- February 4th, 2014
[Horoshin Onsen in NUmata] Day Trip Onsen and Firefly Can Be Enjoyed at Horoshin Onsen Hotarukan
Horoshin Onsen (幌新温泉) is a hot spring place in Numata town located between Asahikawa city and Rumoi city. Horoshin Onsen Hotarukan (ほろしん温泉 ほたる館) is built along Hokkaido Road 867. Here is one of the few habitats for a firefly in Hokkaido, and it was named after the firefly. * The firefly means “Hotaru” in Japanese. Around here is developed such as Horoshin Ikoi-no-Mori Park (幌新いこいの森公園), and there are Ikoi-no-Mori Auto Campsite (いこいの森オートキャンプ場), Hotaru-no-Sato Auto Campsite (ほたるの里オートキャンプ場), Ikoi-no-Mori Campsite (いこいの森公園キャンプサイト), Ikoi-no-Mori Park Golf Course (いこいの森パークゴルフ場), Hotaru Museum (ほたる学習館), Numata Fossil Museum (化石体験館) and Small Steam Locomotive Klaus 15 (小型蒸気機関車 クラウス15号), and Lake Horopiri (ホロピリ湖), Numata Dam (沼田ダム) and Horoshin Dam (幌新ダム) are relatively near here. The distance is around 15 km far away from the center of the Numata, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built.
It is the origin of the Horoshin Onsen that Mr. Kenjo (顕城), a chief priest of Eitoku Temple, found a cold spring gushing out place on his way to Kannonkou (観音講) in 1928. Everyone then said “It must be Miraculous Water (奇跡の水) because it was found on the day of the Kannonkou”, and the cold springs were familiar to local people. After that, they organized Horoshin Onsen inc., and some parent organization changed, and up to now. I do not know whether the Miraculous Water has the fireflies come to here, but those can be seen in July, and Hotaru Festival (ほたる祭り) is held, too. By the way, Speaking of the Numata, Youtaka Andon Festival (夜高あんどん祭り) that is held in late August is famous. In addition, Handemade Soba “Asumoe” (手打ちそば「明日萌」) is popular in particular in the Numata.
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Horoshin Onsen Hotarukan.
Horoshin Onsen Hotarukan
Horoshin Onsen Hotarukan is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1981, and is famous for enjoying a firefly, and is popular with local people and neighbor on weekends or campers in a summer such a hot spring facility, too. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A bedrock bath is provided, and an extra cost is JPY 1000 per 50 minutes. Restraunt “Seseragi” (レストラン「せせらぎ」), the Handemade Soba “Asumoe” and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use those. Handemade Soba “Asumoe” that is introduced by MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition has a high reputation. A staying is possible, too.
They have 2 buildings, Heike-no-Yado (平家の宿) and Genji-no-Yado (源氏の宿), and a public bathhouse is on the 1st floor of the Heike-no-Yado. There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathhouse with large windows is feeling good.
The indoor bath along the large windows is the size that about 20 people can take a bath, and uses heated cold springs. The outdoor bath can be seen through the windows, and it is comfortable. The tiled cold bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses natural free flowing cold springs.
The outdoor bath is like a terrace along a river, and a view is good, and a bridge and Horoshintachibetsu River (幌新太刀別川) can be seen. It is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses heated cold springs, and is lit up in the evening. A electric bath is set on the corner, bathers can get an electric shock.
The hot springs are simple sulfur cold spring, and are clear and colorless and have sulphur taste and slightly sulphur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.485 g/kg. A drinking hot spring facility is built at the bathhouse, too. It seems to be effective for Chronic constipation, Diabetes and Gout. The Miraculous Water is cold, and has a slightly egg taste. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Horoshin Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Simple sulfur cold spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||8.5 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic dermatopathia, Convalesce, Healthy increase, Cut, Chronic woman’s diseases, Cold sensitivity, Diabetes|
|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, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy|
|Indications of drinking||Diabetes, Gout, Constipation|
|Contraindications of drinking||Diarrhea|
|Facilities||Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|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 (300 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||495 486 127*38|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Numata Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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