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[Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu] Day Trip Bath and Natural Open-air Bath Can Be Enjoyed

May 13th, 2017

Kawamata Onsen

Kawamata Onsen (川又温泉) is a hot spring place in Noboribetsu city located in the northeastern part of Muroran city, and is well-known as a secret onsen at about 240 m above sea level in mountains. Brown bears may inhabit in forests. The distance is around 16 km far away from the center of the Horobetsu, so there is nothing around here. But Horobetsu Dam (幌別ダム) and Kawakami Nature Park are relatively near here. Speaking of the Noboribetsu, Onsen such as Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉), Shinnoboribetsu Onsen (新登別温泉) and Noboribetsu Karurusu Onsen (カルルス温泉) are famous. In addition, famous tourist attractions are Jigokudani (地獄谷), Noboribetsu Bear Ranch (のぼりべつ熊牧場), Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura (登別伊達時代村) and Noboribetsu Marine Park Nixe (登別マリンパークニクス). By the way, tasty restaurants in the Noboribetsu are Restaurant Ishikawa (洋食のいし川), Choice (ちょいす), Noboribetsu Rakunokan (のぼりべつ酪農館), Local Restaurant Yumemiru (地域食堂 ゆめみ~る), and Moon and Lion (月とらいおん) in particular.

Papirattsu Forest
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

Mr. Hyokichi Kawamata (川又兵吉) found a 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 he 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 in the heart of the mountains at present.

Jigokudani and Fall Foliage

Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉) is one of the largest hot spring resorts in Hokkaido, and is known as a beauty spot for fall foliage, too. Jigokudani (地獄谷) that has become a synonym for the Noboribetsu Onsen, Oyunuma Pond (大湯沼) and Mt. Hiyori (日和山), River Oyunuma Natural Footbath (大湯沼川足湯), 6 pathways such as Jigokudani Pathway (地獄谷遊歩道), Oyunuma Pathway (大湯沼遊歩道), Oyunuma 2nd Pathway (大湯沼第2遊歩道), Oyunuma Scenic Pathway (大湯沼川探勝歩道), Funamiyama Pathway (船見山遊歩道) and Funamiyama 2nd Pathway (船見山第2遊歩道) have the fall foliage in an autumn. A combination of sulfurous odour and the fall foliage can be enjoyed. The best time to see is from mid October to late October. Admission free. A parking lot is chraged. * If visitors pay a parking fee, the visitors can park their cars on Jigokudani Parking Lot (地獄谷の駐車場) and Oyunuma Parking Lot (大湯沼の駐車場). Article is here

Jigokudani
Jigokudani in Noboribetsu

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Kawamata Onsen.

Guide Map
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

Kawamata Onsen

Kawamata Onsen is a natural opem-air bath in Kozan-cho, Noboribetsu city. An entrance fee to a bath facility is free of charge. 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

After This Guide Board Catch Your Eyes, Turn Left
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Beware of Bears
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

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 1.8 km 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. Another 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 800 m.

Parking Lot near Entrance of Papirattsu Forest
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Trail
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bathers Must Advance along Guide Borads. Do Not Get Lost!
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Fallen Tree Appears
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
River? or Trail?
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Blocking Trail by Fallen Trees
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Blocking Trail by Fallen Tree
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Pink Tape Is Mark for Trail
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Blocking Trail by Avalanche of Earth and Rocks
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Avalanche of Earth and Rocks
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Muddy Trail
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bather Must Cross Stream
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Cliff, Watch Your Step!
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bather Must Cross This River
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Junction of Each Routes
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Cliff, Watch Your Step!
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

A 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 long rain boots. In addition, bears live around here, and you should bring a bear bell, and should keep bugs off, too.

広告

Bather Must Cross This River nearby Open-air Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

There is 1 open-air bath along the Washibetsu-kuruma River. It is the size that about 1 person can take a bath, and the depth is about 50 cm, and hot springs are gushing out from the bottom of the bath. Water temperature is around 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 was too cold to give up bathing. But I think bathers can feel comfortale while takeing a bath and hearing a sound of a stream in the summer.

Open-air Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Dressing Room
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Ruins of Ryokan
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Look of Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Bubbles Rise at Bath
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

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 that gush out from the bottom without oxidizing overflow freely from the bath to the river. I guess that the bathers can take a bath in wearing their swimsuits or in wrapping body with their bath towels. 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.

I Guess That White Something Is Hot-springs Mineral Deposits
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu
Washibetsuraiba River
Kawamata Onsen in Noboribetsu

Atmosphere of Kawamata Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kawamata Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type:Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure:-, Spring Temperature Type:Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 34 C
ph 8.9
Indications -
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)
Telephone number +81-143-85-2569
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 159 735 400*58

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Kawamata Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Hotel Heian(ホテル平安)

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

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