- June 30th, 2015
[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
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen (大雪高原温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamikawa town in the southeastern direction 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.
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 direction 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. Read More
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 direction 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. Read More
Lake Taisetsu (大雪湖) is a man-made lake in Kamikawa town located in the southeastern direction 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. Read More
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.
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”. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the 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 800. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Atmosphere of Taisetsu Kogen Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|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|
|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 800. Child: JPY 400.|
|Regular closing day||From October to June|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||970 727 845*51|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Daisetsu-kogen Swamp Group. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
Taisetsu Kogen Onsen
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park
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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