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[Bibai Onsen] Day Trip Onsen and Blue Cave Bath at Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan

Bibai Onsen

Bibai Onsen (美唄温泉) is a hot spring place in Bibai city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. Only Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan (ピパの湯 ゆ~りん館) is built on a small hill with a distant view of the Bibai at about 70 m above sea level. A park golf course is built on the site, too, there are a lot of athletic facilities such as a baseball field and a tennis court in the area. In addition, there is Tomei Park (東明公園) that is one of the 10 best places for cherry-blossom viewing in Hokkaido next to here, too. The distance is around 5 km away from the center of the Bibai, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built near here.

Park Golf Course
Bibai Onsen Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan

The bibai means "A place with a lot of fresh-water mussel" in Ainu language, and is pronounced "pipa-o-i", so the facility was named after it. I do not know about Yurinkan. Speaking of the Bibai, Bibai Grilled Chicken Giblets on Skewer (美唄焼き鳥) and Bibai Fried Noodles (美唄焼きそば) are famous. Some restraunts serve the grilled chicken on skewer in the Bibai, and the fried noodles can be bought at Coa Bibai (コアビバイ). As for tasty restaurants in the Bibai, Yakitori Tatsumi (やき鳥 たつみ), Sobadokoro Shoan (そば処匠庵), Sugiura Bakery (すぎうらベーカリー), Fukuyoshi (福よし) and Cafe Stoven (カフェ ストウヴ) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Yakitori Tatsumi and the Sugiura Bakery, and those were tasty. By the way, Famous tourist attractions in the Bibai are Miyajima Swamp (宮島沼) and ARTE PIAZZA BIBAI (アルテピアッツァ美唄) as well as the Tomei park.

Cherry Blossoms of Tomei Park

Tomei Park (東明公園) is a comprehensive park in Bibai city between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and has Bibai Baseball Ground (美唄野球場)、Bibai Athletic Field (美唄陸上競技場), a tennis court, a park golf ground, Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan (ピパの湯 ゆ~りん館), Furusatonomieruoka Obsevation Deck (ふるさとの見える丘展望台), a pond, Space Carillon Tower (スぺースカリヨン), public restrooms and parking lots. About 1,600 cherry trees such as Yezo Mountain Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ) and Yoshino Cherry Tree (ソメイヨシノ), and about 5,000 azaleas are planted at the park. The Yoshino Cherry Trees are northern limit of cherry tree forest, and here is one of most famous good places to see the cherry blossoms in Sorachi district. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about early May. The park is also well-known as a good place to see the azaleas, and the best time to see the azaleas is about from May to June. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge. A road is closed from November to April. Read More

Tunnel of Cherry Blossoms
Cherry Blossoms of Tomei Park in Bibai

Miyajima Swamp

Miyajima Swamp (宮島沼) is a small swamp in Bibai city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city and is the thirteenth wetland designed as the Ramsar Convention Wetland in Japan, and the perimeter of the swamp is about 2.7 km. It is famous as the largest and northernmost wild goose's temporary resting place in Japan. Migratory birds such as Wild Goose, Bean Goose, Whistling Swans come flying in a spring and an autumn, and 60,000 wild birds stay at the Miyajima Swamp, tops. The wild bird's silhouettes are cheered up by the morning sun with reddish light, and a scenery that the wild birds fly away (ねぐら立ち) is very mysterious. Actually, I was impressed very much. Read More

Silhouettes Are Beautiful
Miyajima Swamp in Bibai

Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl of Tatsumi

Yakitori Tatsumi (やき鳥 たつみ) is a popular yakitori shop in Bibai city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and is relatively near Bibai Station. The shop is well-known for serving Bibai Yakitori (美唄焼き鳥 * Baibai Grilled Chicken on a Skewer), and Mr. Masaaki Fujimoto (藤本 正明) established it in 1968. He trained his cooking skill at Mishima (三船), an originator of the Bibai Yakitori, and was under Mr. Fukutaro Mifune (三船 福太郎 * Father of the Bibai Yakitori)'s tutelage, and inherited Mifune's skill and taste. People can savor the taste. They basically sell the Bibai Yakitori to take away, but visitors can savor meals only at lunchime from 12:00 to 14:30 in the shop.Read More

Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl from Top
Grilled Chicken Rice Bowl -Tatsumi in Bibai-

Bibai Fried Noodles

Bibai Fried Noodles (美唄焼きそば) are sold by Kadoya (角屋) in Bibai city, and have been begun to be sold since 1970, and are one of famous local dishes. The Bibai Fried Noodles seem to be devised to fill stomaches of workers in coal mine town "Bibai" and are called "Sacked Fried Noodles", too, and customers can eat directly the bibai fried noodles from a package without geting our hands dirty. In addition, the Kadoya does not retail the Bibai Fried Noodles and the customers can buy the Bibai Fried Noodles at the Coa Bibai (コアビバイ). 3 kinds of the Bibai Fried Noodles, the Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles (復刻版焼きそば), the Coal Bibai Fried Noodles (石炭焼きそば) and the Salt Bibai Fried Noodles (塩やきそば), were sold when I visited the Coa Bibai. I bought 1 Coal Bibai Fried Noodles and 1 Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles. Each prices are JPY 108. Read More

Coal Bibai Fried Noodles and Reproduction of Bibai Fried Noodles
Bibai Fried Noodles -Kadoya in Bibai-

Sugiura Bakery

Sugiura Bakery (すぎうらベーカリー) is a popular bakery based in Bibai city located between Sapporo city and Asahikawa city, and has been established since 1997. Mr. Shinobu Sugiura (杉浦 忍) is a bakery owner at present. A bread is famous for using rice flour. The head office is in the Bibai, and a branch opens a buisiness in the Sapporo. My visited place is the head office facing National Route 12. The stylish appearance of the building stands out. A bread sales area, a bread making area and a place for custmers to enjoy foods and drinks are at the building. Customers can drink coffee or water freely, too. Read More


Soft Serve Ice Cream
Soft Serve Ice Cream -Sugiura Bakery in Bibai-

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan.

Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan

Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan is a small-sized onsen hotel run by Ambix inc., and has a opened a business since 2003, and is very popular with family customers because of various events. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 650. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 07:00, too. A restraunt and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A chartered bath is provided, and an extra cost is JPY 2800 per 60 minutes. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Bibai Onsen Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan

There are 2 outdoor baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 2nd floor. The sunny tiled bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. The large indoor bath is the size that about 12 people can take a bath, and the small indoor bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and both baths use heated cold springs. The round whirlpool bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and uses heated water.

Look of Bathhouse (Source: Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan)
Bibai Onsen Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan

The open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and a cave bath is the size that about 12 people can take a bath, and both baths use heated cold springs. The cave bath that has become a synonym for the Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan reflects an image of Italian Blue Cave. The cave is just artificial rocks at noon, but blue light that is lit up in the evening turns into blue rocks. Bather can relax at slightly dark space. By a sudden turn, a sense of openness can be enjoyed at the open-air bath. A small waterfall provides a waft of freshness, too.

Cave Bath
Bibai Onsen Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan
Appearance of Cave Bath
Bibai Onsen Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan
View from Cave Bath
Bibai Onsen Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan

The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate cold spring, and are clear and light yellow and have neither taste nor smell, and have slightly smooth and slippery touch, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.781 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Dressing Room (Source: Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan)
Bibai Onsen Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan

Atmosphere of Bibai Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Bibai Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 16.9 C
ph 7.6
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Hemorrhoid, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
Indication of the radon hot spring Heart and circulatory diseases, Motility disorders, Skin diseases, Nervous system disease, Gastrointestinal disorders, Liver and metabolism diseases
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 650. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 07:00-22:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (260 cars)
Telephone number +81-126-64-3800
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 180 617 858*07

List of Accommodations

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

    Pipa-no-Yu Yurinkan(ピパの湯ゆ~りん館)

    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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