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[Wakoto Onsen in Teshikaga] Day Trip Onsen and Sense of Openness Can Be Enjoyed Secret Onsen and Natural Onsen around Lake Kussharo

October 5th, 2014

Wakoto Onsen

Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉) is hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the north part of Kushiro city. The hot spring gushes out at the lakeshore in the southern part of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park. The Wakoto Onsen is the generic name of some onsen. 2 campsites, Wakoto Hanto Kohan Campsite (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場) and Wakoto Campsite (和琴野営場), are at Wakoto Peninsula. There are a shop, a public restroom and Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so (湖心荘) around a public parking lot. Unfortunately, a convenience store is not built around here.

Yezo Aconite Blooms along Path
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen

Wakoto Peninsula Nature Trail (和琴半島自然探勝路) with around 2.5 km in total length is built to enjoy hiking for about 1 hour. The min-min-zemi cicada (ミンミンゼミ) inhabit here, they do not inhabit further north than the Lake Kussharo, so they have been designated as a special natural treasure in 1951. There are Wakoto Open-air Bath (和琴温泉露天風呂), Public Bath (公衆浴場), Wakoto Shrine (屈斜路神社) and Oyakotsu Jigoku (オヤコツ地獄 * Oyakotsu Hell) along the trail. The Oyakotsu Jigoku that is a hot spring gushing out place used to be able to be taken a bath, but it is currently prohibited to enter the it. In addition, there is the hot spring gushing out place called Oku-no-Yu (奥の湯) that is appropriate for a secret hot spring, too. I am interested in this 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

There are Bihoro Pass Observatory (美幌峠展望台), Tsubetsu Pass Observatory (津別峠展望台), Sanko Onsen (三香温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉) and Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池の湯) around here, and various natural open-air baths can be enjoyed throughout the year. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, Fresh green and the canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and whooper swans can be watched in a winter.

Atmosphere of Wakoto Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Wakoto Onsen

Lake Kussharo

Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), the largest caldera lake in Japan, is in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖) and is the second largest caldera lake in the world, too. The perimeter of the lake is about 57 km. There is Nakajima island in the middle of the lake, but a landing is prohibited. The cracks called "Omiwatari (御神渡り * cracks that form in the ice on the Lake)" occur in a winter. Those are the largest size in the Japanese freshwater lake, and the ice cracks seem to occur for 10 km in total length and 2 m in height. In addition, it is famous as a wintering spot for whooper swan, and they rest their wings on the surface of the non-frozen water by hot springs melting. Article is here

Wakoto Peninsula
Lake Kussharo

Wakoto Peninsula

Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島) is only peninsula extending out the Lake Kussharo in the southern side of the Lake Kussharo. A scenic-viewing trail that tourists can make a round trip on the peninsula for approximately 1 hour is built. The min-min-zemi cicada (ミンミンゼミ) inhabit here, they do not inhabit further north than the Lake Kussharo and are designated as a special natural treasure in 1951. The facilities are substantial, too, and there are Wakotohanto-Kohan Camping Ground (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場), hot springs, a souvenir shop, a restraunt, a boat for hire, a restroom. Admission free . A parking lot is free of charge. It is said to be a sightseeing base of the Lake Kussharo. Article is here

Wakoto Peninsula
Lake Kussharo

Bihoro Pass Observatory

Bihoro Pass Observatory (美幌峠展望台) is a viewing spot located in the western side of the Lake Kussharo. There are observatories at 525 m above sea level and it is popular for looking over the Lake Kussharo. The drama "What is your name? (君の名は)" was filmed at this place. There are a upper observatory, a lower observatory, a monument inscribed with a song "Bihoro-Toge (美幌峠)" that Ms. Hibari Misora sang the song, roadside station "Gurutto-Panorama Bihoro-Toge (ぐるっとパノラマ美幌峠)", are at the site, and there are a restaurant, a stall, a restroom are at the roadside station, too. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Wakoto Peninsula Comes into Sight
Bihoro Pass Observatory around Lake Kussharo

Tsubetsu Pass Observatory

Tsubetsu Pass Observatory (津別峠展望台) is in Tsubetsu town located in the western side of the Lake Kussharo. An observatory is built on the top of the highest mountain with 947 m in height around the Lake Kussharo in this whole area and is famous as a viewing spot that visitors can look over the Lake Kussharo, Mt. Meakan (雌阿寒岳) and Mt. Oakan (雄阿寒岳). It is also known that a sea of clouds (雲海) is able to be seen. There are the observatory and a restroom at the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Tsubetsu Pass
Tsubetsu Pass Observatory around Lake Kussharo

List of Day Trip Onsen

The visitors can take a day trip bath only at the Wakoto Open-air Bath, the Public Bath, the Oku-no-Yu and the Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so.

Wakoto Open-air Bath

Wakoto Open-air Bath (和琴露天風呂) is a natural open-air bath maneged by local poeple at the root of Wakoto Peninsula. Speaking of the Wakoto Onsen, a lot of people often mean this onsen, and it is the most famous onsen in the Wakoto Onsen. An entrance fee to the bath facility is free of charge. There is 1 mixed bathing open-air bath on the lakeshore. The crescent-shaped bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs.

Good Sence of Openness
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga

An old man took a bath when I visited here in the early morning. After asking him, He replied "Because my back was televised on a lot of television programmings, 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 went home not to disturb his relax time without taking a bath. I hope he will live long.

Old Man Takes Bath Every Day
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 bath is 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 hurted. By the way, a lot of visitors came, so I was embarrassed to take a naked bath. There is a dressing room beside the Wakoto Open-air Bath, and the bathers can change clothes. The bathers can take a bath in wearing their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towels.

Crescent-Shaped Bath Surrounded by Rocks
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Water Depth Is About 40 CM
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Look of Bath
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 Bath
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Hot Springs Flow to Lake Kussharo
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga
Look of Bath
Wakoto Onsen Open-air Bath in Teshikaga

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/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 243.7 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. Unfortunately, hot springs are not drinkable because a health center does not give permission. But local people says "Large hot springs gush out at the upper open-air bath, and the hot springs are drinkable". Bathers will need to take full responsibility for drinking the hot springs. By the way, a use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted.

Dressing Room
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

Public Bath is a communal bath that is a little away from the Wakoto Open-air Bath. A shack is built on the lake coast if visitors walk along a path, and it is easy to find the public bath. Local people manages it, too. The shack has a dressing room and a bathroom, and has an atomosphere such a Japanese school pool. Bathers can take a bath in wearing 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. Please take a bath after pouring the hot springs on yourself to wash off the sweat and the dirt. An entrance fee to the bath facility is free of charge.

Public Bath Is A Little Away from Wakoto Open-air Bath.
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 are 1 mixed bathing indoor bath at a public bathroom. The wooden bathroom has a window, and the Lake Kussharo can be seen through the window. Sand is on the concrete floor, so a sense of cleanliness may not be felt. 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 the Wakoto Open-air Bath.

Look of Public Bath
Wakoto Onsen Public Bath in Teshikaga

The concrete indoor bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. Mud is deposited on the bottom of the bath, and pretty hot springs are gushing out from the bottom. The bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. 2 drainboards are put on the bottom of the bath in the mud, and the bathers must take a bath while sitting on those, and in fact only 2 people take a bath. In addition, the hot springs are very 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.

Concrete 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 a natural open-air bath on the shore of the Lake Kussharo, and is called "Gekkei-no-Yu" (桂月の湯), too, and is about 200 m away from the Public Bath, and is reached along a path like an animal trail. An entrance fee to the bath facility is free of charge. The bathers can take a bath in wearing swimsuits or with a bath towel covering body, too. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted. By the way, horseflies or black flies may prevent you from relaxing in a summer.

Oku-no-Yu
Wakoto Onsen Oku-no-Yu in Teshikaga

There is 1 natural open-air bath surrounded by rocks in the Lake Kussharo. The handmade bath under the root of a tree is the size that about 2-3 people can take a bath. The bathers must go down a small precipice with about 2 m in height. Hot springs gush out from clefts in a rock, and flow to the bath. When I visited here, the water depth of the natural bath was about 5 cm, so I could not take a bath. The hot springs mixed with water can be enjoyed, if lake water is large. 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.

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
Water Temperature Is Suitable for Bathing
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

Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so

Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so is a hot spring facility for day trip onsen near a public parking lot in the Wakoto Peninsula. A building is surrounded by trees. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. They run the Wakoto Hanto Kohan Campsite, and a staying is possible at a bungalow, too. Visitors can not stay at the main building. They close a business in a winter season (from mid October to mid April). There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The tiled bathroom is not large. The tiled indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. A shower is not provided at wash places.

Spring quality Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 47.5 C
ph 8.0
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 -
Facilities Indoor bath(1)
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours 08:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day * It closes a bsuiness in a winter season.
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-15-484-2331
Home page Home page is here

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Lake Kussharo. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Onsen Ryokan Koshin-so(温泉旅館 湖心荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Marukibune(丸木舟)
Booking
Jalan
Sanko Onsen(三香温泉)
Booking
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)
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
Booking.com

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here

Akan Mashu National Park

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