[Genseitei Onsen in Koshimizu] Day Trip Onsen and Fresh Moor Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed
October 5th, 2019
Genseitei Onsen (原生亭温泉) is a hot spring place near Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖) in Koshimizu town located in the western part of Shari town in the Shiretoko Peninsula. Genseitei (原生亭) is the only accommodation in the Genseitei Onsen, and is adjacent to Koshimizu Hanakotori-no-Yado Youth Hostel (小清水はなことりの宿ユースホステル), but there is nothing around here in particular. Some restaurants are built at Hama-Koshimizu Station relatively near here. Famous tourist attractions around here are Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園), Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖), Furetoi Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台) and Yuri-no-Sato Koshimizu Lily Park (こしみずリリーパーク). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Koshimizu, Okhotsk Strawberry Farm (オホーツクいちごファーム), Bakery Maru (石釜パン工房 まる), Ramen Kissha Ekibasha (ラーメンきっさ えきばしゃ) and Fkutaro (福太郎) are popular in particular.
As for the Genseitei Onsen, simple alkaline spring with moor hot spring are gushed out. The moor spring is brown spring that gushes out from a peat bed or a lignitic bed, and contains a lot of organics of plant origin, so it has slippery touch, and is good for a skin, and is called beauty hot spring (美人の湯), too. The moor spring is different from usual types of the hot springs, and the hot springs are recognized as the moor spring if those contain humus. The humus value of the Genseitei Onsen is 10.8 mg/kg.
Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden
Genseitei Onsen (小清水温泉) is a hot spring place in Koshimizu town located in the western part of Shari town in the Shiretoko Peninsula. Fureai Center (ふれあいセンター) is built on a multipurpose sports ground at the outskirts of the Koshimizu, and there are Koshimizu Baseball Ground (小清水野球場), a tennis court, a football ground, a training center and Trimu Park around here. Restaurants, cafes, a supermarket, convenience stores, Izakaya and bars with a surcharge are relatively near here, too. Article is here
Yuri-no-Sato Koshimizu Lily Park
Yuri-no-Sato Koshimizu Lily Park (ゆりの郷こしみずリリーパーク) is a flower garden in Koshimizu town located in southeastern Abashiri city, and was founded in 1998. About 110 types of 7 million flowers such as lilies are planted at 2 hills of around 13 ha. About 80,000 visitors come. Business season is about 2 months from early July to early September. The best time to see those is from early August to mid August. Various types of the liles such as early lily or late lily bloom depending on the seasons. The late lilies did not bloom yet when I visited here in early August. An entrance fee is JPY 500 for adult. * The entrance fee changes depeding on the seasons. A parking lot is free of charge. By the way, the Lily Park changes to Snowmobile Land Koshimizu (スノーモービルランド こしみず) in a winter. Article is here
Lake Tofutsu (濤沸湖) in the southeastern part of Abashiri city is a brackish lake between the Abashiri and Koshimizu town. The perimeter of the lake is about 27 km. The maximum water depth is 2.5 m. The Tofutsu means a mouth of the lake in Ainu language, and Ainu people called "a place that birds always stay", too. The lake has been designed as the Ramsar Convention since 2005, and is well-known as a rest place for waterfowl, and about 250 kinds of water birds can be watched through a whole year, and about 40 kinds of migratory birds such as swan stop by the lake in a winter. Article is here
Furetoi Observation Deck
Furetoi Observation Deck (フレトイ展望台) is in Koshimizu town located in the southeastern part of Abashiri city and is adjacent to Hamakoshimizu Maehama Campsite (浜小清水前浜キャンプ場), and is near Hamakoshimizu Station (浜小清水駅) and Road Station Hanayaka koshimizu (道の駅「はなやか（葉菜野花）小清水」). Furetoi means the end of a dunea sandhill in Ainu language, and the Furetoi Observation Deck is on the end of Koshimizu Primeval Flower Garden (小清水原生花園). The pyramid-shaped observation deck take a person's eye. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Genseitei.
The Genseitei is a 2-story inn on the lakeside of the Lake Tofutsu, and is known as a bathing facility to enjoy high quality moor hot springs, and is popular with onsen evangelists and local old people. The appearance and the interior decoration are very shubui, and make visitors feel a good old atmosphere such as Showa period. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 300. A staying is possible, too. Gender segregated public bathrooms are on the 1st floor, and guest rooms are on the 2nd floor.
There is 1 indoor bath at a small public bathroom. The bath is surrounded by white walls, and a window is on the wall. A wash place is not large, so I gusee that a large number of bathers can hardly enter the bathroom. The indoor bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. Water temperature is 43-44C. White bubles separated from the hot spring ingredients are floated on the surface of the bath, so I think fresh hot springs. The hot springs gush out from a pipe in the bath, so I think that bathers can not taste the hot springs.
The hot springs are sulfur and carbonated sodium chloride hot spring with moor hot springs, and are clear and brown and tasteless and moor smell, and have very smooth and slippery touch. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.681 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 210.9 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. Soaps are provided at the bathroom. Because there is not a restroom at a dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.
Atmosphere of Genseitei Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium carbonated chloride hot spring (Type: Weak Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||47.4 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic woman'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, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Public Bathroom.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 300. Child: JPY 150.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||958 023 635*80|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Gensei Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Koshimizu Hanakotori-no-Yado Youth Hostel(小清水はなことりの宿 ユースホステル)|