- June 8th, 2014
[Nayoro Onsen] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar
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.
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.
Nayoro Sunflower Fields
Nayoro city is located in the northerneastern direction 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. Read More
Nayoro Confectionery Store Brazil (なよろ菓子工房ブラジル) is a popular confectionery store founded in 1955 in Nayoro city, and is near Nayoro Station. Mr. Hideaki Hirai (平井 秀明) is a store owner at present. The Brazil has been loved by local people since a long time ago, and Nayoro Pudding (名寄プリン) has a good reputation. Except it, they serve cakes, baked confectioneries, pafaits, breads and so on. A sales area and a cafe area are at the building. * I got information that the cafe might stop a business. Most of their customers are local people, and I also used to have a break here sometimes. Read More
Mitsuboshi Shokudo (三星食堂) is a long-established restraunt founded in 1914 in Nayoro city located in the northern direction of Asahikawa city, and is near Nayoro Station. Mr. Kouzo Takeda (武田 宏三) is a restraunt owner now. The restraunt is known for a wide variety dishes on a menu, and is loved by Nayoro people. Special Mayonnaise Grilled Chicken with Teriyaki Sauce Set Meal (鳥の照焼特製マヨネーズ炒定食) and Nayoro Stewed Mongolian Barbecue Set Meal (なよろ煮込みジンギスカン) are popular, and the Mitsuboshi Shokudo is crowded with customers at lunchtime in particular. 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 used to be 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. Read More
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. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar.
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.
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.
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.
Atmosphere of Nayoro Onsen Sun Pillar Can Be Watched on Youtube
|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|
|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)|
|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.
A page of Nayoro is here
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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