• October 23rd, 2018
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[Closed Business: Shirara Onsen in Shakotan] Day Trip Onsen and Rare Carbonated Spring in Hokkaido Can Be Enjoyed at Onsen Ryokan Hokuto

Shirara Onsen

Shirara Onsen (シララ温泉) is a hot spring place in Shakotan town, the northern part of Shiretoko Peninaula, and Only Onsen Ryokan Hokuto (温泉旅館北都) is built along Raiden National Route (National Route 229), and has a good ocean view before eyes. In a summer, a lot of sea bathers come to beach. Hot springs were succeeded in drilling in 1999, and those were named after a legend of Princess Shirara that lamented for a painful separation with Yoshitsune (義経) and turned into a rock. The hot springs are one of rare carbonated spring in Hokkaido. There are Nozuka Campsite (野塚野営場), Cape Kamui (神威岬) and Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) near here. Unfortunately, they have been closed since October, 2018.

Front Beach
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Nozuka Campsite
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan

Cape Kamui

Cape Kamui (神威岬) is a cape with steep cliff jutting out into the Sea of Japan from Shakotan Peninsula (積丹半島) in Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-national Park, and is one of 3 major tourist attractions together with Cape Ogorn (黄金岬) and Shimamui Coast (島武意海岸) in the Shakotan Peninsula. The kamui means a god in Ainu language. The distance is around 1.5 km away from a traffic gate along National Route to the end of a road, and there are a public parking lot, a public restroom and a rest house named Kamui-Banya (カムイ番屋). A restraunt and a souvenir shop are at the building, and seafood rice bowls or a soft serve ice cream can be eaten. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

Cape Kamui Is Like Backbone of Dragon
Shakotan Peninsula Cape Kamui

Shimamui Coast

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 Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-national Park, and is one of 3 major tourist attractions together with Cape Kamui (神威岬) and Cape Ogorn (黄金岬) in the Shakotan Peninsula. Shimamui means "Rocky inlet" in Ainu language. A public restroom, a public drinking fountain and a restraunt named Rinko (鱗晃) are built around a public parking lot. A restraunt and a souvenir shop are at the building, and seafood rice bowls or a soft serve ice cream can be eaten. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

I Look over Shimamui Coast
Shakotan Peninsula Shimamui Coast

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
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Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Shakotan to Sapporo
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Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Yoichi
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Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Yoichi to Sapporo
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Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Iwanai
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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

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Onsen Ryokan Hokuto.

[Closed Business] Onsen Ryokan Hokuto

Onsen Ryokan Hokuto is a small-size ryokan facing the sea of Japan. A restaurant is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip onsen can use it, too. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 550. A ticket vendor is in front of a receprion desk, and the visitors must buy a bath ticket. A staying is possible, too.

Ticket Vendor in Front of Reception Desk. Inner Part Is Restaurant
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Entrances of Public Bathrooms
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan

There is 1 indoor bath at a small but cozy tiled public bathroom on the 2nd floor. The sea can be seen through one-way mirror window. The tiled bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses free flowing hot springs. A small fresh hot spring storage is beside the bath, and the hot springs flow into the bath. Water temperature of a hot spring source is about 40 C, and the bath uses the 40 C hot springs without adding water and heating the hot springs directly. When I took a bath, carbonic acid gas bubbles stick to my body hair, and the bubbles rised to the surface of the hot springs when I gently stroked my body hair. I tryed it many times because it was interesting.

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Indoor Bath
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Indoor Bath
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Hot Spring Storage
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Hot Springs Look Very Clear
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
View from Indoor Bath
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Hot Springs Always Are Overflowing from Bath
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Bubbles Stick to Body Hair
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Sea Can Be Seen through One-way Mirror Window
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Very Comfortable!
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Free Flowing Hot Springs
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan

The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate spring, and are clear and colorless and have carbonated spring taste and a little sulfur smell. A touch of the hot springs is not slippery, but the touch of the bubbles sticking to body hair is surprisingly slippery. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 3.234 g/kg. Drinking hot springs seemed to be possible, but I could not find a place for drinking the hot springs, so I scooped up the hot springs in the hot spring storage with my hands and drinked those, and it tasted carbonated water without sweet. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. A hair dryer is set at a dressing room. Because there is not a restroom at the dressing room, You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. A balcony is beside a resting room, and the sea can be viewed.

Wash Place
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Dressing Room
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Dressing Room
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Resting Room
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan
Balcony
Shirara Onsen in Shakotan

Atmosphere of Shirara Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shirara Onsen

Spring quality Sodium bicarbonate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 40.4 C
ph 6.5
Indication Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, 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 digestive diseases, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 550. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours 13:00-20:00
Regular closing day Winter season
Parking lot A free parking is provided (6 cars)
Telephone number +81-135-46-5800
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 775 876 079*31

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)
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Poseidon(ポセイドン)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Aqua Cat(アクアキャット)
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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)
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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)
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Nakai Sightseeing Farm(中井観光農園)
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Cherry Hunt in Okubo(チェリーハント イン オオクボ)
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Niwata Fruits Farm(庭田フルーツファーム)
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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 Shakotan. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Oyado Rinko-so(お宿 鱗晃荘)
Kaisen-no-Yado Miharashiso(海鮮の宿 みはらし荘)
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Ryokan Bikuni Kanko House(旅館 美国観光ハウス)
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Oyado Kasai(お宿かさい)
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Refore Shakotan Youth Hostel(リフォレ積丹 ユースホステル)
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Shiosai-no-Yado Kaihinkan(汐さいの宿 海浜館)
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Rakuten
Nagomi-no-Yado Iida(なごみの宿いい田)
Kanko Ryokan Hokkai(観光旅館 北海)
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Shinsei(海鮮味処 御宿新生)
Minshuku Uminoya(民宿 海のや)
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Minshuku Kobayashi(民宿 小林)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Ichiyo(民宿 一与)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Oyado Ginrinkaku(お宿 銀鱗閣)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hiduka-so(日司荘)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Isonoka(民宿 磯乃香)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Oshima(民宿 大島)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Noduka Campsite(野塚野営場)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Shakotan Peninsula is this

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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