- August 15th, 2015
[Nakagoya Onsen in Tobetsu] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Nakagoya Onsen Kiku-no-En
Nakagoya Onsen (中小屋温泉) is a hot spring place in Tobetsu town located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. The hot spring was discovered in 1894. Only Nakagoya Onsen Kiku-no-En (中小屋温泉 きくの園) surrounded by trees is built near Honnakahoya Station (本中小屋駅). The distance is around 12 km away from the center of the Tobetsu, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Kabato Seimenjo (かばと製麺所), a famous Udon noodle shop, and Kimikage (きみかげ), a famous bakery, are a little away from here. Speaking of the Tobetsu, it is well-known for Flax Flowers, and those are in full bloom from late June to mid July. In addition, the Tobetsu has 8 golf cources for some reason. If you look at a google map, you can see the Tobetsu is crowded with the golf cources.
Flax Flowers (亜麻の花) bloom in late June in Tobetsu located in the northeast part of Sapporo. Tobetsu is a main producing district of the Flax, and tourists can see the Flax Flowers from the outside of the Flax Fields at the best time to see that is from late June to mid July. The Flax Flowers bloom only in the forenoon, and the bloomed Flax Flowers are scattered in a day. Small light blue lovely flowers make me even feel melancholy, too. But I guess that those are the strong life force because a nyriad of the Flax Flowers bloom everyday. By the way, a parking lot is not provided at each fields. Read More
Kabato Seimenjo (かばと製麺所) is a self-service udon noodle restraunt in Tobetsu located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo, and has opened a business since 2011, and is famous for always line. In a winter, it close a business and opens Mandegan Gaiden (まんでがん外伝) in Sapporo. They open a business in Tobetsu in a summer and open a business in Sapporo in the winter. Mr. Kenichi Hashimoto (橋本憲一), a restraunt owner, trained a cooking at famous Udon restraunt Ikegami Seimenjo (池上製麺所) in Kagawa Prefecture, so customers can enjoy the genuine taste of Kagawa udon in Hokkaido. He takes his ingredients produced in Tobetsu seriously, and they use wheat flour Kitahonami (きたほなみ) produced in Tobetsu and a lot of vegetables produced in Tobetsu for tempura. Read More
Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Nakagoya Onsen Kiku-no-En.
Nakagoya Onsen Kiku-no-En
Nakagoya Onsen Kiku-no-En is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1905. A Japanese-style garden is built on the site, too, and a pond and flowers can be enjoyed. When I visited here around 12:00 on weekdays, a lot of visitors came, and I saw that it was popular. The interior decoration has an atomosphere of Showa period, and it is very Shibui. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 540. A restraunt is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too.
There are 1 outdoor-style bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathhouse is feeling good. The indoor bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and hot springs pour into the bath from large rocks. The quarter-round whirlpool bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath. The outdoor-style bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and bathers can take a bath only in a summer. All baths uses heated cold springs. Those have slightly smooth and slippery touch.
The hot springs are sulfur and sodium chloride and calcium carbonated cold spring, and and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so the bathers should bring those. A restroom is installed at a dressing room. By the way, a resing room is provided for a fee, too.
Atmosphere of Nakagoya Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sulfur and sodium chloride and calcium carbonated cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||10.5 C|
|Indications||Neuritis, Obsolete treponema pallidum, Chronic metal addiction, Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic woman's diseases, Chronic motor paralysis, Muscle hysteresis, Nervous breakdown, Cut, Burn|
|Contraindications||High blood pressure, Malignant tumor, Sarcoma, Heart disease, Dysfunction, High arteriosclerosis.|
|Indications of drinking||Not Drinking|
|Facility||Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 540. Child: JPY 210.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||575 100 579*72|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Nakagoya Onsen.
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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