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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) between Toyako town and Sobetsu town located in the northwestern part of Muroran city is the 3rd largest caldera lake in Japan after Lake Kussharo and Lake Shikotsu, and was born by large-scale eruptions 110,000 years ago. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, the perimeter of the lake is about 43 km, and 58 sculptures are located around the lake, and those create scenes in accord with the lake. Geographical features of mountains and the lake have been authorized in the World Geopark. The lake is one of major tourist attractoions in Hokkaido, and a lot of international tourists come. Windsor Hotels Toya Resort & Spa that 34th G8 Summit (Hokkaido Toyako Summit) was held at is famous, too. Around the Lake Toya, there are Toyako Onsen Resort (洞爺湖温泉) that is a sightseeing base, Toya Silo Observation Deck (サイロ展望台), Ukimido Park (浮見堂公園), Toya Onsen (洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Onsen (仲洞爺温泉), Nakatoya Camping Ground (仲洞爺キャンプ場), Green Stay Toyako (グリーンステイ洞爺湖), Takarada Camping Ground (水辺の里財田キャンプ場), Sobetsu-cho Onsen (壮瞥町温泉), Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) and Mt. Usu (有珠山). Article is here

Lake Toya and Nakajima Island
Lake Toya

Mt. Usu

Mt. Usu (有珠山) is an active volcano with 733 m in height between Date city, Toyako town and Sobetsu town in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖), and has been 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) since 20,000 years ago, and erupted 4 times within 100 years ago, so it is one of very active volcanos in the world, too. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Geographical features with the Lake Toya and Mt. Showa-shinzan have been authorized in the World Geopark. 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). A ropeway is the most popular way to go up the mountain, but visitors can hike it, too. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500. But It is free of charge form December to March. Article is here

Mt. Ogari
Mt. Usu in Date

Mt. Showa-shinzan

Mt. Showa-shinzan (昭和新山) is a volcanic lava dome with about 400 m in height in Sobetsu town located in the south of the Lake Toya. The new volcanic lava dome has raised or erupted since 1944. In Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Geographical features with the Lake Toya and Mt. Usu have been authorized in the World Geopark. 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). It is nearby the Mt. Usu. Tourist facilities such as Showa-shinzan Bear Ranch (クマ牧場), Showa-shinzan Glass Museum (ガラス館), Masao Mimatsu Memorial Hall (三松正夫記念館) and souvenir shops are built near a ropeway station, and the visitors can rise their tourist mood. Admission free. A parking lot is charged for JPY 500. But It is free of charge form December to March. Article is here

Mr. Masao Mimatsu and Mt. Showa-shinzan
Mt. Showa-shinzan around Lake Toya

Toyako Onsen

Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉) is a large hot-spring resort located in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) between Toya town and Sobetsu town, and is one of the 5 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉), Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) and Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉), and 3 million tourists come every year. The Toyako Onsen is a base for sightseeing of the Lake Toya, and there are 15 accommodations, handbaths, footbaths, restaurants, souvenir shops, convenience stores, Funsui-hiroba Fountain (噴水広場公園), Toyako Visitor Center Volcano Science Museum (洞爺湖ビジターセンター火山科学館), a ferry port in the hot-spring resort, and there are Mt. Usu (有珠山), Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山), Nishiyama Sanroku Kako Walking Path (西山火口散策路) and Konpira Crater Lookout (金比羅火口展望台) around the lake. A Lake Toya speciality manju Wakasaimo (わかさいも) and Ippontei (一本亭) that got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition are famous, too. Article is here

Footbath (Ryudo-no-Yu)
Toyako Onsen, Ryudonoyu

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

広告

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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