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[Sounkyo Onsen in Kamikawa] Day Trip Bath and Fall Foliage Can Be Enjoyed

July 1st, 2014

Sounkyo Onsen

Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) is a hot-spring resort in Kamikawa town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is one of the 5 major hot spring resorts in Hokkaido together with Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉), Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉), Toyako Onsen (洞爺湖温泉) and Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉), and is a base for sightseeing of the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) that about 2 million tourists come every year. There is a trailhead to Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), and a lot of mountain climbers as well as bathers for medical purposes come. The hot-spring resort is based on a concept of harmony with the natural environment, and almost building design is unified in western-style townscape named "Canyon Mall (キャニオンモール)". There are 15 accommodations, a hot spring facility, a footbath, restaurants, souvenir shops, convenience stores and Kurodake Ropeway (黒岳ロープウェー), and tourists can climb to highland at 1520 m above sea level by the ropeway. By the way, 7-Eleven in Sounkyo is well-known for being owned by Ms. Sara Takanashi (高梨沙羅 * famous Ski jumper)'s parents.

Kurodake Ropeway
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Kurodake Ropeway
Sounkyo Visitor Center
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Sounkyo Visitor Center

Previously, Sounkyo was called "Sounbetsu (ソウウンベツ)" in Ainu language, and means River with A Lot of Waterfalls. As the meaning suggests, there are a lot of waterfalls along sheer cliffs. Mr. Keigetsu Omachi (大町桂月), a famous poet, named Sounbetsu Sounkyo in 1921. There are sightseeing spots that a beautiful sheer cliff is called Oobako (大函) and Ryusei Falls and Ginga Falls (銀河・流星の滝). Except those, there are beautiful spots to see fall foliage, Ginsendai (銀泉台), Momijidani Valley (紅葉谷) and Daisetsu Kogen Onsen (大雪高原温泉), and there is Lake Taisestu (大雪湖), too. A skunk cabbage can be enjoyed in a spring, Mountain climbing, fresh green and Sounkyo Onsen Valley Fire Festival (峡谷火まつり夏花火) can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage and hiking can be enjoyed in an autumn, and Skiing on the Mt. Kurodake, a snowshoe tour and Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival can be enjoyed in a winter.

Hell Valley (Jigokudani)
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Hell Valley
Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival in Evening
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen
Sounkyo Onsen Valley Fire Festival
Sounkyo in Kamikawa town

By the way, it is unusual for a large onsen resort to have 3 parking lots for free, and 200 cars can park there. In addition, a intercity bus, North Liner (ノースライナー号), runs between Obihiro and Asahikawa. Unfortunately, nonstop buses do not run from New Chitose Airport, Sapporo, Asahiakwa and Asahikawa Airport to the Sounkyo Onsen. * The nonstop buses for hotel guests are provided by some hotels.

Ryusei Falls and Ginga Falls

Ryusei Falls (流星の滝) and Ginga Falls (銀河の滝) are famous waterfalls that rivers drop from columnar jointing of sheer cliffs into Ishikari River in Sounkyo (層雲峡), Kamikawa, and it is said that those are the most beautiful falls in this area. A pair of the 2 falls is one of 100 Best Waterfalls in japan. A parking lot that the Ryusei Falls or the Ginga Falls can be seen is near Daisetsu National Route (National Route 39), and Sokodai Lookout (双瀑台), a souvenir shop, a public restroom and the parking lot are on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. In addition, Obako (大函) is near here, too. Article is here

Ryusei Falls and Ginga Falls
Sounkyo, Ryusei Falls and Ginga Falls

Obako

Obako (大函) is a scenic spot with a beautiful conbination of a river and sheer cliffs in Sounkyo (層雲峡), Kamikawa town. Beautiful columnar jointing was born by an explosive eruption of Ohachidaira (御鉢平) around 30,000 years ago. Ishikari River (石狩川) has eroded the rocks over a long period of time, and the Oobako turns into the current shape. A famous scenic spot called Kobako (小函) is near here, too. But it is currently prohibited to enter the Kobako in danger of collapse. A observation deck, a public restroom and a parking lot are on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. But the restroom is broken. The Obako is about 6 km away from Sounkyo Onsen Resort, and restaurants, cafes and convenience stores are built there. In addition, Ryusei Falls (流星の滝) and Ginga Falls (銀河の滝) are near here, too. Article is here

Obako
Sunkyo, Obako

Sounkyo

Sounkyo (層雲峡) is a large valley in Kamikawa town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city. In Omote-daisestu Area (表大雪エリア), Daisetsuzan National Park, sheer cliffs with about 24 km in length are on both sides of Ishikari River, and it is surrounded by mountains as much as 2000 m high, too. Daisetsuzan Mounatin Range has been called "Kamuimintara (カムイミンタラ)" by Ainu people since a very long time ago, and means "A garden that gods have a good time" in Ainu lanugae, and I think that you will be satisfied with the translator if you see a grandmagnificent scenery. But an another meaning is "a home of brown bears", and local people call here a nest of the brown bears, so a lot of the bears inhabit. Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) is a sightseeing base that about 2 million come in the Daisetsuzan National Park along with Asahidake Onsen (旭岳温泉), and is popular with hikers as trailheads for the Daisetsuzan Mounatin Range. Article is here

Sounkyo with Fall Foliage
Kamikawa, Sounkyo

Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival

Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival (層雲峡氷瀑まつり) is a snow event held in Sounkyo Onsen, Kamikawa Town located in the eastern part of Asahikawa city, and has been held since 1976. It is held from late January to late March every year, and is well-known as a specialty winter event. Ice sculptures, a resting place, a food stall, a public restroom, North Ice Pub (北の氷酒場) and Hyoto Shrine (氷瀑神社) are in a venue. The venue is from 10 to 20 degrees below zero, and it is very cold, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Admission free. But a assistance fund is JPY 300. A parking lot are free of charge, and visitors can park their cars at the Sounkyo Onsen Public Parking Lot. Article is here

Ice Castle
Kamikawa Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival

Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) in the center of Hokkaido is the largest national park in Japan, the size of 226,764 ha, and has been designed as the national park since 1934, and is the oldest national park in the Hokkaido along with Akan Mashu National Park (阿寒摩周国立公園). 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", and those are called "A roof of the Hokkaido" ,too. Rare nature such as active volcanoes, Lare Columnar joints, a sea of trees and permafrost even in the Hokkaido can be seen. About 250 types of alpine plants grow naturally, and various forms of life such as brown bear, blakiston's fish owl, dolly varden and pine grosbeak inhabit here. By the way, A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". Article is here

Mt. Asahidake
Daisetsuzan National Park

List of Day Trip Onsen

There are 15 accommodations and a hot spring facility, and tourists can take a day trip bath at Kurodake-no-Yu (黒岳の湯), Choyotei Resort Hotel (朝陽リゾートホテル), Choyotei (朝陽亭), Hotel Taisestu (ホテル大雪), Yumoto Ginsenkaku (湯元銀泉閣), Sounkaku Grand Hotel (層雲閣グランドホテル), Mount View Hotel (マウントビューホテル), Sounkyo Kanko Hotel (層雲峡観光ホテル) and Hotel Kumoi (ホテル雲井). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Hotel Classe Kurodake (ホテルクラッセ黒岳), Sounkyo Youth Hostel (層雲峡ユースホステル), Minshuku Todate (民宿とだて), Hotel Northern Lodge (ホテルノーザンロッジ), Pension Yama-no-Ue (ペンション山の上), Pension Yukara (ペンションユーカラ) and Onsen Pension Ginga (温泉ペンション銀河).

Sea Cloud from Mt. Kurodake
Sounkyo Onsen

Kurodake-no-Yu

Kurodake-no-Yu is the only public bath in the Sounkyo Onsen, and has opened a business since 1998. Rinyukanko (りんゆう観光) runs it. There is a building in the center of the Sounkyo Onsen, and the Kurodake-no-Yu is popular with mountain climbera and skiers. Beer Grill Canyon (ビアグリル キャニオン), a restraunt, is at the 3 story building. Public bathhouses for men or women are on the 2nd floor and 3rd floor. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600.

Appearance of Building
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo

There are 1 L-shaped indoor bath and a wash place on the 2nd floor, and there are 1 L-shaped outdoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna on the 3rd floor. The 2nd floor is linked with the 3rd floor by a staircase, so the bathers can go up and down without wearing clothes. The indoor bath is the size that about 20 people take a bath, and the outdoor bath is the size that about 10 people take a bath. Because it is surrounded by blind walls, unfortunately, a view is not so good. Sinters dance in the hot springs.

View from Indoor Bath
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
View from Indoor Bath
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
Indoor Bath
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
Outdoor Bath
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
Hot Springs Are Gushing out
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
Hot Spring Ingredients Petrify
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
View from Outdoor Bath
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
Sauna
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
Cold Bath
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo

The hot springs are simple sulfur hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.718 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. I guess that the hot springs flow under the floor of the dressing room, so I feel comfortably warm.

Dressing Room
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo
Resting Room
kamikawa Kurodake-no-Yu, Sounkyo

Atmosphere of Kurodake-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kurodake-no-Yu

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur hot spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 71 C
ph 7.6
Indications 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
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day From May to October: No closing day.
From November to April: Wednesday.
Parking lot A free parking is provided (150 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3333
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 623 204 752*60

Choyo Resort Hotel

Choyo Resort Hotel is a large-sized onsen hotel run by Noguchi Kanko (野口観光) group, and has been established since 2004. It is a little far away from the center of the Sounkyo Onsen, and is well-known for enjoying 2 types of the hot springs. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. A staying is possible, too. A shuttle bus runs between the Choyo Resort Hotel and Choyotei, so hotel guests can take a bath at the both hotels. There are 2 bathhouses, Natural Spring Bathhouse "Tori-no-Koe (鳥の声)" and "Kawa-no-Sasayaki (川の囁き)", on the 1st basement floor and, the bathhouses for men or women are replaced everyday.

Appearance of Building
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Choyotei

There are 2 outdoor baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Tori-no-Koe featuring woods. (1)Milky white hot springs (白濁の湯) can be enjoyed there. There are 2 outdoor baths, 3 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Kawa-no-Sasayaki featuring rocks. (1)the milky white hot springs and (2) reddish brown hot springs (赤茶の湯) can be enjoyed there. A chartered bath and a bedrock bath are provided, too. Those are able to be used with an additional charge. The chartered bath is JPY 2700 per 50 minutes, and the bedrock bath is JPY 1100. Reservation is required.

Natural Spring Bathhouse "Tori-no-Koe" (Source: Choyo Resort Hotel)
Choyo Resort Hotel
Natural Spring Bathhouse "Kawa-no-Sasayaki" (Source: Choyo Resort Hotel)
Choyo Resort Hotel

Hot springs are (1)Sulfur and sodium carbonated spring, and are opaque and milky white and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell. (2)sodium carbonated spring are clear and light yellow and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Look of Bathhouse
Choyo Resort Hotel

Atmosphere of Choyotei Resort Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Choyotei Resort Hotel

Types of Hot Springs (1)Sulfur and sodium carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring), (2)Sodium carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)75.7 C, (2)62.4 C
ph (1)7.0, (2)6.7
Indications 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, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Diabetes
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(3 or 4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced depending on time.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 400. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours 13:30-17:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (120 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3911
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 623 233 200*56

Choyotei

Choyotei is a large-sized onsen hotel run by Noguchi Kanko group, and has been established since 1985. It is a little far away from the center of the Sounkyo Onsen, and an building is on a hill. A good view from an open-air bath is famous. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. A staying is possible, too. A shuttle bus runs between the Choyo Resort Hotel and Choyotei, so hotel guests can take a bath at the both hotels.

Open-Air Bathhouse "Choyo-Zan" (Source: Choyotei)
Choyotei
Lookout Large Bathhouse "Kurodake" (Source: Choyotei)
Choyotei

Large public bathhouses are Healing Onsen "Keigetsu" (癒しの湯「桂月」) on the 2nd floor and Open-Air Bathhouse "Choyo-Zan" (天空露天「朝陽山」) and Lookout Large Bathhouse "Kurodake" (展望大浴場「黒岳」) on the 7th floor. There are 1 indoor baths and 1 sauna along a glass panel with about 40 m in length at the Lookout Large Bathhouse "Kurodake". There are 4 outdoor baths and 2 indoor baths at the Open-Air Bathhouse "Choyo-Zan". There are 2 indoor baths, 1 cascading bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Healing Onsen "Keigetsu". The Open-Air Bathhouse "Choyo-Zan" (天空露天「朝陽山」) and the Lookout Large Bathhouse "Kurodake" (展望大浴場「黒岳」) are replaced with the Healing Onsen "Keigetsu" depending on days of the week.

Healing Onsen "Keigetsu" (Source: Choyotei)
Choyotei

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Choyotei Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Choyotei

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 68 C
ph 7.5
Indications -
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Unknown
Facilities Outdoor bath(0 or 4), Indoor bath(2 or 3 or 4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced depending on days of the week.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 400. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours 13:00-20:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (120 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3241
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 623 204 741*58

Hotel Taisestu

Hotel Taisestu is a large-sized long-established onsen hotel on a hill, and has been established since 1954. It is a little far away from the center of the Sounkyo Onsen. A good view from an open-air bath and Ainu dance performance are popular. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. They have 4 buildings, East wing, West wing, South wing, Annex Building Taisetsusan-so (別館大雪山荘), and there are 3 large publc bathhouses, European style Grand Public Bathhouse "TINITA-no-Yu" (大浴場「チニタの湯」) on the 1st floor of the South wing, Lookout Large Public Bathhouse "TAISETSU-no-Yu" (展望大浴場「大雪乃湯」) on the 7th floor of the West wing and Large Outdoor Bathhouse "TENKA-no-Yu" (露天風呂「天華の湯」) on the 3rd floor of the Taisetsusan-so. Bathers must move between each large paublic bathhouses in wearing their clothes.

Appearance of Building
Hotel Taisestu in kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen
Lookout Large Public Bathhouse "TAISETSU-no-Yu"
Hotel Taisestu in kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen

Atmosphere of Ainu Dance Performance Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ainu Dance Performance

There are 3 indoor baths at the European style Grand Public Bathhouse "TINITA-no-Yu". There are 2 outdoor baths, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Lookout Large Public Bathhouse "TAISETSU-no-Yu". There are 1 outdoor bath and 1 indoor bath at the Large Outdoor Bathhouse "TENKA-no-Yu". The outdoor baths seem to be chartered for a fee.

European style Grand Public Bathhouse "TINITA-no-Yu" (Source: Hotel Taisestu
Hotel Taisestu
Lookout Large Public Bathhouse "TAISETSU-no-Yu" (Source: Hotel Taisestu
Hotel Taisestu
Large Outdoor Bathhouse "TENKA-no-Yu" (Source: Hotel Taisestu
Hotel Taisestu

The hot springs are simple sulfur spring, and are clear and light yellow and has salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A staying is possible, too.

広告

Atmosphere of Hotel Taisestu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hotel Taisestu

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 73 C
ph 7.7
Indications 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, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Diabetes
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea
Facilities Outdoor bath(0 or 1 or 2), Indoor bath(1 or 2 or 3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Child: JPY 600.
Business hours 11:00-17:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3211
Home page Home page is this
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 623 204 676*48

Yumoto Ginsenkaku

Yumoto Ginsenkaku is a middle-sized long-established onsen ryokan run by BBH Hotel group in the center of the Sounkyo Onsen, and has been established since 1955. The Yumoto Ginsenkaku is one of 18 onsen fasilities that the Japan Association of Secluded Onsen Heritage (日本温泉遺産を守る会) will recognize the hot spring facilities using fresh free flowing hot springs in Hokkaido. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. It is well-known for using 100% natural hot springs. A staying is possible, too. A stay plan that all you can drink (飲み放題プラン) and cheap hotel charges are popular. They close a business in a winter.

Appearance of Building
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Ginsenkaku

There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath and 1 saauna at small public bathhouse on the 1st basement floor. The outdoor bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. A gazebo is built on the outdoor bath, and it is surrounded by walls, so unfortunately, a sense of openness can not be felt. The indoor bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath. The hot springs are felt soft. In addition, Watch your step because the floor of the bathhouse is slippery. A chartered bath is provided, too. Hotel guests can it for free. Hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and a free hair dryer are installed at a dressing room.

Look of Bathhouse
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Ginsenkaku

Atmosphere of Yumoto Ginsenkaku Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yumoto Ginsenkaku

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 57 C
ph 7.5
Indications 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, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Diabetes
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(1), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 14:00-20:00
Regular closing day Winter season
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3003
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 623 204 660*40

Sounkaku Grand Hotel

Sounkaku Grand Hotel is a large-sized long-established onsen hotel along the Taisetu Road (Japanese National Route 39), and has been established since 1923, and is a little far away from the center of the Sounkyo Onsen. The Sounkaku Grand Hotel is one of 18 onsen fasilities that the Japan Association of Secluded Onsen Heritage (日本温泉遺産を守る会) will recognize the hot spring facilities using fresh free flowing hot springs in Hokkaido. In the Sounkyo Onsen, it is the most oldest hotel. They own 8 hot spring souces, and hot springs spring 800 liters per minute, so a quantity of the hot springs is most abundant in the Sounkyo Onsen. Baths uses free flowing hot spring with adding water. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 1000.

Appearance of Building
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Sounkaku Grand Hotel

They have Keikoku Open-air Public Bathhouse (峡谷露天風呂) and Hoseki-no-Yu Large Public Bathhouse (宝石の湯) on the 5th floor and Marumo Large Public Bathhouse (マルモ大浴場) on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor. There are 2 open-air baths at the Keikoku Open-air Public Bathhouse. There are 2 indoor baths at the Hoseki-no-Yu Large Public Bathhouse. There are 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Marumo Large Public Bathhouse.

Open-Air Bath
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Sounkaku Grand Hotel

Hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.639 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A staying is possible, too.

Atmosphere of Sounkaku Grand Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sounkaku Grand Hotel

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 78.8 C
ph -
Indications 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, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Diabetes
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility JPY 1000.
Business hours 12:00-17:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (90 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3111
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 623 204 836*41

Mount View Hotel

Mount View Hotel is a large-sized onsen hotel, and has founded since 1984, and is a little far away from the center of the Sounkyo Onsen. Tetra group that is famous for baldy discount runs it. It is known for using 100% natural hot springs, and a mountain hut-style building with a triangle roof catch one's eyes. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600.

Appearance of Building
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Mount View Hotel

There are 1 outdoor bath and 1 indoor bath at a small bathhouse. Unfortunately, a view from the outdoor bath is not good because it is surrounded by walls. Hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.734 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. A staying is possible, too.

Atmosphere of Mount View Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mount View Hotel

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 55.9 C
ph 7.1
Indications 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
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 15:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3011
Home page Home page is here
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Mapcode 623 233 059*55

Sounkyo Kanko Hotel

Sounkyo Kanko Hotel is a large-sized onsen hotel along Taisetu Nationl Route (大雪国道 * National Route 39), and has founded since 1977, and is a little far away from the center of the Sounkyo Onsen. It is known for using 100% natural hot springs. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. Unfortunately, a day trip bather can not use a sauna and Large Public Open-air Bath "Utari (宇旅璃)".

Appearance of Building
kamikawa Sounkyo Onsen, Sounkyo Kanko Hotel
Large Public Open-air Bath "Utari" (Source: Sounkyo Kanko Hotel)
Sounkyo Kanko Hotel

They have 2 buildings, the main building named Ayaka (彩花), the Japanese-style annex building named Shiki (四季). There are 4 public bathhouses, Large Public Bathhouse "Seirei" (大浴場「星嶺」) and Large Public Bathhouse "Subaru" (露天風呂「昴」), Large Public Bathhouse "Tsuki-no-Shizuku" (大浴場「月の雫」), the Large Pablic Open-air Bath "Utari". There are 1 outdoor bath and 3 indoor baths at the Large Public Bathhouse "Seirei". There are 2 outdoor baths at the Large Public Bathhouse "Subaru". There are 4 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the Large Public Bathhouse "Tsuki-no-Shizuku". The Large Public Bathhouse "Seirei" and the Large Public Bathhouse "Subaru" for women are replaced with the Large Public Bathhouse "Tsuki-no-Shizuku" for men depending on time. A male day trip bather can take a bath only at the Large Public Bathhouse "Tsuki-no-Shizuku", and a female day trip bather can take a bath only at the Large Public Bathhouse "Seirei" and the Large Public Bathhouse "Subaru". Hotel guests can take a bath at the both. The Large Public Open-air Bath "Utari" is exclusively for the hotel guests, and was built in 2015. That is about 330 m2 of a large mixed bathing open-air bath, and bathers must wear bathing clothes while taking a bath.

Large Public Bathhouse "Seirei" (Source: Sounkyo Kanko Hotel)
Sounkyo Kanko Hotel
Large Public Bathhouse "Tsuki-no-Shizuku" (Source: Sounkyo Kanko Hotel)
Sounkyo Kanko Hotel
Large Public Bathhouse "Subaru" (Source: Sounkyo Kanko Hotel)
Sounkyo Kanko Hotel

Hot springs are mixed hot springs, and are opaque and milky white and have tasteless and slightly sulfur smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at bathhouses. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at dressing rooms. A staying is possible, too. A coin-operated laundry is provided on the 4th floor of main building.

Atmosphere of Sounkyo Kanko Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Sounkyo Kanko Hotel

Types of Hot Springs Mixed hot spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 60 C
ph 7.3
Indications 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
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(3), Indoor bath(3 or 5), Sauna(0 or 1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 12:00-15:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (80 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3101
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Mapcode 623 233 085*43

Hotel Kumoi

Hotel Kumoi is a middle-sized long-established onsen ryokan in front of Kurodake Ropeway, and was founded in 1924. L and G GLOBAL BUSINESS.inc has succeeded a business since 2017. A staying is possible, too. Because they intend to renew their building, they may not accept a day trip bath now. There is 1 indoor bathat a small bathhouse. Hot springs are simple sulfur hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and slighly sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.693mg/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A washing machine and a drying machine for hotel guests are provided, too.

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 67.1 C
ph 7.2
Indications 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
Contraindications Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility -
Business hours -
Regular closing day Year-end and New Year holidays
Parking lot A free parking is provided (15 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3553
Home page Home page is here
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Mapcode 623 204 662*44

List of Activities in Sounkyo

Some activity comapnies serve a guided hiking tour, a ski tour and a snowshoe tour. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Guided Hiking Tour

Rinyu Tour(りんゆうツアー)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Daisetsuzan Club(大雪山倶楽部)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

Snowshoe Tour

Rinyu Tour(りんゆうツアー)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

Ski Tour

Rinyu Tour(りんゆうツアー)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Sotoasobi

List of Accommodations

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

Sounkaku Grand Hotel(層雲閣グランドホテル)
Hotel Taisetsu(ホテル大雪)
Sounkyo Kanko Hotel(層雲峡観光ホテル)
Choyotei(朝陽亭)
Choyo Resort(朝陽リゾートホテル)
Hotel Northern Lodge(ホテルノーザンロッジ)
Booking
Yumoto Ginsenkaku(湯元銀泉閣)
Minshuku Todate(民宿とだて)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Sounkyo Youth Hostel(層雲峡ユースホステル)
Booking
Rakuten
Hotel Kumoi(ホテル雲井)
Mount View Hotel(マウントビューホテル)
Resort Pension Yama-no-Ue(リゾートペンション 山の上)
Pension Ginga(ペンション銀河)
Booking
Booking.com

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

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