- October 8th, 2014
[Kitamura Onsen in Iwamizawa] Day Trip Onsen and Extremely Salty Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed at Kitamura Onsen Hotel
Kitamura Onsen (北村温泉) is a hot spring place in Kitamura, Iwamizawa city located in northeastern direction of Sapporo city. It is the origin of the Kitamura Onsen that hot springs gushed out in 1983 during drilling ground water. Kitamura Onsen Hotel (北村温泉ホテル) surrounded by marshes is built along Hokkaido Road 6, and is next to Central Fureai Park (中央ふれあい公園) that tourists can catch a fish and can make camp. There are Forest Healthy Hiroba Park Golf Course (森林ヘルシー広場パークゴルフ場), Kitamura Agriculture Museum (北村農業資料館) and a convenience store near here.
Famous tourist attractions in the Iwamizawa are Hokkaido Greenland Amusement Park (北海道グリーンランド遊園地), Iwamizawa Park Rose Garden (いわみざわ公園バラ) and Taisho Pond (大正池), and Tonebetsu River (利根別川) is well-known as a place famous for cherry blossoms. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Iwamizawa, Ganso Nama-somen Menmen (元祖 生そうめん めんめん), Oton Shokudo (おとん食堂), Hand-made Soba Fukusho (手打ちそば 福松), Yakitori Mifune (やきとり 三船) and North Farm Stock (ノースファームストック) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Mifune. Except the Mifune, I ate foods at Kirin (希林), Miraitei (未来亭), Tengumanju Honpo (天狗まんじゅう本舗) and Akai Ribbon (赤いリボン), and those were tasty.
1000 Cherrry Trees along Tonebetsu River
Tonebetsu River (利根別川) flows in the center of Iwamizawa city. Tonebetsugawa-Kasenryokuchi (利根別川河川緑地) was repaired along the river, and about 1000 Cherry Trees are planted along the river. It was named “Tonebetugawa Senbon Sakura-namiki” (利根別川千本桜並木 * 1000 Cherrry Trees along Tonebetsu River). There are walk paths and green parks such as Garden Terrace (ガーデンテラス) and Hagizono-Ryokuchi (はぎぞの緑地) along the river. Art monuments and a corridor made by red bricks are displayed. A combination of those and cherry trees is amazing, too. Cherry blossoms are in full bloom from early May to mid May. Admission free. Read More
Buckwheat Noodles with Roasted Chicken Giblets of Kirin
Kirin (希林) is a popular buckwheat noodles restaurant in Iwamizawa city. Iwamizawa city is famous for a barbecued chicken (焼き鳥) and roasted chicken giblets (もつ焼き). There are some restaurants that visitors can eat those. Therefore I visited here to eat buckwheat noodles with the roasted chicken giblets (もつそば). It is usually a business start at 11:00. However, They started business at 11:30 today. There was 1 group of preceding visitor. Read More
Grilled Chicken Giblets on Skewers of Mifune
Mifune (三船) is a popular Yakiroti shop in Iwamizawa city, and was founded in 1965. My friend’s father came from Iwamizawa, and he seems to eat grilled chicken giblets on skewers if his family return home. Iwamizawa is famous for the grilled chicken giblets on skewers as well as Bibai, too. It is Mifune that my friend recommended. A business started at 15:00. There were already 3 groups of visitors at counter seats when I entered here at 15:00 after a noren was hung at an entrance of the Yakitori shop. It will be evidence loved by local people. A certain old man ate a barbecued chicken and ate buckwheat noodles, and he received the grilled chicken to go. He went home at 15:10. Only 10 minutes passed after starting business. It was too early to go home! Read More
Miraitei is a restaurant near Iwamizawa city office, and is famous for extremely large portion of dishes. I was recommended by my friend and visited here around 16:00 on weekdays. Still the restraunt was not crowded, but there were 4 groups of preceding visitors. I was surprised at their quantity of the dishes. All dishes were extremely large portion of the dishes. They will serve the extremely large portion of dishes for growing students because there are many high schools and a university near here. Read More
Tengu Manju Honpo
Tengu Manju Honpo (天狗まんじゅう本舗) is a long-established manju (steam bun) shop in Iwamizawa city located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city and was founded in 1951. Tengu Manju (天狗まんじゅう) is popular and is said to be local specialty sweets of Iwamizawa. They have 2 branch shop, and I visited Ekimae branch shop renewed in 2014. There is a building near Iwamizawa station. A place for custmers to enjoy foods and drinks is provided at the building, too, and free tea can be drunken. Read More
Akai Ribbon Head Office (赤いリボン本店) is a pastry shop in Iwamizawa city, and was founded in 1979. It features cakes using maple syrup, and Baumkuchen and Maple Leaf Pie are famous. I heard from my older sister that cakes were tasty, and I visited here. After asking a waitress recommendation, she replied “Berry Tart (ベリータルト)”. The price was JPY 410. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Kitamura Onsen Hotel.
Kitamura Onsen Hotel
Kitamura Onsen Hotel is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1984, and is popular with local people and campers. A footbath is built in front of the building, and anyone can enjoy the footbathing for free. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. A bedrock bath is provided, too, and an extra cost is JPY 500. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 06:00, too. Restraunt “Shikisai” (レストラン四季彩) is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too. This onsen is crowded when JOIN ALIVE is held. A resting room is provided for fee, too. Their buildings have been renewed since 2021.
There are 2 open-air baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathhouse with a high ceiling is feeling good. Most baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs.
The large indoor bath is the size that about 12 people can take a bath, and water temperature is very hot. the hot springs make the bathers get up. The small indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and water temperature is warm, and it is suitable for taking a long bath. The triangular whirlpool bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath.
The large open-air bath at a slightly high place is the size that about 6 people can take a bath. The yield of hot spring is large, so a footbathing is available at an outlet. The overflowing hot springs flow on the edge of the bath, and lying on the edge is comforable. The small indoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 3 people can take a bath. The large indoor bath is deep, and the small indoor bath is shallow. Unfortunately, a view is not good because the open-air baths are surrounded by blind fences.
The hot springs are strong sodium chloride spring, and are opaque and dark bluish red and have extremely salty taste and a little metallic smell. The hot spring ingredients are 29.07 g/kg, and are very rich. Color of the baths and the bath floor turn into brown color. It will be the evidence that the hot spring ingredient has been precipitated. By the way, Iodine ion content is 8.6 mg/kg, so it will have bactericidal effect for skins. It tasted extremely salty when I licked the hot springs. The hot spring irritated my eyes very much. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. Cold water dispensers are provided in front of an amusement arcade room.
Atmosphere of Kitamura Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Strong sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||43.5 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic women’s diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child|
|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||Open-air bath(2), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a bedrock bath, and extra cost is required.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 250.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (60 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||575 024 845*07|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kitamura Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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