• May 12th, 2014
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[Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo] Day Trip Bath and Great Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed in Suburbs of Sapporo

Hoheikyo Onsen

Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen (やわらぎの里 豊平峡温泉) is a popular hot spring facility for day trip bath in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and won the first place in TripAdvisor "Day Trip Hot Spring Facility Category in 2013" in Japan. Hoheikyo is farther than Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) from downtown. There are Hoheikyo Dam (豊平峡ダム) saving water for Lake Jozan (定山湖), Shizen-no-Mura (自然の村 * nature village) with cottages and an auto camping ground near the Hoheikyo Onsen. Furthermore, Indian Curry of Onsen Shokudo (Onsen食堂のインドカレー) at a building of the Hoheikyo Onsen is famous, too, and a lot of people visit here only to eat the Indian Curry. In addition, a photography was prohibited at a bathhouse.

Open-air Bath
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
Indoor Baths
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
Onsen Shokudo
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
Chicken Masala and Naan
Chicken Masala -Hoheikyo Onsen Shokudo in Sapporo-
Snow BBQ House
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
Inside of Snow BBQ House
Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

By the way, a nonstop bus, Yuttari Liner (直通バス湯ったりライナー), runs between New Chitose Airport and Jozankei, and a nonstop bus, Kappa Liner (かっぱライナー号), runs between the central part of Sapporo and the Hoheikyo Onsen, so those would be very convenient. In addition, a shuttle bus service is available from July to late September between the Jozankei Onsen and the Hoheikyo.

    List of Direct Bus

    Refer to following companies for the direst buses service between the Jozankei Onsen or the Hoheikyo Onsen and the Sapporo or the New Chitose Airport.

    Hokkaido Access Network(北海道アクセスネットワーク) From New Chitose Airport to Jozankei Onsen
    Jalan
    Hokkaido Access Network(北海道アクセスネットワーク) From Jozankei Onsen to New Chitose Airport
    Jalan
    Hokuto Kotsu(北斗交通) From New Chitose Airport to Jozankei Onsen
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Hokuto Kotsu(北斗交通) From Jozankei Onsen to New Chitose Airport
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Jotetsu Bus(じょうてつバス) From Sapporo to Hoheikyo Onsen
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Jotetsu Bus(じょうてつバス) From Hoheikyo Onsen to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten

    Hoheikyo

    Hoheikyo (豊平峡) is located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and is farther than Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) from downtown. Although it is in Sapporo city, it is located in Shikotsu Toya National Park (支笏洞爺国立公園), and nature is very rich. The Hoheikyo has Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan (定山湖), and is well-known as a good place to see fall foliage. There are Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉), Nature Village and an auto camping ground near the Lake Jozan (定山湖). Furthermore, Onsen Shokudo's Indian curry (Onsen食堂のインドカレー) in Hoheikyo Onsen is popular. Read More

    Fall Foliage from Hoheikyo Dam
    Hoheikyo Dam and Lake Jozan

    Jozankei Onsen

    Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in Sapporo city suburbs, and one of the 3 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) and Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉). Jozankei is called a back room of Sapporo (札幌の奥座敷), and 2.4 million people per year visit the Jozankei Onsen that is near the center of Sapporo for about 60 minutes. Oversea visitors increased in hot spring boom recently, too. Read More

    Jozankei Onsen
    Jozankei Onsen

    Indian Curry of Onsen Shokudo

    Onsen Shokudo (ONSEN食堂) is at a building of Hoheikyo Onsen (豊平峡温泉) located in Jozankei (定山渓), Sapporo city. It is a strange combination of hot springs and Indian curry for some reason. But the Indian curry is very popular. Visitors will be always lines on weekends because I suppose that an Indian cooks. Read More

    Chicken Masala
    Chicken Masala -Hoheikyo Onsen Shokudo in Sapporo-

    SAPPORO

    Sapporo (札幌) that about 1,960,000 people live is the largest city in Hokkaido. Although there are various theories, its origin of the name is "Dry Big River (乾いた大きな川)" in Ainu language. A population of the Sapporo is the 4th largest city after Yokohama, Osaka and Nagoya in japan, and the population accounts for 36 % of Hokkaido's population! So the Sapporo has been flourished as the center of the Hokkaido. The area of the Sapporo is 1,121.26 km2, and is about as big as Hong Kong, and is the 7th largest city in the Hokkaido. The Sapporo is also famous as a tourist city, and about 15 million people come. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 25 degrees in a summer, but it is easy to live without moisture. I always feel a little cool. It is cold that temperature falls to nearly -10 degrees in a winter, and amount of snowfall sometimes has more than 1 m. Read More

    Sapporo
    札幌

    Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen

    There are 1 opne-air bath and 3 indoor baths at a large public bathhouse. The open-air baths are divided into 2 groups, "Fukuro-no-Yu (ふくろうの湯) and Asobiyu-no-Roten (遊湯の露天)" and "Muine-no-Yu (無意根の湯)", the bathhouses for men or women are replaced everyday.

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    Deposited Hot Spring Ingredients on Bath Floor Are Amazing! (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

    There are 3 indoor baths that are different in temperature. One of the indoor baths is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. At the bathhouse, overflowed hot spring ingredients have deposited on the floor and the bathtubs, and those look like Turkish Pamukkale. I guess that the hot springs have rich ingredients. Another 2 indoor baths made of a cypress are the size that about 2 people and about 6 people can take a bath.

    Cypress Baths (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
    Look of Large Public Bathhouse (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

    I took a bath at the open-air bath "Fukuro-no-Yu and Asobiyu-no-Roten". The open-air baths were large, and had good views, too. Those are known as large baths that about 200 people take a bath, so bathers can feel a sense of openness very much. By the way, hot-spring incrustations made from calcium ingredients danced in the hot springs.

    Fukuro-no-Yu Open-air Bath (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
    Muine-no-Yu Open-air Bath (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
    Japanese-style Garden Is Lit Up in Winter (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo
    Asobiyu-no-Roten Open-air Bath (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

    All baths use fresh free-flowing hot-springs. Because they declare that freshness of the hot springs is the most important, they will have confidence in the hot spring quality. The hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride carbonated spring, and are a little opaque and light brown and have a little salty taste and a little sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.390 g/kg. A drinking hot spring facility is provided at the bathhouse, and the bathers can drink the hot springs. When I drank it, it tasted salty. The hot springs seem to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout and Liver disease. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. By the way, the visitors can not stay at this facility because there is not accommodation.

    Drinking Hot Spring Facility (Source: Yawaragi-no-Sato Hoheikyo Onsen)
    Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo

    Atmosphere of Hoheikyo Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Hoheikyo Onsen

    Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 51.3 C
    ph 6.7
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women'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 Open-air bath(2 or 1), Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. The bathhouse for men or women are replaced everyday.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1000. Child: JPY 500. Infant: Free of charge.
    Business hours 10:00-22:30
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
    Parking lot +81-11-598-2410
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 708 694 574*32

    List of Accommodations

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

      Jozankei View Hotel(定山渓ビューホテル)
      Jozankei Manseikaku Hotel Milione(定山渓万世閣 ホテルミリオーネ)
      Hotel Shika-no-Yu(ホテル鹿の湯)
      Hanamomiji(花もみじ)
      Jozankei Grand Hotel Zuien(定山渓グランドホテル瑞苑)
      Jozankei Hotel(定山渓ホテル)
      Booking
      Shogetu Grand Hotel(章月グランドホテル)
      Jozankei Daiichi Hotel Suizantei(定山渓第一寶亭留・翠山亭)
      Jozankei Onsen Hotel Sankeien(定山渓温泉 ホテル山渓苑)
      Jozankei Tsuruga Resort Spa MORI NO UTA(定山渓鶴雅リゾート スパ森の謌)
      Nukumori-no-Yado Furukawa(ぬくもりの宿ふる川)
      Booking
      Spa and Estetique Suichokan(翠蝶館)
      Suizantei Club Jozankei(翠山亭倶楽部定山渓)
      Yukyu-no-Yado Shiraito(悠久の宿白糸)
      Booking
      Onsen Ryokan Kinawaso(温泉旅館錦和荘)
      Yi Feng Xiao Zhu Hot Spring Inn(温泉旅館一峯小築)
      Jalan
      Okujozankei Onsen Kasho Gyoen(奥定山渓温泉 佳松御苑)
      Jalan
      Chalet Ivy Jozankei(シャレーアイビー定山渓)
      Kuriya Suizan(厨翠山)
      Hatagoya Jozankei Shoten(旅籠屋 定山渓商店)
      Booking
      Shikishima Jozankei Annex(敷島定山渓別邸)
      Booking.com

      A page of Sapporo is here

      Sapporo

      A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here

      Great Onsen in Hokkaido

      A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

      Shikotsu-Toya National Park

      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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