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Large Indoor Bath and Comfortable Space -Ashoro Onsen-

September 19th, 2017

Townspeople Healthy Increase Center

Ashoro Onsen Townspeople Healthy Increase Center (足寄温泉 町民健康増進センター) is a public bathhouse like sento (銭湯) in Ashoro located in the northeast part of Obihiro city, and has opened a business since around 1989, and is known for free flowing hot springs and a large indoor bath. Appearance of building and the interior decoration are good old day style, so if one like old style something, I think one would probably like that. Most of visitora 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".

Entrances of Dressing Rooms and Ticket‐Vending Machine
Ashoro Onsen

The visitors must buy a bathing ticket via a ticket‐vending machine in front of entrances of dressing rooms, 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.

About 68 Clothes Baskets
Ashoro Onsen

The bathhouse is quite large, and the 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 bathtubs every day, so the visitors can take a bath pleasantly.

Look of Public Bath House
Ashoro Onsen
Hot Springs Are Gusging out
Ashoro Onsen

There are 2 indoor baths at the bathhouse. The one is the size that about 40 people can take a bath. It is very comfortable to bath at such a large bath. The other is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and used ot be a whirlpool bath. 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.

Spacious!
Ashoro Onsen
View from Large Indoor Bath
Ashoro Onsen
A Large Amount of Hot Springs Overflow from Bath
Ashoro Onsen
Small Indoor Bath
Ashoro Onsen
Lion
Ashoro Onsen
View from Small Indoor Bath
Ashoro Onsen

The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell. It has smooth and slippery touch. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.775 g. Meta-silicic acid is 193.8 mg, and it may be said that it is effective for beautiful skin. A drinking hot spring facility is provided, but is broken. But the hot springs seem to be drinkable, and seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases and Chronic constipation.

Hot Spring Are Gushing out from Lion
Ashoro Onsen
View from Small Indoor Bath
Ashoro Onsen

A restroom is installed at a dressing room. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse. Bathers must bring those theirselves. By the way, I asked the old woman "A re 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".

Dressing Room
Ashoro Onsen

Atmosphere of Ashoro Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ashoro Onsen

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
ph 7.5
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.
Business hours 11:00-22:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-1562-5-4133
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 481 501 223*63

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Ashoro Onsen.

Niitsu Ryokan(にいつ旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Fukuiya Ryokan(福井屋旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Business Hotel Ashorokan(ビジネスホテル足寄館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Minshuku Izugen(旅館・民宿いずげん)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Ryokan Minshuku Takebe(旅館・民宿たけべ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

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