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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

Wakoto Open-air Bath

Wakoto Open-air Bath has a crescent-shaped bathtub surrounded by rocks and is the size that about 20 people 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. 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. 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.

Old Man Takes Bath Every Day
Teshikaga, Wakoto Onsen
Good Sence of Openness
Teshikaga, Wakoto Onsen
Dressing Room
Teshikaga, Wakoto Onsen

Atmosphere of Wakoto Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Wakoto Onsen

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 Nothing
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

There is a shack on the lake coast if visitors walk along a walking path, and it is easy to find the public bath. The shack has a dressing room and a bathroom, and it has an atomosphere such an old pool. There is a concrete bathtub at the bathroom, and it is the size that about 8 people take a bath. Broken drainboards are put on the bottom of the bathtub. It may be too hot from the bottom. In addition, hot springs are quite hot and a handmade rabble is provided, too. Bathers will stir the hot springs with the rabble to regulate water temperature. 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. The bathers can take a bath in their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towel, too. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted.

Public Bath. Stay Away from Wakoto Open-air Bath a Little.
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Shack
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Shack from Top
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Dressing Room
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Clear, Colorless, Tasteless, No Smell
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
Handmade Rabble
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen
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 is seemed to be reached along a path like animal trail. There is a natural bathtub surrounded by rocks on the Lake Kussharo. It is the size that about 6 people take a bath. Human can not go against nature, it is up to luck whether a bather can take a bath comfortably. But the bather will have a valuable experience because the genuine nature hot springs can be taken a bath. The bathers can take a bath in their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towel, too. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the lake is polluted.

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

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Wakoto Onsen.

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)    
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.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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