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[Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari] Day Trip Bath and Benten Island Can Be Enjoyed

Sakazuki Onsen

Sakazuki Onsen (盃温泉) in Tomari village is a hot-spring place in the west coast of Shakotan Peninsula located in the western part of Otaru city. Precipitous cliffs along shoreline are beautiful. Hot springs has been gushed out since around 1905. The Sakazuki Onsen passed a rigorous screening in 1975, and has been appointed by Minister for the Environment, and is one of 15 nation insurance hot spring resorts in Hokkaido. The Sakazuki Onsen is roughly divided into 2 districts, Benten Island district (弁天島エリア) and Sakazuki Fishing Port district (盃漁港エリア). 6 accommodations and a hot spring facility are built in total, Unfortunately, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. There are the Benten Island (弁天島), the Sakazuki Sea-Bathing Place (盃海水浴場), the Moiwakanko Toilet (もいわ観光トイレ) and the Sakazuki Camping Ground (盃野営場) around the Sakazuki Onsen. The Sakazuki Onsen is crowded with campers and sea bathers in a summer.

Sakazuki Onsen
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Benten Island
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Sakazuki Sea-Bathing Place
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Moiwa Kanko Toilet
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Sakazuki Onsen Kokumin Shukusha Moiwa-so Turns into Cleared Land
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari

The Benten Island and Moiwa River (茂岩川) are famous as an angling place, and a lot of anglers come. Sea fishing and stream fishing can be enjoyed. By the way, Sakazuki Terrace (さかずきテラス) open a business from late April to Octorber at the Sakazuki Sea-Bathing Place, and activities such as a snorkel and a sea kayak can be enjoyed. A cafe is at a building, and they serve pasta or rice and curry.

Walks
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Walks
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Rocky Place around Benten Island
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Sakazuki Sea-Bathing Place
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Sakazuki Terrace
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Public Restroom
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Shrine
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari

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.

List of Means of Transportation

Refer to following companies for the sightseeing bus and the highway bus service between the Cape Kamui, the Yoichi, the Iwanai and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Shakotan
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Shakotan to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Yoichi
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Yoichi to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Iwanai
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Iwanai to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) Summer One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) Autumn One-day Sightseeing Tour Bus
Jalan
Rakuten
Iwanai Toyota Rental Lease Sapporo(岩内トヨタレンタリース札幌) Their office is in the downtown of the Iwanai.
Jalan
Yoichi Rental Car Lease(よいちレンタ・カーリース) Their office is in Okawa-cho.
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Yoichi Automobile Technical Company(余市自動車工業) Their office is in Okawa-cho.
Jalan
Rakuten

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

I Look at Shimamui Coast from Cape Kamui
Shakotan Peninsula

List of Day Trip Onsen

Tourists can take a day trip bath at Onsen Minshuku Rest-House Iwata (温泉民宿レストハウスいわた) and Sakazuki Moiwa Onsen Hotel (茂岩温泉ホテル) in Benten Island district and at Choko-so (潮香荘) in Sakazuki Fishing Port district. On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Minshuku Asano (民宿浅野), Minshuku Takei (民宿たけい) and Minshuku Tanaka (民宿たなか) in Benten Island district.

Choka-so

Choka-so is a small-sized onsen ryokan on a hillside in the Sakazuki Fishing Port district. The appearance and the interior decoration make the visitors feel Showa period. They only have an open-air bath in the Sakazuki Onsen, and it is well-known for a good view from the open-air bath. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too, and dishes with a lot of seafood have a good reputation.

Appearance of Building
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Entrances of Bathhouses for Men and Women
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari

There are 1 open-air, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the large public tiled bathhouse. The sunny bathhouse with large windows is feeling good. The indoor bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath.

Indoor Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Free Flowing Hot Spring
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
View from Indoor Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Sauna
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Cold Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari

The open-air bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. Hot springs at the open-air bath is more lukewarm than the hot springs at the inddor bath. A sence of openness can be felt because the open-air bath does not has a roof. By the way, views from the open-air bath is a highlight. That is very nice, and bathers can look over Sakazuki Port and the Sea of Japana. The sunset over the Sea of Japan can be seen. A blindfold fence is built, so the bathers would not be able to see the views while bathing, but you might as well enjoy the cool air while seeing the views.

Open-Air Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
View from Open-Air Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
View from Open-Air Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Free Flowing Hot Springs
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
View from Open-Air Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari

The hot springs are calcium and sodium sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of of the hot spring ingredients are 1.452 g/kg. The hot springs seem to be drinkable, but a drnking hot spring faciliy is not founded.

Dressing Room
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Bathroom Sink
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari

Shampoos and body soaps are provided at a bathhouse. A free hair dryer is installed at a dressing room. There is not a restroom at the dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. A free cold water dispenser is provided near the entrances of the bathhouses for men or women. In addition, there are a game place and a capsule toy place at the building.

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Free Cold Water Dispenser Is Provided
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Resting Room
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Game Place
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari
Capsule Toys
Sakazuki Onsen Chokaso in Tomari

Atmosphere of Choka-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Choka-so

Types of Hot Springs Calcium and sodium sulfate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 43.7 C
ph 7.6
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, Arteriosclerosis, Chronic skin 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 Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 350. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours 10:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-135-75-2111
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 775 069 627*06

Onsen Minshuku Rest-House Iwata

Onsen Minshuku Rest-House Iwata is a small-sized onsen ryokan in Benten Island district. I visited here around 10:00 on weekdays. I did not find an owner for a while, but about 10 minutes later I was able to find him. He did something afternoon when I asked him, and he said "You could take a bath only just now", I would take a bath. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. I walked through a dining room, and took off my shoes, and raised a corridor, and walked to an entrance of public bathroom. A lot of small paper lanterns hanging on a wall of a corridor caught my eyes. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of building
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Dining Room
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Small Paper Lanterns
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari

The public bathrooms are divided into 2 parts, and there are 1 tiled indoor bath at each parts. Each indoor baths are the size that about 4 people can take a bath. The indoor baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. It has a smooth and slippery touch slightly. The bathrooms were small, but other visitors did not come, so I relaxed.

Indoor Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Look of Bathroom
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Clear and Colorless Hot Springs
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Indoor Bath
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Clear and Colorless Hot Springs
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari

Hot springs are calcium and sodium sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.548 g/kg. A shampoo and soaps are provided at the bathtoom. Because there is not a restroom at a dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along the corridor.

Dressing Room
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Resting Place
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari
Resting Place
Sakazuki Onsen Rest-House Iwata in Tomari

Atmosphere of Rest-House Iwata Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Rest-House Iwata

Types of Hot Springs Calcium and sodium sulfate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 46.7 C
ph 8.0
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, Arteriosclerosis, Chronic skin 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(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400.
Business hours 10:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (5 cars)
Telephone number +81-135-75-2138
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 775 099 261*52

Moiwa Onsen Hotel

Moiwa Onsen Hotel is an onsen ryokan beside the Onsen Minshuku Iwata in Benten Island district, and turns into a hot spring facility for day trip onsen at present. Business hour is 15:00-20:00. The appearance and the interior decoration make visitors feel Showa period. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500.

Appearance of Building
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Public Bathhouses for Men or Women
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari

There is 1 indoor bath at a sunny tiled public bathhouse. The bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and the depth is about 30cm. Hot springs gush out from a hot spring gushing point at the bottom. In addition, the hot springs always are overflowing from the bath, and flow to a hot spring outlet. The hot spring on the bath floor is comfortable, so sleeping on the bath floor can be enjoyed if there are not other bathers.

Indoor Bath
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Bath Supplies Are Kept Tidy
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Hot Springs Always Are Overflowing from Bath
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari
Hot Springs Collect at Hot Spring Outlet
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari

Most of bathers are local people, so they use here as a social meeting place. When I asked one of them, he told me the hot springs are very hot in a summer, and the hot springs are comfortable in a winter. I felt water temperature of the hot springs is nearly 43 C, so I thought it was hard to take a long bath in the summer. But water sometimes are added into the bath in the summer.

Indoor Bath
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari

The hot springs are calcium and sodium sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.459 g/kg. Drinking hot springs seemed to be possible, but I could not find a place for drinking the hot springs. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. In addition, a bathroom sink is along the corridor, too. The building is very old, but the bathhouse and the dressing room are totally kept clean, so are comfortable.

Dressing Room
Sakazuki Onsen in Tomari

Atmosphere of Moiwa Onsen Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Moiwa Onsen Hotel

Types of Hot Springs Calcium and sodium sulfate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 46.9 C
ph 8.3
Indications Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Low back pain, Neuralgia, Frozen shoulder, Bruise, Sprain, Motor paralysis, Reduction in renal function, Mild hypertension, Diabetes, Mild high cholesterol, Mild asthma, Emphysema, Autonomic instability, Hemorrhoid, Sleep disorder, State of depression, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Peripheral circulatory failure, Cold sensitivity, Xerosis cutis
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 Biliary tract obstruction, Mild high cholesterol, Constipation
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500.
Business hours 15:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (8 cars)
Telephone number +81-135-75-2106
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 775 099 261*37

List of Activities

Some activity companies hold some types of activitie in the Shakotan Peninsula. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Marine Activities

Activities related to the sea can be enjoyed in the Shakotan Peninsula. In Bikuni port (美国港), Ocean Days (オーシャンデイズ) holds Blue Cave Snorkelling (青の洞窟シュノーケリング), Club Kids (クラブキッズ) and CROSSWAY (クロスウェイ) hold snorkelling and scuba diving. In Horomui port (幌武意港), Aqua Cat (アクアキャット) and Zem House (ゼムハウス) hold some activities such as the scuba diving. In the Yoichi, KamuiChippu Sea Kayak (かむいちぇぷシーカヤックサービス) holds sea kayak. In Sakazuki Teracce (さかずきテラス), the Sakazuki Onsen, Poseidon (ポセイドン) holds the scuba diving, the snorkelling and the sea kayak. In the Iwanai, H2O Adventures holds the sea kayak. Refer to following websites for the activities. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Movie of Blue Cave Snorkelling


Movie of Activities in Sakazuki Terrace


Ocean Days(オーシャンデイズ)
Club Kids(クラブキッズ)
CROSSWAY(クロスウェイ)
KamuiChippu Sea Kayak(かむいちぇぷシーカヤックサービス)
Jalan
Poseidon(ポセイドン)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Aqua Cat(アクアキャット)
ASOVIEW
Zem House(ゼムハウス)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
H2O Adventures(H2Oアドベンチャー)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
PRO SHOP LODGE(プロショップロッジ)
ASOVIEW

Fruit Picking

Movie of Fruit Picking


Fruits Road Bandoen(フルーツロード坂東園)
ASOVIEW
Yamamoto Sightseeing Orchard(山本観光果樹園)
ASOVIEW
Sakuranboyama Sightseeing Farm(さくらんぼ山観光農園)
ASOVIEW
Berry Berry Farm Ueda(ベリーベリーファーム上田)
ASOVIEW
Nakai Sightseeing Farm(中井観光農園)
ASOVIEW
Cherry Hunt in Okubo(チェリーハント イン オオクボ)
ASOVIEW
Niwata Fruits Farm(庭田フルーツファーム)
ASOVIEW

Skydiving

Movie of Skydiving


Skydiving Hokkaido(スカイダイブ北海道)

List of Accommodations

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

Onsen Minshuku Rest-House Iwata(温泉民宿レストハウスいわた)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sakazuki Onsen Chokoso(盃温泉 潮香荘)
Booking
Minshuku Asano(民宿浅野) Tel: +81-135-75-2719
Minshuku Takei(民宿たけい) Tel: +81-135-75-2651
Minshuku Tanaka(民宿たなか) Tel: +81-135-75-2601
Sakazuki Campsite(盃野営場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Shakotan Peninsula is here

Shakotan Peninsula

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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