• March 25th, 2014
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[Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro] Day Trip Onsen and Red-crowned Crane Can Be Enjoyed at Circle House Red Beret

Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen

Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen (丹頂の里温泉) is a hot spring place in Akan-cho, Kushiro city located in the northwestern part of Kushiro city. Circle House Red Beret (サークルハウス赤いベレー) is built along Marimo National Route (National Route 240). There are Road Station Akan Tancho-no-Sato Cranes Terrace (道の駅 阿寒丹頂の里 クレインズテラス), Akan International Crane Center (釧路市 阿寒国際ツルセンター), Tancho Crane Observation Center (タンチョウ観察センター), Akan Natural Forest Campsite (阿寒自然休養村野営場), Kushiro Shitsugen Art Museum (釧路湿原美術館) and Park Golf Course around here, and almost facilities related to red-crowned crane are named after the cranes. It is famous that a lot of the red-crowned cranes comes flying in a winter. By the way, Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園), Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園) and Kushiro Tancho Airport (釧路丹頂空港) are relatively near here.

Red-crowned Crane
Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) among Kushiro city, Kushiro town, Shibecha town and Tsurui village is a famous tourist attraction in the Eastern Hokkaido, and about 500,000 people visit every year, and is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It has been designed as Ramsar Convention since 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. More than 700 plants grow, and about 200 birds and about 1,100 insects inhabit. A lot of rare animals inhabit and plants including Japanese cranes, Blakiston's fish-owls that are only 100 in Hokkaido, Iijima Ruriboshiyanma (イイジマルリボシヤンマ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Itou fish (イトウ) that is said to be a very rare fish, Kushiro jacob's ladder (クシロハナシノブ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu (ヤチボウズ) are in the wetland. Read More

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

Kushiro Zoo

Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園) is a zoo in Yamahana Park (山花公園) located in the western part of Kushiro's downtown, and is adjacent to Yamahana Onsen Rifre (山花温泉リフレ), Kushiro Fureai Horse Park (釧路市ふれあいホースパーク) and an auto campsite. It features a large site, and anout 60 types of 450 animals are bred at the site of 47.8 ha. The Kushiro Zoo was established in 1975, and is the easternmost zoo in Japan. There are a sightseeing facility with wooden paths reproduced Kushiro-shitsugen Wetalnd and a amusement park at the zoo, too. In addition, there is Yamahana Graveyard (山花墓地) for some reason at the zoo, too. The Kushiro Zoo is an unusual zoo that there is a cemetery at the zoo in the Japan. Read More

Polar Bear Is Playing on Ball
Polar Bear -Kushiro Zoo-

A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But highway buses "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Kushiro. 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 Kushiro
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station, Tottori and the Kushiro Airport.
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Kushiro Station and the Kushiro Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Kushiro Station.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are at Shintomi-cho, Aikoku, Irie-cho, Naniwa-cho and Akanko Onsen.


    Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila and Bali in Philippines. Read More

    Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge

    List of Day Trip Onsen

    Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Circle House Red Beret.

    Akan-Tancho-no-Sato Circle House Red Beret

    Circle House Red Beret is a small-sized onsen inn founded in 1989. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 510. Restraunt "Tsuru" (レストラン 鶴) is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A meal set with taking a bath is served for JPY 1000. A chartered bath is provided, too, and an extra cost is over JPY 1220. A staying is possible, too. A public bathroom only for hotel guests is provided, too, and the bath uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs.

    Entrance of Bathhouse
    Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro

    There are 2 indoor baths, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The tiled bathhouse with a high ceiling and large windows is feeling good. The large indoor bath is the size that about 10 people can take a bath, and the small indoor bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and both baths use free flowing hot springs. The hot springs overflow from the baths, and flow on the bath floor.


    Look of Bathhouse (Source: Road Station Akan-Tancho-no-Sato)
    Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro
    Look of Bathhouse (Source: Road Station Akan-Tancho-no-Sato)
    Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro

    The hot springs are sodium chloride spring with moor hot spring, and are clear and brown and have a little salty taste and no smell, and are not drinkable because the public health center does not admit it. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 4.703 g/kg. The hot springs are like moor hot spring, but those do not contain humus, so I suppose that those are not the moor hot spring. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so bathers should bring those. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. There is a free cold water dispenser at a resting room.

    Dressing Room
    Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro
    Dressing Room
    Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro
    Japanese-style Resting Room
    Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro
    Free Cold Water Dispenser
    Circle House Red Beret Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen in Kushiro

    Atmosphere of Circle House Red Beret Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Circle House Red Beret

    Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 43.0 C
    ph 8.1
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, 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
    Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
    Facilities Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 510. Junior high school student: JPY 410. Child: JPY 130.
    Business hours 10:00-22:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (70 cars)
    Telephone number +81-154-66-2330
    Home page Home page is here
    Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
    Mapcode 556 212 056*52

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Akan Tancho-no-Sato Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Circle House Red Beret(サークルハウス赤いベレー)

      A page of Kushiro is here


      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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