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[Akaigawa Onsen] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center

Akaigawa Onsen

Akaigawa Onsen (赤井川温泉) is a hot spring place in Akaigawa village located in the northwestern direction of Sapporo city. The basin is named Akaigawa Caldera (赤井川カルデラ) with a diameter of 7 km, and the Akaigawa Onsen is like a hidden village surrounded by mountains. Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center (カルデラ温泉 赤井川村保養センター) is built around the center of the Akaigawa Caldera, and a cafe and a convenience store are relatively near here. Famous tourist attractions in the Akaigawa are Kiroro Resort (キロロ・リゾート) and Yamanaka Ranch (山中牧場). In addition, tasty food in the Akaigawa is a soft serve ice cream of Yamanaka Ranch (山中牧場) in particular.

Movie of Kiroro Snow World

Kiroro Snow World

Kiroro Snow World (キロロスノーワールド) is a large ski resort in Akaigawa locatd in the southern direction of Otaru city, and is one of facilities in Kiroro Resort (キロロリゾート). Property Perfect PCL in Thailand made an equity participation in the Kiroro, and many oversea skiers and oversea snowboarders come. There is a ski resort on hillslopes of Mt. Asaridake (朝里岳) with aboit 1280 m in height and Mt. Nagaminedake (長峰岳) with about 1080 m in height and are 21 ski courses, 9 ski lifts, Terrain Park on the Kiroro Snow World with 1180 m in height. It is known for heavy snow. Sapporo Kokusai Ski Resort (札幌国際スキー場) is the opposite side of the Mt. Asaridake. Backcountry skiing is possible through Kiroro Exits, and you will need to take full responsibility for your action. A business season is mostly from mid November to early May. Read More

Asari Panorama Ski Course
Kiroro Snow World in Akaigawa

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center.

Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center

Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center is a hot spring facility for day trip onsen, and has opened a business since 1983. Bathrrooms are renewed in 2014. When I visited here in the daytime on weekday, it was crowded with local people, so I saw that it was very popular. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. A restraunt is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can buy a soft serve ice cream made from the Yamanaka Ranch that is a synonym for the Akaigawa.

Resting Place (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center

There are 1 outdoor bath, 2 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The bathhouse has 2 public bathrooms and the outdoor bath at the ouside, and the bathrroms are individed into a combination of a large bathroom and Western-style bathroom or Japanese-style bathroom. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced every week. I took a bath at the bathhouse with the Western-style bathroom. Another bathroom with a high ceiling and large windows is not so large, but it is sunny. Large rocks are outstanding. The tiled indoor bath is the size that about 8 poeple can take a bath, and natural free flowing hot springs with adding water, and a lot of the hot springs overflow from the bath.

Indoor Bath (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center

The Western-style tiled bathroom is small but cozy, and L-shaped tiled indoor bath is set along walls, and is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses natural free flowing hot springs with adding water. Walls of the Japanese-style bathroom is wooden board.

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Western-style Bathroom (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center
Japanese-style Bathroom (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center

The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses natural free flowing hot springs with adding water. Because it with a roof is surrounded by trees, unfortunately a view is not good. But bathers can take a bath while facing chilly air.

Open-air Bath (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center
Sauna (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center
Wash Place (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center

The hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.450 g/kg. Soaps are provided at the bathrooms, but a shampoo is not provided. A restroom is installed at a dressing room.

Dressing Room (Source: Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center)
Caldera Onsen Akaigawa Recreation Center
Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 56.6 C
ph 8.5
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, Arteriosclerosis
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(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day Monday (the following day if it is national holiday)
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-135-34-6441
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 164 277 417*57

List of Accommodations

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

    Kiroro Tribute Portfolio Hotel(キロロ トリビュートポートフォリオホテル)
    Sheraton Hokkaido Kiroro Resort(シェラトン北海道キロロリゾート)
    Hirune-no-Sato(ひるねの里)
    Booking
    Rakuten
    Forest Terrace(森のテラス)
    Booking
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Minshuku Umezu(民宿梅津)
    Booking
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Pension Akaigawa(ペンションあかいがわ)
    Booking
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Minshuku Attabeya(民宿あったべや)
    Booking
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Yu Kiroro(Yu Kiroro)
    Booking
    Akaigawa Tomo Play Park(アカイガワ・トモ・プレイパーク)
    Jalan

    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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