- March 8th, 2014
[Ikutahara Onsen in Engaru] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Hotel North King
Ikutahara Onsen (生田原温泉) is a hot spring place in Ikutahara, Engaru town located in the northwestern direction of Kitami city. Hotel North King (ホテルノースキング) in the center of the Ikutahara is built nearby Ikutahara Station. A convenience store, Chacha World (ちゃちゃワールド) and Okhotsk Literature Museum (オホーツク文学館) are relatively near here. Famous tourist attractions in the Engaru are Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park (太陽の丘えんがる公園), Ikoi-no-Mori Forest Park (森林公園いこいの森) and Ganbouiwa Rock (がんぼう岩). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Engaru, Noborurin (のぶりん) at Yasukuni is popular in particular. I ate ramen noodle at it. It was so tasty.
Cosmos Fields of Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park
Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park (太陽の丘えんがる公園) is a park near Engaru Station in the center of Engaru town located in the northwestern direction of Kitami city. Cosmos Garden (コスモス園), Moss Pink Garden (シバザクラ園), Ganbou-iwa Rock (がんぼう岩), Miharashi Ranch (見晴らし牧場), Niji-no-Hiroba Administrative Building (虹のひろば管理棟), Hyotan Pond (ひょうたん池), Bunka Trainig House (文化研修館) and Sun HIll House (サンヒルハウス) are in the site. In the park, the moss pink, cherry blossoms, azaleas, tulips can be savored in a spring, and the cosmos can be enjoyed in an autumn. Especially, the Cosmos Garden is one of popular tourist attractions in Eastern Hokkaido, and is one of the largest cosmos gardens in Japan that a lot of tourists come. In addition, it is said that the moss pink garden is one of 3 major moss pink gardens in Okhotsk area along with Higashimokoto and Takinoue. Read More
Ganbou-iwa Rock (がんぼう岩) is a huge monolith in Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park (太陽の丘えんがる公園), Engaru town located in the northwestern part of Kitami city, and was born by volcanic explosion about 7,300,000 years ago. The Ganbou means "A place with with a fine view" in Ainu language, and the Engaru is derived from it. A legend credits a place that Tokachi Ainu (十勝アイヌ) fought against Yubetsu Ainu (湧別アイヌ) in Ainu period. Its height is 78 m, and it was used as a watch-place. For the form outstanding conspicuously, it has became a symbol of Engaru. Read More
Ramen with Burnt Soy Sauce Soup of Noburin
Noburin (のぶりん) is a restraunt in Yasukuni, Ikutahara, Engaru town, and was founded in 2005. Because Mr. Nobuyuki Sato (佐藤信行) is an owner, restraunt's name may be Noburin. This restraunt is that local people often seem to use. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Hotel North King.
Hotel North King
Hotel North King is a small-sized onsen hotel founded in 1991. Speaking of Ikutahara, it is famous that everyone come to mind the Hotel North King. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. Restraunt "North King" is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A lunch set with taking a bath is served for JPY 1200. In addition, a bedrock bath is provided, too, and an entrance fee to the bedrock bath is JPY 900 per 60 minutes. A staying is possible, too.
There are 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 medicated bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathhouse with a high ceiling and large windows is feeling good. The baths are set beside the windows.
The rectangle indoor bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and water temperature is around 40 C. The round indoor bath is the size that about 3 people take a bath, and water temperature is around 42.5 C. The whirlpool bath is size that about 6 people can take a bath, and the medicated bath is size that about 8 people can take a bath, and both baths of water temperature is around 40 C. The baths use heated cold springs. The cold bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath, and uses free flowing natural cold spring.
The hot springs are cold spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.298 g/kg. The hot springs with Ph 9 have very smooth and slippery touch, and are not drinkable. The hot springs Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
|Types of Hot Springs||Cold spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||16.6 C|
|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||Not drinking|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(6), Sauna(1), Bedrock bath(1)。* Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. The bedrock bath needs a reservation.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 350. The bedrock bath is extra.|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (70 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||840 619 290*38|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Ikutahara Onsen.
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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