- June 18th, 2014
[Aizankei Onsen in Kamikawa] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Aizankei Club for Trekking Base
Aizankei Onsen (愛山渓温泉) is a hot spring place at around 1010 m above sea level in Kamikawa town located in the eastern direction of Asahikawa city, and has an atmosphere such as a secret onsen in the heart of a mountain. Aizankei Club (愛山渓倶楽部) surrounded by forests has opened a business in the mountain of Front Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. Another building is only Aizankei Hut (愛山渓ヒュッテ) for hiker’s accommodation, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Here is a trekking base of Mt. Nagayamadake (永山岳), Mt. Aibetsudake (愛別岳), Mt. Pippudake (比布岳) and Mt. Tobetsudake (当麻岳), and is trailheads of hiking courses for Numanotaira Marshland (沼の平湿原) and Kumoigahara Marshland (雲井ケ原湿原) that are famous for fall foliage. Aibetsu Drivinn (愛別ドライブイン) is a mark along National Route 38, and visitors turn and go straight for around 20 km, and the end of the road is the Aizankei Onsen. It takes about 40 minutes by car. Drive carefully because the road with around 10 km in lengh is narrow halfway through. In addition, careful of bears and deers across the road. It is out of signal area.
It is the origin of the Aizankei Onsen that Mr. Tojiro Naoi (直井藤次郎) and his group discovered hot springs in 1909. After that, he built an onsen hut in 1926, and here used to be called Naoi Onsen (直井温泉). The road was not built then still. Its name changed to the Aizankei Club in 1950, and the Naoi Onsen changed to the Aizankei Onsen, too. At that time, a dog named “Chibi * it means small something in English” was active, and a monument of the Chibi (山仲間の愛犬チビの碑) has been built, too. The Chibi was super dog, and saved hikers attacked by a bear, and ran to a village to ask for help because another hikers got involved in an avalanche. He worked very hard to save the hikers, but he disappeared secretly at last. I think that this story must be made into a good novel, a good movie or a good TV drama, and must cry.
Atmosphere of Numanotaira Marshland with Fall Foliage Can Be Watched on Youtube
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the center of Hokkaido is the largest national park in Japan, the size of 226,764 ha, and has been designed as the national park since 1934, and is the oldest national park in the Hokkaido along with Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called “Daisetsuzan”, and those are called “A roof of the Hokkaido” ,too. Rare nature such as active volcanoes, Lare Columnar joints, a sea of trees and permafrost even in the Hokkaido can be seen. About 250 types of alpine plants grow naturally, and various forms of life such as brown bear, blakiston’s fish owl, dolly varden and pine grosbeak inhabit here. By the way, A right notation is “Daisetsuzan”, but local people often call “Taisetsuzan”. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at Aizankei Club. On the other hand, an accommodation without taking a day trip bath is Aizankei Hut.
Aizankei Club is a small-sized long-established onsen inn, and has opened a business since 1926. Rinyu Kanko corp runs it at present. The appearance and the interior decoration look like a mountain hut. The Aizankei Club is well-known as a filming location of the movie “Kaza-hana (風花)” supervised by Mr. Somai Shinji (相米慎二), and Ms. Kyoko Koizumi (小泉今日子) and Mr. Tadanobu Asano (浅野忠信) acted as a star. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 700. A staying is possible, too. Restraunt Aizankei Shokudo (愛山渓食堂) is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. They close a business in a winter season (from mid October to June).
A public bathroom with a high ceiling is not large at the 1st basement floor, and is made of stones. There is 1 indoor bath at the bathroom. The bath is the size that about 4 people take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The fresh hot springs are poured into the bath, and the hot springs overflow from the bath freely. I felt comforatble when I saw the situation. In addition, the floor of the bathroom turns into dark brown color whether the hot spring ingredients have been precipitated.
The hot springs are sodium and magnesium and bicarbonate sulfate spring, and are slightly opaque and colorless and have metallic taste and metallic smell, and drinkable. A plastic cup is provided, when I drunk those, it tasted metallic taste as I expected, the hot springs and were not good. It is said that those have an effect for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease and Obesity disease. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.464 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 202.9 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin.
Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. A washing machine for hikers is provided at a dressing room. There is not a restroom at the dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom of a corridor. In addition, use of a hair dryer is prohibited because a breaker trips.
Atmosphere of Aizankei Club Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium and magnesium and bicarbonate sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||44.2 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Frozen shoulder, Chronic digestive diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Arteriosclerosis, Hemorrhoid, Chronic skin diseases, Cut, Burn, 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||Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Obesity disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea, and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 700. Child: JPY 450.|
|Regular closing day||From November to June|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (30 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||623 188 039*80|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Aizankei Onsen.
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan 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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