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[Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Caldera

December 16th, 2014

Nigorigawa Onsen

Nigorigawa Onsen (濁川温泉) is a hot-spring place in Mori town located the northern part of Hakodate city. The basin is named Nigorigawa Caldera (濁川カルデラ) with a diameter of 2 km, and the Nigorigawa Onsen is like a hidden village surrounded by mountains. Active volcanic activity continues on the Nigorigawa Caldera, so only geothermal plant in Hokkaido is built. There are almost fields on the caldera, and vegetables are grown with using hot springs, and and common people use the hot springs at each family. Around 200 hot spring wells are built, and water vapors rise here and there. Hothouse vegetables such as Tomato and Cucumber with using hot springs are local speciality.

Hot Spring Wells Are Built Here and There
Nigorigawa Onsen

The beginning of the Nigorigawa Onsen is not clear, but it has been used as a hot-spring place for cure since a long time, and a statue of Yakushi Nyorai (薬師如来像) dedicated in 1798 exists at present. After that, Mr. Hanzaemon Kagaya (加賀屋半左衛門) open Kuma-no-Yu (熊の湯) or Kagaya Onsen (加賀屋温泉) that is the predecessor of MotoYu Shinsenkan as a hot-spring place for cure in 1807, and it is a basis for the Nigorigawa Onsen. 7 small-sized hot spring facilities in total are built on the fields at present. There are not a large onsen accommodation, and the hot-spring place has an atmosphere such as good-old hot-spring place for cure. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The types of the hot springs are different depending on the hot spring facilities, and almost hot spring facilities use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. But the overall hot spring facilities are not new, so people liking new facilities may not be suitable for the hot spring facilities. Nonstop buses do not run from the Nigorigawa Onsen to Sapporo or Hakodate.

Nigorikawa Shrine and 100th Anniversary Monument
Nigorigawa Onsen

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at Shineikan (新栄館), Goshiki-no-Yu (五色の湯), Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato (カルデラ温泉ふれあいの里), Onsen Ryokan Chuo-so (温泉旅館中央荘), MotoYu Shinsenkan Nikori-no-Yu (元湯新泉館 にこりの湯), Onsen Ryokan Tenyu (温泉旅館天湯) and Onsen Ryokan Mikanseni (温泉旅館美完成).

Hot Springs Are Gushing out from Rocks
Nigorigawa Onsen

Shineikan

Shineikan is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1900, and is a little far from Hokkaido Road 778. A building passed for nearly 100 years, and the appearance and the interior decoration are quite shibui. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. They have 2 buildings, Old Building and New Building. A staying is possible, too, and it seems to stay a new building. A public bathhouse for men is a mixed bathing bath on the 1st basement of Old Building, and a public bathhouse for women is at New Building. The bathhouse for women is relatively new, so the bathhouse for men is popular for women, too. I think that women is hard to take a bath while men take a bath, so enjoy the shibui indoor baths if men do not take a bath at the bathhouse for men.

Appearance of Building
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan
Shibui Corridor
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan
Old Analysis Sheet for Hot Springs
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan

The bathhouse for men has been used for 100 years, too, and hot spring ingredients have precipitated on bathtubs and a floor of the bathhouse, and these are petrified. Fresh hot springs flow freely, and the floor changes to a river. That is amazing! In Japan, it will be a few onsen that there is the natural world at the bathhouse.

Bathhouse
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan
Free Flowing Hot Springs Change to River
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan

There are 3 indoor baths at the public bathhouse for men, and those indoor baths different in water temperature. The indoor bath with the hotest spring is the size that about 3 people can take a bath. The hottest spring was considerable hot, and I was not able to take a bath. Therefore I regulated temperature with water from a hose. Because modern bathing facilities are not installed, bathers may feel inconvenience, but the indoor baths are full of freshness and surprising. The others are the size that 1 pesron can take a bath, and the water temperature is suitable for bathing. A shower is not installed at the bathroom, so you must pour the hot springs on yourself to rinse off your surface dirt and sweat before entering the bath.

Regulate Temperature with Water from Hose
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan
Light Green
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan
3 Indoor Baths
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan
Hot Spring Ingredients Are Precipitating
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan

The hot springs are sodium chloride bicarbonate spring, and are a little opaque and light green and have a little salty taste and a little oil smell. Shampoos and soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, too. Because there is not a restroom at a dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

Shibui Dressing Room
Nigorrikawa Onsen in Mori Shineikan

Atmosphere of Shineikan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shineikan

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride bicarbonate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 56 C
ph 8.2
Indications Neuralgia, Rheumatism
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 Unknown
Facility Mixed bathing indoor bath(3), Indoor bath for women(1).
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 150.
Business hours 08:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-1374-7-3007
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 687 173 132*26

Goshiki-no-Yu

Goshiki-no-Yu (五色の湯) is a small-sized onsen ryokan along Hokkaido Road 778 in the center of the Nigorigawa Onsen. They do not accept reservations for rooms at present. An okami is going into hospital, so her daughter manages the ryokan. But she is working on weekdays, and it opens a business for almost Saturday, Sunday, and National holiday. It is an opening sign that a gray vehicle parks on the side of the building. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 300.

Appearance of Building
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori

A public bathroom is a reserved bathing, and is not so large. But 100% natural free flowing hot springs are overflowing from bathtubs, and hot spring ingredients are piled up on the floor and the surface of the bathtubs, and those are very good feeling. I guess that onsen power is strong.

Look of Bathroom
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori

There are 2 indoor baths at the public bathroom. The one is the semicircular bathtub, and is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. The other is the rectangle bathtub, and is the size that a person can take a bath. This bathtub is nearer a hot spring source than another one, so the hot spring is too hot. Oil slick is formed on the surface of the hot springs. But she told me "Please do not enter the small indoor bath because it is not cleaned".

View from Large Indoor Bath
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
Hot Springs Are Gushing out
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
View from Large Indoor Bath
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
View from Large Indoor Bath
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
Mark Is Like Stream
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
Large Indoor Bath
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
Petrified Hot Spring Ingredients
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
Small Indoor Bath
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori

The hot springs are sulfur and sodium calcium bicarbonate chloride spring, and are opaque and light green and have metallic taste and oil smell. The hot spring seemed to be drinkable, so those tasted like mud, and seemed to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease and Constipation. Shampoos and body soaps for visitors are not provided at the bathroom, the visitors have to bring those. A shower is broken, so you must pour the hot springs on yourself to rinse off your surface dirt and sweat before entering the bath. There is not a restroom at a dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom at a corridor.

Hot Springs Are Gushing out
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
Dressing Room
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori
Dressing Room
Goshiki-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori

Atmosphere of Goshiki-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Goshiki-no-Yu

Types of Hot Springs Sulfur and sodium calcium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source -
ph -
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Weak child, Chronic woman's diseases, Diabetes, High blood pressure, 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, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Dry skin in the elderly
Indications of drinking Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facility Indoor bath(2). * Chartered bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 300. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours -
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A parking lot is provided
Telephone number +81-1374-7-3012
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 687 143 291*08

Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato

Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato is a small-sized onsen hotel founded in 1995 along Hokkaido Road 778 at the most remote of the entrance of Nigorigawa Onsen, and is the largest hot-spring facility in Nigorigawa Onsen, and is well-known for various baths, and is famous for an open-air bath beside a garden. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Caldera Onsen Fureainosato Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori

They have 2 buildings, Main Building (本館) and New Building (新館), and large public bathhouses are on the 1st floor of the Main building. They have 4 large public bathhouses for men or women, Large Public Bathhouse (大浴場), Large Public Bathhouse with Cypress Bath (檜風呂浴場), First Open-air Bathhouse (第一露天風呂) and Second Open-air Bathhouse (第二露天風呂). There are 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 sleeping bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Large Public Bathhouse. There are 1 cypress bath, 1 indoor bath surrounded by rocks and 1 sleeping bath at the Large Public Bathhouse with Cypress Bath. The indoor bath surrounded by rocks is only at the bathhouse for men. The indoor baths use (1)sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, and the whirlpool bath and the sleeping bath use heated water.

Bathouse with Cypress Bath for Men (Source: Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato)
Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato
Bathouse with Cypress Bath for Men (Source: Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato)
Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato

There are 1 open-air bath surrounded by rocks, 1 open-air bath and 1 open-air walking bath at the First Open-air Bathhouse. There are 1 open-air bath surrounded by rocks beside the garden at the Second Open-air Bathhouse. The open-air baths use (2)sodium chloride spring. The Second Open-air Bathhouse is closed in a winter.

First Open-air Bathhouse for Men (Source: Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato)
Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato

They have 2 types of the hot springs. One is (1)sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, are opaque and light green and have a little salty and oil smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.837 g/kg. The other is (2)sodium chloride spring, are opaque and light green and have a little salty and oil smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 3.525 g/kg. Soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Types of Hot Springs (1)Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
(2)Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)44.5 C
(2)59.3 C
ph (1)7.2
(2)6.8
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Relieving fatigue, Cold sensitivity, Bruise, Chronic digestive diseases, Skin diseases, Cut, Burn, Chronic women's diseases
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(4), Indoor bath(6 or 7), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-1374-7-2000
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 687 142 064*37

Onsen Ryokan Chuo-so

Onsen Ryokan Chuo-so is a small-sized onsen ryokan along Hokkaido Road 778 in rice fields. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 300. A staying is possible, too. There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The bath uses 100 % natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, are opaque and light green and have a little salty and oil smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.165 g/kg. Body soaps are provided at the bathroom. A free hair dryer is installed at a dressing room. A restroom is not provided at the dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

Appearance of Building
] Onsen Ryokan Chuoso Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori

Atmosphere of Chuo-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Chuo-so

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 64.8 C
ph 7.4
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Relieving fatigue, Cold sensitivity, Bruise, Chronic digestive diseases, Skin diseases, Cut, Burn, Chronic women's diseases
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 300. Child: JPY 150.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-1374-7-3010
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 687 144 573*27

MotoYu Shinsenkan Nikori-no-Yu

Motoyu Shinsenkan Nikori-no-Yu is a long-established hot spring facility for day trip bath at an entrance of Nigorigawa Onsen, and opened a business since 1807, and is the oldest hot spring facility in the Nigorigawa Onsen, and is one of 18 onsen facilities that the Japan Association of Secluded Onsen Heritage (日本温泉遺産を守る会) will recognize the hot spring facilities using fresh free flowing hot springs in Hokkaido. A building was renewed in 1994. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. They do not accept a hotel guest or serving meals at present.

Appearance of Building
Motoyu Shinsenkan Nigorigawa Onsen in Mori Nikori-no-Yu Nigorikawa Onsen

There are 1 outdoor bath and 3 indoor baths at a public bathhouse. The baths use 100 % natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are sodium and magnesium bicarbonate chloride spring, are opaque and light green and have a little salty and oil smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.754 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 201.8 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. Unfortunately, a health center will not allow to drink the hot springs. Body soaps are provided at the bathhouse.

Atmosphere of Shinsenkan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shinsenkan

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and magnesium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature 49.4 C
ph 6.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Relieving fatigue, Cold sensitivity, Bruise, Chronic digestive diseases, Skin diseases, Cut, Burn, Chronic women's diseases
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 constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 210.
Business hours 10:00-22:00
Regular closing day First Wednesday and Third Wednesday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-1374-7-3311
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 687 145 690*38

Onsen Ryokan Tenyu

Onsen Ryokan Tenyu is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1989 near the center of Nigorigawa Onsen. A restaurant is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use it. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. A staying is possible, too. There are 2 indoor baths at a public bathhouse. The baths use 100 % natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, are opaque and light green and have a little salty and oil smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.458 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse.

Appearance of Building
Tenyu Nigorikawa Onsen in Mori

Atmosphere of Tenyu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Tenyu

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 46.1 C
ph 6.4
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Relieving fatigue, Cold sensitivity, Bruise, Chronic digestive diseases, Skin diseases, Cut, Burn, Chronic women's diseases
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 constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 10:30-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-1374-7-3020
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 687 143 209*31

Onsen Ryokan Mikanseni

Onsen Ryokan Mikanseni is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1964 along Hokkaido Road 778, and they accept 1 hotel guest group per a day. A building was renewed in 2000. Its name was named after their wish that hotel guests eat a lot of tasty dishes, and enjoy bathing, and relax themselves, and are beautiful perfectly, before going home. A restaurant is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use it. A footbath for dogs is installed on the site. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400.

Appearance of Building
Nigorigawa Onsen Mikansei in Mori

There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The baths use 100 % natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, are opaque and light green and have a little salty and oil smell. Soaps are provided at the bathroom. A cold water machine is provided at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Onsen Ryokan Mikanseni Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Onsen Ryokan Mikanseni

Types of Hot Springs Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 56.2 C
ph 6.8
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Relieving fatigue, Cold sensitivity, Bruise, Chronic digestive diseases, Skin diseases, Cut, Burn, Chronic women's diseases
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 constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day Thursday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-1374-7-3822
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 687 144 707*53

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Nigorigawa Onsen.

Shineikan(新栄館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Caldera Onsen Fureai-no-Sato(カルデラ温泉ふれあいの里)
Booking
Onsen Ryokan Chuoso(温泉旅館中央荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Onsen Ryokan Tenyu(温泉旅館 天湯)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Onsen Ryokan Mikanseni(温泉旅館美完成)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

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Great Onsen of Hokkaido

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