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[Sanko Onsen in Teshikaga] Day Trip Bath and Wild Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Caldera Inn "Sanko Onsen" on Shore of Lake Kussharo

May 20th, 2015

Sanko Onsen

Sanko Onsen (三香温泉) is a hot spring place in Teshikaga town located in the northern part of Kushiro city. Only Inn "Sanko Onsen" is built on the shore of Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖) in Akan Mashu National Park, and the distance from the center of the Teshikaga is around 20 km. Unfortunately, a convenience store is not built around here. There are Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島), Wakoto Onsen (和琴温泉), Kotan Onsen (コタン温泉) and Ike-no-Yu Onsen (池の湯) around the Sanko Onsen, and various natural open-air baths can be enjoyed throughout the year. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, Fresh green and the canoe can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and whooper swans can be watched in a winter.

Autumn Leaves around Lake Kussharo
Teshikaga, Lake Kussharo, Wakoto Onsen

Lake Kussharo

Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), the largest caldera lake in Japan, is in Teshikaga town located in the northeastern part of Lake Akan (阿寒湖) and is the second largest caldera lake in the world, too. The perimeter of the lake is about 57 km. There is Nakajima island in the middle of the lake, but a landing is prohibited. The cracks called "Omiwatari (御神渡り * cracks that form in the ice on the Lake)" occur in a winter. Those are the largest size in the Japanese freshwater lake, and the ice cracks seem to occur for 10 km in total length and 2 m in height. In addition, it is famous as a wintering spot for whooper swan, and they rest their wings on the surface of the non-frozen water by hot springs melting. Article is here

Wakoto Peninsula
Lake Kussharo

Wakoto Peninsula

Wakoto Peninsula (和琴半島) is only peninsula extending out the Lake Kussharo in the southern side of the Lake Kussharo. A scenic-viewing trail that tourists can make a round trip on the peninsula for approximately 1 hour is built. The min-min-zemi cicada (ミンミンゼミ) inhabit here, they do not inhabit further north than the Lake Kussharo and are designated as a special natural treasure in 1951. The facilities are substantial, too, and there are Wakotohanto-Kohan Camping Ground (和琴半島湖畔キャンプ場), hot springs, a souvenir shop, a restraunt, a boat for hire, a restroom. Admission free . A parking lot is free of charge. It is said to be a sightseeing base of the Lake Kussharo. Article is here

Wakoto Peninsula
Lake Kussharo

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Inn "Sanko Onsen".

Inn "Sanko Onsen"
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga

Inn "Sanko Onsen"

Inn "Sanko Onsen" is a small-sized onsen inn only with 4 guest rooms near Wakoto Peninsula, and has opened a business since 1980. Visitors possibly may be hard to find it because there is not a direction board along a road. A main building and a wooden entrance were built when I arrived at there. The appearance and the interior decoration have an atomosphere such as a typical old wooden house in Hokkaido. I felt as if visited my uncle's house in the old days. A dog was kept in front of the entrance, and he was gentle. His name is Kinta (キン太). An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. A staying is possible, too, and a public bathroom for hotel guests is provided, too. A paid resting room is provided for JPY 800, too.

Dog Named Kinta
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga

The building had a good old atmosphere such as the Showa period when I entered the entrance. An owner came out, and said "Only Open-air Bath". I did not understand the meaning at first, but I think he worry about rain on that day. I was fine, and paid an entrance fee to the bath facility to him. He said "Our bath is very wild!", too. I could not help expecting it.

Dressing Hut
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga

I went out of the entrance once, and went to a dressing hut. The distance between the hut and the entrance is about 10 m. A bird feeder is built on the way, and wild animals such as wild birds or Yzeo squirrel come to eat. A firewood stove is set at a wooden dressing room. It is cold in a winter. I went to the bath space.

Opne-air Bath
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Bathers Must Pour Hot Springs on Themselves with Washbasin Before Bathing
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga

There are 3 open-air baths at the bath space. 3 parts are partitioned by wooden walls, and each water temperature are different. The largest open-air bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and others are the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and the baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. A shower is not installed at the bath space, so you must pour the hot springs on yourself to rinse off your surface dirt and sweat before entering the bath.

Opne-air Bath Is Divided into 3 Parts, Water Temperature Is Different
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Comfortable!
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga

It is surely wild without a roof. A view from open-air bath is not good because of trees, but the bathers will feel a sence of openness very much. Wash places established along the bathtub was extraordinary, I got into high spirits, too. It is amazing. Fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow can be enjoyed in a winter while taking a bath. In addition, stary sky seems to be beautiful in the evening.

I Look at Lake Kussharo
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
View from Open-air Bath
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Open Sky
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Non Roof
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
View from Opne-air Bath
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Clear and Colorless Hot Springs
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Hot Spring Ingredient Precipitated on Surface of Rock
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and a little oil smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.630 g/kg. Because the hot springs seem to be drinkable, it tasted typical hot springs when I drank it. But unfortunately, it seems to have no effect. Shampoos and soaps are provided at the bath space. There is not a restroom at the dressing room. You should get a wash beforehand at the rest room of the main building.

Dressing Room
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga
Resting Place
Sanko Onsen on Shore of Lake Kussharo in Teshikaga

Atmosphere of Sanko Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sanko Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Weak alkali, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 48.0 C
ph 7.0
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, 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 Nothing
Facilities Open-air bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Elementary school student: JPY 300.
Business hours 10:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking lot is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-15-484-2140
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 731 548 489*15

List of Accommodations

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

Sanko Onsen(三香温泉)
Booking
Kussharo-Genya Youth Guesthouse(屈斜路原野ユースゲストハウス)
Atreyu(アトレーユ)
Kussharo Prince Hotel(屈斜路プリンスホテル)
Polaris(ぽらりす)
Lakeside Resort Pension CHATRAN(レイクサイドリゾートペンションチャトラン)
Booking
Booking.com

A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen of Hokkaido

A page of Akan Mashu National Park is here

Akan Mashu National Park

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