- September 19th, 2017
[Closed Business: Ashoro Onsen] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Ashoro Onsen Townspeople Healthy Increase Center
Ashoro Onsen is a hot spring place in Ashoro town located in the northeast direction of Obihiro city. Ashoro Onsen Townspeople Healthy Increase Center (足寄温泉 町民健康増進センター) around factories is built along Rikubetsu National Route (National Route 242). The distance is only 2 km away from the center of the Ashoro, and restaurants, a convenience store and a super market are near here. Famous tourist attractions in the Ashoro are Lake Onneto (オンネトー) and Rawan Butterbur Field (ラワンブキ観賞ほ場), and tourists can enjoy secret onsen such as Meakan Onsen (雌阿寒温泉) and Meto Onsen (芽登温泉), too.
Lake Onneto (オンネトー) is a dammed lake born by an eruption of Mt. Meakandake (雌阿寒岳) in Ashoro town located in the southwestern direction of Lake Akan (阿寒湖). The perimeter of the lake is about 4 km. The Lake Onneto is one of the three major secret lakes together with Lake Ocotanpe (オコタンペ湖), Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) in Hokkaido. Because colors of water look azure blue and emerald green depending on seasons, places, directions of wind and weather, it is called “Goshikinuma (五色沼 * Marshes with 5 Colors)” and is said that the colors of the water is the most beautiful in Hokkaido. It seems to look beautiful if weather in particular is bad. The water turning into 5 colors is acid with ph 6, and fishes can not inhabit, but Uchida Crawfish (内田ザリガニ) and Yezo Salamander (エゾサンショウウオ) inhabit. Creatures seem to be able to adapt to harsh environment. Wooden paths are built around the Lake Onneto and tourists can make a round trip for about 60 minutes. In an autumn, a lot of visitors come to see fall foliage. There is the lake on the foot of Mt. Meakandake and are Onneto Observation Deck (オンネトー展望デッキ), Onneto Hot Falls (オンネトー湯の滝), Onneto Campsite (オンネトー野営場), Onneto Observatory (オンネトー展望台) and Meakan Onsen (雌阿寒温泉) near the Lake Onneto. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Townspeople Healthy Increase Center.
[Shut Down] Townspeople Healthy Increase Center
Ashoro Onsen Townspeople Healthy Increase Center is a hot spring facilty for day trip onsen, and has opened a business since 1989, and has opened a business since around 1989, and is known for free flowing hot springs and a large indoor bath. The appearance and the interior decoration are good old style, so if you like old style something, I think you would probably like that. Most of visitors are locals, and truck drivers use for getting some rest. In addition, onsen experts from outside Hokkaido come to savor high quality hot springs. An old woman that sat on bandai (番台 * reception) told me “An onsen expert evaluated the quality of the hot springs in Japanese top 3”. Unfortunately, They closed a business in Octorber 25, 2017. This is an article before closing.
The visitors must buy a bathing ticket via a ticket‐vending machine in front of entrances of dressing rooms for men or women, then hand it to the old woman that sat on the bandai. There are about 68 clothes baskets at the dressing room. Their large indoor bath was rebuilt 3 times for accommodating up to bathers as same as the number of the clothes baskets before they opened the business. I think it is the uncompromising indoor bath. A parking lot is large, and the bathhouse is large, too, so I felt comfortable without giving a feeling of pressure.
A public bathhouse is quite large, and a ceiling is high. Somehow it reminds me of the public bath in Roman period, and I guess that the bathhouse suits a marble statue. The hot springs are used as hot water from a faucet and a shower, but those facilities are old, and the hot water does not come out very well. Though the facilities are old, they clean the baths every day, so the visitors can take a bath pleasantly.
There are 2 indoor baths at the bathhouse. The large tiled bath is the size that about 40 people can take a bath, and is very comfortable to bath at such a large bath. The small tiled bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and used to be a whirlpool bath. Both baths use 100% free flowing hot springs. The yeild of the hot springs are abundant, so a large amount of the hot springs overflow from the baths. The hot springs gathered like a pool at a water outlet on the floor of the bathhouse. I enjoyed flowing to the water outlet by whirling.
The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell, and have smooth and slippery touch. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.775 g/kg. Meta-silicic acid is 193.8 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin, so it might be said that the hot springs is effective for a little beautiful skin. A drinking hot spring facility is provided, but it is broken. But the hot springs seem to be drinkable, and seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases and Chronic constipation.
A restroom is installed at a dressing room. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so bathers must bring those. By the way, I asked the old woman “Are the hot springs the moor hot spring?”. She replied “I do not think so. Tiles of bath has been stained by the hot springs for a long time, So I think that the hot springs look light yellow”.
Atmosphere of Ashoro Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||42.3 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Cold sensitivity, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Weak Children, Chronic women’s 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||Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 350. Child: JPY 140. Infant: JPY 70.|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||481 501 223*63|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Ashoro.
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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