[Rogetsu Onsen in Date] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Multipurpose Training Facility Rogetsukan
April 25th, 2014
Rogetsu Onsen (弄月温泉) is a hot spring place in Date city located in the northwestern part of Muroran city. Only Rogetsukan (弄月館) surrounded by fields is built. The distance is around 5 km away from the center of the Date, and restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, bars with a surcharge, Izakaya and convenience stores are built there. Famous tourists attractions in the Date are Mt. Usu (有珠山), Usu Zenkoji Temple (有珠善光寺), Kita Kogane-Kaizuka Shell Mound Park (北黄金貝塚公園) and Road Station "Date Rekishi-no-Mori" (道の駅 だて歴史の杜), and Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road is worth seeing. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Date, Dateokina (伊達翁), Sobajun (そば順) and Conveyor Belt Sushi Date Wasabi (回転寿司割烹 伊達 和さび) are popular in particular. I ate foods and Handsome-yaki at the Dateokina and Handsome Shokudo (ハンサム食堂), and those were tasty.
Mt. Usu (有珠山) in the south side of Lake Toya (洞爺湖) is an active volcano with 733 m in height and is double volcano with Ousu Lava Dome (大有珠), Kousu Lava Dome (小有珠), Mt. Ogari (オガリ山) and Mt. Usushinzan (有珠新山), and erupted 4 times within 100 years ago, so it is very active also in the world. It can be said that the Mt. Usu is one of main actors in Toya Caldera and Usu Volcano Global Geopark (洞爺湖有珠山ジオパーク). Admission free. A parking lot is charged. Article is here
Kita Kogane-Kaizuka Shell Mound Park
Kita Kogane-Kaizuka Shell Mound Park (北黄金貝塚公園) is a Jomon shell mound vestige (貝塚集落遺跡) between Date city and Muroran city and seemed to be a village of Jomon people 3,500-5,000 B.C. There are 5 shell mound traces in total, and it is reproduced with scallop shells now, and a scenery that is dotted with white shell mounds on a green hill is very nice. Houses of Jomon people are reproduced in the site, too, and the visitors can go in and out freely. In addition, finds are exhibited at Kita Kogane Information Center (北黄金情報センター). Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Cherry Blossoms of Usu Zenkoji Temple
Usu Zenkoji Temple (有珠善光寺) is a famous historical temple in Date city. The official name is Ousuyama Dojoin Zenkoji (大臼山道場院善光寺). Great teacher Jikaku (慈覚大師) founded the temple in 826. It is said that it is the oldest temple in Hokkaido. It has been known as a famous cherry blossoms viewing spot since the old days, and about 1000 cherry trees can be enjoyed in a spring. There are various types of the cherry trees, those can be enjoyed for a long time. The best time to see is early May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. I visted here in 8 May 2017, and unfortunately, the cherry blossoms were already falling. Article is here
Cherry Blossoms of Cycling Road
Cycling Road "Memory of Wind (風のメモリー)" is located in Date city and is famous for seeing beautiful cherry blossoms in a spring. The cycling road is the site of a railway. After Iburi Line (胆振線) was discontinued in 1986, the Cycling Road "Memory of Wind" with about 5.4 km in total length was built. Yohino Cherry Trees were planted along the Cycling Road. A conbination of Mt. Showashinzan (昭和新山) and the cherry blossoms is comfortable when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The best time to see is from early May to late May. Admission free. Article is here
Dateokina (伊達翁) is a famous buckwheat noodles restraunt in Rogetsu-cho, Date city. This restraunt is one of buckwheat noodles restraunts that Mr. Kunihiro Takahashi (高橋邦弘), very famous soba chef, runs the Okina-Daruma group (翁達磨グループ), and Mr. Hirofumi Takenaka (竹中広文) became independent in 2000. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. This restraunt is adjacent to a convenience store "Seicomart (セイコーマート)" along the National Route 37 and a signboard of Seicomart is a mark. Because Dateokina seemed to be crowded very much at lunchtime, I visited here around 14:00 on weekdays. There were 2 groups of visitors at the reastraunt. That was what I thought. The restaurant was shiny and all interior decoration was made of woods. Seats with a space spacious had a nice atmosphere. All seats are tables, so family customers seem to enjoy, too. Article is here
Handsome Shokudo (ハンサム食堂) is a fast food restaurant in Date city located in the northwestern part of Muroran city. I heard about this restaurant from Ms. Tani, and I visited here. There is the fast food restaurant at roadside station "Date-Rekishi-no-Mori". * Arcs Shopping Center nearby the roadside station has the fast food restaurant, too. It is Handsome-yaki (ハンサム焼き * Japanese-style pancake filled with bean jam) that I want to eat at the Handsome Shokudo. The Handsome-yaki has 3 kinds of flavor, bean jam flavor (あんこ味), custard cream flavor (クリーム味) and seasonanl flavor (季節の味). Because I was full, I ordered the signature tastes, the bean jam taste and the custard cream taste. The price was JPY 80 per one. Article is here
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Multipurpose Training Facility Rogetsukan.
Multipurpose Training Facility Rogetsukan
Rogetsukan (弄月館) is a hot spring facility for day trip onsen founded in 1984. It was built for agricultural training. The hot spring facility opens at 09:00, but tourists can take a bath at 10:30. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 440. There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathhouse. The sunny tiled bathhouse is small but cozy. The indoor bath beside the windows is the size that 4 people can take a bath, and uses natural free flowing hot springs.
The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have slightly salty taste and no smell, and are not drinkable. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so bathers should bring those. A restroom is installed at a dressing room.
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||47.1 C|
|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|
|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 440. Child: JPY 140.|
|Regular closing day||Monday and Year-end and New Year holidays|
|Parking lot||A free parking lot is provided (30 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||159 752 235*41|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Date. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Date Prince Hotel(ダテプリンスホテル)||
|Date Business Hotel Castle(伊達ビジネスホテルキャッスル)||
|Station Hotel Sanga(ステーション ホテル サンガ)||