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[Okupirika Onsen in Imakane] Amazing Hot Springs Like Natural Pond Can Be Enjoyed at Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie

August 29th, 2014

Okupirika Onsen

Okupirika Onsen (奥美利河温泉) is a hot spring place in Imakane town located in the northwest part of Hakodate city. Visitors go straight for around 10 km along Hokkaido Road 999 (北海道道999号), and the end of the road is the Okupirika Onsen. Only Okupirika Onsen "Yama-no-Ie (山の家)" is built in the Natural Recreation Forest (自然休養林) that virgin beech forests grow very thickly, and has an atmosphere such as a secret onsen in the heart of a mountain. But the above sea level is around 225 m, and is not high surprisingly. By the way, Drive carefully because the narrow road with around 8 km in lengh is rough halfway through. It is out of signal area.

Guide Map around Okupirika Onsen
Okupirika Onsen

Pirika means "Beautiful" or "Rich" in Ainu language. There are ruins, so I suppose that blessings of nature is rich around here. It is the origin of the Okupirika Onsen that Mr. Kurota Tojo (東条九郎太) discovered hot springs while searching a goldfield in 1910. After that, Mr. Toshio Tojo (東条利夫), Kurota Tojo's son, built a hot spring inn in 1919. When closing a business, the inn was renewed to the Yama-no-Ie by Imakane town. Pirika Limestone Cave (ピリカ鍾乳洞) is the only limestone cave that hot springs are gushing out in Japan nearby, and the depth is around 15 m, and the depth of the water is around 30 m. The cave is vertical, and is very dangerous, so it is off-limits. Mx Ai Haruna (はるな愛) has taken a bath in the famous tv program What? A hundred unusual scenes (ナニコレ珍百景) once.

Path to Pirika Limestone Cave
Okupirika Onsen

The start point of the Hokkaido Road 999 is across Kunnui Nationa l Rooute (National Route 230), and Kur-plaza-pirika (クアプラザピリカ) called "Pirika Onsen (美利河温泉)" is built. The Okupirika Onsen is different from the Pirika Onsen, and the Okupirika Onsen used to be called "Pirika onsen". But the name was given when the Kur-plaza-pirika was built. Oku means "the heart of a mountain" in Japanese. Lake Pirika (ピリカ湖) is in the other side of the Kur-plaza-pirika across National Route 230. There are Pirika Ski Resort (ピリカスキー場), Pirika Campsite (ピリカキャンプ場), Pirika Dam (ピリカダム) and Pirika Ruins (ピリカ遺跡). By the way, Speaking of the Imakane, Baron potato (Irish Cobbler potato) is famous. Tasty restraunts in the Imakane, Baron (ばろん) and Yachiyo (八千よ) that Imakane Baron Potato and Salad Combo Set Meal (今金男爵 ポテサラごはん) is served, Kuidokoro Washoku Tanaka (喰いどころ和しょく 田なか) that Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl with Soy Sauce (醤油かつ丼) is served are popular in particular.

Atmosphere of Pirika Ski Resort Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Pirika Ski Resort

Kuidokoro Washoku Tanaka's Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl with Soy Sauce

Kuidokoro Washoku Tanaka (喰ところ和しょく田なか) is a Japanese restaurant in Imakane town located in the northwest part of Hakodate city. I visited here to eat Soy Sauce Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl (醤油カツ丼) around 11:30 on weekdays. I was first visitor. The restraunt had an atomosphere such as a local Jananese restaurant. There are many tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Article is here

Not Used Beaten Egg
Pork Cutlet Rice Bowl with Soy Sauce -Tanaka in Imakane-

List of Day Trip Onsen

The visitors can take a day trip bath only at the Yama-no-Ie and the Kur-plaza-pirika.

Tributary River of Pirikabetsu River
Okupirika Onsen

[Closing Down] Okupirika Onsen "Yama-no-Ie"

Okupirika Onsen "Yama-no-Ie" is a small-sized onsen inn surrounded by virgin beech forests along a tributary river of Pirikabetsu River (ピリカベツ川), and has opened a business since 1986. There are a mountain lodge, a bathing facility, a parking lot and a gazebo on the site. Walking paths are built to enjoy forest bathing and hiking around here. A log house is the bathing facility near the parking lot. If visitors pay an entrance fee to the bath facility to a manager at the mountain lodge, they can take a bath. The entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 300. They close a business in a winter season (from November to April). Unfortunately, they close a business since 2015. This article before closing is as follows.

Mountain Lodge
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane

By the way, bathers must get a maneger's permission to take a picture at a public bathhouse. I got his permission whether nobody is there in the daytime on the weekdays. A staying is possible, too, but they accept a reservation only on a day before Saturday, Sunday and National Holiday. A bathing is popular for seeing stary sky in the evening.

View from Staying Ridge
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Bathing Facility. Before Bathing, Bathers Must Pays to Manager Fee
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane

The log house has a dressing room and a indoor bath, and it is a very simple structure. There are 1 mixed bathing open-air bath and 1 gender segregated indoor bath at the public bathhouse. The bathroom is not large, but a ceiling is high. Walls are painted white, so those have a stylish atomosphere. There is not a shower, and shampoos and soaps are not provided. The bathers must bring those. In addition, the bathers should take a bath after pouring hot springs on their body with a water tub.

Indoor Bath. Stylish White Wall
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane

The indoor bath surrounded by wooden boards is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and the bottom of the bath is covered with pebbles. It is the wild bath. The bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs, and lukewarm hot springs are suitable for taking a long bath.

Bottom of Bath Is Covered with Pebbles
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Indoor Bath
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane

The open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and the bottom of the bath is covered with pebbles, and looks like a pond. The pebbles stimulated my soles and my soles really hurt. There is not a roof, so a sense of openness can be felt. The bathers can see everything on the open-air bath from the mountain lodge, so the bathers can take a bath in their swimsuits or with covering their body with a towel.

View from Open-air Bath. Opening
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
None Roof
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Open-air Bath Looks like Pond at Garden
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Decorative Boulders
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Look of Open-air Bath
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane

Of course the open-air bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs, and gushing hot springs that you can see the moment nearby is one of the features. At a slightly higher place, the hot springs gush out from the ground naturally, and a lot of the hot springs pour into the open-air bath from there, and the situation is amazing. I felt as if see a pond at a garden, and it is unusual situation that small falls can be seen in the pond. I have never see this type of onsen. Placed decorative boulders have a good taste, too. The lukewarm hot springs are suitable for taking a long bath. By the way, lots of insects are around, this onsen is not suitable for bug-haters.

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Hot Springs Gushing out Point
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Hot Springs Gush out like Falls
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Hot Springs Gushing Point near Doorway of Male Side
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane
Mixed Bathing
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.300 g/kg. The hot springs are not drinkable because they get a health center's permission. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, you shall get a wash beforehand at the restroom at the mountain lodge.

Dressing Room
Okupirika Onsen Yama-no-Ie in Imakane

Atmosphere of Okupirika Onsen "Yama-no-Ie" Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Okupirika Onsen "Yama-no-Ie"

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 38.5 C
ph 7.9
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence
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 Mixed bathiing open-air bath(1), Sex-Segregated indoor bath(1).
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 300. Child: JPY 150. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours 08:00-19:00.
Friday 10:00-19:00.
Regular closing day From November to April
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-137-82-0111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 521 120 378*22

Kur-Plaza-Pirika

Kur-Plaza-Pirika is a small-sized onsen ryokan with a park golf course and a ski resort, and has opened a business since 1990, and owns a hot spring source. The appearance like a Western-style castle is conspicuous. TTN corp runs it at present. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A shop and a restraunt "Rera" are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. Pirika Dam Curry and Rice (ピリカダムカレー) is most popular. A staying is possible, too, and they accept staying with a pet at some guest rooms.

Appearance of Building
Kur-Plaza-Pirika Okupirika Onsen in Imakane

There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 1st floor. The sunny bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. Trees grow for a blind fence beside the outdoor bath surrounded by rocks.

Indoor Bath (Source: Kur-Plaza-Pirika)
Kur-Plaza-Pirika Okupirika Onsen in Imakane
Open-air Bath (Source: Kur-Plaza-Pirika)
Kur-Plaza-Pirika Okupirika Onsen in Imakane

Hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride sulfate spring, are clear and light dark brown and have salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredient are 8.367 g/kg. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse.

Atmosphere of Kur-Plaza-Pirika Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kur-Plaza-Pirika

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 40 C
ph 7.7
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 children, Chronic woman's diseases, 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 constipation
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 200. Infant: charge of free.
Business hours 10:00-22:00. Monday and Tuesday 12:00-22:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (150 cars)
Telephone number +81-137-83-7111
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 762 759 828*57

List of Accommodations

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

Kur-plaza-pirika(クアプラザピリカ)

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

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