Unmanned Communal Bath in Shiretoko Peninsula -Koshikawa Onsen in Shari-
July 29th, 2017
Koshikawa Onsen (越川温泉) is an unmanned communal bath along Japan National Route 244 in Shari located in the root of Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島). Former Koshikawa Bridge (越川橋梁跡) and white oil drums are a mark. It might be hard to find the place because there is not a direction board at all. Koshikawa Onsen Management Association (越川温泉管理組合) manages a facility for local people mainly. But ordinary people can take a bath if only they pay an entrance fee JPY 200 and have good manners such as taking their garbage with them and keeping a bathroom clean. The Koshikawa Onsen is popular with motorcycle trip riders and onsen lovers.
There are a rest room, sex-segregated dressing rooms and sex-segregated bathrooms at a building, and a restroom is built on the outside. The old wooden building reminds me of Famous Japanese Television Drama "From the North Country (北の国から)", and a lot of tourists might feel typical Hokkaido. When I visited here around 06:00 on weekdays, 2 old local people were just going their home after cleaning the bathrooms. I asked them I wanted to take a bath, so they replied friendly "Thanks for coming all the way. Please take a bath!". The interior decoration was very shibui, so I visited as if the building was a relative's old house.
There is 1 indoor bath made of concrete at the bathroom. The size of the indoor bath is that about 3 people can take a bath. Because a roof was made of polycarbonat, the sunlight shined down on the bathroom, so I was very comforatable! Because a shower is not provided, bathers have to take a bath after pouring the hot spring on their body with a water tub and rinse off their surface dirt and sweat. I enjoyed overflowing hot springs while the hot springs were blended with a mountain stream before my eyes. I felt good and forgot daily life.
The hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride carbonated spring, and are slightly opaque and colorless and have a little bitter and tasteless. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 7.224 g. The hot springs seem to be drinkable. When I drank it in a glass, it tasted a little bitter, so I did not drank very much. It seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Diabetes, Gout, Obesity disease. By the way, cold water was the mountain stream, so it was unfit to drink. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathroom.
Atmosphere of Koshikawa Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium and calcium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||50.9 C|
|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, Weak children, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Burn, Arteriosclerosis|
|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 constipation, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Diabetes, Gout, Obesity disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathroom.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||JPY 200|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing days|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||642 290 764*67|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Shari.
|Route-Inn Grantia Shiretoko Shariekimae(ルートイングランティア知床斜里駅前)|
|Shari Central Hotel(斜里セントラルホテル)||
|Shari Onsen Yumotokan(斜里温泉 湯元館)||
|Clione Camp Guest House(クリオネキャンプ場ゲストハウス)||