- December 19th, 2015
[Marumigaoka Onsen in Otofuke] Day Trip Bath and Natural Carbonated Moor Spring Can Be Enjoyed at Marumigaoka Onsen Hotel
Marumigaoka Onsen (丸美ヶ丘温泉) is a hot spring place in Otofuke town adjacent to the northern part of Obihiro city. Only Marumigaoka Onsen Hotel (丸美ヶ丘温泉ホテル) is built on a small hill at about 60 m above sea level. They have large site of around 30000 m2 and a lot of trees, and it is very comfortable. It takes about 10 minutes from the center of the Otofuke by car, and restaurants, convenience stores and supermarket are relatively near the Marumigaoka Onsen Hotel. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Otofuke, Soba Niten (蕎麦 二天), Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden (柳月スイートピアガーデン), Kaisen Kura (海鮮 蔵), Ikunoya (いくのや) and cafe Jorro are popular in particular. I ate sweets and ramen noodle at the Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden and Ramen Sobo Fuji. Those were so tasty.
Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden
Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden (柳月スイートピアガーデン) is in Otofuke town located in the northern direction of Obihiro city, and there are the head office and a factory, too. Business commenced in 2008. At the building, visitors can take a tour of the factory and purchase confectioneries including Sanporoku (三方六), and popular scrap of Sanporoku (三方六の切れ端) is sold. In addition, the visitors can eat sweets at only Ryugetsu Sweetpia Garden. I planned to eat a garden crepe in one of those. Read More
Ramen Sobo Fuji
Ramen Sobo Fuji (らあめん創房藤) is a popular ramen restraunt in Otofuke town located in the northeastern direction of Obihiro city and moved from Obihiro city to Otofuke town in 2007. There is a building near Kino Golf Center (木野ゴルフセンター). Stylish appearance such as a cafe is not just like the ramen restraunt. The warmth of wood is felt. A ramen restraunt philosophy book is provided with a menu, too. Read More
A type of hot springs is natural carbonated moor spring, so it is an unusual spring in Hokkaido. As far as I know, hot spring places with the natural carbonated spring in Hokkaido are Gomi Onsen in Shimokawa, Kyowa Onsen in Aibetsu, Utanobori Onsen in Esashi, Shilala Onsen in Shakotan, Kogane Onsen in Niseko and Kaminokuni Onsen in Kaminokuni. The moor spring is brown spring that gushes out from a peat bed or a lignitic bed, and contains a lot of organics of plant origin, so it has slippery touch, and is good for a skin, and is called beauty hot spring (美人の湯), too. The moor spring is different from usual types of the hot springs, and the hot springs are recognized as the moor spring if those contain humus. By the way, a highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa.
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath only at the Marumigaoka Onsen Hotel.
Marumigaoka Onsen Hotel
Marumigaoka Onsen Hotel is a small-sized onsen ryokan surrounded by trees, and has opened a business since 1973, and is well-known for priding 100% natural free flowing moor hot springs, and is crowded with local people. A certain old man told me with a smile on his face that he often took a bath at this hot springs after hospitalizing for a cancer when I took a bath. A lot of onsen evangelists highly evaluate the hot springs. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 450. 10 chartered baths are served at an annex building, too. Visitors are mainly day trip visitors, but they can stay without meals, too.
There are 2 indoor baths and 1 thoron sauna at a large public bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathhouse with large windows is feeling good, and a forest can be seen through the windows. The large indoor bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and has a part of a whirlpool bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs pumped up from 1,300 m below ground. In the case of entering thoron sauna, bathers must use a sauna mat and a bath towel. Those can be bought at a front desk.
The small indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs pumped up from 800 m below ground. Bathers can enjoy natural air bubbles, and a lot of natural air bubbles is one of the best in Hokkaido. It suitables for taking a long bath. A lot of the hot springs overflow from the baths very much, so the bathers can enjoy the state. By the way, the hot springs are used as hot water of faucets at wash places.
The hos springs of the large indoor bath are (1)simple alkaline hot spring with moor hot spring, and are clear and brown and has a little salty and a little moor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.612g/kg. The hot springs of the small indoor bath are (2)simple hot spring with moor hot spring, and are clear and brown and has a little salty and a little moor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.797g/kg. Both hot spriings have smooth and slippery touch. Shampoos and bodysoaps are not provided at the bathrooms, so the bathers must bring those. A restroom and paid hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Marumigaoka Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||(1)Simple alkaline hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring), (2)Simple hot spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||(1)47.9 C, (2)37.4 C|
|Indications of drinking||Not drinking|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 450. Elementary school age: JPY 100. Infant: JPY 50.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||124 717 338*35|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Otofuke. 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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