[Bansei Onsen in Taiki] Day Trip Onsen Feeling like Bathing in Tincture of Iodin Can Be Enjoyed
June 28th, 2014
Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) is a hot-spring place facing the Pacific in Bansei, Taiki town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is a little far away from the center of the Taiki town, and is next to a camping ground, a park golf course, and Bansei-no-Yado inn (晩成の宿). Except those, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. There are Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群) such as Horokayanto Marsh (ホロカヤント沼), Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼), Choubushi Swamp (長節湖) and Yudo Swamp (湧洞沼) around the Bansei Onsen, and it is a treasure trove of wild birds and wild flowers because of not developing. The Bansei Onsen is near Otsu Beach (大津海岸) that is famous for Jewelry Ice washed ashore from Tokachi River in a winter.
The Bansei Onsen is well-known for the hot spring ingredients containing a lot of Iodide ion, and a its characteristic is that iodo spring is rare hot springs in the world. Iodo has bactericidal effects with high-power used for gargles such as a tincture of iodin, and Asamushi Onsen is famous in Japan. That reminds me, the hot springs is same color such as a tincture of iodin. Because it has the bactericidal effects, it seems to make skin of the bathers beautiful. The hot springs of Tsubakikan in the Asamushi Onsen has the iodine ion of 0.1 mg/kg, it is great onsen that the hot springs of the Bansei Onsen has the iodine ion of 12.2 mg/kg. But the iodo spring has been found recently in Tokyo and Chiba Prefecture. The hot springs of Shirako Onsen in the Chiba prefecture has the iodine ion of 105.1 mg/kg. I guess that it has bactericidal effects very much.
Horokayanto Swamp (ホロカヤント沼) is a brackish water lake in Taiki town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is near Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼) and Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉). The swamp is also called "Horokayanto Swamp". The Horokayanto means "A swamp that sea water flows back into" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the swamp is 5.7 km. The maximum water depth is 4.7 m. The swamp is surrounded by ranches, trees and a sandy beach, and the sandy beach of about 40 m width is between the Pacific Ocean and the swamp. The sea water come across the beach when sea waves are high. A small hill of 15-20 m elevation is in the eastern part of the swamp, and Fureai Forest (ふれあいの森) and Tokachi Horokayanto Pit-House Remains (十勝ホロカヤントウ竪穴住居群) are on the hill. In an autumn, anglers come to enjoy salmon fishing on the sandy beach, and people come to enjoy pond smelt fishing on the iced swamp. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼) is a brackish water lake in Taiki town located in the southeastern part of Obihiro city, and is near Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉). The Oikamanai Swamp means "A swamp that sea waves come across a beach" in Ainu language. The perimeter of the swamp is 12.2 km. The maximum water depth is 0.7 m. Oikamanai Primitive Flower Garden (生花苗沼原生花園) spreads over around the swamp, and Yezo Daylily is in full bloom. But visitors can approach the lakeshore only Taiki-cho B&G Marine Center (大樹町B&G海洋センター艇庫) and Wild Birdwatching Failcity (野鳥観察保護施設) in the soutthern part of the swamp. In a summer, people come to enjoy marine Sports such as a canoe and a jet ski, but few porple come basically. Large freshwater clams are noted product, and a freshwater clam catching only in a day, mid July is summer features in the Taiki. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl
Hamadori (はまどり) is a restraunt selling skewers of barbecued chicken (焼き鳥屋) in Taiki town located in the south part of Obihiro city. This restraunt is a bar restraunt basically, but they serve Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl (チーズサーモン丼). Taiki town recommends the menu named the Cheese Salmon Rice Bowll and it will be new local speciality dish. The cheese and the salmon are ingredients representing Taiki town, and customers eat 5 kinds of tempura using 3 types of seasonings. 5 dishes, the cheese salmon rice bowl, the seasonings, a dish of pickle, a cup of soup, a dish of dessert, are combo meal. I visited here to eat it around 17:30 on sunday. Article is here
Jewelry Ice is ice on Otsu Beach (大津海岸) in Toyokoro town located in the southeast part of Obihiro city, and was named by Mr. Hisashi Urashima (浦島久), a school principal of an english school, because it looked like a beautiful jewery. Water of Tokachi River is frozen, and river ice flows to the sea, and is washed ashore on the sandy beach at the mouth of the river. Here is well-known for a shooting place for a work of Mr. Mitsuhiko Kamata (鎌田光彦), a famous photographer. Clear ice polished by the waves is beautiful, so here becomes a popular shooting place. It was featured by the New York Times, and attracts the world's attention. This splendid scenery can be seen in a cold winter, about from mid January to early March. Article is here
Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group
Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group (十勝海岸湖沼群) is a group of wetlands spreading over in the southeastern part of Tokachi District. I do not know exactly where the extent of the Tokachi Coast Wetlands Group is. It is said that Yudo Swamp (湧洞沼), Choubushi Swamp (長節沼), Oikamanai Swamp (生花苗沼), Horokayanto Swamp (ホロカヤント沼), Kimontou Swamp (キモントウ沼), Kimontou-konuma Swamp (キモントウ小沼) and Touen Wetland (当縁湿原) are between Toyokoro town and Taiki town. The group of the wetlands has been chosen as one of 500 Important Wetlands in Japan (日本の重要湿地500), and is a site proposed for the Ramsar Convention Wetland, so people say that it is a paradise for wild flowers and wild birds. About 200 types of the wild birds are observed here. I also encountered Japanese cranes. Because those wetlands do not become tourist attractions, it is said that the group of the wetlands is a little-known spot that tourists can enjoy nature calmly. Therefore, those places are not accessible by public transportations unfortunately. Article is here
Day Trip Onsen
Tourists can take a day trip bath at Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Bansei-no-Yado (晩成の宿) and Bansei Onsen Cottage (晩成温泉コテージ).
Bansei Onsen (晩成温泉) is a public bath opened a bsuiness in 1980, and Yasuda Linen Supply runs it at present. Restaurant Komugi (こむぎ食堂) and a shop is at a building, too, and they serve Taiki Local Speciality Cheese Salmon Rice Bowl (大樹チーズサーモン丼). An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. They lend a hand-towel and a bath-towel. It is one of highlights that bathers can look over the Pacific from a bathhouse. A slogan of the Bansei Onsen is "A good view is of secondary importance, and high quality hot springs "Iodine Hot Springs" for the game is the most important", and they have a pride of the high quality hot springs absolutely.
There are 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. A good view can be seen from the bathnouse with large glass windows, and sunny bathhouse is feeling good if it is fine weather. There is not an outdoor bath, but the bathers can go out for some reason. The large indoor bath is the size that about 20 people can take a bath. The hot springs gush out from a round stone. The small indoor bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath. Both indoor baths use heated cold springs, and the hot springs are not drinkable because of chlorination. The whirlpool bath seats 3 people, and uses heated hot water.
The hot springs are sodium chloride cold spring, and are clear and dark brown and have salty taste and medicine smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 10.79 g/kg. The hot springs have rich ingredients. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. In addition, a restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room, too.
Atmosphere of Bansei Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||18.0 C|
|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, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Weak children, Chronic woman'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||Not drinking|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Junior high school student: JPY 300. Elementary school student: JPY 200.|
|Business hours||10:00-21:00 * 04/26 - 09/30 it starts business at 07:00.|
|Regular closing day||From April to September Second irregular closing day
From October to March Every Tuesday
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is this|
|Mapcode||699 103 582*15|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Bansei Onsen.
|Bansei Onsen Cottage(晩成温泉コテージ)||
A page of Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group is here
Tokachi Beach Wetlands Group