- July 12th, 2014
[Aidomari Onsen in Rausu] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed in Japan Mainland's Easternmost Hot Spring Place
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.
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. Read More
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.
A nonstop bus, Eagle Liner (イーグルライナー), runs between Sapporo and Utoro.
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. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
The visitors can take a day trip bath only at the 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!
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.
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.
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.
Atmosphere of Aidomari Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||974 353 767*37|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Rausu. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Shiretoko National Park is here
Shiretoko National Park
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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