[Kawakami Onsen in Niseko] Day Trip Bath and Soft Hot Springs That Mt. Yotei Gives Gift of Nature Can Be Enjoyed at Kawakami Onsen
September 8th, 2013
Kawakami Onsen (川上温泉) is a hot spring place in Kyogoku town located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city. Only Kawakami Onsen is built along Shiribetsu National Route (National Route 276). The distance is around 4 km away from the center of the Kyogoku, but Kyogoku Fukidashi Park (京極噴出し公園) is relatively near here. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Kyogoku, Meisui Udon Nonosan (名水うどん野々傘), Isshinan (一心庵) and Cafe Cafe-mocha (自家焙煎珈琲かふぇもか店) are popular in particular. I ate Udon noodle at the Meisui Udon Nonosan. It was so tasty.
Various things can be enjoyed all the year round in Niseko. For example, Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, trecking, ski gondra, rafting and hot air ballooning can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snowshoes can be enjoyed in the winter. By the way, a nonstop bus does not run from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport.
Kyogoku Fukidashi Park
Fukidashi Park (ふきだし公園) is a park in Kyogoku town, Niseko located in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and is well-known for tasty spring water chosen as one of Selected 100 Exquisite and Well-Conserved Waters in Japan (日本名水百選), and around 800,000 visitors come from Japan and oversea. * The Fukidashi means "Gushing out" in Japanese. It is adjacent to road station "Meisui-no-Sato Kyogoku (名水の郷きょうごく)". Meisui Plaza (名水プラザ), Fukidashi Garden (ふきだしガーデン), shops, Cafe Cafe-mocha (自家焙煎珈琲かふぇもか店), gazebos, BBQ House, 33 statues of Goddess of Mercy (三十三番観音像), public restrooms and parking lots on the site. Meisui Coffee (名水コーヒー) and Meisui Coffee Jelly (名水コーヒーゼリー) are popular. In addition, Kyogoku Onsen (京極温泉), Isshinan (一心庵), a convenience store, Three-you-park Park Golf Course (スリー・ユー・パークパークゴルフ場) and a camping ground are built near the Fukidashi park, too. The visitors may forget daily life and relax. Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge. Article is here
Meisui Udon Nonosan
Meisui Udon Nonosan (名水うどん野々傘) is an Udon restaurant in Kyogoku town, Niseko. The restaurant's name is associated with the onwer's name, Nonoda. He quitted a company and trained cooking at several Udon restaurants, and he opened the Udon restaurant here in 2006. Article is here
Niseko (ニセコ) is the general term for towns and villages around Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山) in the southwestern part of Sapporo city, and contains Niseko town (ニセコ町), Kutchan town (倶知安町), Kyogoku town (京極町), Makkari village (真狩村), Kimobetsu town (喜茂別町), Kyowa town (共和町), Rankoshi town (蘭越町) and Iwanai town (岩内町). The Niseko means "A river in a gorge" in Ainu language, and the origin of the word is Niseko Anbetsu River (ニセコアンベツ川). In a winter, skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyed, and rafting along Shiribetsu River (尻別川) can be enjoyed in a summer. It is one of the features that the Niseko has various nature such as the Mt. Yotei, Shinsen-numa Swamp (神仙沼) and Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼). In addition, tasty water from the Mt. Yotei and tasty ingredients are abundant. In a spring, cherry blossoms can be enjoyed, summer activities and nature can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and winter activities can be enjoyed in a winter, so tourists can enjoy the nature of Hokkaido including various onsen and tasty foods in Niseko throughout the year. Article is here
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take day trip bath at the Kawakami Onsen.
Kawakami Onsen is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1925. The appearance and the interior decoration have an atmosphere such as the Showa period. Old signboards of Sprite and Coke catch visitor's eyes, and its appearance looks like a Japanese old style store, so a madam says "A lot of people have misunderstood this onsen is closed". But it opens a business surely. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too.
There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The small tiled bathroom is like a typical of a public bathroom at Japanse ordinary ryokan. But a conbination of white tiles and blue tiles is very good, and I feel it is comfortable.
The tiled indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses heated 100% natural warm springs. By the way, the bathers open a valve if the bathers want to heat the hot springs. A faucet for cold water is set, too, so it is allowed to add the water for lowering the water temperature. There are ruins of an outdoor bath, and I guess that bathers used to take a bath comfortably while looking at Mt. Yotei (羊蹄山). I guess that the hot springs are used as the hot water of showers and faucets.
The hot springs are simple warm spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. Soft springs with abundant nature’s beauty mineral, and those remind me of the mineral water of the Kyogoku Fukidashi Park. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. A restroom is installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Kawakami Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Simple warm spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||30.9 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase|
|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(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Elementary school student: JPY 300.|
|Business hours||Weekdays 13:00-21:00, Saturdays, Sundays, and National holidays 10:00-21:00|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||385 587 407*15|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Kawakami Onsen.
A page of Niseko is here