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[Aidomari Onsen in Rausu] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed in Japan's Easternmost Hot Spring Place

July 12th, 2014

Aidomari Onsen

Aidomari Onsen (相泊温泉) is the Japan's easternmost hot spring place in Rausu town located in the Shiretoko peninsula, and is located around the end of Hokkaido Road 87, and the distance is around 25 km far away from the center of the Rausu. The hot springs as well as the Seseki Onsen were founded by Mr. Ichitraro Horiuchi (堀内市太郎). At present, here is famous as wild natural onsen on the seashore, and a lot of tourists come.

Kumaiwa Rock (Rock like Bear)
Rausu

Only huts for harvesting kombu are built around the Aidomari Onsen. The Shiretoko Peninsula is well-known for hidden lands, and it is not easy access to here, so here is well-known for a secret onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. As for the secret onsen in the Rausu, Kuma-no-Yu (熊の湯) and Seseki Onsen (セセキ温泉) are famous, too. In addition, there are famous tourist attractions such as Shiretoko Pass (知床峠), Lake Rausu (羅臼湖), Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck (羅臼国後展望塔) and Kujira-no-Mierugaoka Park (クジラの見える丘公園) in the Rausu. As for the restraunts, Roadside Station "Shiretoko Rausu (知床・らうす)" and Hamada Shoten (濱田商店) are popular in particular. Grilled Pike Congera Sea Eel Rice Bowl (黒ハモ丼) and Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream (知床深層水ソフトクリーム) that are served at the Roadside Station "Shiretoko Rausu" are local specialty foods. By the way, the Hokkaido Road 87 is sometimes closed to traffic by a natural disaster such as a landslip.

It Is Prohibited Toutists from Entering at Luminous Moss
ヒカリゴケ 羅臼 知床国立公園

Seseki Onsen

Seseki Onsen (セセキ温泉) along Hokkaido Road 87 is a hot spring place in the sea in Rausu town located in the Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島), and it is far away (around 20 km) from the center of the Rausu. Seseki means "Hot" in Ainu language, and it having the same meaning with hot springs, so I think that it had been known by Ainu people since long time ago. In all of recorded history, Mr. Ichitraro Horiuchi (堀内市太郎) found the hot springs in 1899, and made a public bathroom. After that, the bathroom sunk into the sea, so the open-air bath was left at present. It was used as a shooting place of the television drama "From the north country (北の国から)", Mr. Hidetaka Yoshioka, a famous actor, and Mr. Juro Kara, a famous actor, took a bath, so a lot of tourists has came. Article is here

Look of Seseki Onsen. Left Is Hot Spring Source. Right Is Open-air Bath for Bathing
Seseki Onsen in Rausu

Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko National Park (知床国立公園) at the northeastern edge of Japan main land is a national park between Shari town and Rausu town in the the northeastern part of Hokkaido. Most northern part of Shiretoko Peninsula has been desinged as the national park since 1964, and has also been designed World Natural Heritage Site, one of only 4 world natural heritage sites in Japan, since 2005. In the national park, there are Shiretoko Mountain Range (知床連山) such as Mt. Rausudake (羅臼岳), Mt. Chinishibetsudake (知西別岳), Mt. Iou (硫黄山) and Mt. Shiretokodake (知床岳), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing some hot spring places such as Aidomari Onsen (相泊温泉), Seseki Onsen (瀬石温泉), Rausu Onsen (羅臼温泉) and Iwaobetsu Onsen (岩尾別温泉). The Shiretoko National Park is roughly divided into 2 areas, Shari Area and Rausu Area. The area is about 39,000 ha in total. A deep forest that wild animals such as Brown Bears, Yezo Deers and Blakiston's Hish-owls inhabit, Steep cliffs with about 100 m in height that separet the sea from mountains, the sea that marine life such as Salmons and Whales swim in, and those closely related to each other create great nature views. Because the Shiretoko means "The end of the earth" in Ainu language, I can understand the reason that it is said to be an unexplored region. Article is here

Shiretoko Crossing Road
Shiretoko National Park

List of Day Trip Onsen

The visitors can take a day trip bath only at the Aidomari Onsen.

View from Kujira-no-Mierugaoka Park
Rausu

Aidomari Onsen

Aidomari Onsen is a mixed bathing open-air bath for local fisherman or fisherwoman on the seashore. But it opens to the public because the wild open-air bath is very popular. The bath seems to bury itself underwater by a storm. It is really great at the mercy of nature. An entrance fee to a bath facility is free of charge. It is maintenanced by local people. Thanks!

Entrance of Aidomari Onsen
Aidomari Onsen in Rausu

Bathing season is almost from May to September. At the begining of the bathing season, the open-air bath is mixed bathing, but an onsen hut is built only during the kelp harvest season, from July to September, and the open-air bath turns into gender segregated bathrooms. By the way, it is sometimes destroyed by a storm, please check Facebook out before coming here.

Bath Is Covered with Blue Sheet in Summer and Bath Is Divided into Men and Women
Aidomari Onsen in Rausu
Bath Is Covered with Blue Sheet in Summer
Aidomari Onsen in Rausu

There is 1 mixed bathing open-air bath. The concrete bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and hot springs gush out from the bottom of the bath without oxidizing. Water temperature is very hot. A hose for cold water is provided, so it is allowed to add the water for lowering the water temperature. In the state of non the hut, tetrapods disturb a view a little, but bathers can forget daily life to see Kunashiri Island very much. In addition, a sense of openness can be felt, too.

Look of Open-air Bath
Aidomari Onsen in Rausu
Look of Open-air Bath
Aidomari Onsen in Rausu
View from Open-air Bath
Aidomari Onsen in Rausu

The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have tastless and no smell. I supposed that the hot springs were salty, but I licked the hot springs, strangely enough it was not salty. Because there are no a shower and amenity goods, please take a bath after pouring the hot springs on your body to washed off your sweat and dirt. In addition, bathers can take a bath in wearing their swimsuits. There is not a dressing room. But a public restroom is provided near a parking lot, and the bathers can substitute the restroom for the dressing room.

広告

Restroom
Aidomari Onsen in Rausu

Atmosphere of Aidomari Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Aidomari Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: -, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 75 C
ph 6.1
Indications Cut, Hemorrhoids, Burn, Neuralgia, Backache, Chronic rheumatism, Chronic dermatopathia, Anemia
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 Open-air bath(1)
Entrance fee to the bath facility Free of charge
Business hours From Sunrise to Sunset
Regular closing day From October to April
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (6 cars)
Telephone number +81-153-87-2126
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 974 353 767*37

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the south side of the Shiretoko Peninsula. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Rausu Daiichi Hotel(らうす第一ホテル)
Hotel Mine-no-Yu(ホテル峰の湯)
Booking
Rakuten
Rausu-no-Yado Marumi(羅臼の宿 まるみ)
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Hotel Sakaeya(ホテル栄屋)
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Rakuten
Business Hotel Isaribi(ビジネスホテル漁火)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Pension Rausukl(ペンションラウスクル)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Takashimaya Ryokan(高島屋旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Chishimaya Ryokan(千島屋旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Honma(民宿本間)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Nomura(民宿野むら)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Yonemaru(民宿よね丸)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Kannari(民宿かんなり)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Washi-no-Yado(民宿鷲の宿)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Ippukudozo(民宿いっぷくどうぞ)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Rider House Okigaruya(ライダーハウス お気軽屋)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

Shiretoko National Park

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