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[Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru] Day Trip Bath and Ski Can Be Enjoyed

May 7th, 2014

Asarigawa Onsen

Asarigawa Onsen (朝里川温泉) in Otaru city is a hot-spring resort located in the northwestern part of Sapporo city, and is called a back room of Otaru (小樽の奥座敷), so it is popular as a famous resort between the Sapporo and the Otaru. The Asarigawa Onsen extends north and south along Asari River (朝里川) and Hokkaido Route 1 (道々1号線), and 10 accommodations dot for about 3 km. Because the resort is surrounded by mountains, there are a lot of leisure facilities such as Sasson Golf Club (札樽ゴルフ倶楽部), Sapporo Park Golf Course (札幌パークゴルフ場), Asarigawa Onsen Ski Resort (朝里川温泉スキー場) and Asarigawa Auto Campsite (朝里川オートキャンプ場), and visitors can enjoy great outdoors. Some restaurants and cafes are built around the center of the Asarigawa Onsen. In addition, there is a convenience store near Kokuraen (宏楽園) at the entrance of the Asarigawa Onsen, and there are not any convenience stores at the center of the Asarigawa Onsen.

Asari Sky Loop
Asarigawa Onsen

Because deers gathered to take a bath at the Asari River, and that place was called "Place That Deer Dances (鹿の踊り場)", the presence of hot springs was known since so long ago. But the hot-spring resort was developed in earnest until a road between from Asari to Jozankei opened to the public in 1949. History of the Asarigawa Onsen begun when an accommodation opened a business in 1954, so it is a relatively new onsen place in Hokkaido. By the way, the topography seems to difficult to drill, so yeild of hot spring can not be increased, some accommodations seem to difficult to provid fresh free flowing hot spring. In addition, Water temperature of the hot spring source is low, so some accommodations must heat the hot springs, and they rack their brains such as chlorination to run the hot spring facilities.

Otaru Ryotei Kuramure
Asarigawa Onsen

There are Asari Dam (朝里ダム), Asari Sky Loop (朝里スカイループ) and Uodome Falls (魚留の滝) near the Asarigawa Onsen. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, fresh green and golf can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, snow activities such as ski and snowboard can be enjoyed in a winter, Otaru Snow Light Path Festival (小樽雪あかりの路) is held in early February. By the way, nonstop buses do not run. But some nonstop buses for hotel guests seem to run between Otaru and the Asarigawa Onsen.

Asari Dam

Asari Dam (朝里ダム) is a concrete gravity dam with about 74 m in height in Otaru city and is located in the upper of Asarigawa Onsen (朝里川温泉). It was mainly built for the purposes of the prevention of disaster and securing drinking water in 1993, and Lake Otarunai (オタルナイ湖が), a man-made lake, was born. Appearance of the dam looked nice. As a recreation and a relaxation for Otaru citizen, walk paths, Dam Memorial Hall and a tennis court are built around the dam now. In addition, Asari Ohashi called Asari Sky Loop (朝里スカイループ) near the Dam catches our eyes. Article is here

Asari Dam
Asari Dam Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take take a day trip bath at Kourakuen (宏楽園), Hotel Musashitei (ホテル武蔵亭), Otaru Asari Classe Hotel (小樽朝里クラッセホテル), Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru (かんぽの宿 小樽) and Yu-no-Hana Asariden (湯の花 朝里殿). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Winkel Village (ウィンケルビレッジ), Otaru Ryotei Kuramure (小樽旅亭 蔵群), Lodge Garmisch (ロッヂ ガルミッシュ), Pension Shadow Classe (ペンション・シャドウクラッセ), Pine House (パインハウス) and (プチホテルろーまん).

Otaru Ryotei Kuramure
Asarigawa Onsen

Hotel Musashitei

Hotel Musashitei is a middle-sized onsen hotel founded in 1993 in the center of the Asarigawa Onsen. They have 2 buildings, Main Building and Annex Building, and A large public bathhouse is on the 1st floor of the Main Building. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 05:00 to 08:00, too, and the entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. In addition, a chartered bath and a bedrock bath are provided, too. As for the chartered bath, there are a cypress bath and an onsen bath, and the entrance fee to the cypress bath is JPY 900, and the entrance fee to the onsen bath is JPY 1500. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. The bathhouse has cleanliness. The indoor bath is the size that about 10 people take a bath, and the whirlpool bath is the size that about 3 people take a bath.

View from Indoor Bath
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar
Whirlpool Bath
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

The outdoor bath is the size that about 5 people take a bath. Because the outdoor bath is surrounded by blindfold fences, it does not has a sence of openness, and a view is not good unfortunately.

Outdoor Bath
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar
View from Outdoor Bath
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

The hot springs are calcium and sodium chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.706 g/kg. Unfortunately, the hot spring are not drinkable. Horse oil shampoos and horse oil body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. By using those, my skin looked moisty. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Horse Oil Shampoos
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar
Dressing Room
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar
Resting Place
Asarigawa Onsen Hotel Musashitei Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

Atmosphere of Hotel Musashitei Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hotel Musashitei

Types of Hot Springs Calcium and sodium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 32 C
ph 7.7
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 Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There are a reserved bath and bedrock bath. An extra cost is required.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 09:00-22:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-134-54-8000
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 493 515 369*42

Kourakuen

Kourakuen is a middle-sized long-established onsen ryokan at entrance of the Asarigawa Onsen, and was founded in 1957. It is far away from the center of the Asarigawa Onsen. Delicious dishes and high class atmosphere are popular. They have an area of 66115.702 m2, and 200 cherry trees are planted on the large garden, and it is well-known as a place famous for cherry blossoms, too. A building was destroyed by fire, and was renewed in 2016. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath only from 11:30 to 14:30 on Saturday, Sunday, and National holidays. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Kourakuen Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

A large public bathhouse is on the 1st floor, and they have 2 types of the bathhouses, Iwa-no-Yu (岩の湯) and Mori-no-Yuya (森の湯屋), and the bathhouses for men or women are replaced depending on time. There are 2 outdoor baths, 1 indoor bath, a bedrock bath at the Iwa-no-Yu. There are 1 outdoor bath and 1 indoor bath at the Mori-no-Yuya. They own a hot spring source, and baths use heated hot springs. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and no smell. As for a charted bathhouse "Kokage-no-Ideyu (こかげのいでゆ)", the Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 12:00 to 12:45 and from 13:15 to 14:00 everyday. A reservation is requested by the previous day. An extra cost is JPY 2160 per 45 minutes. Hotel guests can use it after 14:00. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom, free hair dryers and a cold water dispenser are installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Kourakuen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kourakuen

Movie of Kourakuen

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 27.4 C
ph 8.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Arteriosclerosis, Chronic women's diseases、Weak child, Chronic skin 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 Not drinking
Facility Outdoor bath(3), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There are a reserved bath and a bedrock bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 400.
Business hours Saturday, Sunday, and National holidays 11:30-14:30
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (40 cars)
Telephone number +81-134-54-8221
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 493 576 408*17

Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru

Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru is a small-sized onsen ryokan in the deepest of the Asarigawa Onsen, and is only one Kanpo-no-Yado run by JAPAN POST HOLDINGS in Hokkaido. They have opened a business since 1959. A staying is possible, too, and dishes have a good reputation. A large public bathhouse is on the 2nd floor, and has cleanliness.

Appearance of Building
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru

There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath. The indoor bath is the size that about 15 people take a bath, and has a space spacious. The whirlpool bath is the size that about 3 people take a bath and it uses hot water without hot springs.

Indoor Bath
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru
View from Indoor Bath
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru
View from Indoor Bath
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru

The ourdoor bath is the size that about 5 people take a bath. Because the outdoor bath is surrounded by blindfold fences, and it has a roof, it does not have a good view.

Outdoor Bath
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru
Snow Scene Can Be Seen in Winter
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru

The hot springs are calcium and sodium chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.705 g/kg. It had a little smooth touch. 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. A free cold water dispenser is provided at the enrance of the bathhouse.

Dressing Room
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Asarigawa Onsen in Otaru

Atmosphere of Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 32 C
ph 7.7
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
Facility Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 10:30-20:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (60 cars)
Telephone number +81-134-54-8511
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 493 485 668*62

Otaru Asari Classe Hotel

Otaru Asari Classe Hotel is a large-sized resort hotel run by Ambix corp around the center of the Asarigawa Onsen and has opened a business since 1991. Tasty dishes such as Hong Kong Style Chow Mein have a good reputation. They have 5 buildings, Plaza Building, North Building, South Building, Annex Building and Sport Arena, and there are a gym, a gymnasium, a pool and a tennis court. A large public bathhouse is on the 1st floor of the Plaza Building. An entrance fee to the bath facility is different in weekdays and holidays. The weekdays are JPY 800. The holidays are JPY 1000. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Otaru Asari Classe Hotel Asarigawa Onsen in Otar

There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse for men. There are 2 outdoor baths, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse for women. The bathhouses for men or women are not replaced. Hot springs are calcium and sodium chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.705 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom, free hair dryers and a cold water dispenser are installed at a dressing room.

Outdoor Bath (Source: Otaru Asari Classe Hotel)
Otaru Asari Classe Hotel
Indoor Bath (Source: Otaru Asari Classe Hotel)
Otaru Asari Classe Hotel

Atmosphere of Otaru Asari Classe Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Otaru Asari Classe Hotel

Types of Hot Springs Calcium and sodium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 32.0 C
ph 7.7
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 Not drinking
Facility Outdoor bath(1 or 2), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Weekday Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 300. Saturday, Sunday and National holiday Adult: JPY 1000. Child: JPY 500.
Business hours Weekday 11:00-21:00. Saturday, Sunday and National holiday 11:00-16:00.
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
Telephone number +81-134-52-3800
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 493 515 130*62

Yu-no-Hana Asariden

Yu-no-Hana Asariden is only day trip bath facility in Asarigawa Onsen, and has opened a business since 2002, and is a little far away from the center of the Asarigawa Onsen. Hashimoto-Kensetsu group runs it. The bath facility has Japanese style public bathhouse (和風大浴場) and Western style public bathhouse (洋風大浴場), and the bathhouses are replaced everyday. There is a restraunt on the 2nd floor, too. There are 2 outdoor baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 sleeping bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Japanese style public bathhouse. There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 2 whirlpool baths, 1 cascading bath, 1 sleeping bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Western style public bathhouse.

Outdoor Bath (Source: Yu-no-Hana Asariden)
Yu-no-Hana Asariden
Indoor Bath (Source: Yu-no-Hana Asariden)
Yu-no-Hana Asariden

Hot springs are sodium sulfate chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.499g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A staying is impossible. A free shuttle bus runs from here to Sapporo or Otaru.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium sulfate chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 46.7 C
ph 8.0
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases
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 or 2), Indoor bath(6), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced everyday.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 650. Elementary school student: JPY 300. Infant: JPY 100.
Business hours 09:00-24:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (180 cars)
Telephone number +81-134-54-4444
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 493 545 562*63

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Asarigawa Onsen.

Hotel Musashitei(ホテル武蔵亭)
Korakuen(宏楽園)
Booking
Kanpo-no-Yado Otaru(かんぽの宿 小樽)
Booking
Otaru Asari Classe Hotel(小樽朝里 クラッセホテル)
Otaru Ryotei Kuramure(小樽旅亭 蔵群)
Winkel Village(ウィンケルビレッジ)
Pine House(パインハウス)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Shadow Classe(ペンション・シャドウクラッセ)
Booking
Pension Puti Hotel Roman(ペンション プチホテルろーまん) Only Tel:+81-134-52-2118
Ryobo Hanaemi(旅房はなえみ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Otaru is here

Otaru

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