- October 10th, 2019
[Closed Down: Kamoenai Onsen] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Refresh Plaza 998 with One of Amount of Best Hot Spring Ingredients in Hokkaido
Kamoenai Onsen (神恵内温泉) in Kamoenai village is a hot-spring place in the west coast of Shakotan Peninsula located in the western direction of Otaru city. Refresh Plaza 998 (リフレッシュプラザ998), a day trip bath facility, is built along Hokkaido Road 998, and is next to a public restroom named Yunohana-no-Yakata (湯の華の館) and Nursing Home 998 (老人福祉寮生き活きホーム998). The Refresh Plaza 998 owns their hot spring source, and salinity concentratio of the hot spring is 1.3 times higher than the sea water. The facility is popular with onsen experts, and local people refresh themselves, too.
Highway Bus Shakotan-go (高速しゃこたん号) runs between Sapporo and Cape Kamui from April 21 to October 21. Highway Bus Yoichi-go (高速よいち号) runs between the Sapporo and the Yoichi, and Highway Bus Iwanai-go (高速いわない号) runs between the Sapporo and the Iwanai. In addition, Summer One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus and Autumn One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus run from the Sapporo to the Shakotan Peninsula.
Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) is a peninsula located in the northwestern part of Otaru city, and has been designated as Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park (ニセコ積丹小樽海岸国定公園) because of a precious complicated coastline with steep cliffs. The sea of the Shakotan is very beautiful, and looks clear blue, so everybody call Shakotan Blue (シャコタンブルー). A traffic used to be inconvenient in the old days, and tourists rarely visited here. People are easy to access the Shakotan Peninsula as well as Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) at present, but it is called an unexplored region because it would not develop very much. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Refresh Plaza 998.
[Closed Down] Refresh Plaza 998
The Refresh Plaza 998 is a day trip onsen facility opened a business since 1992. Its former name is Kamoenai Onsen 998 (神恵内温泉998). The facility is known for enjoying very rich hot spring ingredients in Hokkaido. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. Unfortunately, They have closed a business since April, 2020. This is an article before closing.
There are 1 open-air bath, 1 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 lie-down bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The bathhouse is not so large, and its ceiling is not high. The open-air bath and the indoor bath use free flowing fresh hot springs, and the whirlpool bath and lie-down bath use hot water. The slightly elevated indoor bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and bathtub surrounded by hot spring deposits catches visitors' eyes. Water temperature is very hot. The hot springs make the bathers get up. The circular whirlpool bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. The lie-down bath for 2 people is provided.
The open-air bath is on the rooftop, so bathers have to go up steps via green corridor and resting place. The bath surrounded by rocks beside walls is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. The bathtub is coated with hot spring deposits. Because it does not has a roof, a sence of openness can be enjoyed.
The hot springs are strong sodium chloride spring, and are opaque and yellowish brown and have extremely salty taste and no smell. The hot spring ingredients are 45.93 g/kg, and are very rich. It is said that the hot springs are good for people's skin as well because the metaboric acid content of the hot psrings are 315.3 mg/kg. * The metaboric acid content is good for bactericidal effects and treatment effects. It tasted extremely salty when I licked the hot springs. The hot spring irritated my eyes very much. 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||Strong sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||58.2 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic women's diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child|
|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||Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Junior high school student: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.|
|Business hours||From April to October 11:00-21:30
From November to March 11:30-20:30
|Regular closing day||Tuesday|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||775 249 316*04|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kamoenai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Shakotan Peninsula is here
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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