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[Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Taisetsu-Kogen-so That Is Famous for Secret Onsen in Heart of Mountain

June 30th, 2015

Taisetsu Kogen Onsen

Taisetsu Kogen Onsen (大雪高原温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamikawa town in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city. Taisetsu-Kogen-so (大雪高原山荘) is built at 1260 m above sea level in a mountain of Omote Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. The distance is around 25 km far away from Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉). There are Brown Bear Information Center (ヒグマ情報センター) and Forest Patrol Kogen Base (森林パトロール高原事務所) around here, and Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Hiking Tour (大雪高原温泉沼めぐりコース) that is famous for beautiful fall foliage is built, too. Ginsendai (銀泉台) that is famous for beautiful fall foliage and Lake Taisetsu (大雪湖) are relatively near here, too.

Brown Bear Information Center and Entrance of Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Hiking Tour
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Forest Patrol Kogen Base and Mountain-Climbing Registration Form Receiving Place
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so

It is the origin of the Taisetsu Kogen Onsen that a worker of formerly Kokusaku Pulp corp (Nippon Paper corp) found a hot spring source, and built a Kogen Hut (高原ヒュッテ) in 1959. After that, it was shutted down, and Taisetsu Kogen Hotel (大雪高原ホテル) opened a business in 1963, and its name was renamed "Taisetsu-Kogen-so", and up to now. By the way, visitors must drive for about 10 km on a gravel road named "Town Road Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Line" with one traffic lane to arrive at the Taisetsu-Kogen-so. Please be careful about brown bears because here is a nest of brown bears. A hunter told me that the visitors seem to be careful about quite a few accidents to deer suddenly rushing out in front of cars, too. In addition, around here is not out of signal area.

Wiring Work along Town Road Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Line
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Hunter Keep Watch over Bears During Construction
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Town Road Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Line
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Footmarks of Bear
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so

Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Hiking Tour to See Fall Foliage

Daisetsu-Kogen Swamp Group (大雪高原沼群) is in the southern part of Kamikawa town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is well-known as one of great places to see fall foliage in Japan, and about 30 large and small swamps are dotted with a highland at 1,200 - 1,500 above sea level. Around the trailhaed for Daisetsu-Kogen Swamp Group is called "Taisestu Kogen Onsen", and Taisetsu-Kogen-so (大雪高原山荘), Brown Bear Information Center (ヒグマ情報センター), Forest Patrol Kogen Office (森林パトロール高原事務所), a public restroom and a parking lot are built there. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The fall foliage is the best season to see in mid September. Visitors increase at those seasons. Traffic regulations enforce during high seasons of the fall foliage, and the visitors must use shuttle buses from Taisetsu Lakesite (大雪レイクサイト) to the Ginsendai. The bus fare of each way is JPY 500. It takes about 30 minutes. In addition, my-car control assistance fund is JPY 200. I think that it is a kind of a paking lot fee in the Taisetsu Lakesite. Town Road Taisetu Kogen Onsen Line to the Taisetu Kogen Onsen is closed to traffic from mid October to mid June. Article is here

View at Yezo-Numa Pond
Daisetsu Kogen Onsen Hiking Tour with Fall Foliage in Kamikawa

Ginsendai with Fall Foliage

Ginsendai (銀泉台) at about 1,520 m above sea level is a trailhead for Mt. Akadake (赤岳) near Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) in the southern part of Kamikawa town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is one of famous great places to see fall foliage in Hokkaido. Wild flowers are in full bloom in July, and the fall foliage is the best season to see in mid September. Visitors increase at those seasons. Traffic regulations enforce during high seasons of the fall foliage, and the visitors must use shuttle buses from Taisetsu Lakesite (大雪レイクサイト) to the Ginsendai. The bus fare of each way is JPY 500. It takes about 30 minutes. In addition, my-car control assistance fund is JPY 200. I think that it is a kind of a paking lot fee in the Taisetsu Lakesite. A forest patrol office, a parking lot, a public restroom and a watering place are in the trailhead of the Ginsendai. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Hokkaido Road 1162 to the Ginsendai is closed to traffic from mid October to late June. Article is here

Road Can be Seen
Ginsendai with Fall Foliage in Kamikawa

Lake Taisetsu

Lake Taisetsu (大雪湖) is a man-made lake in Kamikawa town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city. Taisetsu Dam (大雪ダム) was built near a junction of Daisetsu National Route (National Route 39) and Kamikawa National Route (National Route 273) in 1975, so the Lake Taisetsu was borned. Candy Trouts and Dolly Varden Trouts inhabit the intricately shaped lake, and a lot of anglers come. But beware of brown bears bacause the lake is in the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range called "a home of the brown bears". Places to see the lake are the Taisetsu Dam, Taisetsu Lakesite (大雪レイクサイト) and a parking lot park. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

I Look at Daisetsu Mountain Range
Lake Taisetsu in Kamikawa

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

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Taisetsu-Kogen-so.

Ishikari River
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so

Taisetsu-Kogen-so

Taisetsu-Kogen-so is a small-sized onsen inn runb by Nippon Paper Group, and is well-known for opening a business only for 123 days. Business season is from June to October, and hikers mainly use it, but a lot of onsen fans come to take a bath, too. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 700. A staying is possible, too. A restraunt is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt from 11:30 to 13:00.

Stuffed Bear on Corridor
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so

There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The bathrooms for men or women are replaced every day. The bathroom with wood boards and a high ceiling is slightly dark but cozy. The indoor bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs poured into the bath from a hot spring gushing out point called (クマゴロー). * The kuma means Bear in English, and the goro is common name, and the hot springs overflowed successively from the bath. Free flowing fresh hot springs are luxurious. I felt very interesting that white flowers of sulphur dance in the hot springs.

Indoor Bath
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Hot Spring Gushing Out Point Called Kumagoro
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
White Flowers of Sulphur Are Dancing in Hot Springs
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
View from Indoor Bath
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so

The open-air bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. Water temperature is more slightly cold than the indoor bath, and it is suitable for taking a long bath. Bathers can enjoy a good sense of openness. The open-air bath is surrounded by blindfold fences, but there is not a roof, the visiotrs will feel like close to a sky. Because I took a bath while looking at mountains of the Daisetsuzan, it was very comfortable. I think that starry sky is beautiful in the evening.

広告

Open-air Bath
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
View from Open-air Bath
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Nice View
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Bathers Can Enjoy Good Sense of Openness
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so

The hot springs are simple acidic spring, and are milky white and have acidulous and sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.356 g/kg. Because the hot springs seemed to be drinkable, the taste was not bad when I drank the hot springs that gushed out from the Kumagoro. The drinking hot springs are effective for Chronic digestive diseases. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. A free hair dryer is installed at a dressing room. There is not a restroom at the dressing room. You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

Dressing Room
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Dressing Room
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Free Cold Water Dispenser on Washstand
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so
Resting Room
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen in Kamikawa Taisetsu-Kogen-so

Atmosphere of Taisetsu Kogen Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Taisetsu Kogen Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Simple acidic spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 71.2 C
ph 2.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Chronic skin diseases
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, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Chronic digestive diseases
Contraindications of drinking Nothing
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 700. Child: JPY 400.
Business hours 10:30-17:00
Regular closing day From October 11 to June 09
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-1658-5-3818
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 970 727 845*51

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Daisetsu-kogen Swamp Group. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Taisetsu Kogen Onsen

Taisetsu-Kogen-so(大雪高原山荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Sounkyo Onsen

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 Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

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