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[Onneyu Onsen in Kitami] Day Trip Bath and Hot Springs with Smooth and Slipery Touch Can Be Enjoyed

March 30th, 2015

Onneyu Onsen

Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉) is a hot spring resort formed between Muka River (無加川) and Kitami National Route (National Route 39) in Rubeshibe-cho located in the northwestern part of Kitami city. Hotel Oehonke (ホテル大江本家) and Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata (温根湯ホテル四季平安の館) are built along the Muka River, and Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so (天然温泉 ホテル つつじ荘) is built around the center of the Onneyu Onsen. In addition, there are restaurants, Izakaya, souvenir shops, Japanese sweets shop, a convenience store and gas stations. The hot spring resort used to be crowded with a lot of tourists once, but it looks a deserted street at present.

Onneyu Onsen Resort
Onneyu Onsen in Kitmi

The Onneyu Onsen have been well-known as a hot spring gushing place since Ainu period. Onneyu means "Place that big hot water spring out" in Ainu language. It is the origin of the Onneyu Onsen that Mr. Kiuemon Kunisawa (国沢喜右衛門) that took over the hot spring place from Mr. Kizo Yamanaka (山中木蔵), Ainu people, in 1899 built Kunisawa Ryokan along the Muka River. Around 0.7 million people visit here at present. Azalea and cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in early May, and Onneyu Azalea Festival (温根湯つつじまつり) is held, and Onneyu Onsen Festival (温根湯温泉まつり) is held in early August. A quantity of the hot springs is abundant, too. It is one of big features that each hot spring facilities are provided fresh free flowing hot springs. Because ph of the hot springs is high, bathers can expect to make their skin beautiful.

Footbath
Onneyu Onsen in Kitmi Footbath

There are Road Station "Onneyu Onsen" (道の駅おんねゆ温泉), Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館), Norh Fox Ranch (北きつね牧場), Onneyu Kokusai Country Club (温根湯国際カントリークラブ), Tsutsuji Park (つつじ公園) and Tsutsuji Park Campsite (つつじ公園キャンプ場) around here. Tower-Shaped Mechanism Clock "Kamurin (果夢林)", Mountain Aquarium (山の水族館) and North Fox Ranch (きたきつね牧場) are main tourist attractions at the roadside station nearby the hot spring resort. A footbath is established along the Muka River, and flowers of azalea growing in colonies on Tsutsujiyama (つつじ山 * Mt. Azalea) are worth seeing. In addition, this district is an white runner bean‐producing center, and White Runner Bean Mousse (白花豆ムース) is famous, too. As for tasty restaurants, Teuchisoba Suzuki (手打そばすゞき) is popular in particular. By the way, nonstop buses do not run from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport, but Express Bus Sekihoku-go (都市間バス特急石北号) runs between Kitami and Asahikawa.

Yamano Aquarium

Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館) is a small aquarium built at roadside station "Onneyu Onsen (おんねゆ温泉)" near Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉) in Rubeshibe, Kitami city and was renewed in 2012 and became a popular aquarium, and 300,000 tourists come. Mr. Hajime Nakamura (中村元), only aquarium producers in Japan, designed it. There are 9 exhibit spaces in total, and the world's first freezing glass tank and a glass tank that the Japan's first basin of a waterfall is looked up are especially famous. Tourists can observe more than 50 kinds of fishes, and a large glass tank that 40 Itou fishes with more than 1 m in length swim is extremely powerful. Admission is charged. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

40 Itou Fish with More than 1 m in Lenght Swim in Glass Tank
Yamano Aquarium in Onneyu Onsen Resort, Kitami

White Runner Bean Mousse

Fujiya Confectionery (ふじや菓子舗) is a long-established confectionary in Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉), Rubeshibe-cho located in the western part of Kitami city and was founded in 1932. As for white runner bean, Rubeshibe-cho has been the top produce in Japan. Therefore they has been producing cakes using the white runner bean since the old days. Because I heard that one of the cakes, white runner bean mousse (白花豆ムース) were famous, I visited here to purchase it. The price was JPY 290. Article is here

Fluffy Mousse
White Runner Bean Mousse -Fujiya Confectionery in Kitami-

Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Hotel Oehonke, the Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so and the Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata.

Hotel Oehonke

Hotel Oehonke is a lrage-sized long-established hot spring hotel founded in 1899 along the Muka river. A purple huge building is conspicuous. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. A shop, cafe Sisley (軽食喫茶シスレー) and Japanese Restraunt "Tancho" (和風お食事処“丹頂”) is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too, and they accept staying with a pet at some guest rooms. A chartered bath is provided, too, and an extra cost is JPY 2160 per 60 minutes. * You need to make a reservation in advance. In addition, over 40 years blue-and-yellow macaw called "Boku-Chan (ボクちゃん)" is bred at the hotel lobby. He seems to be cruel.

Appearance of Building
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Blue-and-yellow Macaw Named "Boku-Chan"
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke

Large public bathhouses are named Seiza (星座 * zodiac signs), and the bathhouse for men is on the 1st floor, and the bathhouse for women is on the 2nd floor. There are 2 outdoor baths, 3 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 sleeping bath, 1 indoor bath surrounded by rocks, 1 cold bath, 1 dry sauna and 1 steam sauna at each bathhouses. The bathhouse is very large, and the height of a ceiling is around 3 m from the bath floor. The sunny bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. It is very comfortable.

Look of Bathhouse
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke

The largest indoor bath is the size that about 30 people can take a bath, and the middle-sized indoor bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and the smallest indoor bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. Those use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot spring sources are same temperature at each indoor baths, but those seems to be different in the temperature of the hot springs depending on the size of the indoor baths. There were surely the indoor bath with very hot springs and the indoor bath with moderate hot springs. By the way, the sleeping bath seats 3 people.

Largest Indoor Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Middle-sized Indoor Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Smallest Indoor Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke

Indoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and the whirlpool bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. The cascading bath was suspended when I visited. The indoor bath surrounded by rocks and whirlpool bath are circulation type baths with adding chlorine sterilization and free flowing hot springs.

Indoor Bath Surrounded by Rocks
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Whirlpool Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Cascading Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Free Flowing Hot Springs
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Look of Bathhouse
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Dry Sauna
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Steam Sauna
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Cold Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Look of Bathhouse
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke

Each outdoor baths are size that about 8 people can take a bath, and a lot of the hot springs overflow from each bathtubs, so it is very comfortable. The outdoor baths use 100% free flowing hot springs. One has a roof, and the other does not has a roof, so bathers can enjoy a sense of openness as you like. The outsoor baths are surrounded by trees, but a view such as a garden is good. In addition, starry sky seems to beautiful in the evening.

Outdoor Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Outdoor Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
View from Outdoor Bath
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke

The hot springs are simple sulfur spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulphur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.426 g/kg. It has slippery and smooth touch, and seems to be effective for beautiful skin. Sinter deposit called 'Onsenka (温泉華)' floated in the baths. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable whether they get a health center's permission.

Sinter Deposit Called 'Onsenka' Floats in Hot Springs
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke

Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Dressing Room
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke
Resting Place
Kitami, Onneyu Onsen Hotel Oehonke

Atmosphere of Hotel Oehonke Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Oehonke

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 53.7 C
ph 9.1
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, 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 Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea
Facilities Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(6), Sauna(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 400.
Business hours 13:00-20:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (200 cars)
Telephone number +81-157-45-2511
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 402 601 796*15

Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so

Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so is a small-sized onsen ryokan around the center of the hot spring resort. A building has an atomosphere such as the Showa period. This ryokan is well-known for enjoying 100% pure natural free flowing hot springs without adding water or heating water. When I visited here, some hotel guests for curing disease stayed. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too, and a relatively large number of type of visitors are motorcycle tourists in a summer and visitors for curing disease in a winter.

Appearance of Building
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Lobby
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Entrance of Bathroom
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so

There are 2 indoor baths at a small public bathroom. Semicircular indoor bath is the size that 4 people can take a bath. Rectangular indoor bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath. The semicircular indoor bath is hotter than the rectangular indoor bath, and the semicircular indoor bath is suitable for getting a kick, and the rectangular indoor bath is suitable for taking a long bath. The fresh free flowing hot springs always overflow from bathtubs, and the bathers have a gorgeous moment. The hot springs have smooth and slippery touch. By the way, the hot springs were used for showers, and I felt touch of my hiar was just smooth and slippery.

Indoor Baths
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
View from Large Indoor Bath
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Water Temperature Is Around 40 C
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
View from Small Indoor Bath
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulphur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.374 g/kg. The hot springs are drinkable. When I drank those with my hands from a hot spring gushing out place, it tasted very mild. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Because there is not a restroom at a dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. Free hair dryers are insalled on washstands near the resting place, and there is a cold water dispencer near the resting place.

Dressing Room
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Dressing Room
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Resting Place
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Cold Water Dispancer
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so
Free Hair Dryers Are Insalled on Washstands near Resting Place
Onneyu Onsen Natural Onsen Hotel Tsutsuji-so

Atmosphere of Tsutsuji-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tsutsuji-so

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 50.4 C
ph 9.3
Indications Rheumatic disease, Motor paralysis, Neuroparalysis, Neuralgia, Relieving fatigue, Convalescent convalescence
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
Facilities Indoor Bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours 15:00-20:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (60 cars)
Telephone number +81-157-45-3355
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 402 601 585*75

Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata

Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata is a large-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1976 along the Muka River. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 650. A staying is possible, too. There are 2 outdoor baths, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 medicated bath, 1 indoor bath surrounded by rocks, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 1st floor. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced every day.

Appearance of Building
Onneyu Onsen Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata

Hot springs are simple sulfur hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulphur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.426 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at a bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 53.7 C
ph 9.1
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, 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 Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(5), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 650. Elementary school student: JPY 450. Infant: JPY 330.
Business hours 13:00-20:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (150 cars)
Telephone number +81-157-45-2211
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 402 601 759*12

List of Accommodations

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

Hotel Oehonke(ホテル大江本家)
Hotel Tsutsuji-so(ホテル つつじ荘)
Booking
Onneyu Hotel Shiki Heian-no-Yakata(四季平安の館)
Booking.com

A page of Kitami is here

Kitami

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