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[Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu] Day Trip Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Otoineppu Recreation Center

June 9th, 2014

Teshiogawa Onsen

Teshiogawa Onsen (天塩川温泉) is a hot spring place in Otoineppu village located between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. Only Otoineppu Recreation Center (音威子府住民保養センター) is built beside Teshio River. There are Teshiogawa Riverside Campsite (天塩川リバーサイドパークキャンプ場) and a park golf course near the building, and Ougyo-no-Matsu (天仰の松 * Pine looking up to the sky) grows in the heart of a mountain. In addition, Teshiogawa Onsen Station is popular with railfans as an unexplored station. The distance is around 10 km far away from the center of the Otoineppu, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. By the way, there is Place That Hokkaido Was Named (北海道命名の地) in the Otoineppu.

Teshiogawa Riverside Campsite
Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center
Ougyo-no-Matsu. Bad Road
Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center

At first, it was popular for drinking hot springs that gush out naturally in the 1920s, and those were sold as a drench "Tokiwa Mineral Spring (常磐鉱泉)". It is a rare case that the hot springs are sold as a medicine. Unfortunately, the hot springs can not be drunk at present, but a lot of people visit here to take a bath for cure. Speaking of the Otoineppu, black Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles (音威子府そば) is famous, and Tokiawaken (常盤軒) and Ichiro Shokudo (一路食堂) are popular in particular.

Place That Hokkaido Was Named

The place that Hokkaido was named (北海道命名の地) is located in Otoineppu village between Wakkanai city and Nayoro city. Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura (松浦武四郎) was taught the meaning of "Kiner (カイナー)" by an elder of Ainu people around this place in the Edo period, and this place is known for having his opportunity to think the name about Hokkaido. There is nothing except a monument along Teshio River (天塩川). But some anglers came, and I think that this place is famous fishing spot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Monument of Place That Hokkaido Was Named
Place That Hokkaido Was Named in Otoineppu

Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles of Tokiwaken

Tokiwaken (常盤軒) is a popular buckwheat noodles restaurant at Otoineppu station (音威子府駅) in Otoineppu. It is said to be the most tasty buckwheat noodles among the all Japan's stations. It features black color and strong chewy noodles made by Hatakeyama noodles factory (畠山製麺). Because they have been making the noodles for 80 years, it will be tasty. A table is set at the station and visitors can eat the buckwheat noodles there or can use waiting chairs of station. In addition, there is the Tenpoku Line Reference Library (天北線資料室) at the station, too, and the visit is possible. Article is here

Tempura, Raw Egg, Green Onions
Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles -Tokiwaken-

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Otoineppu Recreation Center.

Otoineppu Recreation Center

Otoineppu Recreation Center is a small-sized onsen inn founded in 1989. A restraunt is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. They serve black Otoineppu Buckwheat Noodles, too. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center

There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath and 1 whirlpool bath at a public bathhouse. The tiled bathroom with large windows is not large but cozy. The indoor bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses heated cold springs. The whirlpool bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses heated ground water.

Bathhouse and Oudoor Bath (Source: Otoineppu Recreation Center)
Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center
View from Indoor Bath
Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center

The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses heated ground water. A little sense of oppression is felt, but blindfold fences is not built, so a view is good, and bathers can look over Teshio River comfortably. By the way, it is closed because it is too cold in a winter.

Teshio River from Outdoor Bath
Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center
Outdoor Bath
Teshiogawa Onsen in Otoineppu Recreation Center

The hot springs are sodium chloride carbonated cold spring, and are clear and light yellow and have a little salty taste and no smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.

Atmosphere of Otoineppu Recreation Center Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Otoineppu Recreation Center

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride carbonated cold spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 8.9 C
ph 7.0
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic woman's 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 Not Drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (60 cars)
Telephone number +81-1656-5-3330
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here
Mapcode 651 840 899*18

List of Accommodations

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

Recreation Center(住民保養センター)
Booking
Rakuten

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