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Hot Springs with Smooth and Slippery Touch -Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru-

March 7th, 2014

Maruseppu Onsen

Maruseppu Onsen (丸瀬布溫泉) is a hot-spring resort in Maruseppu, Engaru town located in the northwestern part of Kitami city. It is the old onsen that ancient Ainu people took a bath. There are 2 hot spring facilities, Yamabiko onsen (やまびこ温泉) and Maure villa (マウレ山荘). This area is the forest park called "Ikoi-no-Mori (いこいの森)". SL locomotive runs around a garden, and there are a park golf course, an automatic camping ground, a tennis court and Insect Habits Building (昆虫生態館).

SL Station
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru SL station
Insect Habits Building
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru insect habits building

Yamabiko Onsen

Yamabiko Onsen is a public hot spring facility for day trip at the Ikoi-no-Mori park. It would be open at 10:00 a.m. However, it had already opened at about 9:50 a.m when I reached. They borrowed to me a piece of hand towel when I paid a bathing fee.

Appearance of Building
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Yamabiko Onsen

There are 1 open-air bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 medicated bath, 2 cascading bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a bathhouse. The open-air bath is the size that about 4 people take a bath. Unfortunately, it was surrounded by walls, and a view was bad. The indoor bath is the size that about 12 people take a bath. The sunny bathhouse is feeling good.

Indoor Bath. Cascading Bathes on Right Side
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Yamabiko Onsen
Medicated Bath on Left Side
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Yamabiko Onsen
Open-air Bath
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Yamabiko Onsen

Hot springs were high Alkaline with ph 9.1 and had very smooth and slippery touch. It is similar to Setose Onsen. The hot springs do not seem to be drinkable.

Clear and Colorless Hot Spring
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Yamabiko Onsen

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.448 g. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. In addition, a restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. Bathers will return the used hand towel at a front desk.

Dressing Room
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Yamabiko Onsen

Atmosphere of Yamabiko Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yamabiko Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 42.4 C
ph 9.1
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
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 No indications
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Junior high school students or older: JPY 500. Primary schoolchild: JPY 300.
Business hours From April to October 10:00-21:00
From November to March 11:00-21:00
Regular closing day Every Tuesday (the following day if it is a national holiday)
Year-end and new-year holidays
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-158-47-2233
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 617 040 493*31

Mauresanso

An appearance of Mauresanso images Scotland. Maure means Rosa rugosa in Ainu language. Mauresanso is located at a distance from Ikoi-no-mori park. Hot spring is a simple hot spring and is clear and colorless and has neither taste nor smell. There are a park golf course and a fishing pond near the building.

Appearance of Building
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Mauresanso
Work of Art
Maruseppu Onsen in Engaru Mauresanso

Atmosphere of Mauresanso Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mauresanso

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 45.2 C
ph 8.6
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
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 Unknown
Facilities Outdoor spa(1), Indoor spa(1). * Sex segregated bathing.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 12:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (65 cars)
Telephone number +81-158-47-2170
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 931 579 445*05

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Maruseppu Onsen.

Maure Villa(マウレ山荘)  
Auto Camping Ground(オートキャンプ場)      

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

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