out from the bottom of the bath. Water temperature is about 30 C, and it is too lukewarm, so odrinary people may take a bath only in a summer. I visited here in early May, Ultimately, I gave up bathing too cold. But I think bathers can feel comfortale while takeing a bath and hearing a sound of a stream in the summer.

Open-air Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Dressing Room
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Ruins of Ryokan
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Look of Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bubbles Rise at Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

The hot springs seem to be simple sulfur spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfur smell, but I do not know the details for lack of the analysis table of hot spring components. The fresh hot springs overflow freely from the bath to the river. I guess that the bathers take a bath in their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towel. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the river is polluted. In addition, a bath pail is hung on a wall of the dressing room, so please pour hot springs on yourself with the bath pail before taking a bath.

I Guess That White Something Is Hot-springs Mineral Deposits
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Washibetsuraiba River
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

Atmosphere of Kawamata Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kawamata Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type:Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure:-, Spring Temperature Type:Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 34 C
ph 8.9
Indications -
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 -
Contraindications of 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 free parking is provided (5 cars)
Telephone number +81-143-85-2569
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 159 735 400*58

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kawamata Onsen.

Hotel Heian(ホテル平安)    

A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen of Hokkaido

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