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[Abashiri-Kohan Onsen in Abashiri] Day Trip Bath and Lake Abashiri Can Be Enjoyed

March 6th, 2014

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen

Abashiri-Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉) facing Lake Abashiri (網走湖) is a hot spring resort located in the south side of Abashiri city. Hotel Abashirikoso (ホテル網走湖荘) succeeded in drilling hot springs in 1981, so the Abashiri-Kohan Onsen became well-known to the public and has known as the hot spring resort. 4 onsen accommodations dot for about 3 km along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 39) in the northeast of the Lake Abahiri. There are Yobitoura Campsite, cafes, restaurants, a variety goods shop and a forest of Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony along the Kitami National Route. Risu-no-Mori (リスの森), Sobakiri On (そば切り 温) and cafe & cake Fuka (風花) are popular in particular. By the way, there is not a convenience store.

Lake Abashiri and the Sea of Okhotsk
Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum Abashiri

As for sightseeing spots around the Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Ubaranai Coral Grass Colony (卯原内のサンゴ草), Omagari Lakeside Park (大曲湖畔園地) with sunflower and cosmos, Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館 網走監獄), Tentosan Observation Deck (天都山展望台), Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony, Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony (女満別湿生植物群落) are well-known. Around the Lake Abashiri, Impressive large skunk cabbage colonies appear in a spring, a canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, smelt fishing, snowshoes and Birdwatching can be enjoyed in a winter. As for an evwnt, Smelt Fishing Tournament (日本一網走湖ワカサギ釣り選手権大会) is held in the winter. By the way, nonstop buses do not run. But some nonstop buses for hotel guests seem to run between Abashiri Station and the Abashiri-Kohan Onsenn.

Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum
Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum Abashiri

Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony

Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony (呼人水芭蕉群落) is a generic name for wetland of 52 ha dotted along Japanese national route 39, and it seems to be one of the largest skunk cabbage colony in Japan. A forest changes to the wetland flooded by meltwater, and innumerably skunk cabbages bloom from early April to mid April. The skunk cabbages can be admired along Yobito Nature Trail (呼人探鳥遊歩道), too. I visited a copse near Yobito Station (呼人駅), and a signboard written as Yobito Skunk Cabbage and Fireflya Glowfly Forest Trust (呼人水芭蕉・ホタル保全林) is a mark. This scene is surely grand. I saw that many tourists stop their cars to see the skunk cabbages suddenly while driving. Because this place is not a sightseeing spot, there are no facilities such as a parking lot or a restroom. Article is here

Awful Lot of Skunk Cabbage
Yobito Skunk Cabbage Colony in Abashiri

Omagari Lakeside Park

Omagari Lakeside Park (大曲湖畔園地) is former farm of Abashiri Prison (網走刑務所) in the northern lakeside of Lake Abashiri (網走湖), and become a tourist farm at present time. Abashiri people and tourists can enjoy experiencing harvest and birdwatching, and it is famous for sunflower and cosmos. As for the sunflower, 1.5 million sunflowers are planted in the field of 18 ha, and are in full bloom in late September. I have never seen, so I want to try and see. Cosmos was in full bloom when I visited here. As for the cosmos, it is in full bloom in mid September in the field of around 1.3 ha. Colourful cosmos is very beautiful. There are a restroom and a parking lot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Path of Cosmos
Omagari Lakeside Park in Abashiri

Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum (博物館網走監獄) is one of popular sightseeing spots of Abashiri city and was opend in 1983. About 200,000 tourists come. Buildings of former Abashiri prison (旧網走刑務所) that many movies and novels were set in were removed, and rebuilt at large land of 169,264m2. There are all 38 buildings, and 4 buildings among those were designated as a national important cultural property. By the way, real iwax dolls of prisoners and guards are weird. Those sad expression and device to sometimes work were so amazing it gave me goosebumps. They carry out a free guided tour. Because there is an atmosphere that you do not know if you do not visit here, please visit here. Article is here

Corridor of Radial 5-Winged Prison House
Abashiri Prison Museum in Abashiri

Ubaranai Coral Grass Colony

Ubaranai Coral Grass Colony (卯原内のアッケシソウ群生地) is located in the south side of Lake Notoro (能取湖) and is known as the largest coral grass colony in Japan. It was on the verge of extinction in the past, but it is recovered now, so lakeshore is covered with red coral grass in early September. There are a restraunt and a restroom at a site. The coral grass are best viewed from early September to mid September. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Ubaranai-enchi
Ubaranai Coral Grass Colony in Abashiri

Cape Notoro

Cape Notoro (能取岬) is located near Lake Notoro in Abashiri city. Notoromisaki Lighthouse (能取岬灯台) and a monument called Tower of Okhotsk (オホーツクの塔) are built on a cliff with 50 m in height, and there is no outstanding thing other than those. Green of grass and the blue Sea of Okhotsk spread over in front of eyes, and a sense of openness is very good. The monument is far from an entrance, and it takes about 10 minutes on foot. Article is here

Sea Is Covered with Drift Ice
Winter Cape Notoro in Abashiri

Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony

Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony (女満別湿生植物群落) is on the shore of Lake Abashiri (網走湖), it is famous for looking at skunk cabbages. Broad leaf forest such as Japanese Ash and Alnus Japonica var Grow at the damp ground of 56 ha. It has been designed as the natural monument. The skunk cabbages seemed to be in full bloom from mid May to late May, but those were flowered when I visited here in late April 2015. A wooden path is not so long and tourists can go around for about 20 minutes. But you should wear your shoes that you would not mind getting dirty. There are no facilities except the wooden path. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. In addition, there is Memanbetsu Onsen (女満別温泉) near the Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony. Article is here

Skunk Cabbages Are in Half Bloom
Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage

Risu-no-Mori

Risu-no-Mori (リスの森) is a popular gelato shop founded in 1998 along Japan National Route 39 in Yobito, Abashiri city and is far from Abashiri Station, and is relatively near Abashiri Kohan Onsen (網走湖畔温泉). The Risu-no-Mori means a forest of a squirrel in English. A shop clerk that trained the gelato in Italy make the tasty gelato by ingredients produced in Hokkaido and 10 kinds of sugar at same facility with the Italy. Milk, a major ingredient, is produced in Nakanishi Junjo Ranch (中西純情牧場) in Abashiri. It is a confidential of the popularity that they take their ingredients produced in Hokkaido or Abashiri seriously. They have about 60 kinds of menus, and about 12 kinds of the gelato that change from day to day hit showcases every day. Article is here

Pistachio Flavor, Milk Flavor and Hazelnut Flavor
Gelato -Risu-no-Mori in Abashiri-

List of Day Trip Onsen

Tourists can take a day trip bath at Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan (温泉旅館もとよし), Abashiri Kanko Hotel (網走観光ホテル), Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort (北天の丘 あばしり湖鶴雅リゾート) and the Hotel Abashirikoso (ホテル網走湖荘). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Auberge Kita-no-Dan-Dan (オーベルジュ 北の暖暖), Tento-no-Sato Hotel Honjin Abashiriko (天都の郷 ホテル本陣網走湖), Pension Wani-no-Ie (ペンション わにの家), Hotel Ikyu (ホテル一休), Business Hotel Koraku (ビジネスホテル幸楽) and Yobito Ryokan (呼人旅館).

Sunset
Lake Abashiri and the Sea of Okhotsk

Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan

Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1976. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. An annex is "Techan and Tetsuko Ryokan (鉄ちゃんと鉄子の宿)" for railfans.

Appearance of Building
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Annex "Techan and Tetsuko Ryokan"
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Entrance of Bathhouse
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan

There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom, and is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. Free flowing hot springs overflow from the bath. Because hot springs collected to an outlet very much, it was interesting just to see the state. The hot springs are cold spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.237 g/kg. Its ph is 8.9, and it had a very smoooth and slipperily touch. Because the public health center does not admit it, unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable. The bath uses heated cold springs.

Bathhouse
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Free Flowing Hot Springs Overflow from Bath
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Clear and Colorless Hot Springs
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
View from Indoor Bath
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan
Bathers Can Drink Tap Water
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan

Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. A staying is possible, too.

Dressing Room
Abashiri-Kohan Onsen, Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan

Atmosphere of Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Motoyoshi Onsen Ryokan

Types of Hot Springs Cold spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 23 C
ph 8.9
Indications -
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 Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Elementary school student: JPY 200. Infant: JPY 150.
Business hours 12:00-21:30
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-152-48-2241
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 305 521 539*84

Hotel Abashirikoso

Hotel Abashirikoso is a large-sized long-established onsen hotel founded in 1947, and is the oldest onsen hotel in Abashiri-kohan Onsen. They own a hot spring souce. 3 buildings, Main Building, Central Building and South Building, are built on the lakeside, and there is an entrance for day trip bather at the back side of the hotel. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Hotel Abashirikoso
Entrance for Day Trip Onsen
Hotel Abashirikoso
Lobby
Hotel Abashirikoso
Entrances of Bathhouse
Hotel Abashirikoso
Rest Place
Hotel Abashirikoso

Large Public Bathhouse "Kakogen" (大浴場「火口原」) on the 2nd floor of the Central Building is divided into Large Public Bathhouse for Men "Hikoboshi-no-Yu (彦星の湯)" and Large Public Bathhouse for Women "Orihime-no-Yu (織姫の湯)". An extensive space is comfortable. There are 1 outdoor bath, 3 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. Water temperature of each indoor baths are different, and the indoor bath with hot springs of 40 C is the size that about 30 people can take a bath, and the indoor baths with the hot springs of 41 C and 42 C are the size that about 10 people can take a bath. About 10 local people took a bath when I visited here aroud 13:00 on weekdays. I think that it is good value because it takes only JPY 500 at the large bathhouse.

Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Hotel Abashirikoso)
Hotel Abashirikoso

A outdoor bath for men is named "Otohime-no-Yu (乙姫の湯)", and a outdoor bath for women is named "Tennyo-no-Yu (天女の湯)". The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. because it has a roof, and is surrounded by blindfold fences, too, a sense of openness is not felt. But cold wind is comforatble, and the bath suits taking a long bath.

Outdoor Bath (Source: Hotel Abashirikoso)
Hotel Abashirikoso

Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are slightly opaque and colorless and have slightly salty taste and no smell. I felt that the sense of touch was soft hot sptings. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 9.074 g/kg. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Dressing Room
Hotel Abashirikoso

Atmosphere of Abashirikoso Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Abashirikoso

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Weak Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 41.1 C
ph 8.3
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, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, 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, Chronic constipation
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Indoor bath(1), Outdoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath. You need to make a reservation in advance.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 13:00-23:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-152-48-2311
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 305 521 560*32

Abashiri Kanko Hotel

Abashiri Kanko Hotel is a large-sized long-established onsen hotel opened a business in 1962 on a hillside, and is well-known for looking over Lake Abashiri. BBH group runs it. There are Abashiri Lake View Ski Resort (網走レイクビュースキー場) and Abashiri Prison Museum around the hotel. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 700. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Abashiri Kankou Hotel

There are 1 outdoor bath, 2 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse. Hot springs are Sodium and calcium chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Abashiri Kanko Hotel)
Abashiri Kanko Hotel
Outdoor Bath (Source: Abashiri Kanko Hotel)
Abashiri Kanko Hotel

Atmosphere of Abashiri Kanko Hotel Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Abashiri Kankou

Types of Hot Springs Simlpe hot spring (Type: -, Osmotic Pressure: -, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 49.6 C
ph -
Indications Neuralgia, Rheumatism-related disease, Backache, Cold sensitivity, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Arteriosclerosis, disturbance of motility, Relieving fatigue, Chronic women's diseases, Menopause, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic dermatopathia
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 Unknown
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 700. Child: JPY 350.
Business hours Weekdays 14:00-19:00
Saturday, Sunday and National holiday 12:00-19:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (80 cars)
Telephone number +81-152-48-2121
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 305 552 734*06

Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort

Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort is a large-sized resort hotel opened a business in 2007 on a hill located in the root of Yobito Peninsula (呼人半島), and Tsuruga group runs it. It is popular for high class onsen hotel, and amicable service has a good reputation. A staying is possible, too. They accept staying with a small sized dog at some rooms. A concept of the hotel is the ancient Okhotsk people (古代オホーツク人), and the interior decoration is made in accordance with the concept. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 1200. A lunch bath plan is provided for JPY 2300, too. A day trip bather can enjoy take a bath and all-you-can-eat buffet.

Appearance of Building
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort
Entrance (Source: Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort

A Large Public Bathhouse "Hokuten Zabo-no-Yu (北天坐忘の湯)" on the 1st floor is divided into Large Public Bathhouse for men "Fukuro (梟)" and Large Public Bathhouse for women "Hakucho (白鳥)". There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. They own a hot spring source. 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 bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A resting room Yuagari Lounge Zabo (湯上がりラウンジ坐忘) is provided, too.

Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort
Open-air Bath (Source: Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort
Resting Room Zabo (Source: Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort
Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 25.2 C
ph 8.6
Indications Neuralgia, Rheumatism-related disease, Hemorrhoids, Convalescent convalescence, Reducing stress, disturbance of motility, Arthralgia, Muscle pain, Frozen shoulders, Chronic digestive diseases, Bruise, Cold sensitivity
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 Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1), Bedrock bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1200. Child under junior school age: JPY 600. 4 years old - primary schoolchild: JPY 300. Under 4 years old: Free of charge.
Business hours Weekdays: 14:00-22:00
Saturday, Sunday, and National holiday: 12:00-22:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-152-48-3211
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 305 490 144*22

List of Accommodations

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

Onsen Ryokan Motoyoshi(温泉旅館もとよし)
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Abashiri Kanko Hotel(網走観光ホテル)
Hokuten-no-Oka Abashiriko Tsuruga Resort(北天の丘 あばしり湖 鶴雅リゾート)
Hotel Abashirikoso(ホテル網走湖荘)
Auberge Kita-no-Dan-Dan(オーベルジュ 北の暖暖)
Tento-no-Sato Hotel Honjin Abashiriko(天都の郷 ホテル本陣網走湖)
Pension Wani-no-Ie(ペンション わにの家)
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A page of Abashiri is here

Abashiri

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