- February 9th, 2014
[Ponpira Onsen in Nakagawa] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Ponpira Aqua Rizink
Ponpira Onsen (ぽんぴら温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshio Nakagawa town located between Nayoro city and Wakkanai city, and is close to Tesio River (天塩川). Only Ponpira Aqua Rizink (ポンピラ・アクア・リズイング) is built at foot of Maharashi Park (見晴公園), and is close to an auto camping ground named Naport Park (ナポートパーク). A canoe can be enjoyed because a canoe port is built, and here is surrounded by forests, so nature is rich, and fishing and forest bathing can be enjoyed, too. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built.
Ponpira means a small cliff in Ainu language. It is the origin of the Ponpira Onsen that Ponpira Onsen (its predecessor is the Ponpira Aqua Rizink) opened a business in 1973. Because small hot springs gush out, they save the resources on the earth. The Nakagawa is well-known for a fossil ammonite, and the fossil ammonite is displayed at the Ponpira Aqua Rizink. By the way, there are Forest Park Campsite (森林公園キャンプ場), Nakagawa Ski Resort (中川スキー場) and Place That Hokkaido Was Named (北海道命名の地) around here.
Place That Hokkaido Was Named
The place that Hokkaido was named (北海道命名の地) is located in Otoineppu village between Wakkanai city and Nayoro city. Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura (松浦武四郎) was taught the meaning of "Kiner (カイナー)" by an elder of Ainu people around this place in the Edo period, and this place is known for having his opportunity to think the name about Hokkaido. There is nothing except a monument along Teshio River (天塩川). But some anglers came, and I think that this place is famous fishing spot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
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Visitors can take a day trip bath at Ponpira Aqua Rizink.
Ponpira Aqua Rizink
Ponpira Aqua Rizink is a small-sized onsen hotel next to Naport Park, and has opened a business since 1973. A cylindrical building catches people's eyes. It is probably related with a ammonite. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. A shop and a restraunt are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too. In addition, they have ammonite shaped Aqua Pool. A swimsuit is rented.
There are 2 indoor baths, 1 medicated bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse. The tiled bathhouse with a low ceiling may make bathers feel tightness, but the sunny bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. The baths are placed along the windows, and a large indoor bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and uses heated water. A small inroo bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses heated cold hot springs with adding water. The medicated bath at most depth is the size that about 4 people can take a bath.
The hot springs are strong sodium and calcium chloride cold spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and no smell. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 26.60 g/kg. The metaboric acid content is 636.0 mg/kg, and it is said that the metaboric acid is effective for sterilization and treatment of skin. But the hot springs is indeed added water, so the sum total of the hot spring ingredients become diluted.
Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and a free hair dryer are installed at a dressing room. 2 resting rooms are provided for free, and a free cold water dispenser is provided at a small resting room. 7 bathers took a bath although I visited here in the daytime on weekdays. Ponpira Aqua Rizink is popular with local people.
|Types of Hot Springs||Strong sodium and calcium chloride cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||12.5 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Cold sensitivity, Women's diseases, Cut, Burn|
|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(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Junior high school student or older: JPY 400. from 4 years of age through elementary school: JPY 200. Children under four: free of charge.|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (100 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||640 474 796*68|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Ponpira Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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