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[Seseki Onsen in Rausu] Mixed Bathing Open-air Bath with Full of Atomosphere Such as Secret Onsen in Sea Can Be Taken a Bath Only at Low Tide

July 11th, 2014

Seseki Onsen

Seseki Onsen (セセキ温泉) along Hokkaido Road 87 is a hot spring place in the sea in Rausu town located in the Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島), and it is far away (around 20 km) from the center of the Rausu town. Seseki means "Hot" in Ainu language, and it having the same meaning with hot springs, so I think that it had been known by Ainu people since long time ago. In all of recorded history, Mr. Ichitraro Horiuchi (堀内市太郎) found the hot springs in 1899, and made a public bathroom. After that, the bathroom sunk into the sea, so the open-air bath was left at present. It was used as a shooting place of the television drama "From the north country (北の国から)", Mr. Hidetaka Yoshioka, a famous actor, and Mr. Juro Kara, a famous actor, took a bath, so a lot of tourists has came.

View from Kujira-no-Mierugaoka Park
Rausu

Only huts for harvesting kombu are built around the Seseki Onsen. The Shiretoko Peninsula is well-known for hidden lands, and it is not easy access to here, so here is well-known for a secret onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. As for the secret onsen in the Rausu, Kuma-no-Yu (熊の湯) and Aidomari Onsen (相泊温泉) are famous, too. In addition, there are famous tourist attractions such as Shiretoko Pass (知床峠), Lake Rausu (羅臼湖), Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck (羅臼国後展望塔) and Kujira-no-Mierugaoka Park (クジラの見える丘公園) in the Rausu. As for the restraunts, Roadside Station "Shiretoko Rausu (知床・らうす)" and Hamada Shoten (濱田商店) are popular in particular. Grilled Pike Congera Sea Eel Rice Bowl (黒ハモ丼) and Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream (知床深層水ソフトクリーム) that are served at the Roadside Station "Shiretoko Rausu" are local specialty foods. By the way, the Hokkaido Road 87 is sometimes closed to traffic by a natural disaster such as a landslip.

It Is Prohibit Toutists from Entering at Luminous Moss
ヒカリゴケ 羅臼 知床国立公園

Shiretoko Pass

Shiretoko Pass (知床峠) at 738 m above sea level is a viewpoint across Rausu and Shari in Shiretoko Peninsula, and is located around the top of National Route 334 (a common name is Shiretoko Crossing Road (知床横断道路) with some curving road that Utoro connects Rausu. It is popular for good views with Kunashiri Island and Mt. Rausudake. Except a restroom, observatory decks and a parking lot, there is not a facility. The parking lot is used for hikers, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Shiretoko Pass and Mt. Rausudake
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu

Lake Rausu

Lake Rausu (羅臼湖) at 750 m above sea level is a freshwater lake at the foot of Mt. Chinishiridake (知西別岳), and the perimeter is about 6 km, and is the largest lake in the Shiretoko National Park. It used to be called Lake of Illusions because creeping pines growing thickly and bears kept people away. But trails are built at present and are opened to hikers from June to October, so even beginner hikers can enjoy a hiking. Except the Lake Rausu, there are 5 ponds (Ichi-no-Numa Pond (一の沼) - Go-no-Numa Pond (五の沼)) and Menashi-Boyodai Lookout (目梨望遥台), various sceneries such as a snow scenery in a spring, a green scenery in a summer and fall foliage in an autumn can be enjoyed. * There is not a trail to the Ichi-no-Numa Pond unfortunately, but the hikers can see the Ni-no-Numa Pond (二の沼) - Go-no-Numa Pond along the trails. Admission free. Article is here

Lake Rausu
Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck

Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck (羅臼国後展望塔) is a famous sunrise location that tourists can look over Rausu town in the south side of Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島). A building is built for the return of the Northern Territories on a hill at about 167 m above sea level. The first floor is the Four Northern Islands Museum (北方四島の資料館), and an observation deck is built on the rooftop. The Kunashiri Island can be seen from here if it is fine weather. Tourists can look over coming alongside drift ices in a winter, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Rausu Town
Rausu Kunashiri Observatory Deck in Rausu

Grilled Pike Congera Sea Eel Rice Bowl

Shiretoko Restaurant (知床食堂) in Rausu town is a restaurant at second floor of roadside station "Shiretoko Rausu (知床・らうす)". I heard that Grilled Pike Congera Sea Eel Rice Bowl at this restaurant was very popular for riders that tour around Hokkaido, and I visited here. Except the grilled pike congera sea eel rice bowl, a seafood rice bowl (海鮮丼) and Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream (知床深層水ソフトクリーム) are popular, too. Article is here

2 Slices of Broiled Fish on Rice
Grilled Pike Congera Sea Eel Rice Bowl -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-

Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream

Shiretoko Restaurant Shop (知床食堂売店) is on 1st floor of Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu located in Shiretoko Peninsula, and is famous for serving Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream (知床深層水ソフトクリーム) and Deep Fried Atka Mackerel Humberger (ホッケフライバーガー). I have eaten Grilled Pike Congera Sea Eel Rice Bowl (黒ハモ丼) at the Shiretoko Restaurant, so I tried to eat the Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream this time. There is the shop in front of a parking lot, and there is a resting place, too. Other visitos bought the Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream successively, and after all it was popular. I lost no time in buying it at a window, too. The price is JPY 320. Article is here

Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream
Shiretoko Deep Ocean Water Soft Serve Ice Cream -Shiretoko Restaurant in Rausu-

List of Day Trip Onsen

The visitors can take a day trip bath only at the Seseki Onsen.

Kumaiwa Rock (Rock like Bear)
Rausu

Seseki Onsen

Seseki Onsen is a buried mixed bathing open-air bath surrounded by rocks on rocky shore at high tide. The visitors can take a bath only at low tide. Information on the high and low tide is provided at Rausu Maritime Safety Agency (羅臼海上保安署). Generally a bathing period is almost from July 1 to September 15. Hamasawa-suisan (濱澤水産) manages it at present, and cleans the open-air bath on-season. If they appear on the site, please let them know. An entrance fee to the bath facility is free of charge. But Box for Humble Token of Your Gratitude (気持ちの箱) is provided, too. By the way, Dried Rausu Kombu (羅臼昆布) that is famous for luxury ingredients is sold at the Hamasawa-suisan. Because visitors must go through a privately owned land, an entrance gate is installed, so bathing is forbidden when the gate is closed.

Look of Seseki Onsen. Left Is Hot Spring Source. Right Is Open-air Bath for Bathing
Seseki Onsen in Rausu

There are 2 open-air bath surrounded by rocks on the rocky shore. The large bath is the mixed bathing open-air bath for bathing, and is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. Hot springs gush out from gaps of the rocks, and the bathers take a bath by adjusting temperature to use seawater. That is a really secret hot spring. The small bath is a pool saving the hot springs, and the bathing is forbidden.

Open-air Bath for Bathing
Seseki Onsen in Rausu
Hot Spring Source, Do not Enter
Seseki Onsen in Rausu

It is all about luck whether bathers can take a bath comfortably because the bathers may not take a bath depending on weather. Hot springs may be too hot or too cold depend on the person. The bathers can take a bath in wearing swimsuits or with a bath towel covering body, so the bathers should think that it is sea bathing. The bottom of the open-air bath becomes very slippery by seaweed. I fell down... Some ordinary tourists without taking a bath come, too, so I guess the bathers are too shameful to take a bath without wearing somtheing. A sence of openness and a marvelous view can be enjoyed very much, too because notheing is obstructed. It is an unusual place that the bathers forget daily life. Kunashiri Island (国後島) can be seen if it is fine weather.

View from Open-air Bath Surrounded by Rocks
Seseki Onsen in Rausu
View from Open-air Bath Surrounded by Rocks
Seseki Onsen in Rausu
Hot Spring Are Gushing Out
Seseki Onsen in Rausu

The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and colorless and have salty taste and no smell. By the way, a use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the sea is polluted. There are not a dressing room and a restroom beside the open-air bath. But a public restroom is provided near a parking lot, and the bathers can substitute the restroom for the dressing room.

Clear and Colorless Hot Spring
Seseki Onsen in Rausu

Atmosphere of Seseki Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Seseki Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: -, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 64 C
ph 7.4
Indications Neuralgia, Backache, Chronic rheumatism, Chronic dermatopathia, Sciatica
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)
Entrance fee to the bath facility Free of charge
Business hours Variably
Regular closing day From October 16 to June 31
Parking lot A free parking is provided (5 cars)
Telephone number +81-153-89-2654
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 974 352 118*71

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the south side of the Shiretoko Peninsula.

Rausu Daiichi Hotel(らうす第一ホテル)
Hotel Mine-no-Yu(ホテル峰の湯)
Booking
Rakuten
Rausu-no-Yado Marumi(羅臼の宿 まるみ)
Booking
Hotel Sakaeya(ホテル栄屋)
Booking
Rakuten
Business Hotel Isaribi(ビジネスホテル漁火)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Pension Rausukl(ペンションラウスクル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Takashimaya Ryokan(高島屋旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Chishimaya Ryokan(千島屋旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Honma(民宿本間)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Nomura(民宿野むら)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Yonemaru(民宿よね丸)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Kannari(民宿かんなり)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Washi-no-Yado(民宿鷲の宿)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Ippukudozo(民宿いっぷくどうぞ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Rider House Okigaruya(ライダーハウス お気軽屋)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen of Hokkaido

A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

Shiretoko National Park

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