[Shikaribetsukyo Onsen in Shikaoi] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Shika-no-Yu
July 15th, 2016
Shikaribetsukyo Onsen (然別峡温泉) is a hot spring place in Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city, and is well-known as a secret onsen at about 680 above sea level in a mountain of Estern Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. The distnace is around 30 km far away from the center of the Shikaoi, and the Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Shika-no-Yu (然別峡温泉鹿の湯) is at the end of Hokkaido Road 1088, and is used as a hot spring facility of the Shikaribetsukyo Campsite. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Around here is not out of signal area. There are Shikaribetsukyo Kanno Onsen (然別峡かんの温泉) and Lake Shinonome (東雲湖) near here. The Lake Shinonome is one of 3 great secret lakes together with Lake Onneto (オンネトー) and Lake Okotanpe (オコタンペ湖) in Hokkaido, and is well-known for meeting rare wild animals such as Pika. Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖), Lake Komadome (駒止湖) and Ogigahara Lookout (扇ケ原展望台) are relatively near here, too. In addition, there is Fukuharasan-so (福原山荘), a famous place to see the fall foliage, too.
Here is passed a rigorous screening in 1971, and has been appointed by Minister for the Environment, and is one of 15 nation insurance hot spring resorts in Hokkaido. Except the Shika-no-Yu, some natural secret open-air baths such as Shiriopa-no-Yu (シリオパの湯), Temujin-no-Yu (テムジンの湯), Chinika-no-Yu (チニカの湯) and Menoko-no-Yu (メノコの湯), Gakeshita-no-Yu (崖下の湯), Pilla-no-Yu (ピラの湯), Makupeka-no-Yu (マクペカの湯), Dam-no-Yu (ダムの湯) dot along Yuyanbetsu River (ユウヤンベツ川).
Atmosphere of Temujin-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube
Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖) is only one natural lake in the Eastern Daisetsu Area of Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) and is located at the hightest altitude with 810 m above sea level in the lakes of Hokkaido, and it is famous that many freshwater fish "Dolly Varden Trout (オショロコマ)" habite in the Lake Shikaribetsu. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Shikaribetsuko Kotan (然別コタン) is a winter event held from late January to late March in Lake Shikaribetsu (然別湖), Shikaoi town located in the northwestern part of Obihiro city. It strated near the Shikaribetsu Kohan Onsen (然別湖畔温泉) resort in 1981. Buildings that Inuit people called igloo made of snow and ice are built on the frozen Lake Shikaribetsu, and a kotan (コタン * village of the Ainu people) is formed. Article is here
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) is the largest national park of 226,763.56 ha in Japan. A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan". A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". For a vast area, Daisetsuzan National Park roughly divide into 4 areas, Omote Daisetu Area (表大雪エリア * Front Daisetsu Area), North Daisetsu Area (北大雪エリア), East Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア * Back Daisestu Area), Tokachirenpo Area (十勝連峰エリア). Daisetsuzan is called Kamuimintara in Ainu language and means "The garden that gods have a good time (神々の遊ぶ庭)". Tourists can enjoy a just magnificent scene. Article is here
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Shika-no-Yu and Shikaribetsukyo Natural Open-air Bath Group.
Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Shika-no-Yu is a natural open-air bath along the Yuyanbetsu River, and is used as a hot spring facility of the Shikaribetsukyo Campsite in the foot of the Kannno Onsen, and is crowded with a lot of campers from July to September. There is a management office near an entrance of the Shikaribetsukyo Campsite, and the campers pay a fee here. Bathers can use the natural open-air bath for free, but there is a donation box, and the bathers can give a small token. A commno kitchen and a restroom are provided at the Shikaribetsukyo Camping Ground.
There are 3 mixed bathing open-air baths, and the largest bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and is suitable for bathing. Water temperature is probably around 43 C. This open-air bath faces the Yuyanbetsu River, and a sense of openness can be enjoyed. The bathers can relax while hearing murmuring of a stream. 2 small open-air baths named Couple's Baths (夫婦の湯) seat for 1 person, and is too hot to take a bath. I encountered a rider from Fukui prefecture here, and took a bath together in the buff. He told me that he had adored this open-air bath, and admired splendor of Hokkaido. It was very comfortable.
The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate chloride spring, and are opeaqu and light green and have a little salty taste and a little metallic odor. Flowers of sulphur dance in the fresh free-flowing hot springs. The bottom of the bathtub is very slippery, so be careful. A use of shampoo and soap is prohibited because water of the river is polluted. By the way, a lot of horseflies come, so be careful, too.
Atmosphere of Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Shika-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||51.1 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak Children, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women's 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 digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Mixed bathing open-air bath(3).|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Free of charge. * They accept a small token of our gratitude|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round * Camping ground close a business from October to June.|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (10 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||702 560 829*65|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Shikaribetsukyo Onsen Shika-no-Yu.
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park