• June 28th, 2014
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[Meto Onsen in Ashoro] Day Trip Bath and Blakiston's Fish Owl Can Be Enjoyed at Meto Onsen Hotel

Meto Onsen

Meto Onsen (芽登温泉) is a hot spring place in Ashoro town located in the northern direction of Obihiro city. Only Meto Onsen Hotel (芽登温泉ホテル) is built below Nukanan Dam (糠南ダム). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. It is the origin of the Meto Onsen that Mr. Shigenori Ito (伊東重記) found a gushing hot spring place known by Ainu people in 1901. After that, he built a hot spring hut in 1904, and here the Meto Onsen Hotel is. Tourist attractions relatively near here are Lake Nukabira (糠平湖) and Naitai Highland Farm (ナイタイ高原牧場).

Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel

The Meto Onsen is about 35 km away from the center of the Ashoro, and visitors turn along Hokkaido Road 88 (北海道道道88号), and go straight for around 4 km on a gravel road, and around the end of the road is the Meto Onsen. The Meto Onsen is well-known for a secret onsen in the heart of the mountain, and is popular with onsen lovers and overseas tourists, too. I used a car navigation system on my smartphone, but the smartphone became out of range on the way, and I got impatient. When I thought that it was dangerous to lose my way in such heart of the mountains, and I believed a signboard along the gravel road and headed, so I arrived there properly. Meto means "The heart of the mountain" in Ainu language, as the name suggests, it is the heart of the mountains that I wondered uneasily whether the hot spring ryokan is really built. Drive carefully because bears and deers may cross the road.

Nukabira Dam and Lake Nukabira

Lake Nukabira (糠平湖) in Kamishihoro town is the second largest man-made lake in Hokkaido. There is Nukabira Hot-spring Resort (糠平温泉) on the lakeshore in the northwest side of the Lake Nukabira. There is Higashitaisetsu Nature Center (東大雪自然館) in the hot-spring resort, and tourists can gather information about Lake Nukabira. Even fishing is popular, too, and it is famous for catching spotted sea trouts in a summer and catching Japanese pond smelts in a winter. In addition, there is Horoka Onsen (幌加温泉) near the Lake Nukabira. Read More

Lake Nukabira from Pass
Kamishihoro Lake Nukabira

Naitai Highland Farm

Naitai Highland Farm (ナイタイ高原牧場) is the Japan's largest public farm in Kamishihoro town located in the northern direction of Obihiro city. Whole mountains of 1,700 ha with 1,000 m in height is a ranch that about 3,000 cows put out to pasture. Toursts can enter the mountain at about 800 m above sea level, and a hut is built in a neighborhood of mountaintop. A meal and a soft serve ice cream used for milk of Naitai Highland Farm cows are served at the hut, and the tourists can taste thick milk. There is a restroom, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Higashi-Taisetsu Mountains
Kamishihoto Naitai Highland Farm

List of Day Trip Onsen

Tourists can take a day trip bath at the Meto Onsen Hotel.

Meto Onsen Hotel

Meto Onsen Hotel (芽登温泉ホテル) is a long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1901, and is well-known for enjoying 100% natural free flowing hot springs and watching a Blakiston's fish owl. The Blakiston's fish owl does not always appear, so you are very lucky if you watch it. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 550. A staying is possible, too. * Open-air baths are renewed in 2015, and public bathrooms are renewed in 2017.

Appearance of Building
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Stone Statue of Blakiston's Fish Owl Set near Open-air Bath
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel

There are 1 mixed bathing open-air bath, 1 open-air bath and 2 indoor baths at a large public bathroom. The bathrooms for men or women are replaced depending on time. In the case of day trip bath, men use a large open-air bath, and women use a small open-air bath, and all baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs that water temperature are suitable for bathing by a heat exchanger. The bathroom is small but cozy. The sunny bathhroom with large windows is feeling good. The large indoor bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and the small indoor bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and both baths are different in water temperature, and are more hot than the open-air baths, so the you can enjoy the temperature of the bath as you like.

Bathroom (Source: Meto Onsen Hotel)
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
View from Indoor Bath
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Indoor Bath
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Indoor Bath
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel

There are Kyogan-no-yu (巨岩の湯), the large open-air bath that men use mainly and the small open-air bath that women use mainly on the riverside of the Nukanan River. The open-air baths does not have a roof, so bathers can enjoy a sense of openness. A view is good, and the bathers can relax very much. The Kyogan-no-yu was built newly in 2015. When I visited here, there was not it. The open-air bath turns into bath only for men, bath only for women, mixed bathing bath or charted bath depending on time. The bathers must wear bathing clothes (Rental fee: JPY 300) in case of mixed bathing.


Kyogan-no-Yu (Source: Meto Onsen Hotel)
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Kyogan-no-Yu from Nukanan River (Source: Meto Onsen Hotel)
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Nukanan River
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel

The large open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and a cascading bath is set on the edge, too. It used to be a mixed bathing. Blindfold fences are built newly, so the bathers can not see the Nukanan River while bathing. But there is not a roof, so a sense of openness can be felt.

Large Open-air Bath (Source: Meto Onsen Hotel)
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Former Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Former Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath on Riverside
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel
Small Open-air Bath (Source: Meto Onsen Hotel)
Meto Onsen in Ashoro, Meto Onsen Hotel

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have sulfur taste and slightly sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.24 g/kg. The hot springs are high alkaline with ph 9.1, so I felt smooth and slippery touch. The hot springs are drinkable, a plastic cup is provided. It tastes like slighly boiled egg. But the drinking hot springs have no effect unfortunately. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. In addition, A free hair dryer is installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Former Meto Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Former Meto 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 51.4 C
ph 9.16
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 Nothing
Contraindications of drinking Nothing
Facilities Mixed bathing open-air bath(1), Open air bath(1), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 550. Child: JPY 250. Infant: JPY 150.
Business hours 10:30-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-156-26-2119
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 679 505 434*33

List of Accommodations

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

    Meto Onsen Hotel(芽登温泉ホテル)

    A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

    Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

    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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