- June 15th, 2015
[Shakotan Onsen] Day Trip Bath and Very Good View Can Be Enjoyed at Misaki-no-Yu Shakotan
Shakotan Onsen (積丹温泉) in Shakotan town is a hot-spring place at the tip of Shakotan Peninsula, and Misaki-no-Yu Shakotan (岬の湯しゃこたん) beside Nozuka Primary School (野塚小学校) is built on a hill at 43 m above sea level. There are Cape Kamui (神威岬) and Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) that are representative famous sightseeing spots of Hokkaido around the Shakotan Onsen. Nozuka Campsite (野塚野営場) is close to the Shakotan Onsen, too.
Cape Kamui (神威岬) is a cape with steep cliff in Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島). A goddess named Charenka (チャレンカ) that was a jealous goddess lived at Cape Kamui in the Ainu period, it was said that the sea was stormy and fishermen died if she was jealous, it was a place that women were forbidden. There is Kamui-misaki Lighthouse (神威岬灯台) on the tip and tourists can look over Rosokuiwa rock (ロウソク岩 * Japanese candle-shaped rock) and the Sea of Japan (日本海) from there. A natural trail called Charenka Path (チャレンカの道) with about 800 m in length is built at 80 m above see level from an entrance to the tip, but this is a considerably thrilling trail. It is a terrible trail for people with acrophobia. It takes about 30 minutes from a parking lot to the tip on foot. A bus guide that happened to be there said June in the best season. Wild flowers begin to bloom in June. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) is a superb coast chosen as "100 Best Beaches in Japan (日本の渚・百選)" in Cape Shakotan (積丹岬). Tourists can look over the Shimamui Coast from cliffs at about 100 m above sea level, and it is splendid. The tourists will take their breath away toward a scenery under their eyes after passing through a tunnel and approaching to an exit. There are 2 observatory places in a neighborhood of exit and the tourists can look over. Furthermore, it takes about 10 minutes from an observatory deck to the shore on foot. It is hard to go down stairways because the stairways are rough, but visitors can see the beautiful sea up close. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
The Cape Shakotan is famous for Sea Urchin Rice Bowl (ウニ丼), and is well-known for tasty sea food, too. Misaki (みさき), Nakamuraya (中村屋), Rinko (鱗晃) and Rinko-so (鱗晃荘) are popular in particular. Unfortunately, convenience stores are not built.
Sea Urchin Rice Bowl
Misaki (みさき) is a restaurant in Shakotan and was founded in 1973. An owner is a fisherman and is famous for eating a seafood dish. It opens only during summer season (from late April to October). Because a fresh sea urchin can be eaten from mid June when the sea urchin fishing is released, visitors seem to increase. Because it started a bussiness at 09:00, 6 groups of visitors have already lined up when I arrived around 08:40. It is really popular. Read More
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
Tourists can take a day trip bath at Misaki-no-Yu Shakotan (岬の湯しゃこたん). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Onsen Ryokan Hokuto (温泉旅館 北都), Oyado Shinsei (御宿 新生), Oyado Ginrinkaku (お宿 銀鱗閣), Kanko Ryokan Hokkai (観光旅館 北海), Unjoya Ryokan (運上屋旅館), Suginoya Ryokan (杉野屋旅館), Nisshi-so (日司荘), Minshuku Oshima (民宿大島), Minshuku Sato (民宿佐藤), Nagomi-no-Yado Iida (なごみの宿いい田) and Oyado Rinko-so (お宿 鱗晃荘). At Onsen Ryokan Hokuto (温泉旅館 北都) called Shilala Onsen (シララ温泉), visitors for day trip bath can take a bath.
Misaki-no-Yu Shakotan is a hot spring facility for day trip bath, and has opened a business since 2002. It is well-known for a good view from an open-air bath, and the setting sun is beautiful in particular. Winter scenery is popular for overseas people, too. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 620. A restaurant and a shop are at a building, too, and meals such as a salmon roe rice bowl and a ramen are served.
There are 2 open-air baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse. Bathers can look at the open-air bath through large windows. The large indoor bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and the small indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and the whirlpool bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath. By the way, a photography is prohibited at the bathhouse. Bad luck!
There are 2 open-air baths surrounded by rocks at the outside, and those do not have a roof. Because here is famous for enjoying a good view, a sence of openness can be enjoyed very much, too. I think that tourists will not lose anything to enjoy this comfortableness. The small open-air bath beside a wall is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and a view is not good from here. The large open-air bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and the sea of Japan opens before bather's eye. I could not help murmuring "this is heaven!". Cape Kamui comes into sight if it is fine weather.
Hot springs are sodium chloride bicarbonate spring, and are clear and colorless and have salty taste and no smell. It tasted very salty when I licked the hot springs. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at the dressing room.
Atmosphere of Misaki-no-Yu Shakotan Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Spring quality||Sodium chloride bicarbonate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||52.6 C|
|Indication||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Chronic skin diseases, Cut, Burn, Arteriosclerosis|
|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||Open-air bath(2), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 620. Child: JPY 320.|
|Business hours||04/01-10/31 11:00-19:30, 11/01-03/31 11:30-19:00|
|Regular closing day||Wednesday * Winter season: Wednesday and Thursday|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (170 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||932 624 358*57|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Shakotan. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Great Onsen in Hokkaido
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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