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[Nayoro Onsen] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

June 8th, 2014

Nayoro Onsen

Nayoro Onsen (名寄温泉) is a hot-spring place in Nayoro city located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar (なよろ温泉サンピラー) is built at the end of Hokkaido Road 939, and there are Piyashiri Ski Resort (ピヤシリスキー場) and Piyashiri Ski Jumping Hill (ピヤシリジャンプ台) around here, and a building is adjacent to a ski lodge. Natural phenomena such as the sun pillar, the diamond dust and snow rime can be seen at the Piyashiri Ski Resort in a winter. There are trailheads for Mt. Kudosan and Mt. Piyashiri, too. The distance is around 10 km far away from the center of the Nayoro, and restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are not built near here.

Piyashiri Ski Jumping Hill
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Jump stand for skiing

Speaking of the Nayoro, sunflower is famous, and the sunflower fields can be seen there and here. MOA Nayoro Farm Kousei Venue (MOA名寄農場更生会場), MOA Nayoro Farm Shinonome Venue (MOA名寄農場東雲会場) and Sun Pillar Park Venue (サンピラーパーク会場) are famous in particular. There are Kenko-no-Mori Park Golf Course (なよろ健康の森パークゴルフ場), Sun Pillar Park Nisshin (サンピラーパーク日進) and Kitasubaru Astronomical Observatory (なよろ市立天文台 きたすばる) at the Sun Pillar Park (サンピラーパーク), too. In addition, Nayoro Winter Festival is held in the winter, too. As for tasty restaurants in the Nayoro, Brazil and Mitsuboshi Shokudo (三星食堂) are popular in particular. Except those, I ate foods at Toyoken and Tamasaburo, and all foods were tasty. By the way, a highway bus, Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), runs between the Nayoro and Sapporo.

Kenko-no-Mori Park Golf Course
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar
Sun Pillar Park Nisshin
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar
Kitasubaru Astronomical Observatory
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Nayoro and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Nayoro
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Nayoro to Sapporo
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near the komyo Kindergarten.

Nayoro Sunflower Fields

Nayoro city is located in the northerneastern part of Asahikawa city, and 6 million sunflowers such as Harurinzo and cobalt in total are planted in some fields of about 50 ha in the whole Naoyoro. Those are in full bloom from late July to mid August. It all started when the sunflowers were planted in Chiebun region in 1897, and those were seen here and there. In the sunflower fields, 3 large sunflower fields, MOA Nayoro Farm Kousei Venue (MOA名寄農場更生会場), MOA Nayoro Farm Shinonome Venue (MOA名寄農場東雲会場) and Sun Pillar Park Venue (サンピラーパーク会場) are open to the public. Those were shooting places for Japanese movie "Stargazing Dog (星守る犬)" that Mr. Toshiyuki Nishida (西田敏行) played the leading character in 2011, and have became popular tourist attractions. Article is here

Path to Blue Sky
Sun Flower Fields, Nayoro, Sun Piller Venue


Brazil (ブラジル) is a popular coffee shop in Nayoro city and is known as sweets shop in Nayoro from old days, too. Except sweets, breads and meals are served. I heard from my elder sister that Nayoro Pudding (名寄プリン) was tasty, and I visited here. Article is here

Nayoro pudding of Brazil
Sweets -Brazil-, Nayoro pudding

Mitsuboshi Shokudo

Mitsuboshi Shokudo (三星食堂) in Nayoro city is a long-established restraunt located in the north part of Asahikawa city and was founded in 1914 near the Nayoro station. They have a wide variety on the menu and are well-known restraunt by local people. There was a lot of familiar restraunts such as the Restaurant Midoriya (レストラン緑) that local people often went to eat a dish near the Nayoro station in old days, but many restraunts has already closed their business. I think that the Mitsuboshi Shokudo keep doing their business. Article is here

View from Stewed Jingisukan of Mitsuboshi Shokudo
Stewed Jingisukan -Mitsuboshi Shokudo in Nayoro-


Nayoro (名寄) that about 30,000 people live is the 24th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is located between Wakkanai city and Asahikawa city, and is one of regional hub cities of the North Hokkaido area. The Nayoro means "A country near rivers" in Ainu language, and the downtown is between Nayoro River (名寄川) and Teshio River (天塩川). Furen that became incorporated with the Nayoro in 2006 is well-known for glutinous rice, and the planted area is the largest in Japan. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -30 degrees in a winter because Nayoro is located in a basin. Natural environment of abou 60-degrees temperature difference is one of features of the Nayoro. So natural phenomena such as SunPillar and Diamond Dust can be enjoyed. The Nayoro is just beside Bifuka town recorded the coldest temperature, -41.5 degrees, in Japan, and is one of the coldest region in the Hokkaido. Article is here

Nayoro Park

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar.

Ski Lodge
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Ski lodge

Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar is a small-sized long-established onsen inn founded in 1973. The building was renewed in 1997. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. Restraunt "Akagera" (レストラン「あかげら」) and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A lunch set with taking a bath is served for JPY 1000. A staying is possible, too.


Appearance of Building
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

There are 2 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The sunny bathhouse is not large but cozy. The large indoor bath beside windows is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and uses heated water. The small indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses heated cold springs.

Look of Bathhouse (Source: Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar HP)
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar
Small Indoor Bath
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Onsen
Large Indoor Bath
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Indoor spa

The hot springs are sodium and calcium sulfate bicarbonate cold spring, and are clear and light yellow and have sulfur taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.997 g/kg. A drinking hot spring facility is provided at a Japanese-style resting room. I am happy that the hot springs can be drunk. It tasted like a slightly boiled egg, and seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Liver disease and Gout. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room, too.

Drinking Hot Spring Facility
Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

Atmosphere of Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium sulfate bicarbonate cold spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 14 C
ph 6.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Chronic skin diseases, Burn, Cut, 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 Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Liver disease, Gout
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 10:00-22:00 * Third Monday 17:00-22:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (800 cars)
Telephone number +81-1654-2-2131
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 832 212 817*02

List of Accommodations

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

Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar(なよろ温泉サンピラー)
Nayoro Sun Pillar Youth Hostel(なよろサンピラーユースホステル)
Guest House Nisshin(ゲストハウス日進)
Hotel Mystays Nayoro(ホテルマイステイズ名寄)
Grand Hotel Fujika(グランドホテル藤花)
B&B Hotel Bird Inn(B&B ホテル バードイン)
Hotel Mystays Nayoro(ホテルマイステイズ名寄)
Business Hotel Sunflower(ビジネスホテル サンフラワー)

A page of Nayoro is here




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