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[Mashu Onsen in Teshikaga] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Oldest Hot Spring Resort Is in Eastern Hokkaido

March 16th, 2014

Mashu Onsen

Mashu Onsen (摩周温泉) is a hot spring resort in Teshikaga town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. The hot spring resort is divided into 2 hot spring places, Teshikaga Onsen (弟子屈温泉) along Kushiro River and Tobetsu Onsen (鐺別温泉) along Tobetsu River, and some hot spring facilities and accommodations are built there. Those hot spring places that were named after world famous Lake Mashu have been collectively called the Mashu Onsen since 1981. Road Station "Mashu Onsen" (道の駅「摩周温泉」) is built, and a footbath is on the site, too. Teshikaga Station was renamed Mashu Staion in 1990. Souvenir shops, restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, Izakaya and bars with a surcharge are built in the center of the Teshikaga, too. As for tourist attractions around here, the Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) are famous in particular. 900 Sogen Grassland (900草原), Mt. Iou (硫黄山), and Kimto Marsh (キンムトー) are relatively near here.

Road Station "Mashu Onsen" (Source: Wikipedia HP)
Mashu Onsen
Footbath (Source: Wikipedia HP)
Mashu Onsen

It is the origin of the Mashu Onsen that Mr. Nanauemon Motoyama (本山七右衛門) settled down in Teshikaga to run Mashu Park Hotel (摩周パークホテル) in 1885. A lot of historical hot spring places are in the southwest area of Hokkaido, but it is said that the Mashu Onsen is the oldest hot spring place in the eastern Hokkaido. As for tasty restaurants around the center of the Teshikaga, Teshikaga Ramen Head Office (弟子屈ラーメン総本店) and Poppotei (ぽっぽ亭) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Teshikaga Ramen Head Office and Seiryu (青龍) that got the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition, and those were tasty.

Mt. Mashudake and Kamuisshu Island in Winter
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

In addition, Tourism Teshikaga (ツーリズムてしかが) provides experience-based activities, and tourists can enjoy horse trekking, a canoe and a rental bicycle in a summer, can enjoy fall foliage in an autumn, and can enjoy Lake Mashu tour, snowshoes, the horse trekking and the canoe in a winter.

Lake Mashu

Lake Mashu (摩周湖) is a caldera lake in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖). The perimeter of the lake is about 19.8 km. The maximum water depth is 211 m, so it is the considerably deep lake. It is known as the 2nd clearest lake after Lake Baikal in the world. The Lake Mashu does not have a river, But it is a mysterious lake that the lake water levels have barely changed if it rains. The Lake Mashu has much fog and a few sunny intervals, and it is called "Foggy Lake Mashu (霧の摩周湖)", too. Article is here

Mt. Mashudake and Kamuisshu Island
Lake Mashu in Teshikaga

Lake Kussharo

Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), the largest caldera lake in Japan, is in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖) and is the second largest caldera lake in the world, too. The perimeter of the lake is about 57 km. There is Nakajima island in the middle of the lake, but a landing is prohibited. The cracks called "Omiwatari (御神渡り * cracks that form in the ice on the Lake)" occur in a winter. Those are the largest size in the Japanese freshwater lake, and the ice cracks seem to occur for 10 km in total length and 2 m in height. In addition, it is famous as a wintering spot for whooper swan, and they rest their wings on the surface of the non-frozen water by hot springs melting. Article is here

Whooper Swan
Lake Kussharo

900 Sogen Grassland

900 Sogen Grassland (900草原) is a municipal ranch in the south of Teshikaga town. About 2000 cows are bred at a site area of 930 ha. 900 Sogen Grassland was named after the site area. It is known for enjoying a typical scenery of Hokkaido and beautiful contrast between green grassland and blue sky is comforatable. An observatory tower, an observatory deck, a resthouse, a restroom and a parking lot are built on the top of the ranch, and there is a park golf course around the ranch. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Ranch Scenery
900 Sogen Grassland in Teshikaga

Teshikaga Ramen Head Office

Teshikaga Ramen Head Office (弟子屈ラーメン総本店) is a popular ramen restraunt in Teshikaga town located in the northern part of Kushiro city and was founded in Sapporo city in 2003. However, they moved the head office to Teshikaga town to go back to basics. Underflow water of Lake Mashu was used to bring back taste of the Teshikaga ramen from the old day. Furthermore, Pork bones more than 3 times of the another ramen restraunts were cooked for 20 hours over a low heat. Article is here

Soup Stock of Fishery Products with Bitterness
Soy Sauce Ramen with Seafood Flavor -Teshikaga Ramen-

Seiryu

Chinese Dish Seiryu (中国料理青龍) is a Chinese restaurant in Teshikaga town located in the north part of Kushiro city. They serve high-class Chinese cooking. There is a building near Teshikaga town office. The restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Article is here

Stir-Fried Noodles with Starchy Sauce
Stir-Fried Noodles with Starchy Sauce -Seiryu in Teshikaga-

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Hotel Mashu (ホテル摩周), Tobetsu Onsen Kame-no-Yu (鐺別温泉 亀之湯), Guest House Mako (温泉民宿摩湖) and Izumi-no-Yu (泉の湯). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Onsen Minshuku Kita-no-Daichi (温泉民宿 北の大地), Pension Birao (ペンション Birao), Minshuku New Hatoya (民宿 ニューはとや), Mashuko Youth Hostel (摩周湖 ユ-スホステル), Minshuku Mori-no-Ie (民宿 森の家) and Onsen Mishuku Misato (温泉民宿 美里).

Tobetsu Onsen Kame-no-Yu

Kame-no-Yu is a public bath at the foot of Sakuragaoka Forest Park Auto Campsite (桜ヶ丘森林公園オートキャンプ場). Local people often use it, and campers come in a summer. The appearance and the interior decoration are very shibui, and have an old atmosphere such as the Showa period. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 300. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 07:00, too. I paid money at a reception desk like Bandai (platform for the attendant at which to collect a fee or watch over the dressing rooms, placed near the entrance). Bamboo net cloth baskets were piled up mountain‐high at a dressing room, and large mirrors presented by a local shop were hanged on a wall. This hot spring facility is just good old sento.

Appearance of Building
Mashu Onsen Tobetsu Onsen Kame-no-Yu
Entrance
Mashu Onsen Tobetsu Onsen Kame-no-Yu

There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathhouse. The tiled bathhouse is samll and slightly dark. The tiled indoor bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses natural hot springs with adding water, and has a faucet for cold water, so it is allowed to add the water for lowering the water temperature. I took a bath while feeling cold, but a local regular customer seemed to know how to warm up the hot springs. Bathers must control water temperature depending on turning a valve themselves. 2 faucets for cold water or hot springs are provided at wash places, and the bathers must control water temperature to wash their bodys. A shower is not provided.

Indoor Bath
Mashu Onsen Tobetsu Onsen Kame-no-Yu

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell, and are not drinkable. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.919 g/kg. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, the bathers should bring those. There is a restroom at the dressing room.

Atmosphere of Tobetsu Onsen Kame-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tobetsu Onsen Kame-no-Yu

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 83 C
ph 8.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
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 Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility JPY 300.
Business hours 07:00-20:00
Regular closing day 5 day, 15 day and 25 day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-154-82-2233
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 462 819 248*65

Hotel Mashu

Hotel Mashu is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1980 in the center of the Teshikaga. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 600. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 07:00, too. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Hotel Mashu

There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The sunny tiled bathroom is small but cozy. The indoor bath uses natural free flowing hot springs, and has a faucet for cold water, so it is allowed to add the water for lowering the water temperature.

Look of Bathroom (Source: Hotel Mashu)
Hotel Mashu

The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and no smell, and are not drinkable. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.830 g/kg. Shampoos and soaps are provided at the bathroom.

Atmosphere of Hotel Mashu Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hotel Mashu

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 65.8 C
ph 7.9
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
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 and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 07:00-22:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-15-482-2141
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 462 849 174*37

Guest House Mako

Guest House Mako is a small-sized onsen inn with 7 guest rooms, and accepts a day trip bather only from July to September. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 300. A staying is possible, too. It closes a business in a winter.

Appearance of Building
Tobestu Onsen Guest House Mako

There are 2 indoor baths at a public bathroom. The sunny tiled bathroom is small but cozy. The tiled indoor bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs, and has a faucet for cold water, so it is allowed to add the water for lowering the water temperature. Water temperature is from 40 C to 42 C.

Look of Bathroom (Source: Guest House Mako)
Guest House Mako

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell, and are not drinkable. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.196 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom.

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 79.1 C
ph 8.4
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, 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 Not drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adults: JPY 300. Children: JPY 150.
Business hours 16:00-21:00
Regular closing day From January to March
Parking lot A free parking is provided (6 cars)
Telephone number +81-15-482-5124
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 462 819 294*10

Izumi-no-Yu

Izumi-no-Yu (泉の湯) is a public bath. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 200. There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathhouse is small but cozy. Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have a slightly salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so bathers should bring those.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 88.0 C
ph 7.2
Indications -
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 -
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 200. Child: JPY 120.
Business hours 13:00-21:00
Regular closing day Tuesday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-15-482-2623
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 462 821 371*18

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Mashu Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Hotel Mashu(ホテル摩周)
Guest House Mako(温泉民宿 摩湖)
Booking
Onsen Minshuku Kita-no-Daichi(温泉民宿 北の大地)
Rakuten
Pension Birao(ペンション Birao)
Minshuku New Hatoya(民宿 ニューはとや)
Booking
Jalan
Mashuko Youth Hostel(摩周湖 ユ-スホステル)
Jalan
Minshuku Mori-no-Ie(民宿 森の家) Only tel: 015-482-1157
Onsen Minshuku Misato(温泉民宿 美里)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here

Akan Mashu National Park

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