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[Koganeyu Onsen in Sapporo] Day Trip Bath and Sulfur Spring Can Be Enjoyed

November 25th, 2014

Koganeyu Onsen

Koganeyu Onsen (小金湯温泉) is a hot spring place in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and is only a little closer the center of the Sapporo than Jozankei (定山渓). 2 hot spring accommodations, Matsu-no-Yu (まつの湯) and Yumoto Koganeyu (湯元 小金湯), are built along Toyohira River (豊平川), and have been popular with people for cure since a long time ago. There are Mt. Hakkenzan (八剣山), North Safari Adventure (ノースサファリアドベンチャー), Koganeyu Sakura-no-Mori (小金湯さくらの森) and Sapporo Ainu Culture Promotion Center (札幌市アイヌ文化交流センター) around here. A convenience store is not built around here. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed at the Koganeyu Sakura-no-Mori, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in the Mt. Hakkenzan, and snow can be enjoyed along the Toyohira River in a winter.

Sapporo Ainu Culture Promotion Center
Sapporo Ainu Culture Promotion Center

Atmosphere of Mt. Hakkenzan with Fall Foliage Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Hakkenzan with Fall Foliage

It is the origin of the Koganeyu Onsen that a settler from Kumamoto found a hot spring gushing place at the foot of Katsura tree in 1883, after that, Mr. Dazaemon Yoshikawa (吉川太左ヱ門) built an onsen hut in 1887. The Katsura tree is called "Katsura Fudo", and grows at the Yumoto Koganeyu at present. By the way, a nonstop bus, Yuttari Liner (直通バス湯ったりライナー), runs between New Chitose Airport and Koganeyu Onsen, and a nonstop bus, Kappa Liner (かっぱライナー号), runs between the central part of Sapporo and Koganeyu Onsen, so those would be very convenient.

700 Years-Old Katsura Tree
Koganeyu Onsen

Direct Bus

From New Chitose Airport to Jozankei Onsen
Resort Liner Leaves for Jozankei Onsen at 09:30

From Jozankei Onsen to New Chitose Airport
Resort Liner Leaves to New Chitose Airport at 16:20

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Matsu-no-Yu and Koganeyu.

Mt. Hakkenzan
Mt. Hakkenzan

Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu

Matsu-no-Yu is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan with 10 guest rooms on the shore of the Toyohira River, and has opened a business since 1956. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 650. A staying is possible, too. A restraunt is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. Delicious meals using local cooking ingredient have a good reputation.

Appearance of Building
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu
Entrance of Bathhouse
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu

There are 1 open-air bath and 2 indoor baths at a public bathhouse. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced every day. The tiled bathhouse is not so large, but the sunny bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. The indoor baths are the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and use heated hot springs. I felt that water temperature of the baths were different, but it did not make a great difference. The bathhouse has a lot of steam. By the way, the hot springs looked like more colorless and clear than the hot springs of open-air bath.

Indoor Bath
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu
View from Indoor Bath
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu
Bathhouse
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu
View from Wash Place
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu

The open-air bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and uses heated hot springs. Because the open-air bath opens out toward the Toyohira River, a view is splendid. I felt that a scenery looked like a black-and-white drawing. A sense of openness can be enjoyed. Fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow can be enjoyed in a winter. The hot springs had smooth and slippery touch. I felt that the open-air bath was stronger smooth and slippery touch than the indoor baths.

View from Open-air Bath
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu
Open-air Bath
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu
Hot Springs Gush out
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu

The hot springs are simple sulfur spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfur smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.863 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. Free hair dryers and a restroom are installed at a dressing room, too.

Dressing Room
Koganeyu Onsen Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu

Atmosphere of Matsu-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Matsu-no-Yu

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 27.6 C
ph 8.2
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Cold sensitivity, Relieving fatigue, Convalescent convalescence, Hemorrhoid, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Chronic skin diseases, Arteriosclerosis, Cut, Chronic woman's diseases
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin(Person of the photoallergy in particular), Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 650. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 09:00-23:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (80 cars)
Telephone number +81-11-596-2131
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here
Mapcode 708 761 838*84

Yumoto Koganeyu

Yumoto Koganeyu is a small-sized onsen hotel with 10 guest rooms, and has opened a business since 2008. Kudosangyo inc. runs it. Its predecessor is Yumoto Nakaya Ryokan (湯元なかや旅館). An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 750. A staying is possible, too. The restraunt "Katsuratei" (お食事処「桂亭」) and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. Taiwan-style Shaved Ice is very popular, too. A chartered bath is provided, and an extra cost is JPY 3240 per 90 minutes.

Appearance of Building
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen

There are 2 open-air baths, 3 open-air pot baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath, 1 dry sauna and 1 wet dauns at a large public bathhouse. The tiled sunny bathhouse with a high ceiling and large windows is feeling good. The indoor baths are set beside the windows, and use heated hot springs.

Look of Bathhouse (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen
Indoor Bath (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen
Whirlpool Bath (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen
Dry Sauna (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen

At the outside, there are 1 open-air bath with a roof and 1 open-air bath without the roof, and 3 open-air pot baths that seat 1 person. The baths use heated hot springs. Blind fencess obstructed the bather's view, so a view is not good, but a sense of opneness can be felt.

Open-air Baths (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen
Open-air Baths (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen
Open-air Pot Bath (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen

The hot springs are simple sulfur spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfer smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.771 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Dressing Room (Source: Yumoto Koganeyu)
Yumoto Koganeyu in Koganeyu Onsen
Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 28.8 C
ph 8.3
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, Chronic women's diseases, Cut, Diabetes
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, Sensitive skin, Photoallergy
Indications of drinking Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 750. Child: JPY 400.
Business hours 10:00-23:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (150 cars)
Telephone number +81-11-596-2111
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here
Mapcode 708 761 834*74

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Koganeyu Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Shun-no-Oyado Matsu-no-Yu(旬の御宿 まつの湯)
Booking
Rakuten
Yumoto Koganeyu(湯元 小金湯)
Booking
Rakuten

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

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