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October 6th, 2016

Motta Kaigan Onsen

Motta Kaigan Onsen is a hot spring place in Shimamaki village located in the southwestward direction of Otaru city. Only Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan (モッタ海岸温泉旅館) is built along Raiden National Route (雷電国道 * National Route 229). The hot spring place is far away from Sappro and Hakodate, and it takes about 3 hours 30 minutes by car, so few tourists visit here. For that reason, here is a little-known spot, so a lot of onsen lovers and local people come because of high quality hot springs.

Sea of Japan
Motta Kaigan Onsen

Motta means a small sandy beach in Ainu language, and some places such as Kariba Motta Prefectural Natural Park (狩場茂津多道立自然公園), Motta Beach (茂津多海岸) and Cape Motta (茂津多岬) are taken after Motta (茂津多). It is the origin of the Motta Kaigan Onsen that the Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan was founded in 1976. When all is said and done, a special characteristic of the Motta Kaigan Onsen is the hot spring. In 1998, Mainichi Newspapers (毎日新聞) produced the Motta Kaigan Onsen that was one of 5 onsen (Motta Kaigan Onsen, Horonai Onsen (幌内温泉 * closing) in Okushiri, Futamata Radium Onsen (二股ラジウム温泉) in Oshamanbe, Kunbetsu Onsen (薫別温泉) in Shibetsu and Usubetsu Onsen (臼別温泉) in Setana) with natural radium in Hokkaido. In Japan, Tamagawa Onsen (玉川温泉) in Akita prefecture, Arima Onsen (有馬温泉) in Hyogo prefecture ans, Masutomi Onsen (増富温泉) in Yamanashi prefecture and Misasa Onsen (三朝温泉) in Tottori prefecture were famous places of the radium hot springs. Especially, the radiation dosage (300 Sv/hr) of the Motta Kaigan Onsen was almost the same as the Tamagawa Onsen (one of most major places of the radium hot springs in Japan). The the radium hot springs are expected to treat leukemia and cancer, and prevent the spread of the leukemia and the cancer.

Kabaharaiso Beach
Motta Kaigan Onsen
Martlet
Motta Kaigan Onsen

Shimamaki has rich nature. There are Garo Falls (賀老の滝) and Dragon Water (ドラゴンウォーター) in the mountain side, and a lot of anglers come to fish in the sea side, so Salvelinus Leucomaenis Leucomaenis Derby (あめますダービー) is held, too. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan.

Dragon Water
Motta Kaigan Onsen

Atmosphere of Garo Falls Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Garo Falls

Atmosphere of Dragon Water Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Dragon Water

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan. Visitors for day trip bath possibly take a bath at Kimura Onsen Ryokan (きむら温泉旅館).

A Cherry Tree in Shimamaki
Motta Kaigan Onsen

Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan

Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized onsen ryokan on a small hill, and has opened a business since 1976, and is well-known for enjoying free flowing hot springs and beautiful sunset from an open-air bath, too. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too, and it is popular for delicious dishes.

Entrances of Bathhouse
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki

They have 2 buildings, a building for stay and a building for bathing, and a public bathroom is at the building for bathing. There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at the bathroom. The bathroom is not so large, but it has large windows, so it is sunny.

Indoor Bath
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
View from Indoor Bath
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki

Hot spring ingredients have been deposited on the floor of the bathroom, and those look like small Pamukkale in Turkey, and are strange shapes. It is worth seeing. Wooden boards are set on edges of the indoor bath now, but there was not uesd to be the wooden boards in olden day, and the hot spring ingredients deposited on the edges of the indoor bath, and bathers seemed to enjoy the great natural hot spring power.

Hot Spring Ingredient Has Been Deposited on Floor of Bathroom
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Look of Indoor Bath
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki

The indoor bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. Flowers of sulphur were floated on the surface of the hot springs, and it reminded me of Futamata Radium Onsen.

Much Flowers of Sulphur
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Indoor Bath
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki

The open-air bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. A view is great, and you can be seen everything from a road. But few people walk on the road, so you do not worry about it. I felt comfortable while seeing the Sea of Japan and enjoying a sense of openness.

Open-air Bath
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
View from Open-air Bath
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Sea of Japn Is Seen Before My eyes
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Hot Springs Are Gushing out
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Outlet for Hot Springs
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Look of Open-air Bath
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki

The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are slighly opaque and have salty sulfur taste and slighly sulfur smell. The hot springs are drinkable, too. When I drunk the hot springs, it tasted like soup stock, and it seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases and Chronic constipation. This taste reminded me of Kawakita Onsen (川北温泉). The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 10.12 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. There is not a restroom at a dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom at a corridor.

Drinking Hot Springs Facilty
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Dressing Room
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Dressing Room
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki
Resting Room
Motta Kaigan Onsen in Shimamaki

Atmosphere of Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 53.1 C
ph 6.9
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak children, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Burn
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 Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 09:00-21:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing days
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-136-74-5336
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here
Mapcode 924 316 233*08

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Motta Kaigan Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Motta Kaigan Onsen Ryokan(モッタ海岸温泉旅館)
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Great Onsen in Hokkaido

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