• March 27th, 2015
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[Kitami Onsen (Ponyu Onsen)] Day Trip Onsen and Hot Springs with Smooth and Slippery Touch Can Be Enjoyed at Sanko-so

Kitami Onsen (Ponyu Onsen)

Kitami Onsen (Ponyu Onsen) is a hot spring place in Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami city located in the northwestern part of Kitami city. Sanko-so (三光荘) is built along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 38), and it is adjacent to Kitami Onsen Golf Course (北見温泉ゴルフ場). The distance is around 1 km from the center of the Rubeshibe to here, and there are restaurants and convenience stores in the center of the Rubeshibe. Speaking of the Rubeshibe, Onneyu Onsen is famous. There are Road Station "Onneyu Onsen" (道の駅おんねゆ温泉), Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館), Norh Fox Ranch (北きつね牧場) and Tsutsuji Park (つつじ公園). In addition, this district is a white runner bean‐producing center, and White Runner Bean Mousse (白花豆ムース) is famous, too. By the way, Tasty restaurants in the Rubeshibe, Kaneshime (加根志め) that is famous for Tower Tendon is popular in particular.

Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)

As for the Ponyu Onsen (ポンユ温泉), Ainu people found a hot spring gushing out place, and built an onsen hut in 1890. The Ponyu means small onsen in Ainu language. Mr. Manzo Kawaharada (河原田万蔵) took over a right of the onsen from the Ainu peolpe in 1897, and built an onsen inn named "Momijiyama Onsen" (紅葉山温泉) next year. After that, some owners changed, its onsen was renamed "Kitami Onsen Sanko-so" in 1957, and up to now. The hot springs are Simple alkaline hot spring, and ph is around 9.5, so those have smooth and slippery touch. Soft springs with abundant nature’s beauty mineral like sulfur have a good reputation.

Yamano Aquarium

Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館) is a small aquarium beside Roadside Station "Onneyu Onsen" (道の駅 おんねゆ温泉) near Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉) in Rubeshibe located in the western part of Kitami city, and was named because only freshwater fishes are displayed (* the Yamano Aquarium means "An aquarium in a mountain" in English). Another name is Aquarium in Northland (北の大地の水族館). The aquarium is famous for a success story. It was renewed and designed by Mr. Hajime Nakamura (中村元), only aquarium producer in Japan, and has became a popular tourist attraction since 2012. The aquarium once had about 20,000 visitors, but about 300,000 visitors come at present. Admission is JPY 670. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Large Glass Tank of Japanese Huchen
Yamano Aquarium in Onneyu Onsen Resort, Kitami

White Runner Bean Mousse

Fujiya Confectionery (ふじや菓子舗) is a long-established confectionary in Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉), Rubeshibe-cho located in the western part of Kitami city, and was founded in 1932. As for white runner bean, Rubeshibe-cho has been the top produce in Japan. Therefore they has been producing cakes using the white runner bean since the old days. Because I heard that one of the cakes, white runner bean mousse (白花豆ムース) were famous, I visited here to purchase it. The price was JPY 290. Read More

Fluffy Mousse
White Runner Bean Mousse -Fujiya Confectionery in Kitami-

An express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Kitami, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Kushiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kitami Station.

    List of Highway Bus

    Highway buses run between the Kitami and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa and the Kushiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kitami. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Kitami
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kitami to Sapporo
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their office is in Koueinishi-machi.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their office is in Tondennishi-machi.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.
    Carsta Rent-a-car(カースタレンタカー) Their office is near the Kitami Station.


    Kitami (北見) that about 120,000 people live is the 9th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. The Kitami became incorporated with Rubeshibe town (留辺蘂), Tanno town (端野) and Tokoro town (常呂) in 2006, and has became the largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 4th latgest city by the area. The Kitami is also an agriculture city, and Onion and White Runner Bean are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -25 degrees in a winter, and it snow hard, too. Read More

    Lake Saroma
    Lake Saroma

    List of Day Trip Onsen

    Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Sanko-so.

    Look of Before Building
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)


    Sanko-so is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1898, and is popular with local poeple and onsen fans, and owns hot spring sources, and is well-known for enjoying free flowing hot springs. The appearance and the interior decoration of the building is very shibui, and it has a historical atmosphere. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too.

    Appearance of Building
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)

    There are 2 indoor baths and 1 cascading bath at a public bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathroom is small but cozy. A conbinatoion of white tiles and sky blue tiles is good. Each indoor baths use different hot spring sources, 100% natural free flowing (1)(2) hot springs.

    Look of Bathhouse
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)

    The large indoor bath is the size that about 12 people can take a size, and uses (2) hot springs. Water temperature is around 43 C. A whirlpool bath is set at the bath, too. The small indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses (1) hot springs that have been used by the Ainu people. Water temperature is around 36 C. The cascading bath is beside the bath. The small indoor bath is suitable for taking a long bath. A local people enjoyed a long bathing when I visited here. By the way, the hot springs are used as hot water of showers and faucets at wash places.


    Left Side Is Large Indoor Bath. Right Side Is Small Indoor Bath
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)
    Cascading Bath and Drinking Hot Spring Facility on Right Side
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)
    Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)

    Ph of the hot springs is 9.6, and it has very smooth and slippery touch. Because fresh hot springs are overflowing freely from the baths, even the marble of the bath edge is very slippery. I slipped, and almost falled down. Everyone, be careful for falling down.

    Colorless and Clear Hot Springs
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)
    View from Small Indoor Bath
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)
    View from Large Indoor Bath
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)
    Free Flowing Hot Springs Always Flow from Bath
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)

    The hot springs are (1)(2)simple alkaline hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have sulfur taste and slightly sulfur smell. A drinking hot spring facility is provided, too, and the hot springs are drinkable. But It has no effect. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are (1) 0.358 g/kg and (2) 0.347 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

    Dressing Room
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)
    Resting Place
    Ponyu Sanko-so, Kitami Onsen(Ponyu)

    Atmosphere of Kitami Onsen (Ponyu Onsen) Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Kitami Onsen (Ponyu Onsen)

    Types of Hot Springs (1)Simple alkaline hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
    (2)Simple alkaline hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)38 C
    (2)43 C
    ph (1)9.6
    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
    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 Nothing
    Facilities Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 150.
    Business hours 09:00-21:30
    Regular closing day Irregular closing day
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
    Telephone number +81-157-42-2288
    Home page Home page is here
    Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
    Mapcode 402 737 104*38

    List of Accommodations

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


      A page of Kitami is here


      By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.



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