- February 1st, 2014
[Kamuiwa Onsen in Rumoi] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Only Hot Spring Place in Rumoi City
Kamuiwa Onsen is a hot-spring place in Rumoi city facing the Sea of Japan located in the northwestern part of Asahikawa city, and is only hot spring place in Rumoi district, and is a little far away from the center of the Rumoi. A building is built in a mountain. There are Kamuiwa Multi-Purpose Park (神居岩総合公園), Kamuiwayama Park Golf Course (神居岩山パークゴルフ場) and Kamuiwa Multi-Purpose Park Campsite (神居岩総合公園キャンプ場) near the Kamuiwa Onsen. Except it, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built.
Ancient Ainu people called this land "Kamuitoburi (カムイトムブリ)", and it means god's spring in Ainu language. When they took a bath at the spring, Strange to say, their wounds or disease were healed by the power of the god, so it was said that they placed an altar to thank to the god. It is said that the origin of the Kamuiawa Onsen is that Mr. Kageyoshi Nagashima (長島影嘉) called this land "Kamuiwa" in 1880. Mr. Toyosuke Akamatsu (赤松豊祐) succeeded in drilling hot spring in 1957, and a lot of visitors for cure come here as only one hot-spring place in the Rumoi district.
By the way, a highway bus "Rumoi-go (るもい号)" and an express bus "Haboro-go (はぼろ号)" run between the Rumoi and the Sapporo.
Rumoi (留萌) that about 20,000 people live is the 32th largest port city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northern Hokkaido area. It is located in the northwestern part of Asahikawa city, and seafood processing is flourished. Market share of Herring Roe (カズノコ) grows to 50% of the total domestic production. In the old days, a lot of the herrings used to be caught around here. But a herring fishing industry is unfortunately not flourishing at present. As for a climate, the wind is relatively light in a summer, but it is so windy in a winter, and it snows relatively hard. Shore of Rumoi breaked by heavy surging waves is one of 3 Major Surges in The World along with Madras in India and Wick in Scotland, and 7.6 m height and 106 m length surges that was not tsunami was observed, and the highest record is 12.07m. Especially, the sea rages in the winter. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
The visitors can take a day trip bath only at Hotel Kamuiwa (ホテル神居岩).
Hotel Kamuiwa (ホテル神居岩) is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan surrounded by a forest, and has been established since in 1957, and is well-known for owning 3 types of hot springs. The appearance is like a city hotel. A restraunt is at a building, too, and visitors for day trip bath use it only in Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too.
They have 2 buildings, Main Building and New Building, and a large public bathhouse is on the 1st floor of the Main Building. There are 1 indoor bath, 1 medicated bath, 1 sleeping bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. There is not an open-air bath outside building, but 3 outstanding stones are installed. Gods may dwell the stones.
Hotel Kamuiwa has 3 types of hot spring sources, and the first one is (1)strong sodium chloride spring containing Iodo, and is opaque and light yellow and has salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 23.81 g/kg. The hot springs have rich ingredients. Iodide ion content is 14.6 mg/kg. The Iodo has bactericidal effects with high-power used for gargles such as a tincture of iodin, and because it has the bactericidal effects, it seems to make skin of the bathers beautiful. In Hokaido, Bansei Onsen is famous, but the Kamuiwa Onsen has bigger Iodide ion content than the Bansei Onsen. The second is (2)simple hot spring, and is clear and colorless and has neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.249 g/kg. The last is (3)simple sulfur cold spring, and is clear and whitish and has no taste and a little sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.228 g/kg. Unfortunately, all the hot springs are not drinkable.
The large indoor bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and uses heated (3)simple sulfur cold spring. The hot springs look light emerald green becauge of influence of the sulfur. A whirlpool bath is built, too, but it does not work.
The sleeping bath seats 4 people, and uses heated (1)strong sodium chloride cold spring with water. The hot springs look light brown, and it is so good. I guess that it is influence of Iodine ion.
The cascading bath seats 2 people, and may use (2)simple hot spring. The water pressure is comfortable.
The medicated bath is called Kogenyakuto (皇源薬湯), and is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and is arranged 8 kinds of medicinal herbs that come down Chinese Imperial Palace over many years. The hot water seems to have an effect for Heart disease, Liver disease, Disturbance of motility, Rheumatism and Neuralgia.
Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom, a paid hair dryer and a cold drinkig water facility are installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Kamuiwa Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||(1)Strong sodium chloride cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
(2)Simple hot spring (Type:Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
(3)Simple sulfur cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||(1)14.0 C
|Indication||(1)Rheumatic disease, Osteoarthrosis, Low back pain, Neuralgia, Frozen shoulder, Bruise, Sprain, Motor paralysis, Gastrointestinal injury, Mild hypertension, Diabetes, Mild hypercholesterolemia, Mild bronchial asthma, Pulmonary emphysema, Autonomic instability, Hemorrhoid, Sleep disorder, Depressive state, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Peripheral circulatory failure, Cold sensitivity, Xeroderma
(2)Rheumatic disease, Osteoarthrosis, Low back pain, Neuralgia, Frozen shoulder, Bruise, Sprain, Motor paralysis, Cold sensitivity, Peripheral circulatory failure, Gastrointestinal injury, Mild hypertension, Diabetes, Mild hypercholesterolemia, Mild bronchial asthma, Pulmonary emphysema, Hemorrhoid, Sleep disorder, Depressive state, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Autonomic instability, Insomnia
(3)Rheumatic disease, Osteoarthrosis, Low back pain, Neuralgia, Frozen shoulder, Bruise, Sprain, Motor paralysis, Cold sensitivity, Peripheral circulatory failure, Gastrointestinal injury, Mild hypertension, Diabetes, Mild hypercholesterolemia, Mild bronchial asthma, Pulmonary emphysema, Sleep disorder, Depressive state, Atopic dermatitis, Psoriasis vulgaris, Skin abscess
|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(5), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.|
|Business hours||Monday and Friday 10:00-22:00
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday 10:00-23:00
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (120 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||416 367 405*03|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kamuiwa Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Rumoi 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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