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Natural Open-air Baths Can Be Enjoyed on Lake Kussharo Coast -Wakoto Onsen in Teshikaga-

October 5th, 2014

Wakoto Natural Onsen Group

Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉) is natural baths around Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Teshikaga town located in the northern part of Kushiro city and is the generic name of "Wakoto Open-air Bath (和琴温泉露天風呂)" and "Public Bath (琴公衆浴場)" in Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島). In addition, there is a walking path with about 2.5 km in length that tourists can make a round trip, and there is a hot spring gushing place called Oyakotsu Jigoku (オヤコツ地獄 * Oyakotsu Hell). The tourists were able to take a bath in old days. Unfortunately it is currently prohibited to enter the Oyakotsu Jigoku. In addition, it seems to be the hot springs called Oku-no-Yu (奥の湯) appropriate for secret hot spring, too. I am interested in this hot spings.

Yezo Aconite Blooms along Walking Path
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Autumn Leaves around Lake Kussharo
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Oyakotsu Jigoku. At Present, No Trespassing
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Calm Lake Kussharo
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen

Atmosphere of Wakoto Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Wakoto Onsen

Wakoto Open-air Bath

Wakoto Open-air Bath (和琴露天風呂) has a crescent-shaped bathtub surrounded by rocks and is the size that about 20 people can take a bath. Speaking of Wakoto Onsen, Many people often mean this onsen and it is the most famous hot springs in the Wakoto Onsen. An old man took a bath at the Wakoto open-air bath when I visited here in the early morning. After asking him, He replied "Because my back was televised on many television programming, I do not care that you photograph my back". He is 89 years old at the time. He seems to take a bath every morning. He said a secret of his health, and took out his glass and begun to drink the hot springs. It seems to be effective for constipation, and he seems to drink the hot springs every morning. I hope he will live long. By the way, a use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted. Bathers can take a bath in their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towels. There is a dressing room near the Wakoto Open-air Bath, and the bathers can change clothes. Admission free.

Old Man Takes Bath Every Day
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Good Sence of Openness
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Dressing Room
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga

I visited here and took a bath another day. Water depth is about 40 cm, and algae grow and easy to slip, so watch your step! The bottom of the bathtub are covered with small pebbles and sand, and the hot springs are gushing out from the bottom. The water temperature is suitable. In addition, the pebbles stimulated my soles and my soles really hurt. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.726 g. Meta-silicic acid is 243.7 mg, and it may be said that it is effective for beautiful skin. Unfortunately, drinking the hot springs are not suitable. By the way, a lot of visitors came, so I was embarrassed to take a bath in naked.

Crescent-Shaped Bathtub
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Water Depth Is About 40 CM
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Look of Bathtub
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Hot Springs Are Gushing out From Bottom
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Algae Grow And Easy to Slip
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Look of Bathtub
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Hot Springs Flow to Lake Kussharo
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Look of Bathtub
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga

Atmosphere of Wakoto Open-air Bath Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Wakoto Open-air Bath

Spring quality Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 52.5 C
ph 6.6
Indication Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, 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 Not drinking
Facilities Mixied bathing open-air bath(1).
Entrance fee to the bath facility Free of charge
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking lot is provided (230 cars)
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 731 577 232*51

Public Bath

A shack is built on the lake coast if visitors walk along a walking path, and it is easy to find the public bath (公衆浴場). The shack has a dressing room and a bathroom, and it has an atomosphere such an old pool. Bathers can take a bath in their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towels, too. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted. Admission free.

Public Bath Is Away from Wakoto Open-air Bath a Little.
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga
Shack
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga
Shack from Top
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga
Dressing Room
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga

There is a concrete bathtub at the bathroom, and it is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. Mud is deposited on the bottom of the bathtub, and hot springs are gushing out from the bottom. Maybe the bathers must take a bath while sitting on 2 drainboards put on the bottom of the bathtub, and in fact only 2 people take a bath. In addition, the hot springs are quite hot and a handmade rabble is provided, too. The bathers will stir the hot springs with the rabble to regulate water temperature. But the hot springs were too hot, so I took a bath only for 5 minutes. The hot springs are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Because there is not a hot spring analysis book, I do not know details, but I think that this hot springs are same types of the hot springs of Wakoto Open-air Bath.

Concrete Bathtub
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga
Look of Public Bath
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga
Pretty Hot!
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga
Mud Is Deposited on Bottom of Bathtub
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga
Handmade Rabble
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga

Atmosphere of Public Bath Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Public Bath

Spring quality -
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source - C
ph -
Indication -
Contraindications -
Indications of drinking -
Facilities Mixied bathing indoor bath(1).
Entrance fee to the bath facility Free of charge
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking lot is provided (230 cars)
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 731 578 450*40

Oku-no-Yu

Oku-no-Yu (奥の湯) is about 200 m away from the Public Bath, and is reached along a path like animal trail. There is a natural bathtub surrounded by rocks on the shore of the Lake Kussharo. It is the size that about 2-3 people can take a bath. Human can not go against nature, it is up to luck whether a bather can take a bath comfortably. But a bather will have a valuable experience because the genuine nature hot springs can be taken a bath. When I visited here, the water depth of the natural bathtub was about 5 cm, so I could not take a bath. The bathers can take a bath in their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towels, too. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted. In additon, horse flies are so noisy in a summer.

Oku-no-Yu
Wakoto Onsen Oku-no-Yu in Teshikaga
View from Bath Surrounded By Rocks
Wakoto Onsen Oku-no-Yu in Teshikaga
View from Bath Surrounded By Rocks
Wakoto Onsen Oku-no-Yu in Teshikaga
Bath Surrounded By Rocks
Wakoto Onsen Oku-no-Yu in Teshikaga
Suitable Temperature
Wakoto Onsen Oku-no-Yu in Teshikaga
Hot Springs Flow from Gap Between Rocks
Wakoto Onsen Oku-no-Yu in Teshikaga

Atmosphere of Oku-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Oku-no-Yu

Spring quality -
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source - C
ph -
Indication -
Contraindications -
Indications of drinking -
Facilities Mixied bathing open-air bath(1).
Entrance fee to the bath facility Free of charge
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking lot is provided (230 cars)
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Kussharo.

Yunokaku Ikedaya(湯の閣 池田屋)
Kawayu Daiichi Hotel SUIKAZURA(川湯第一ホテル 忍冬)
Meitonomori Hotel Kitafukuro(名湯の森ホテルきたふくろう)
Kinkiyu Hotel(お宿 欣喜湯)
Kokuminshukusha Hotel Kawayu Park(国民宿舎 ホテル川湯パーク)
Booking
Rakuten
Hotel Parkway(ホテルパークウェイ)
Kawayu Kanko Hotel(川湯観光ホテル)
KKR Kawayu(KKR川湯)
Booking
Rakuten
Tabibito-no-Yado Asanebo(旅人の宿 あさ寝坊)
Rakuten
Kussharokoso(屈斜路湖荘)
Kussharoko Hotel(屈斜路湖ホテル)
Kussharo-Genya Youth Guesthouse(屈斜路原野ユースゲストハウス)
Atreyu(アトレーユ)
Kussharo Prince Hotel(屈斜路プリンスホテル)
Polaris(ぽらりす)
Sanko Onsen(三香温泉)
Booking
Lakeside Resort Pension CHATRAN(レイクサイドリゾートペンションチャトラン)
Booking
Gasthof Papilio(ガストホフ ぱぴりお)
Booking
Booking.com

A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen of Hokkaido

A page of Akan National Park is here

Akan National Park

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