[Horoka Onsen in Kamishihoro] Day Trip Onsen, 4 Types of Hot Springs and Mixed Bathing Can Be Enjoyed at Kanoya Onsen Ryokan
October 3rd, 2014
Horoka Onsen (幌加温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamishihoro town located in the northern part of Obihiro city. A blue signboard of the Horoka Onsen is a mark along Nukabira National Route (糠平国道 * National Route 273), and visitors turn and go straight for around 1.5 km, and the end of the road is the Horoka Onsen. Only Kanoya Onsen Ryokan (鹿の谷温泉旅館) is built at around 700 m above sea level at the foot of Mt. Horoka in the Higashi-Daisetsu region, Daisetsuzan Natioanl Park (大雪山国立公園 東大雪地区), and is well-known as a secret onsen. It is out of signal area. There is a trailhead for Mt. Nipesotsu, but restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around here. Lake Nukabira (糠平湖) is near here, and there are Concrete Arches of Former Shihorosen Railway (旧国鉄士幌線廃線跡コンクリートアーチ橋梁群) including Taushubetsugawa Bridge (タウシュベツ川橋梁), and Nukabira Onsen, Nukabira Dam, Forest Truck Railway Eco Rail (森のトロッコ・エコレール), Mikuni Pass (三国峠) and Naitai Highland Farm (ナイタイ高原牧場) are relatively near here, too.
Yumeguri Ticket (湯めぐり切符) is issued to go onsen tour for JPY 1200 in the Nukabira Onsen and the Horoka Onsen, and visiotrs for day trip bath can take a bath at 3 hot spring facilities among 6 hot spring facilities, Yumotokan (湯元館), Nukabira Onsen Hotel (糠平温泉ホテル), Nakamuraya (中村屋), Primalstage (プライマルステージ), Higashi-Taisetsu Nukabira Youth Hostel (東大雪ぬかびらユースホステル) and Horoka Onsen Shika-no-Yu (幌加温泉 鹿の湯). In addition, a intercity bus, North Liner (ノースライナー号), runs between Obihiro and Asahikawa. Unfortunately, nonstop buses do not run from New Chitose Airport and Sapporo to the Nukabira Onsen.
Lake Nukabira (糠平湖) in Kamishihoro town located in the north part of Obihiro city is the 2nd largest man-made lake after Lake Shumarinai (朱鞠内湖) in Hokkaido. In the Eastern Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア), Daisetsuzan National Park, the lake was born by completion of Nukabira Dam (糠平ダム) in 1956. The perimeter of the lake is about 34 km. The maximum water depth is 75 m. The Nukabira means a human-shaped rock in Ainu language. When the Nukabira Dam was completed in 1955, the rock has been flooded in the lake. Nukabira Hot-spring Resort (糠平温泉) is in the southwest side of the Lake Nukabira. Higashi-taisetsu Nature Center (東大雪自然館) is built in the hot-spring resort, and visitors can gather information about the Lake Nukabira. In addition, Horoka Onsen (幌加温泉) is near the Lake Nukabira. Speaking of the Lake Nukabira, old bridges are famous. About 13 bridges such as Taushubetsu River Bridge (タウシュベツ川橋梁) used as former railroad track bridge still have been built, and it becomes popular tourist attractions because a state that is in harmony with landscapes is beautiful. Kamishihoro Town Rail Museum (上士幌町鉄道資料館) is built near the hot spring resort, too. Article is here
Mikuni Pass (三国峠) in Kamishihoro located in the north part of Obihiro is the highest pass at 1,139 m above sea level in Hokkaido, and is on National Route 273 (Nukabira National Route (糠平国道)) that connects Kamikawa (上川) with Tokachi (十勝), and penetrates Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the north-south direction. There is no house around the Mikuni Pass, a sea of trees such as Sakhalin Fir (トドマツ) and Yezo Spruce (エゾマツ) spreads over. The sea of the trees is covered with fall foliage, so a lot of tourists come to a good place to see the fall foliage. The best time to see the fall foliage is from mid September to early October. Mikuni-toge Lookout (三国峠展望台) is in front of Mikuni Tunnel (三国トンネル). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Mikuni Cafe (三国Cafe), a drinking fountain, a public restroom and the parking lot are provided on the site. The Mikuni Cafe serves meals from late April to late October, and the business hour is from 08:00 to 17:30. Horoka Onsen (幌加温泉) and Nukabira Onsen (糠平温泉) are a little away from here. Aticle is here
Naitai Highland Farm
The Naitai Highlands Farm is the second largest public farm in the Japan, and is a special ranch of raising only the milk cow, too. Tourists can enter the farm, and Monument of Gratitude for Domestic Animal (家畜感謝の碑), an opne space, the Naitai Highlands Resthouse, Bokujo-no-Eki (牧場の駅), a restroom and the parking lot are built at about 800 m above sea level. If it is fine weather, Tokachi plain can be seen from the parking lot or the open space, and visitors can realize Hokkaido's vast lands. 150,000 tourists come to see the scenery. A conbination of green color and blue color is comfortable. Even in a summer, it is not too hot and a pleasant breeze blows because of the highlands. It is said that a sea of clouds is very impressive, too. A meal or a soft serve ice cream used for milk of the Naitai Highlands Farm cows are served at the Naitai Highlands Resthouse, and the tourists can taste thick milk. * A log house of the Naitai Highlands Resthouse was destroyed by a typhoon in 2016, so temporary shops are built at present. Article is here
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the center of Hokkaido is the largest national park in Japan, the size of 226,764 ha, and has been designed as the national park since 1934, and is the oldest national park in the Hokkaido along with Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan", and those are called "A roof of the Hokkaido" ,too. Rare nature such as active volcanoes, Lare Columnar joints, a sea of trees and permafrost even in the Hokkaido can be seen. About 250 types of alpine plants grow naturally, and various forms of life such as brown bear, blakiston's fish owl, dolly varden and pine grosbeak inhabit here. By the way, A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". Article is here
Day Trip Onsen
Tourists can take a day trip bath at the Kanoya Onsen Ryokan.
Kanoya Onsen Ryokan
Kanoya Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized long-established onsen inn founded in 1946, and is well-known for savoring 4 types of natural free flowing hot springs, and is popular with onsen lovers and hikers. Both the appearance and the interior decoration have a good old atmosphere such as an onsen hut for hot spring cure in the Showa period. Because a lot of deers welcome visitors, it is said to be named a valley of the deers. * Kanoya means the valley of the deer in Japanese. But I do not know whether it is true. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. Only staying without meals is possible, too. An owner, nearly 90 years-old-woman, has poor hearing, so it is hard to get in touch with her by phone. It is said that it is easy to get in touch with her by a fax. In addition, please take your garbage with you.
They have 2 public bathhouses, a mixed bathing bathhouse and a bathhouse only for women. There are 1 outdoor bath, 3 indoor baths and 1 cascading bath at the mixed bathing bathhouse, and there are 1 indoor bath at the bathhouse only for women. I took a bath at the mixed bathing bathhouse. The good old bathhouse with a historical atomosphere of a hot spring cure facility is not large, and is slightly dark. But sunlight shines from large windows. Wash palces are on the bath floor. Slatted drainboards are just the wash places. Faucet for cold water are provided beside the windows, but a shower is not provided, so bathers should pour hot springs on theirselves to wash off the sweat and the dirt with a wash basin.
There are 3 indoor baths with Sodium Chloride Spring (ナトリューム泉), Iron Spring (鉄泉) and Calcium Sulfate Spring (カルシューム泉) beside a wall. The baths are the size that about 8 people can take a bath. Hot spring ingredients seems to be very rich, and those precipitated on the baths and the bath floor. Unfortunately, the bath with the iron spring was just cleaning on that day, so I could not savor the iron spring. The sodium chloride springs, and clear and colorless and have a little sour taste and no smell. The calcium sulfate springs, and clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and no smell. As for the cascading bath, it was too hot to be not able to soak my foot into the hot sptings...
The open-air bath is around 10 m away from the bathhouse. The bathers must walk on a stone walkway. The open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses simple sulfur spring (硫黄泉), and those are clear and light yellow green and have a little salty taste and a little sulfur smell. In a summer, the hot spring are added water because of very hot springs. The open-air bath is surrounded by trees on a small hill, and a sense of openness can be felt very much. When I visited here just in fall foliage season, it was very tasteful for a view. Fresh green can be enjoyed in the summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and a snow view can enjoyed in a winter while bathing. Starry sky seems to be beautiful. By the way, horseflies or black flies may prevent you from relaxing in the summer.
I took a bath togeter with a rider from Hiratsuka, a couple from Shizuoka and a local person at the open-air bath. A rock partition is divided into men or women, but it is almost nonexistent, so all bathes can talk with each other. I had a comfortable talk with them about Hokkaido. Particularly, I talked with the rider, and we were affected by taking a hot bath for too long. He is a fan of this onsen, and somtimes come from Kanagawa.
Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, the bathers should bring those. They seem to prohibit the bathers from taking a bath in wearing their swimsuits or covereing their body with bath towels, but it is Okay to take a bath in wearing bathing clothes.
Atmosphere of Kanoya Onsen Ryokan Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||(1)Sodium chloride spring
(3)Calcium sulfate spring
(4)Simple sulfur spring
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||70 C|
|Indications||Stomachic disorder, Pressure sores, Cut, Bruise, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Neuralgia, Effects of self-care, Chronic bronchitis|
|Contraindications||High blood pressure|
|Indications of drinking||Unknown|
|Contraindications of drinking||Chronic nephritis|
|Facilities||Mixed bathing open-air bath(1), Mixed bathing indoor bath(4), Indoor bath for woman(1).|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (4 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||679 750 886*21|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Horoka Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Kanoya Onsen Ryokan(鹿の谷温泉旅館)||Fax: +81-1564-4-2163|
|Ganso Yumotokan(元祖 湯元館)||
|Nukabira Onsen Hotel(糠平温泉ホテル)||
|Nukabirakan Kanko Hotel(糠平館観光ホテル)||
|Higashitaisetsu Nukabira Youth Hostel(東大雪ぬかびら ユースホステル)||
|Onsen Pension Mori-no-Fukuro(ペンション 森のふくろう)|
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Great Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park