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

Tokachidake Onsen

Tokachidake Onsen (十勝岳温泉) is a hot-spring place in Kamifurano town located in the southernern direction 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 lookout in the middle between Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉) and Fukiage Onsen (吹上温泉) linked by Hokkaido Road 996 in Biei town located in the southern direction of Asahikawa city. In the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園), There are a trailhead for Tokachidake Mountain Range, a large parking lot, walks and a shelter in the mountainside at about 930 above sea level. A observation deck is not built. The shelter built in 2016 has a resting place, too, and a restroom is provided for free, too. The walks are built around the Bogakudai, but there are some places closed to the public because a bridge is broken. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. * The road between the Bogakudai and the Shirogane Onsen is closed to traffic from mid October to mid May. Read More

Bogakudai
Biei Mt.Tokachi Obeservatory

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

Mt. Asahidake
Daisetsuzan National Park

Express Bus "Furano-go" (高速ふらの号) runs between Sapporo and the Furano, and Express Bus "Lavender-go" (ラベンダー号) runs between Asahikawa and the Furano. In addition, North Liner, an express bus, is in service between the Asahikawa and Obihiro, and stop in the Furano or Biei, too, so people can move more rapidly than common transportation facilities. In the Furano and Biei, some rent-a-car companies open a business, so tourists can drive a rental car.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Furano and the Sapporo or the Asahikawa, and North Liner, an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the Obihiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation. 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 Furano
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    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Furano to Sapporo
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    Furano Bus(ふらのバス) From Furano to Asahikawa
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    Rakuten
    Furano Bus(ふらのバス) From Asahikawa to Furano
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    Hokkaido Takushoku Bus(北海道拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
    Hokkaido Takushoku Bus(北海道拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near Furano Station.
    Jalan
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their offices are at Furano Station and Biei Station.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is near Furano Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone.
    Jalan
    Rakuten

    Furano and Biei

    Furano region (富良野) and Biei region (美瑛) are located in the center of Hokkaido, and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido at present. 2 million tourists visit to savor lavenders, shooting places of "From the north country (北の国から)" that is famous Japanese television drama in the Furano and hills of the Biei. Blue Pond (青い池) and Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) in Shirogane (白金) has been became famous recently, and charms add to the Biei and the Furano as the popular tourist attractions more and more, and those region are receiving increased attention throughout the country and overseas country. It is one of characteristics that various colors can be enjoyed in the Furano and the Biei. Read More

    Biei Scenery
    Biei Hills

    List of Day Trip Onsen

    Tourists can take a day trip bath at Ryounkaku and Kamihoro-so. On the other hand, an accommodation without taking a day trip bath is Furano Shiyuirin.

    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.

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    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 Activities

      In the Furano and Biei, some types of activities can be enjoyed. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around the Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Hot Air Balloon and Motor Paraglider

      Movie of Hot Air Balloon


      Leisure Guide Asobiya(レジャーガイド遊び屋)
      Furano Nature Club(富良野ネイチャークラブ)
      MPG Sorachi(MPGそらち)
      Jalan

      Guided Cycling Tour and Rental Cycling

      Movie of Cycling Tour


      Urespa Furano(ウレシパ・フラノ)
      Guided Cycling Tour Biei(Guided cycling Tour美瑛)
      ASOVIEW
      Terashima Shokai(寺島商会)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Terashima Shokai(松浦商店)
      ASOVIEW
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      Takikawa Cycle(滝川サイクル)
      ASOVIEW
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      Uno Shoten(宇野商店)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Gaido-no-Yamagoya(ガイドの山小屋)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Catching Stag Beetles Activity

      M Factory Furano(エム・ファクトリーふらの)
      Jalan

      Experience Activities

      Farms Chiyoda Fureai Ranch(ファームズ千代田 ふれあい牧場)
      ASOVIEW
      Furano Jam Garden(ふらのジャム園)
      ASOVIEW
      Yuika(ゆい菓)
      ASOVIEW
      Tada Farm(多田農園)
      ASOVIEW
      Resort Inn North Country(リゾートインノースカントリー)
      Domaine Raison(ドメーヌレゾン)
      ASOVIEW
      Kaiku Kiln(皆空窯)
      ASOVIEW
      Matsuka Farm(松家農園)
      ASOVIEW

      Nature Guided Tour

      Biei Shirogane Nature Club(美瑛・白金ネイチャークラブ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Furano Nature School(富良野自然塾)

      Canoe and Rafting

      Movie of Canoe


      Movie of Rafting


      Little Tree(リトル・トリー)
      ASOVIEW
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      Lesuire Guide Asobiya(レジャーガイド遊び屋)
      Kawanoko Rafting(かわのこラフティング)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Guideline Outdoor Club(ガイドラインアウトドアクラブ)
      ASOVIEW
      Sportpia Furano(スポートピアふらの)
      Gakkeisha(楽渓社)
      Jalan
      Floating Leaf(フローティングリーフ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Hokkaido Adventure Tours(北海道アドベンチャーツアーズ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Doronko Open-Air School(NPO法人 どろんこ野外学校)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Navo(ナヴォ)
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      M Factory Furano(エム・ファクトリーふらの)
      Wokkys(ウッキーズ)
      Jalan

      Snow Activity

      Movie of Snow Activity


      White Koala(ホワイトコアラ)
      Jalan

      Pond Smelt Fishing

      Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing


      Guideline Outdoor Club(ガイドラインアウトドアクラブ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Furano Nature Club(富良野ネイチャークラブ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the 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)
        Booking.com

        A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

        Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

        A page of Biei and Furano is here

        Biei and Furano

        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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