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[Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen in Shikaoi] Day Trip Bath and Non-Daily Life Can Be Enjoyed in White World

February 21st, 2016

Lake Shikaribetsu

Lake Shikaribetsu in Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city is a lake located in the highest place at altitude of 800 m in the lakes of Hokkaido, and is the only natural lake in Daisetsuzan National Park. The distnace is around 30 km far away from the center of the Shikaoi, and Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen (然別湖畔温泉) is in the western side of Lake Shikaribetsu. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Shikaribetsu-Kotan (然別コタン) is held from late January to late March during the frozen lake, and an open-air bath is open to the public.

Lake Shikaribetsu

There are a pleasure boat platform, Shikaribetsu Nature Center (然別湖ネイチャーセンター), a footbath and a restroom in the hot spring resort, and tourists can enjoy the lake and onsen. Fresh green, the pleasure boat, a canoe and a kayak can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and Shikaribetsu-Kotan (然別コタン) can be enjoyed in a winter. There are Lake Komadome (駒止湖), Ogigahara Lookout (扇ケ原展望台) and Shikaribetsu Hokugan Campsite (然別湖畔北岸野営場) near here. Kanno Onsen (菅野温泉), Shikaribetsukyo Campsite (然別峡野営場), Shikaribetsukyo Shika-no-Yu (然別峡 鹿の湯) and Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) are relatively near here, too. In addition, there is Fukuharasan-so (福原山荘), a famous place to see the fall foliage, too.

Lake Shikaribetsu

Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖) is only one natural lake in the Eastern Daisetsu Area of Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) and is located at the hightest altitude with 810 m above sea level in the lakes of Hokkaido, and it is famous that many freshwater fish "Dolly Varden Trout (オショロコマ)" habite in the Lake Shikaribetsu. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Lake Shikaribetsu from Onsen Resort

Shikaribetsuko Kotan

Shikaribetsuko Kotan (然別コタン) is a winter event held from late January to late March in Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖), Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city. It strated near the Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen (然別湖畔温泉) resort in 1981. Buildings that Inuit people called igloo made of snow and ice are built on the frozen Lake Shikaribetsu, and a kotan (コタン * village of the Ainu people) is formed. Article is here

Ice Chapel
Shikaribetsuko Kotan Festival in Shikaoi

Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) is the largest national park of 226,763.56 ha in Japan. A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan". A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". For a vast area, Daisetsuzan National Park roughly divide into 4 areas, Omote Daisetu Area (表大雪エリア * Front Daisetsu Area), North Daisetsu Area (北大雪エリア), East Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア * Back Daisestu Area), Tokachirenpo Area (十勝連峰エリア). Daisetsuzan is called Kamuimintara in Ainu language and means "The garden that gods have a good time (神々の遊ぶ庭)". Tourists can enjoy a just magnificent scene. Article is here

Mt. Asahidake
Daisetsuzan National Park

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Bath on Frozen Lake.

Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Bath on Frozen Lake

Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Bath is a popular event at a building made of snow and ice on the frozen lake. It is the unusual experience that bathers can take a bath on the lake. An entrance fee to the bath facility is free of charge. The bath is served mixed bathing basically, but the bathing time only for men is from 18:00 to 20:00, and the bathing time only for women is from 20:00 to 22:00.


Appearance of Building
Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Spas on Ice in Shikaoi

There are 2 public bathrooms at the snow building, and each bathrooms have a bathroom and a dressing room. There is 1 open-air bath at the bathroom. The round bath like an oil drum is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and uses 100% free flowing hot springs linked with Hotel Fusui.

Look of Bath
Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Spas on Ice in Shikaoi

The open-air bath is at a little high place, so a view is very good from the bath! I was surprised at too sense of openness. I felt comfortable to see snow world. A wash place is not provided, so I regret to pour hot water on myself before taking a bath, but I forgot daily life below the freezing point.

View from Open-air Bath
Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Spas on Ice in Shikaoi
View from Open-air Bath
Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Spas on Ice in Shikaoi

The hot springs are sodium chloride carbonated spring, and are clear and light green and have salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.585 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 208.1 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. There is a changing box at the dressing room. Bathers can take a bath in wrapping body with bath towel or in wearing their swimwears.

Dressing Room
Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Spas on Ice in Shikaoi
Changing Box
Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Spas on Ice in Shikaoi

Atmosphere of Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Baths on Ice Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shikaribetsuko Kotan Open-air Baths on Ice

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 53.6 C
ph 6.0
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak children, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
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 Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Mixed bathing open-air bath(2). But bathing time is only for men 18:00-20:00, and is only for women 20:00-22:00.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Free of charge
Business hours 06:30-22:00 * Only men 18:00-20:00, Only women 20:00-22:00
Holidays Open all event period
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-156-69-8181
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 702 388 368*51

List of Accommodations

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

Hotel Fusui(ホテル風水)

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park



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