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[Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu] Day Trip Bath and Relaxing Can Be Enjoyed at Kaitaku Fukuro-no-Yu While Looking at Waterfalls

July 16th, 2017

Kananosawa Natural Onsen

Kananosawa Natural Onsen (金の沢天然温泉) is a hot spring place in Tobetsu town located in the northeast part of Sapporo city. Only Kaitaku Fukuro-no-Yu (開拓 ふくろふ乃湯) adjacent to Kanazawa Shrine (金沢神社) is built at the end of a road with about 200 m in length in front of Ishikari Kanazawa Station (石狩金沢駅), and is relatively near the Sapporo, but it has an atomosphere like secret onsen, so a lot of onsen lovers come. Restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the building. But there is Bakery Nordessen near here. In addition, Kabato Seimenjo, a famous Udon noodle shop, is a little away from here. Speaking of the Tobetsu, it is well-known for Flax Flowers, and those are in full bloom from late June to mid July. In addition, the Tobetsu has 8 golf cources for some reason. If you look at a google map, you can see the Tobetsu is crowded with the golf cources.

Ishikari Kanazawa Station
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu
Go Straight on This Road in Front of Station
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu

A former owner that used to be a president of a landscaper company originally opened a business in 2009, and made a garden and bath facilities to use a pond and nature. After that, Mr. Noriyasu Takano (髙野紀康), a present owner, has taken over this hot spring facility since 2014. He is qualified as an Onsen Sommelier Master (温泉ソムリエマスター), and is a famous onsen person in Hokkaido. He used to be a customer for day trip onsen, and knew that it was shutted down, so he decided to be the ownwer. That is great!

Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu

As for the Kananosawa Natural Onsen, sodium chloride cold spring with moor hot spring are gushed out. The moor spring is brown spring that gushes out from a peat bed or a lignitic bed, and contains a lot of organics of plant origin, so it has slippery touch, and is good for a skin, and is called beauty hot spring (美人の湯), too. The moor spring is different from usual types of the hot springs, and the hot springs are recognized as the moor spring if those contain humus.

Flax Flowers

Flax Flowers (亜麻の花) bloom in late June in Tobetsu located in the northeast part of Sapporo. Tobetsu is a main producing district of the Flax, and tourists can see the Flax Flowers from the outside of the Flax Fields at the best time to see that is from late June to mid July. The Flax Flowers bloom only in the forenoon, and the bloomed Flax Flowers are scattered in a day. Small light blue lovely flowers make me even feel melancholy, too. But I guess that those are the strong life force because a nyriad of the Flax Flowers bloom everyday. By the way, a parking lot is not provided at each fields. Article is here

Flax Flowers
Flax Flowers in Tobetsu

Kabato Seimenjo

Kabato Seimenjo (かばと製麺所) is a self-service udon noodle restraunt in Tobetsu located in the northeast part of Sapporo and has opened a business since 2011, and is famous for always lines. In a winter, it close a business and opens Mandegan Gaiden (まんでがん外伝) in Sapporo. They open a business in Tobetsu in a summer and open a business in Sapporo in the winter. Mr. Kenichi Hashimoto (橋本憲一), a restraunt owner, trained a cooking at famous Udon restraunt Ikegami Seimenjo (池上製麺所) in Kagawa Prefecture, so customers can enjoy the genuine taste of Kagawa udon in Hokkaido. He takes his ingredients produced in Tobetsu seriously, and they use wheat flour Kitahonami (きたほなみ) produced in Tobetsu and a lot of vegetables produced in Tobetsu for tempura. Article is here

Cold Udon Served with Concentrated Broth Is Topped with Tenpura
Udon Noodles -Kabato Seimenjo in Tobetsu-

Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Kaitaku Fukuro-no-Yu.

Kaitaku Fukuro-no-Yu

Kaitaku Fukuro-no-Yu (開拓 ふくろふ乃湯) is a small-sized hot spring facility for day trip onsen surrounded by trees. The appearance and the interior decoration are idyllic atmosphere. Only 12 bathers can enter a bathroom at the same time, and the owner sometimes limits the number of the bathers because there are too many visitors. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. They close a business from December to late April. Barley tea and coffee are served freely at a resting room with a pond view. By the way, they may change closing days in the future. Check facebook out in detail.

Appearance of Building
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu

There are 1 outdoor bath and 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. They have 2 public bathrooms, and each bathrooms for men or women are replaced almost every day. I took a bath at the bathroom at the side of a mountain when I visited here. By the way, the bathroom at the side of a pond has 1 indoor bath (about 6 people can take a bath), 1 outdoor bath (about 8 people can take a bath) and 1 outdoor bath (about 3 people can take a bath) using raw hot springs without adding anything.


Indoor Bath
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu

The bathroom is not so large, but the sunny bathroom with large windows is feeling good. More than half of the small area is occupied by the concrete indoor bath, and the bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath. The water temperature of the hot springs is 41 C. Heated hot springs with coal black rather than dark brown are free-flowing slowly. A drinking water facility is provided at the bathroom, too.

View from Indoor Bath
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu
Hot Springs Are Clear and Dark Brown
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu

The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks with a roof is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. Because it had a roof, I suspected I did not feel a sense of openness, But I did not feel a sense of being oppressed because of a waterfall. On the contrary, bathers might focus on their relaxing as if it is the Wabi and sabi (侘び寂び) world of Sen-no-rikyu (千利休). The water temperature of the hot springs is from 38 C to 40 C, and the outdoor bath is suitable for taking a long bath. My eyes were closed, and I listened to a sound of the waterfall, so I relaxed very much. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, and fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, and fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn. A mosquito coil is provided around the outdoor bath, I felt the summer in Japan.

Look of Outdoor Bath
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu
Waterfall !
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu
Rest Place. Watch Your Step Because Stones Are Heated By Sun !
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu
Look of Outdoor Bath
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu
Tower that Raw Cold Spring of Cold Spring Source Is Collected
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu
Mosquito Coil Is Provided
Kananosawa Natural Onsen in Tobetsu

The hot springs are sodium chloride cold spring with moor hot springs, and are clear and dark brown and have neither taste nor smell, and are not drinkable, and have slippery and smooth touch, so those seem to be effective for beautiful skin. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.471 g/kg. The hot springs Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. A restroom and a free hair dryer are installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Kananosawa Natural Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kananosawa Natural Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 19.3 C
ph 8.5
Indication Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Low back pain, Neuralgia, Frozen shoulder, Bruise, Sprain, Motor paralysis, Decline of gastrointestinal function, Mild hypertension, Diabetes, Mild hypercholesterolemia, Mild asthma, Emphysema, Autonomic instability, Hemorrhoid, Sleep disorder, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Peripheral circulatory failure, Cold sensitivity, Depressive state, Xerosis cutis
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 Outdoor bath(1 or 2), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours Weekdays 12:00-21:00, Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays 11:00-21:00.
Regular closing day Monday and Fourth Tuesday. * They close a business from December to late April.
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-50-3556-0296
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 139 878 313*72



  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    Thanks Nattrass san,
    I am glad to hear that.
    I hope that you come to the Hokkaido and enjoy yourself.
    Thank you!

  2. Y Nattrass says:

    Hi, I just want to say thank you for the amazing job you have done gathering the detailed information about Hokkaido onsen, nature and food. It must have taken so much time. So far this is the best source I have found and I spent hours reading your posts. You have encouraged us to venture further away from the traditional tourist spots in Hokkaido and appreciate it more. We respect Japanese people very much.

    Thank you and good luck in everything you do.


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