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[Sobetsu-Cho Onsen] Day Trip Bath, Lake Toya and Mt. Usu Can Be Enjoyed

May 30th, 2014

Sobetsu-cho Onsen

Sobetsu-cho Onsen (壮瞥町温泉) is a hot spring place in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖), and is divided into 2 parts. Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so (温泉旅館 いこい荘), Kohan-no-Yado Toya-Kawanami (湖畔の宿洞爺かわなみ), Hotel Nakanoshima (ホテル中の島) are built on the shore of the Lake Toya along Hokkaido Road 2, and Yuai-no-Ie (ゆーあいの家) is built around the center of Sobetsu. There is a boat dock near the Kohan-no-Yado Toya-Kawanami, and there are Yokozuna Kitanoumi Memorial Hall (横綱北の湖記念館) and a park golf course near the Yuai-no-Ie. Both places are near restaurants and a convenience store. Lake Toya (洞爺湖), Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉街), Mt. Usu (有珠山) and Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山) are relatively near here, too.

Lake Toya
Sobetsu-Cho Onsen
Yokozuna Kitanoumi Memorial Hall
Sobetsu-Cho Onsen
Park Golf Course
Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

Lake Toya

Lake Toya (洞爺湖) in Abuta town located in the northwestern part of Muroran city is the third largest caldera lake in Japan and was born 10,000 years ago. The perimeter of the lake is about 50 km. 58 sculptures are located around the Lake Toya, and those create scenes in accord with the lake. There is Nakajima island (中島) in the middle of the lake, and tourists can go over to there by a pleasure boat. Geographical features of mountains and lake were authorized in the world Geopark. Article is here

Lake Toya and Nakajima Island
Lake Toya

Mt. Usu

Mt. Usu (有珠山) in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) is an active volcano with 733 m in height and is double volcano with Ousu Lava Dome (大有珠), Kousu Lava Dome (小有珠), Mt. Ogari (オガリ山) and Mt. Usushinzan (有珠新山), and erupted 4 times within 100 years ago, so it is very active also in the world. It can be said that the Mt. Usu is one of main actors in Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark (洞爺湖有珠山ジオパーク). Admission free. A parking lot is charged. Article is here

Mt. Ogari
Mt. Usu in Date

Mt. Showashinzan

Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山) in the south of Lake Toya is a volcanic lava dome with 398 m in height. Red surface of the mountain catches eyes, so it is conspicuous at a distance. Speaking of the Mt. Showashinzan, an episode that a wheat field rose just overnight is famous. Actually, the Mt. Showashinzan changed to a current shape after 2 years. It was named "Showashinzan" because Mt. Showashinzan rose in 1944 (Showa period) and it has designated as a special natural treasure since 1957. This volcano is called a type of the beronite volcano, and it is one of only 2 volcanos in the world. Mr. Masao Mimatsu (三松 正夫) that is famous for observing the Mt. Showashinzan and making Mimatsu Diagram (ミマツダイヤグラム) bought the land, so the Mt. Showashinzan is a private land at present. By the way, Mt Usu is very close from the Mt. Showashinzan. Admission free. A parking lot is charged. Article is here

Mr. Masao Mimatsu and Mt. Showashinzan
Mt. Showashinzan around Lake Toya

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, the Kohan-no-Yado Toya-Kawanami, the Hotel Nakanoshima and the Yuai-no-Ie. On the other hand, an accommodation without taking a day trip bath are the Pension Ono (ペンションおおの) and Showashinzan Youth hostel (昭和新山ユースホステル).

Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so

Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1960s on the shore of the Lake Toya (洞爺湖) and at the foot of Mt. Usu (有珠山). The interior decoration has the warmth of wood. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 350. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

A public bathroom is provided near an entrance. There is 1 indoor bath at the bathroom. The tiled bathroom is not so large. But it is cleanness.

Look of Bathroom
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

The indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs.The light green hot springs catch bathers's eyes. A door is provided beside a window, so I think that an outdoor bath is provided. But there is not the outdoor bath.

Hot Springs Are Gushing out From Pipe
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen
View from Indoor Bath
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen
Light Green Hot Springs
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen
There Is Not Outdoor Bath!
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

The hot springs are sodium and bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring, and are clear and light green and tasteless and no smell, and are not drinkable. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.559 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom, so it is good value for JPY 350. A restroom is installed at a dressing room. A hair dryer is lent at a front office

Dressing Room
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen
Dressing Room
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen
Shampoo and Body Soap Are Provided!
Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

Atmosphere of Ikoi-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ikoi-so

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 44.7 C
ph 6.7
Indications Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Low back pain, Neuralgia, Frozen shoulder, Bruise, Sprain, Motor paralysis, Decline of gastrointestinal function, Mild hypertension, Diabetes, Mild hypercholesterolemia, Mild asthma, Emphysema, Autonomic instability, Hemorrhoid, Sleep disorder, Depressive state, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Peripheral circulatory failure, Cold sensitivity, Xerosis cutis
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not Drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 350. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours 15:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-75-2522
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 321 493 425*27

[Close Down] Kohan-no-Yado Toya-Kawanami

Kohan-no-Yado Toya-Kawanami is a small-sized onsen ryokan on the shore of the Lake Toya, and owns a hot spring source. They are repairing in 2018. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 600. A staying is possible, too. Unfortunately, they close a business since 2016.

Appearance of Building
Kohan-no-Yado Toya-Kawanami, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

There are 1 outdoor bath and 3 indoor baths at a public bathhouse. Hot springs are sodium and calcium bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring, and are clear and light green and have a little salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Toya-Kawanami Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Toya-Kawanami

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 32.8 C
ph 6.7
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, Chronic skin diseases, Arteriosclerosis, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, 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, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic digestive diseases, Diabetes
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea, Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 11:00-21:00
Regular closing day Winter season
Parking lot A free parking is provided (40 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-75-2715
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 521 307*23

Hotel Nakanoshima

Hotel Nakanoshima is a small-sized onsen ryokan on the shore of the Lake Toya. A public bathroom was renewed in 2014. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Hotel Nakanoshima, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

There is 1 indoor bath at the bathroom. The tiled bathroom is not so large. The bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are sodium and calcium bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring, and are clear and light green and have a little salty taste and no smell.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source -
ph -
Indications -
Contraindications -
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility JPY 400
Business hours -
Regular closing day -
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-75-4115
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is this, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 321 493 508*20

Yuai-no-Ie

Yuai-no-Ie is a hot spring facility for day trip onsen. There is a park golf course on the site, too. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 420. There are 2 indoor baths at a public bathhouse made of bricks. The baths use natural free flowing hot springs with adding water.

Appearance of Building
Yuai-no-Ie, Sobetsu-Cho Onsen

The hot springs are sodium and calcium bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring, and are clear and light green and have metallic taste and sulfur smell. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so bathers must bring those.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium bicarbonate sulfate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 64.1 C
ph 6.6
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not Drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 420. Child: JPY 140. Infant: JPY 70.
Business hours 10:00-21:15
Regular closing day January 1
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-142-66-2310
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 321 465 503*18

List of Accommodations

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

Onsen Ryokan Ikoi-so(温泉旅館 いこい荘)
Toya Kaawanami(洞爺かわなみ)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hotel Nakanoshima(ホテル中の島)
Showa Shinzan Youth Hostel(昭和新山ユースホステル)
Pension Ono(ペンションおおの)
Booking.com

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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