[Tomuraushi Onsen in Shintoku] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Kokumin-Shukusha Higashi-Taisetsu-so That Is Famous for Secret Onsen in Heart of Mountain
September 24th, 2014
Tomuraushi Onsen (トムラウシ温泉) is a hot spring place at end of Hokkaido Road 718 in Shintoku town located in the northwest part of Obihiro city, and is around 60 km distance through the Hokkaido Road 718 from the center of the Shintoku town. Only Kokumin-Shukusha Higashi-Taisetsu-so (国民宿舎東大雪荘) has opened a business at 640 m above sea level in a mountain of Estern Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park, and is well-known for meeting rare wild animals such as Yezo Sable. Not only mountaineers but also ordinary tourists visit here. The mountaineers use the Kokumin-Shukusha Higashi-Taisetsu-so as a base for trecking.
There are Tomuraushi National Recreational Forest Campsite (トムラウシ自然休養林野営場), Tomuraushi Sinter Cone (トムラウシ温泉噴泉塔) designed a natural monument in Japan, Trailhead to Mt. Tomuraushi, Bougakudai Lookout (望岳台), Hakuundai Lookout (白雲台), Sankeizan Lookout (三景山) and Nupuntomuraushi Onsen (ヌプントムラウシ温泉) around the Kokumin-Shukusha Higashi-Taisetsu-so. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Around here is not out of signal area. Click Shintoku Police Station (新得警察署) gor more info.
Tomuraushi means "Place That A Lot of Flowers Grow" in Ainu language, and the Tomuraushi Onsen was named after Mt. Tomuraushi. Fresh green and trecking can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snowshoes can be enjoyed in a winter. Here is not easily accessible by public transport, but Takushoku Bus (拓殖バス) runs only during the summer. By the way, a courtesy bus for hotel guests runs from Obihiro Station or Sintoku Station to the Kokumin-Shukusha Higashi-Taisetsu-so. The hotel guests need to make a reservation in advance.
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". Article is here
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at Higashi-Taisetsu-so. The Nupuntomuraushi Onsen, a famous natural open-air bath, is destroyed by floods in 2016. That is too bad.
Atmosphere of Destroyed Nupuntomuraushi Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
Kokumin-Shukusha Higashi-Taisetsu-so is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1965. The appearance is like a large mountain hut, and goes well with the image of secret onsen in the heart of the mountain. Public bath facilities were renewd in 2015, and all the baths use fresh free flowing hot springs with adding water. Thanks Higashi-Taisetsu-so! An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too. Restaurant Kamui (レストランカムイ) and a shop are at a building, too, and tasty dishes have a good reputation. A coin-operated laundry is provided, too.
I arrived here at 10:30. Starting a business time of day trip bath was 12:00. But, a hotel desk clerk said "Although a cleaner is cleaning baths, if you do not mind, I allow you to take a bath". I decided to take a bath. There are 2 open-air baths, 2 indoor baths, 1 cascading bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 1st floor. The cold bath surrounded by hinoki cypress uses spring water. The sauna is a mist sauna, and the hot springs are used for the mist. The mist with slightly sulfur smell seems to be effective for making skin smooth and beautiful. The sunny bathhouse with a high ceiling have large windows, and are feeling good. The ceiling height is around 8 m.
The large indoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 20 people can take a bath, and the small indoor bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath.
The each open-air baths are the size that about 10 people can take a bath. One of the open-air bath was cleaned, but the hot springs flowed like falls from rocks at another open-air bath. A sense of openness can be enjoyed very much, and murmuring of Youtomuraushi River (ユートムラウシ川) was comfortable. I think that fall foliage looks good in an autumn.
The hot springs are sodium chloride and calcium carbonated spring and are clear and colorless and have tastless and a little sulfur smell, and have very slippery and smooth touch. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.415 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 212.2mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. At a dressing room, a restroom, a free hair dryer and a facility for a baby are installed.
Atmosphere of Tomuraushi Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride and calcium carbonated spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||91.2 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women'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||Open-air bath(2), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|One-day bathing rate||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (70 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||970 120 824*11|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Tomuraushi Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park