- March 10th, 2016
[Closed Business: Raiden Onsen in Iwanai] Day Trip Bath and 100% Natural Free flowing Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed at Strange Semi-Mixed Bathing Indoor Bath of Miuraya Ryokan
Raiden Onsen (雷電温泉) is a hot-spring place along National Route 229 in Iwanai town located in the southwestern part of Otaru city, and only Miuraya Ryokan (三浦屋旅館) opens a business. Except the Miuraya Ryokan, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. The National Route 229 is opened in 1963, and onsen accommodations used to open a business successively, so the hot-spring place has been called "Raiden Onsenkyo (雷電温泉郷)", and was flourished. But almost onsen accommodations has been closed down, so ruins are outstanding at present.
It is said that Raiden means "a dead tree" or "a low cape" in Ainu language, but it is also said that there are some place names, Benkei's Sitting Rocks (弁慶の腰掛け岩や) and Benkei's Stacking Firewood Rocks (弁慶の薪積岩), related Yoshitune and Benkei Legend. When the Yoshitune went away from here, he said to Menuka (メヌカ), a chief's daughter, "I will come back next year", and "next year" pronounces "rainen" in Japanese, and it is said that Raiden was named a corrupted form of "rainen". The name of the origin is unclear, but I think that Raiden Onsen is so cool name. There is an entrance of Asahi Onsen (朝日温泉), a famous secret onsen, but unfortunately, the Asahi Onsen is closed now.
Atmosphere of Old Asahi Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
As for public transport, Chuo Bus (中央バス) controls the Shiretoko Peninsula, Highway Bus Shakotan-go (高速しゃこたん号) runs between Sapporo and Cape Kamui from April 21 to October 21. Highway Bus Yoichi-go (高速よいち号) runs between the Sapporo and the Yoichi, and Highway Bus Iwanai-go (高速いわない号) runs between the Sapporo and the Iwanai. In addition, Summer One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus and Autumn One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus run from the Sapporo to the Shakotan Peninsula.
Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) is a peninsula located in the northwestern part of Otaru city, and has been designated as Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park (ニセコ積丹小樽海岸国定公園) because of a precious complicated coastline with steep cliffs. The sea of the Shakotan is very beautiful, and looks clear blue, so everybody call Shakotan Blue (シャコタンブルー). A traffic used to be inconvenient in the old days, and tourists rarely visited here. People are easy to access the Shakotan Peninsula as well as Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) at present, but it is called an unexplored region because it would not develop very much. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
The visitors can take a day trip bath only at the Miuraya Ryokan.
[Closed Business] Miuraya Ryokan
Miuraya Ryokan is a small-sized onsen ryokan near Raiden Lookout (雷電展望台) on a hillside, so a view is so good, and is well-known for enjoying 100% natural free flowing hot springs. A kind old couple runs it. The appearance and the interior decoration make the visitors feel Showa period. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too. The sunset over the Sea of Japan can be seen. Unfortunately, they have been closed down since August, 2019.
They have 3 public bathrooms, small public bathrooms for men or women and a mixed bathing open-air bath. There is 1 semi-mixed bathing indoor bath at the sex-segregated U-shaped tiled bathrooms. Each indoor baths are the size that about 3 people take a bath. The indoor bath for men is conected to the indoor bath for women. The hot springs flew from a pipe with burbling is impressive. Black calcareous sinter dance in the water. That is so good. If there is not another bathers, I think that family visitors can enjoy themselves.
In addition, the hot springs were happened to be lukewarm for some reason when I took a bath. But I enjoyed the high quality hot springs fully because the hot springs were suitable for taking a long bath. By the way, a shower was not provided, and I poured the hot springs on myself with a washbowl from the indoor bath because hot water would not come out of a faucet.
The open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 3 people can take a bath. The sea of Japan can be seen from the open-air bath. Unfortunately, The open-air bath is not used in a winter. The open-air bath is a little away from dressing rooms for men or women.
The hot springs are calcium sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have tastless and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.650 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.
Atmosphere of Miuraya Ryokan Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Calcium sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||53.6 C|
|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 bathing open-air bath(1), Semi-mixed bathing indoor bath(1).|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Elementary school student: JPY 250.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day, and New Year holidays|
|Parking lot||A free parking lot is provided (4 cars)|
|Mapcode||730 649 321*64|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Iwanai.
A page of Shakotan Peninsula is this
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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