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[Mitsuishi Onsen in Shinhidaka] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo

May 12th, 2014

Mitsuishi Onsen

Mitsuishi Onsen (三石温泉) is a hot spring place in Shinhidaka town located in the southeastern part of Tomakomai city. Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo (三石昆布温泉 蔵三) is built between Urakawa National Route (浦河国道 * National Route 235) and the Pacific Ocean, and is adjacent to roadside station "Mitsuishi (三石)", and there is Mitsuishi Coast Park (三石海浜公園) near here, and toursists can swim in the sea, and Mitsuishi Coast Park Auto Campsite (三石海浜公園オートキャンプ場) and bungalows are built, too. There is Meiji Ranch in the other side of the roadside station across National Route 235, and race horses and ponies are put out to pasture. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are not built around here. It is the origin of the Mitsuishi Onsen that Mitsuishi Onsen Elderly Citizens' Welfare Center (三石温泉老人福祉センター) opened a business in 1979 at another place, and it was shutted down in 2005. The Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo has opened a business at current location.

Mitsuishi Coast Park
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo
Meiji Ranch
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo

Famous tourist attractions around the Mitsuishi Onsen are some great places for the cherry blossom viewing such as Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki (静内二十間道路桜並木), Yushun Sakura Road (優駿さくらロード) and Utafue Shrine (歌笛神社), so the tourists should visit those in a spring. Other famous tourist attractions are Racing Horse Guide center Hidaka Branch (競走馬のふるさと日高案内所), Mautayama Observatory (真歌山展望台) and Mt. Horai (蓬莱山). The Shinhidaka is well-known as a thoroughbred horse production place, and a ranch tour is popular, too. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Shinhidaka, Amaya (あま屋), Kirin (喜輪) and Restraunt "Hatago" (レストラン 旅篭) are popular in particular. I ate ramen noodle at Ryouka. It was so tasty.

Mt. Hourai
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo
Ranch
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo

Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki

Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki (二十間道路桜並木) is a scenic spot, a large number of cherry trees lined along a road, in Shizunai, Shinhidaka town located in the southeastern of Tomakomai city, and is a little far away from the center of the Shizunai. Along the straight line road with 7 km in total length, about 2,200 cherry trees including Sargent Cherry (エゾヤマザクラ) and Korean Hill Cherry (カスミザクラ) are in full glory. Here is well-known as one of the most famous spots to see cherry blossoms in Hokkaido. In the Hokkaido, it has been chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Roads together with Sapporo Odori Street (札幌大通り), Daisanzaka Street (大三坂通) in Hakodate and Akamatsu Namiki (赤松並木) in Nanae, and has also been chosen as one of Japan's Top 100 Cherry Blossom Spots together with Matumae Park (松前公園). 200,000 visitorss come to see the amazing cherry blossoms about from early May to mid May. But National Route 235 is very crowded at the weekend of that time, so there is a way to make a detour through Hokkaido Road 235. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Road Called Tunnel of Flowers
Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki in Shizunai

Yushun Sakura Road

Yushun Sakura Road (優駿さくらロード) is a good place to see cherry blossoms in Urakawa located in the northwestern part of Cape Erimo (えりも岬), and is a little away from the downtown of the Urakawa. It is also called "Nishicha Sakuranamiki (西舎桜並木)", and about 1,000 cherry trees such as Yezo Mounatin Cherry Tree (エゾヤマザクラ) are planted along both sides of a town road with about 3 km in length from an entrance of Yushun-no-Sato Park (優駿の里公園) to Hidaka Training Ranch (日高育成牧場). Because the width of the road is narrower than Shizunai Nijukkendouro Sakuranamiki (静内二十間道路桜並木), one of most famous cherry blossom spots in Hokkaido, in Shinhidaka, the Yushun Sakura Road cross each branches looks like a tunnel of the cherry blossoms well. It got first place in "Hokkaido Walker Plus Best Cherry Blossom Spots That Readers Want to Go 2019". The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from early May to mid May. About 10,000 tourists come. In the evening, a part of the Yushun Sakura Road is lit up. Admission free. Parking lots are free of charge. Article is here

Yushun Sakura Road
Yushun Sakura Road in Urakawa

Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine

Utafue Shrine (歌笛神社) is a shinto shrine on about 75 m altitude small hill in Mitsuishi, Shinhidaka town located in the northwestern part of Cape Erimo (えりも岬), and Utafue Preschool (歌笛保育園) is built at the foot of the hill. The shrine was established in 1983, and moved here in 1902. Amaterasu-Omikami (天照大神 * the God of the sun), Hakusanhime-no-Kami (白山比賣神) and Kumano-Omikami (熊野大神) are enshrined. The Utafue Shrine is a famous place for cherry blossoms in Hidaka district, too, and cherry trees such as Double Cherry (ヤエザクラ), Yezo Mountain Cherry (エゾヤマザクラ), Yoshino Cherry (ソメイヨシノ) and Weeping Cherry (枝垂れ桜) grow at the site. The best time to see the cherry blossoms is about from early May to mid May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Utafue Area from Approach to Shrine
Mitsuishi Utafue Shrine in Shinhidaka

Blended Miso Ramen of Ryouka

Ryouka (涼華) is a popular ramen restaurant in Shizunai, Shinhidaka town located between Tomakomai city and Cape Erimo. Ryouka is famous for placing in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. There is a building near Shizunai Government branch. The building is new and has a stylish atmosphere. There are some tables and family customers seem to enjoy. By the way, they open the ramen restraunt only at lunchtime. Article is here

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Blended Miso Ramen from Top
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List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo.

Parent-child Thoroughbred Horses
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo

Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo

Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo is a small-sized hot spring hotel facing the Pacific Ocean, and has opened a business since 2006, and Ambix inc. runs it. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 440. Visitors for day trip bath can take a bath from 06:00 to 09:00, too. Restraunt "Hatago" (お食事処「旅篭(はたご)」) and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. delicious meals using local cooking ingredient have a good reputation. A staying is possible, too. A resting room is provided for free, too.

Appearance of Building
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo
Entrances of Public Bathhouses (Source: Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo)
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo

There are 1 open-air bath, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The sunny bathhouse with large windows is not so large, but it is feeling good. The 2 indoor baths and the whirlpool bath are set beside the windows. The large indoor bath is the size that about 12 people take a bath, and uses heated cold spring. The small indoor bath is the size that about 8 people take a bath, and uses heated water using kelp produced in the Mitsuishi, and it is called Konbu Onsen (昆布湯). The Konbu Onse does not mean slimy hot water. I guess only here is the hot springs using kelp in Hokkaido. I never heard of it. The whirlpool bath uses lukewarm heated water.

Look of Public Bathhouse (Source: Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo)
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo

The ship-shaped open-air bath is the size that about 12 people take a bath, and the head of the ship is a resting place. Bathers can view the Pacific Ocean because of a low blind fence, and it is comfortable in the nude. A roof is not built, so a sense of openness can be felt very much. Beautiful sunset can be seen early in the evening.

Open-air Bath (Source: Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo)
Shinhidaka Mitsuishi Onsen Kurazo

The hot springs are cold spring, and are clear and light yellow and have neither taste nor smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.452 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. In addition, a tea server machine including hot water and cold water is also set at the dressing room.

Spring quality Cold spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 10.4 C
ph 7.6
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 Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 440. Child: JPY 140. Infant: JPY 70.
Business hours 06:00-09:00 and 10:00-22:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
Telephone number +81-146-34-2300
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 564 481 139*31

List of Accommodations

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

Mitsuishi Konbu Onsen Kurazo(三石昆布温泉 蔵三)

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