Natural Open-air Bath with Fresh Free Flowing Hot Springs -Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu-
May 13th, 2017
Kawamata Onsen (川又温泉) is a natural opem-air bath in Kozan-cho, Noboribetsu city. Mr. Hyokichi Kawamata (川又兵吉) found gushing hot spring along Washibetsu-kuruma River (鷲別来馬川) in 1908, so it was named after his family name. Kozan-cho was developed to dig sulphur, and Horobetsu kozan (幌別鉱山) opened a business, so it was developed around Kozan-cho, too. I guess that Mr. Hyokichi Kawamata also was one of the persons concerned the Horobetsu kozan. Ryokan was built nearby the Kawamata Onsen and was crowded with the persons concerned the Horobetsu kozan in those days. But only stone foundations remain now in the heart of the mountains. Then an open-air bath and trails are maintenanced by staffs of Forest Kozan (ふぉれすと鉱山) and onsen lovers. Thanks!Guide Map for Kawamata Onsen
There are 2 trail routes to reach to Kawamata Onsen. I planed to climb on the trail route from a parking lot near an entrance of Papirattsu Forest (パピラッツの森). It has about 1.8km in total. The trail route was blocked by fallen trees and an avalanche of the earth and rocks, but I arrived at the Kawamata Onsen for about 40 minutes. Other trail route is the traul route from an entrance of Katsura-hiroba (かつら広場) to the Kawamata Onsen, The length is about 800m.
Wooden dressing room is a mark, and it may be said that the smell of sulfur is the mark, too. The trail routes have rivers and mud, so bathers should put on their rain boots. In addition, bears live around this area, and you should bring a bear bell and should keep bugs off.
There is 1 open-air bath that about 1 person seem to take a bath along the Washibetsu-kuruma River. Its depth is about 50 cm, and hot springs are gushing out from the bottom of the bath. Water temperature is about 30 C, and it is too lukewarm, so odrinary people may take a bath only in a summer. I visited here in early May, Ultimately, I gave up bathing too cold. But I think bathers can feel comfortale while takeing a bath and hearing a sound of a stream in the summer.
The hot springs seem to be simple sulfur spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and sulfur smell, but I do not know the details for lack of the analysis table of hot spring components. The fresh hot springs overflow freely from the bath to the river. I guess that the bathers take a bath in their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towel. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the river is polluted. In addition, a bath pail is hung on a wall of the dressing room, so please pour hot springs on yourself with the bath pail before taking a bath.
Atmosphere of Kawamata Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Simple sulfur spring (Type:Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure:-, Spring Temperature Type:Warm spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||34 C|
|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||-|
|Contraindications of drinking||-|
|Facilities||Mixed bathing open-air bath(1)|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Free of charge|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (5 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||159 735 400*58|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kawamata Onsen.
A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen of Hokkaido