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[Tokachidake Onsen in Kamifurano] Day Trip Bath and Fall Foliage Can Be Enjoyed

July 17th, 2014

Tokachidake Onsen

Tokachidake Onsen (十勝岳温泉) is a hot-spring place in Kamifurano town located in the southernern part of Asahikawa city. There are 2 buildings, Yumoto Ryounkaku (湯元凌雲閣) and Kamihoro-so (カミホロ荘) at around 1200 m above sea level, and it is said that the Kamihoro-so is a hot spring facility at the highest place in Hokkaido. There is a trailhead to Tokachidake Mountain Range (十勝岳連峰) at the end of a road, and a free parking lot and a restroom are built, too. The trailhead is next to the Yumoto Ryounkaku, and the Kamihoro-so is located under there little. The Tokachidake Onsen is famous for enjoying Sunrise, Sunset and Sea of Clouds because of the high place. Fall foliage are beautiful in an autumn, so a lot of tourists come. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built.

Trailhead to Mt. Tokachidake
Tokachidake Onsen in Kamifurano

Visitors can use the parking lot for free at the trailhead. By the way, nonstop buses do not run. But Kamihoro-so runs a pick-up service bus for hotel guests from Takikawa, Furano, Asahikawa or Asahikawa Airport to the Kamihoro-so. Kamirurano town bus from Kamifurano Station to Fukiage Onsen, and here are Tokachidake Line Time Table and Route Map.

Road to Tokachidake Onsen
Tokachidake Onsen

Bogakudai

Bogakudai (望岳台) is a trailhead to Mt. Tokachidake. There is the Bogakudai near Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉). Because mountains of Mt. Tokachidake (十勝岳) could be looked over, it would be named so. Autumn leaves seem to be beautiful. There are trail paths around the Bogakudai, but there are many places closed to the public because a bridge is broken. In addition, there is a resting station, too, but it does not used now. There is a restroom, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Bogakudai
Biei Mt.Tokachi Obeservatory

Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) is the largest national park of 226,763.56 ha in Japan. 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". A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". For a vast area, Daisetsuzan National Park roughly divide into 4 areas, Omote Daisetu Area (表大雪エリア * Front Daisetsu Area), North Daisetsu Area (北大雪エリア), East Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア * Back Daisestu Area), Tokachirenpo Area (十勝連峰エリア). Daisetsuzan is called Kamuimintara in Ainu language and means "The garden that gods have a good time (神々の遊ぶ庭)". Tourists can enjoy a just magnificent scene. Article is here

Mt. Asahidake
Daisetsuzan National Park

List of Day Trip Onsen

Tourists can take a day trip bath at Ryounkaku and Kamihoro-so.

Tokachidake Onsen
Tokachidake Onsen

Yumoto Ryounkaku

Yumoto Ryounkaku is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan located in the highest place at 1280 m above sea level in Hokkaido, and has been established since 1963, and 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. Ryounkaku was named after a building exceeding clouds (their brochure introduces the open-air bath as the open-air bath exceeding the clouds), and is famous for Tokachidake Mountain Range from an open-air bath. Visitors come to see the splendid view, and the Ryounkaku is crowded with visitors during fall foliage in particular. Baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 800. A staying is possible, too, and a lot of hikers use this ryokan, too. Resutraunt "Gaku (岳)" is at a building, too. A lunch bath plan is provided, too, and visitors can enjoy the lunch bath and a meal from 11:00 to 15:00. The plan fee is JPY 1280.

Appearance of Building
Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku in Kamifurano

The Ryounkaku is famous for having 2 types of hot springs. One is (1)acidic iron aluminum and calcium sulfate spring, and is clear and colorless and has bitter and sour taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.631 g/kg (ion sulfate content is 893 mg /kg). The other is (2)calcium and sodium sulfate spring, and is opaque and reddish brown and has a little metallic taste and metallic smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.084 g/kg (ion sulfate content is 943 mg/kg). It is said that a lot of the ion sulfate content is effective for high blood pressure and arteriosclerosis.

Open-air Bath
Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku in Kamifurano

There are 1 open-air bath, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 1st basement floor. At first, I took a bath at famous open-air bath. The view of the Tokachidake Mountain Range was too splendid! Because nothing obstruct the view, I could enjoy a sence of openness. I was sure that it was popular. The open-air bath with a two‐layer structure bathtub is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. The hot spring of the upper bathtub is hot, and the hot spring of the lower buthtub is warm. The hot springs are (2) reddish brown color, and graduations of color are different in the upper bathtub and the lower buthtub, too.

Hot Springs Are Gushing out
Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku in Kamifurano
View from Open-air Bath
Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku in Kamifurano

Successively I took a bath at the indoor baths. A large rock at the bathhouse caught one's eyes, and the building was built to surround the natural large rock. There are 2 indoor baths that the hot springs are (1)clear and colorless or (2)opaque and reddish brown around the foot of the large rock. The indoor bath with (1) clear and colorless hot spring is the size that about 3 people can take a bath behind the large rock. Because the hot springs seemed to be drinkable, and I drank it out of my hands from a hot springs gushing point, it tasted sour taste such as tonic water. I liked it. It seemed to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Anemia, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes and Gout.

Indoor Bath. Hot Springs Have Sour Taste
Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku in Kamifurano

The indoor bath with (2) red-brown hot spring is the size that about 6 people take a bath. The mossed rock looked like a nature rock. Because the hot springs seemed to be drinkable, too, and I drank it out of my hands from a hot springs gushing point, it tasted soil-like taste. It was not good, so I was not able to drink a lot. This seemed to be effective for Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes and Gout. The whirlpool bath with heated cold spring of Mt. Tokachidake is the size that 2 people can take a bath. The cold bath is used the cold spring of the Mt. Tokachidake. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. In addition, a restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room, too.

Indoor Bath
Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku in Kamifurano

Atmosphere of Ryounkaku Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ryounkaku

Types of Hot Springs (1)Acidic iron aluminum and calcium sulfate spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
(2)Calcium and sodium sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)36.7 C
(2)53.0 C
ph (1)2.4
(2)6.2
Indications (1)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, Menopausal problems, Arteriosclerosis, Cut, Burn
(2)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, Arteriosclerosis, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases
Contraindications (1)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
(2)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 (1)Chronic digestive diseases, Anemia, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout
(2)Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout
Contraindications of drinking (1)Diarrhea
(2)Diarrhea, Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Elementary school students: JPY 400. Infant: free of charge.
Business hours 08:00-20:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (15 cars)
Telephone number +81-167-39-4111
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is this, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 901 872 348*48

Tokachidake Onsen Kamihoro-so

Kamihoro-so is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1965, and Arata Manufacturing Industry inc,. runs it. A building was destroyed by fire, and was renewed in 2000, so the appearance and the interior decoration are relatively new. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. A staying is possible, too, and delicious meals using local cooking ingredient have a good reputation. A restraunt is built at the building, too, and a morning bath plan is provided, too, and visitors can enjoy the morning bath and all-you-can-eat buffet from 07:00 to 09:00. The plan fee is JPY 1500.

Appearance of Building
Tokachidake Onsen Kamihoroso in Kamifurano

There are 1 outddor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a wooden public bathhouse with the warmth of the trees. The bathhouses for men or women are replaced everyday. Snow view can be seen from the outdoor bath in a winter. The baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs. The hot springs are acidic iron aluminum and calcium sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have bitter and sour 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. The visitors can use a resting room, too. A coin-operated laundry is provided, too. Activity goods such as snowshoes and binoculars are lend for hotel guests.

Outdoor Bath (Source: Kamihoro-so)
Tokachidake Onsen Kamihoro-so
Snow from Outdoor Bath (Source: Kamihoro-so)
Tokachidake Onsen Kamihoro-so
Animals May Show Up (Source: Kamihoro-so)
Tokachidake Onsen Kamihoro-so
Look of Bathhouse (Source: Kamihoro-so)
Tokachidake Onsen Kamihoro-so

Atmosphere of Kamihoro-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kamihoro-so

Types of Hot Springs Acidic iron aluminum and calcium sulfate spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 29.8 C
ph 2.4
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, Menopausal problems, Arteriosclerosis, 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, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
Indications of drinking Chronic digestive diseases, Anemia、Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Obesity disease, Diabetes, Gout
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 600. Child: JPY 350.
Business hours 07:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (40 cars)
Telephone number +81-167-45-2970
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 901 872 452*61

List of Accommodations

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

Yumoto Ryounkaku(湯元凌雲閣)
Kokuminshukusha Kamihoro-so(国民宿舎カミホロ荘)
Furano Shiyuirin(富良野 思惟林)

A page of Biei and Furano is here

Biei and Furano

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

A page of Secret Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen of Hokkaido

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