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[Hoheikyo Onsen in Sapporo] Day Trip Bath and Great Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed in Suburbs of Sapporo

May 12th, 2014

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.

Direct Bus

From New Chitose Airport to Jozankei Onsen
Resort Liner Leaves for Jozankei Onsen at 09:30

From Jozankei Onsen to New Chitose Airport
Resort Liner Leaves to New Chitose Airport at 16:20

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. Article is here

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. Article is here

Yukyuno-Yado Shiraito
Yukyuno-Yado Shiraito

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. Article is here

Chicken Masala
Chicken Masala -Hoheikyo Onsen Shokudo in Sapporo-

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.

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 Weekday 10:00-24:00
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 09:00-24:00
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 around 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
Keiryuso(渓流荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
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
Booking.com

A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Great Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Sapporo foods and onsen is here

Sapporo Foods and Onsen

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is here

Shikotsu-Toya National Park

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