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[Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose] Day Trip Bath and Lunch Can Be Enjoyed

February 4th, 2015

Shikotsuko Onsen

Shikotsuko Onsen (支笏湖温泉) is a hot-spring resort surrounded by forests and the lake in the east side of Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖) located in the western part of Chitose city. It succeeded in drilling hot springs in 1974, and is close to New Chitose Airport, Sapporo and Tomakomai, and 0.95 million people visit here annually. It features a few large buildings due to building restrictions. The hot-spring resort is not large, and there are 7 accommodations, a ferry port, Shikotsuko Visitor Center (支笏湖ビジターセンター), restaurants and souvenir shops. Sweets Shop Patissier Labo (スイーツショップ パティシエ・ラボ), Healthy Buffet Amamu (ヘルシービュッフェ アマム), Shokujidokoro Kotobuki (食事処 寿), Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei Taian (支笏湖第一寶亭留 翠山亭 苔庵) and azzurro (アズーロ) are popular in particular. Unfortunately, there is not a convenience store.
Chitose Guide Map

Shikotsuko Onsen Resort
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, City Scape

There are Moss Cave (苔の洞門), Mt. Tarumae (樽前山), Lake Okotanpe (オコタンペ湖), Mt. Eniwadake (恵庭岳), Mt. Fuppushidake (風不死岳) and Mt. Monbetsudake (紋別岳) around the hot-spring resort, and nature is rich. Trecking, a kokanee fishing, a bicycle, a canoe and a diving can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and ice fall festival can be enjoyed in a winter. As for events, Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival is held from late January to middle February (支笏湖氷濤まつり), Lake Shikotsu Opening (支笏湖湖水開き) is held in middle April, Lake Shikotsu Festival (支笏湖湖水まつり) is held in late July, and Lake Shikotsu Momiji Festival (支笏湖紅葉まつり) is held in early October.

Artistic Ice Falls (Source: Shikotsuko Onsen Ryokan Association)
Lake Shikotsu

The type of the hot springs is sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, and the quality is a slippery touch. The hot springs are good for skin, and is called "the hot springs of beauty (美肌の湯)". Ordinary visitors for day trip bath take a bath only at Kyukamura Shikotsuko. Other hotels provide a set of day trip bath and meals. I suppose that not large building does not accept a lot of the visitors for day trip bath. Thanks to that, the visitors can relax.

Canoe (Source: Shikotsuko Onsen Ryokan Association)
Lake Shikotsu

A parking lot in the center of the Shikotsuko Onsen is charged from April to November. Parking fee is JPY 410. The parking lot in front of Kyukamura Shikotsu on a hill is free of charge. By the way, nonstop buses do not run. But pick-up service bus "Meito Liner (名湯ライナー)" for hotel guests run between Sapporo and the Shikotsuko Onsen from November to April. * You need to make a reservation in advance.

Moss Cave (Source: Shikotsuko Onsen Ryokan Association)
Lake Shikotsu

Lake Shikotsu

Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖) in Chitose city is the second largest caldera lake in Japan and was born 40,000 years ago. The perimeter of the lake is abhout 40 km, and the average depth is 265 m and has the second deepest in Japan. The Lake Shikotsu is an unfrozen lake in the northernmost of Japan, and it does not freeze even in a winter. It is famous that water of the lake is clear, too. It has transparency like Lake Mashu and Lake Baikal. Because the lake is close to New Chitose Airport, it is a popular sightseeing spot that many tourists visit. Article is here

Lake Shikotsu
Lake Shikotsu in Chitose

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival (支笏湖氷濤まつり) is a snow event in Shikotsuko Onsen, Chitose city located in the southern part of Sapporo city and is held from late January to mid February. There are a resting place, stalls, a restroom in the site. Admission and a parking lot are free of charge. Article is here

Yurameki-no-Chapel
Chitose Lake Shikotsu Ice Festival

Mt. Tarumae

Mt. Tarumae (樽前山) with 1,041 m in height is an active volcano in the northwestern part of Tomakomai city and is near Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖). Volcanic activity seemed to begin about 9,000 years ago. There is Triplex Lava Domes called Tarumae Dome (樽前ドーム) on the mountaintop, and it was born when it erupted in 1909. The Triplex Lava Domes are very rare in the world and have designed as the Hokkaido Natural Monument. The climbing season is from late May to mid November. There is a restroom only at the seventh station of Mt. Tarumae parking lot. Because there is not the restroom on the way up mountain, tourists should go to the restroom before mountain climbing. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Lava Dome and Higashiyama
Mt. Tarumae in Tomakomai

Day Trip Onsen

Tourists can take a day trip bath at Kyukamura Shikotsuko (休暇村支笏湖), Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA (しこつ湖鶴雅リゾートスパ水の謌), Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei (支笏湖第一寶亭留 翠山亭) and Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku (レイクサイド ヴィラ翠明閣). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Shikotsuko Suizantei Club (支笏湖翠山亭倶楽部), Guest House Shikotsu Kamui (ゲストハウス シコツカムイ) and Shikotsuko Youth Hostel (支笏湖ユースホステルです).

Chitose River
Lake Shikotsu

Kyukamura Shikotsuko

Kyukamura Shikotsuko is a small-sized onsen hotel founded in 1977 on a hill, and is away from the center of Shikotsuko Onsen. Birdwatching House, Walking Courses and a observation deck are built to enjoy the forest bathing and birdwatching around a building. Yezo Squirrel and Chipmunk are sometimes seen. Blue Chitose River is worth seeing. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 720. Sliperry hot springs have a good reputation. A staying is possible, too. Special interest activities are served, too. There is a restaurant at the building, too.

Appearance of Building
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Open Space
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Entrance Floor
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Activity for Winter Is Rented
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko

Large Public Bathhouse "Komorebi-no-Yu (こもれびの湯)" is on the 2nd floor. There are 1 indoor bath and 1 sauna at the small bathhouse. The rectangle indoor bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. Only trees are seen from the bathhouse, but it has a relaxed atmosphere. It is interesting that hot springs have a smooth and slippery touch. It is said that the hot springs soften surface skin and contain ingredients effective for washing fat and skin secretion awayflush. I think that it is one of reasons that Shikotsuko Onsen is called "Hot Springs of Beauty".

Indoor Bath
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Outdoor Scenery
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Sauna
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Indoor Bath
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Hot Springs Are Light Yellow
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Indoor Bath
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Large Public Bathhouse "Komorebi-no-Yu"
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko

The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and has neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 5.364 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and a free hair dryer are installed at a dressing room.

Horse Fat Shampoo, Horse Fat Body Soap, Horse Fat Treatment
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Dressing Room
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko
Dressing Room
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Kyukamura Shikotsuko

Atmosphere of Kyukamura Shikotsuko Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kyukamura Shikotsuko

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 33.2 C
ph 7.9
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, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases
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 Not Drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(1), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 720. Elementary school student: JPY 410. Infant: JPY 210.
Business hours 11:00-16-00, Tuesday and Wednesday 13:00-16:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (80 cars)
Telephone number +81-123-25-2201
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 867 034 840*33

Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA

Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA is a middle-sized resort hotel run by Tsuruga group in the center of Shikotsuko Onsen, and has been established since 2008. A concept of the hotel is "Healing and Health", and is popular as a high class onsen hotel. delicious dishes have a good reputation. A staying is possible, too. They accept staying with a small sized dog at some rooms. A set of day trip bath and meals or a treatment is provided, and the cheapest plan is JPY 3000.

Appearance of Building
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU NO UTA

Large Public Bathhouse Shikotsuko Beautiful Hot Spring (しこつこ美湯) on the 1st floor is divided into large public bathhouses for men or women. There are 1 outdoor bath surrounded by rocks, 1 sleeping bath, 2 whirlpool baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. Hot springs are sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. A slippery touch is popular. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom, free hair dryers and a cold water dispenser are installed at a dressing room.

Outdoor Bath (Source: Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA)
Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA
Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA)
Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA
Mist Sauna for Women (Source: Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA
Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA
Yuagari Lounge (Source: Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA)
Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA

Atmosphere of Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source - C
ph -
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, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases
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 Not Drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility It depends on plans
Business hours 11:30-15:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (40 cars)
Telephone number +81-123-25-2211
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is this, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 867 063 566*12

Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei

Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei is a middle-sized onsen hotel run by Daiichihotel group in the center of Shikotsuko Onsen, and has been established since 2004. They try to serve flexibly as a private accommodation like a secret hideaway, and are popular as a high class onsen hotel. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath, and day trip bath plans with meals are provided only in February, May, June, July, August, September and October. A Plan is JPY 2500. B Plan is JPY 3500. The visitors need to make a reservation in advance. Children under the age of 12 years old are not permitted to enter. In addition, chartered baths are provided, and the extra costs are JPY 3000 per 40 minutes. Users need to make a reservation in advance. A staying is possible, too, and delicious dishes have a good reputation.

Appearance of Building
Shikotsuko Onsen in Chitose, Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei

There are 2 outdoor baths, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a small public bathhouse. Hot springs are Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 5.364 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Outdoor Bath Surrounded by Rocks (Source: Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei)
Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei
Ancient Cypress Bath (Source: Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei)
Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei
Sleeping Bath (Source: Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei)
Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei

Atmosphere of Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 33.2 C
ph 7.9
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, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases
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 Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility It depends on plans
Business hours 12:00-15:00
Regular closing day January, March, April, November and December
Parking lot A free parking is provided (25 cars)
Telephone number +81-123-25-2323
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is this, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 867 063 623*31

Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku

Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku is a small-sized resot hotel with 8 guest rooms on the lakeside, and has been established since 2008. It is well-known for an accommodation with lake views, and Mrukoma Onsen Ryokan (丸駒温泉旅館) runs it. There is Restaurant azzurro at a building, too, and it is popular for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2017 Special Edition. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from November to April, and day trip bath plans with meals are provided for JPY 8000 or JPY 13000. The bathers can enjoy private onsen at a guest room. Hot springs are sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Of course a staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building (Source: Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku)
Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku
Charterd Baths (Source: Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku)
Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku

Atmosphere of Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 33.2 C
ph 7.9
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, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases
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 Not drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * There is a chartered bath.
Facilities Indoor bath(1)
Entrance fee to the bath facility It depends on plans
Business hours 11:00-16:00
Regular closing day From May to October
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-123-25-2131
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 867 063 471*07

List of Accommodations

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

Kyukamura Shikotsuko(休暇村支笏湖)
Lake Shikotsu Tsuruga Resort Spa MIZU-NO-UTA(しこつ湖鶴雅リゾート スパ水の謌)
Shikotsuko Daiichihotel Suizantei(支笏湖第一寶亭留 翠山亭)
Shikotsuko Suizantei Club(支笏湖翠山亭倶楽部)
Jalan
Lakeside Villa Suimeikaku(レイクサイド ヴィラ翠明閣)
Booking
Guest House Shikotsu Kamui(ゲストハウス シコツカムイ)
Jalan
Shikotsuko Youth Hostel(支笏湖ユースホステル)
Booking
Jalan
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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