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Sense like Bathing Lake Shikotsu -Marukoma Onsen in Chitose-

October 15th, 2014

Marukoma Onsen Ryokan

Marukoma Onsen Ryokan (丸駒温泉旅館) is a long-established hot-spring hotel in the northern side of Lake Shikotsu (支笏湖) and was founded in 1915. There is a building near New Chitose Airport, so a lot of tourists come. Full of many visitors were crowded when I visited. There are 2 bathhouses. The former has only open-air bath. As for the latter, there are 1 open-air bath and 3 indoor baths that are different in temperature. Though those are same types of hot springs, the hot springs have 2 types of colors, clear-colorless and clouds-reddish brown. Why? I wonder about that.

Shore of Lake Shikotsu
Marukoma Onsen in Chitose Lake Shikotsu

The former open-air bath is approximately 15 m away from a dressing room. This open-air bath is the most popular bath at the Marukoma Onsen, and the surface of the hot springs is same height as the surface of Lake Shikotsu. Because the bath is very deep, bathers must take a bath while standing. When I took a bath, it was depth of 145 cm. Besides, it is rare onsen that hot springs gush out from the bottom of the bath. The hot spring temperature is regulated with water of the lake Shikotsu. The scene that small fishes gather in the Lake Shikotsu in front of the bath can be seen.

Open-air Bath in Lake
Marukoma Onsen in Chitose Lake Shikotsu

The hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride carbonated sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.750 g and 1.865 g. At this bathhouse, the use of shampoos and body soaps is prohibited to prevent water pollution of the Lake Shikotsu.

Open-air Bath
Marukoma Onsen in Chitose Lake Shikotsu

As for the later open-air bath, the hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride carbonated sulfate spring, and are opaque and reddish brown and have a little metallic taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredient are 1.828 g. The bathers can look over the Lake Shikotsu from a high place. There is a drinking hot spring facility, too, and the bathers can drink it with a ladle. It seems to be effective for Obesity and Gout. The hot springs are clear and colorless or opaque and reddish brown at the indoor bath that are different in temperature. Shampoos and body soaps of horse oil are provided at the bathhouse. It feels a smooth touch. In addition, a restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room, too. A staying is possible, too. By the way, photography was prohibited at the bathhouse and the dressing room. Bad luck!

Atmosphere of Marukoma Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Marukoma Onsen

Types of Hot Springs (1)(2)(3)Sodium and calcium chloride carbonated sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)50.6 C
(2)44.6 C
(3)50.0 C
ph (1)6.5
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 child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women'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 cholecystitis, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Open-air bath(2), Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1000. Elementary school student: JPY 500. Infant: JPY 200.
Business hours 10:00-15:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (80 cars)
Telephone number +81-123-25-2341
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 708 112 260*25

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Marukoma Onsen.

Marukoma Onsen Ryokan(丸駒温泉旅館)

A page of Shikotsu-Toya National Park is this

Shikotsu-Toya National Park