- May 22nd, 2015
[Kiyosato Onsen] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Hotel Ryokusei-so
Kiyosato Onsen (清里温泉) is a hot spring place in Kiyosato town located in the southern direction of Shari town in the Shiretoko peninsula. The Kiyosato (it means clean + village in Chinese characters) seems to be associated with pure water because Kaminoko Pond (神の子池) and Lake Mashu (摩周湖) are near here. Hotel Ryokusei-so (ホテル緑清荘) is bulit beside Kiyosato Training Center (清里トレーニングセンター) near the center of the Kiyosato. Restraunts, Izakaya and a convenience store are relatively near, too.
Kaminoko Pond (神の子池) is a pond in Kiyosato town located in the northern direction of Lake Mashu (摩周湖). In Akan Mashu National Park, the pond is in a primeval forest at about 280 m above sea level. After turning Hokkaido Road 1115 to a forestry road, visitors head the road for about 2 km, and reach to a parking lot. The perimeter of the pond is about 220 m. The maximum water depth is 5 m. The pond is very small. It is said that the Kaminoko Pond is connected to Lake Mashu under the ground, and water of 12,000 t a day spring out from the bottom of the pond. * There is another opinion that the Kaminoko Pond is not connected to the Lake Mashu, too. People in the old days thought of the pond as the son of the Lake Mashu meaned "A mountain god's lake" in Ainu language, and the pond was named "Kaminoko Pond (A son of the god in Japanese language)". * There are various opinions. Trees that sank into the pond have never rotted have a good reputation, and it becomes a popular tourist attraction as a spiritual place because of the mystery. There are the Kaminoko Pond, walks, a restroom and the parking lot on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Bears live around here, so you had better do not visite here in the early morning or the evening. By the way, snow is not removed on the forestry road, and the road might be closed almost from mid November to late April. Read More
Uramashu Observation Deck
Uramashu Observation Deck (裏摩周展望台) is a viewing point at the end of Hokkaido Road 150 in northeastern direction of Lake Mashu. In Akan Mashu National Park, it built on a somma of the Lake Mashu at about 580 m above sea level, and is in the other side of Mashu 1st Observation Deck (摩周第一展望台) and Mashu 3rd Observation Deck (摩周第三展望台) across the lake, too, and only Uramashu Observation Deck is in Kiyosato town. Uramashu 2nd Observation Deck used to be near here, too. Mt. Mashudake (摩周岳) can be seen on the left side and, Kamuisshu Island (カムイシュ島) can be seen on the right side. An observation deck, a souvenir shop, a rest place, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. An entrance gate of the Uramashu Observation Deck is closed from November to late April. * Uramashu means "The back side of the Lake Mashu" in Japanese, and the Mashu 1st Observation Deck and the Mashu 3rd Observation Deck are called "The front side of the lake" because those are famous. Read More
Famous tourist attractions in the Kiyosato are Kaminoko Pond (神の子池), Uramashu Observatory (裏摩周展望台), Sakura Falls (さくらの滝), Uchu Observation Deck (宇宙展望台), Straight Road (ストレートロード) and Kiyosato Shochu Distillery (清里焼酎醸造所). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Kiyosato, Shusaiya Ota (酒菜屋大田) and Restraunt Papas (レストランパパス) are popular in particular. Some sports events are held, Granfondo Kiyosato is held in early July, and Sharidake Road Race (斜里岳ロードレース) is held in mid September.
Uchu Observation Deck
Uchu Observation Deck (宇宙展望台) is 4-story steel tower of about 12 m height on the hilltop of Kiyosato Town Ranch (清里町営牧場) in Kiyosato town located in the root of Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島), and was built in 2001. The observation deck is known for enjoying a typical scenery of Hokkaido. Uchu means "Universe" in English. In the evening, the starry sky can be seen from the Uchu Observation Deck, so this is a place that visitors can feel closer to the universe, and the Uchu Observation Deck was named as. Kiyosato Auto Campsite (清里オートキャンプ場) is near the Uchu Observation Deck. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Hotel Ryokusei-so.
Hotel Ryokusei-so is a middle-sized onsen hotel founded in 1981. A building was renewed in 2010. A lot of hikers for Mt. Sharidake (斜里岳) use it, and it is popular with local people. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 450. Restraunt "Mukuge" (レストラン槿) and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too. A coin-operated laundry for hotel guests is provided, too.
They have 2 buildings, Main Building and New Building. There are 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 sleeping bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 1st floor of the Main Building. The sunny tiled bathhouse with large windows is feeling good.
The indoor bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and free flowing hot springs with adding water. Water temperature is around 42 C, but a human body feels relatively hot. The whirlpool bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and the sleeping bath seats 3 people, and those use heated water.
The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and dark brown and have a little salty taste and no smell, and have slightly slippery touch, and are not drinkable because of chlorine sterilization. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.576 g/kg. At first glance, the hot springs look like moor springs, but those do not contain humus, so those might not be the moor spring. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse, and disposable razors are served for free. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Hotel Ryokusei-so Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||52.9 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic digestive diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic woman's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Burn, Cut|
|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||Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic cholecystitis|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 450. Child: JPY 140.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (80 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||444 597 761*33|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Kiyosato 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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