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[Memanbetsu Onsen in Ozora] Day Trip Bath, Marchen Hill and Sunflower Can Be Enjoyed

July 20th, 2014

Memanbetsu Onsen

Memanbetsu Onsen (女満別温泉) is a hot spring place in Memanbetsu, Ozora town located in the southern part of Abashiri city. Some hot spring facilities are dotted between the shore of Lake Abashiri (網走湖) and the center of the Memanbetsu. Those are relatively near the center of the Memanbetsu, so restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, Izakaya and bars with a surcharge are built, too. The Memanbetsu is well-known as a airport, and other famous tourist attractions are Marchen Hill (メルヘンの丘), Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields and Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony (女満別女満別湿生植物群落). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Memanbetsu, Chines-style restraunt "Yoshi" (中華レストラン 吉) is popular in particular.

Shore of Lake Abashiri
Memanbetsu Onsen Shore of Lake Abashiri

A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Memanbatsu, but a express bus "Dreamint Okhotsk-go (ドリーミントオホーツク号)" runs between the Sapporo and the Memanbatsu.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Abashiri and the Sapporo.

(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Abashiri
(Chuo Bus)中央バス From Abashiri to Sapporo

Marchen Hill

Marchen Hill (メルヘンの丘) is a tourist attraction along Nationa Route 39 in Memanbetsu, Ozora, and is relatively near Road Station "Marchen Hill Memanbetsu". 7-8 Japanese larch trees are planted on a ridge of a gentle hill with about 35 m elevation, and it has became popular beauty spot because the scenery was used for famous Japanese movie "Dreams (夢)" filmed by Mr. Akira Kurosawa (黒澤明). I do not know the origin of the name, but I suppose the hill was named as the Marchen Hill because the view looks as if the view appeared in a fairy tale. Potate and wheat are planted at the hillside, and its view goes well with the Japanese larch trees, and the scenery with the blue sky or the red sky in the early evening as the background is popular. The Marchen Hill in a winter also has a good atmosphere. Rest places and a parking space are built at the site. Admission free. The parking space is free of charge. Article is here

Marchen Hill
Marchen Hill in Ozora

Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields

Sunflowers are planted at 3 sunflower fields, Asahigaoka Park (朝日ヶ丘公園), Tomappugawa Park (トマップ川公園) and a neighborhood of Memanbetsu airport, in Memanbetsu, Ozora town located in the southern part of Abashiri city. To enjoy sunflowers 2 times is a feature of the Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields. The sunflowers are planted in a summer and an autumn, and a best time to see the sunflowers in the summer is from early August to late September, and a best time to see the sunflowers in the autumn is from mid October to late October. Article is here

Sunflower Field
Memanbetsu Sunflower Fields in Ozora

Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony

Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony (女満別湿生植物群落) is a skunk cabbage colony at the right bank of Lake Abashiri (網走湖) located in the northern part of Memanbetsu, Ozora town, and is close to Memanbetsu Onsen (女満別温泉). Broad leaf forest such as Japanese Ash and Alnus Japonica var Grow at the damp ground of 56 ha, and has been designated as the natural monument since 1972. The skunk cabbages used to be in full bloom from mid May to late May, but those were flowered when I visited here in late April, 2015. I suppose that the best time to see the skunk cabbages is from late April to early May under the effects of global warming. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Skunk Cabbage
Memanbetsu Hygrophyte Colony, skunk cabbage

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Hotel Konan-so (ホテル湖南荘), Yumoto Hotel Sunsui (湯元ホテル山水) and Himawari Onsen (ひまわり温泉).

Sunflowers
Memanbetsu Airport Sunflower Fields in Ozora

Hotel Konan-so

Hotel Konan-so is a small-sized long-established onsen hotel on the shore of the Lake Abashiri at the backside of Memambetsu Station, and has opened a business since 1962. The interior decoration has an atmosphere such as Showa period. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Konan-so

There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The tiled bathroom is samll. The indoor bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and uses heated cold spring with moor spring that is named "Kaba-no-Kuroyu (樺の黒湯 * black hot springs of the birch)" because it gashes out from sub-coal bed (white birch became deposited in 300 meters below ground). This is a rare type of the hot springs in this area. But nobody seemed to notice that it was such rare hot springs at first.

Indoor Bath
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Konan-so

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.

View from Indoor Bath
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Konan-so

The hot springs are cold spring with moor hot spring, and are opaque and brown and have neither taste nor smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.375 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Because there was not a restroom at a dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom at a corridor.

Dark Brown Hot Springs
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Konan-so

Atmosphere of Konan-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Konan-so

広告

Types of Hot Springs Cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 22.8 C
ph 7.5
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 Not drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 12:00-20:30
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-152-74-2108
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 305 276 693*10

Yumoto Hotel Sunsui Bihada-no-Yu

Yumoto Hotel Sunsui is a long-established onsen ryokan run by Taisetsu inc., and has opened a business since 1969. It has a hot spring facility for day trip onsen, too, and is popular with local people. When I visited here, about 10 local people took a bath. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 420. A staying is possible, too. A soft serve ice cream and soba can be eaten at the facility, and a free cold water dispenser is provided.

Appearance of Building
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Sunsui Bihada-no-Yu

There are 2 open-air baths, 1 indoor bath, 1 electric whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse. The exposed concrete bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. The indoor bath beside the windows is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. The electric whirlpool bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. Both baths use free flowing hot springs. By the way, the hot springs are used as hot water of showers and faucets at wash places.

Bathhouse (Source: Yumoto Hotel Sunsui Bihada-no-Yu)
大Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Sunsui Bihada-no-Yu

At the outside, a round open-air bath surrounded by Kitami Teppeiseki stone and an open-air bath surrounded by rocks with a roof are set, and each the baths are the size that about 4 or 8 people can take a bath, and use heated hot springs. Those are surrounded by blindfold fences, so a view is not good. But a sense of openness can be felt.

Open-air Baths (Source: Yumoto Hotel Sunsui Bihada-no-Yu)
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Sunsui Bihada-no-Yu

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. It has very slippery touch. Shompoos and bodysoaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so visitors have to bring those. Paid hair dryers and a restroom are provided at a dressing room.

Dressing Room
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Sunsui Bihada-no-Yu
Washing Stand
Memanbetsu Onsen Hotel Sunsui Bihada-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 43.8 C
ph 8.9
Indications Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoids, Chronic digestivediseases, 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 Open-air bath(2), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 420. Child: JPY 140. Child under elementary school age: JPY 70.
Business hours 11:00-22:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (150 cars)
Telephone number +81-152-74-2343
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 305 275 460*20

Himawari Onsen

Himawari Onsen is a public bath at Memenbetsu Agriculture Improvement Center (女満別農業構造改善センター) near Memanbetsu Athletic Park (女満別運動公園). An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 440. There are 2 indoor baths at a large public bathhouse. The baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are very hot.

Appearance of Building
Memanbetsu Onsen Himawari Onsen

The hot spring are sodium chloride carbonated spring, and are clear and light yellow and have neither taste nor smell. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathroom, bathers must bring those. A restroom is installed at a dressing room.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Weak Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring )
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 51.0 C
ph 8.4
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Chronic digestive diseases, Arthralgia, Chronic dermatopathia, Relieving fatigue, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity
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(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 440. Child: JPY 140. Child under elementary school age: JPY 70.
Business hours 11:00-22:00
Regular closing day Second and fourth Wednesday of every month, New Year's Day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (15 cars)
Telephone number +81-152-74-4747
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 305 246 518*06

List of Accommodations

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

Hotel Konan-so(ホテル湖南荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Yumoto Hotel Sansui(湯元ホテル山水)
Booking
Northern Lodge Kanto(ノーザンロッジカント)
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