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[Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami] Day Trip Bath and Smooth and Slippery Touch Can Be Enjoyed at Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan

August 13th, 2014

Shiobetsu Onsen

Shiobetsu Onsen (塩別温泉) is a hot spring place in Rubeshibe-cho, Kitami city located in the northwest part of Kitami city, and is adjacent to North Daisetsu Area, Daisetuzan National Park. Taki-no-Yu Onsen (滝の湯温泉) is a mark along Kitami National Route (北見国道 * National Route 39), and visitors turn and go straight for around 700 m, and the end of the road is the Shiobetsu Onsen. Only Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan (旅館塩別つるつる温泉) is built at about 360 above sea level there. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. It takes about 30 minutes from the center of Rubeshibe (留辺蘂) to here by car. The Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan surrounded by trees and fields is not in a mountain, and is near a park golf course, Kitami Fuji Cart Circuit (北見富士カートサーキット) and Rubeshibe Development Hall (留辺蘂町開拓資料館).

Park Golf Course near Building
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami

It is the origin of the Shiobetsu Onsen that Mr. Kiuemon Kunisawa (国沢喜右衛門) analyzed hot springs here in 1901, and here was named Shiobetsu because of detecting salt content * Salt means Shio (塩) in Japanese. After a while, Nomura Kogyo Itomuka Mine built a recreation facility in 1950. After abandoned the mine, the Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan has opened a buisness since 1970. There are Onneyu Onsen (おんねゆ温泉), Road Station "Onneyu Onsen" (道の駅おんねゆ温泉), Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館), Norh Fox Ranch (北きつね牧場), Onneyu Kokusai Country Club (温根湯国際カントリークラブ), Tsutsuji Park (つつじ公園) and Tsutsuji Park Campsite (つつじ公園キャンプ場) around here. In addition, this district is an white runner bean‐producing center, and White Runner Bean Mousse (白花豆ムース) is famous, too. By the way, nonstop buses do not run from Sapporo or New Chitose Airport.

Yamano Aquarium

Yamano Aquarium (山の水族館) is a small aquarium beside Roadside Station "Onneyu Onsen" (道の駅 おんねゆ温泉) near Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉) in Rubeshibe located in the west part of Kitami city, and was named because only freshwater fishes are displayed (* the Yamano Aquarium means "An aquarium in a mountain" in English). Another name is Aquarium in Northland (北の大地の水族館). The aquarium is famous for a success story. It was renewed and designed by Mr. Hajime Nakamura (中村元), only aquarium producer in Japan, and has became a popular tourist attraction since 2012. The aquarium once had about 20,000 visitors, but about 300,000 visitors come at present. Admission is JPY 670. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Large Glass Tank of Japanese Huchen
Yamano Aquarium in Onneyu Onsen Resort, Kitami

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

Mt. Asahidake
Daisetsuzan National Park

White Runner Bean Mousse

Fujiya Confectionery (ふじや菓子舗) is a long-established confectionary in Onneyu Onsen (温根湯温泉), Rubeshibe-cho located in the western part of Kitami city and was founded in 1932. As for white runner bean, Rubeshibe-cho has been the top produce in Japan. Therefore they has been producing cakes using the white runner bean since the old days. Because I heard that one of the cakes, white runner bean mousse (白花豆ムース) were famous, I visited here to purchase it. The price was JPY 290. Article is here

Fluffy Mousse
White Runner Bean Mousse -Fujiya Confectionery in Kitami-


Kitami (北見) that about 120,000 people live is the 9th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Northeastern Hokkaido area. The Kitami became incorporated with Rubeshibe town (留辺蘂), Tanno town (端野) and Tokoro town (常呂) in 2006, and has became the largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 4th latgest city by the area. The Kitami is also an agriculture city, and Onion and White Runner Bean are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -25 degrees in a winter, and it snow hard, too. Article is here

Yamano Aquarium

Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan.

Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan

Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized onsen ryokan surrounded by trees and fields, and has opened a business since 1970, and owns hot spring sources, and is famous for 100% natural free flowing hot springs having an effect for beautiful skin. Nomura Kousan corp runs it. A building was renewed in 2014, so the appearance and the interior decoration are new. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A shop and Restraunt "Shirakaba" (レストラン白樺) are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A set of lunch and taking a bath is served for JPY 1000. Tasty meals have a good reputation. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami

They have 3 buildings, Main Building (本館), Annex Building (別館) and New Building (新館), and there is large public bathhouses named Fudo-no-Yu (不動の湯) at the New Building, and there is public bathrooms named Ryujin-no-Yu (竜神の湯) at the Main Building. Both the bathhouses are gender segregated. Bathers must move from the bathhouse to the bathhouse in wearing their clothes because the bathouses are away from each bathhouses. There are 1 open-air bath, 1 indoor bath, 2 cascading bath, 1 sleeping bath and 1 whirlpool bath at the Fudo-no-Yu. The tiled bathhhouse with a high ceiling and large windows is feeling good.


Open-air Bath at Fudo-no-Yu
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami

The open-air bath surrounded by trees is the size that about 14 people can take a bath. The bathers will relax, and can enjoy a sense of openness. Fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, Fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow can be enjoyed in a winter. By the way, horseflies may prevent you from relaxing in the summer.

Look of Open-air Bath
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami
Look of Open-air Bath
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami
Hot Springs Are Gushing out
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami

The indoor bath along the windows is the size that about 15 people can take a bath. The cascading bath seats 2 person, and the sleeping bath seats 3 person. The whirlpool bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. All the baths use free flowing hot springs.

Indoor Bath at Fudo-no-Yu
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami

Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom, free hair dryers and a drinking hot spring facility are installed at a dressing room of the Fudo-no-Yu. The hot springs are drinkable, and it does not taste, and has a slighly sulfur smell. It is said that the hot springs have an effect for Diabetes, Gout and Constipation.

Drinking Hot Spring Facility at Dressing Room of Fudo-no-Yu. Red Words Are Hot Springs. Blue Words Are Cold Water.
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami

On the other hand, the Ryujin-no-Yu is small tiled bathroom. But it has a lot of windows, so sunny bathroom is feeling good. There is 1 indoor bath at the bathroom, and it is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. A lot of onsen lovers favorite this onsen rather than the Fudo-no-Yu, and the hot springs have stronger smooth and slippery touch than the Fudoh-no-Yu. In addition, there is few bath at the Ryujin-no-Yu, so few bathers come, and you may enjoy the hot springs comfortably. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A hair dryer is insatlled at a dressing room of the Ryujin-no-Yu. But there is not a restroom at the dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami
Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan, Shiobetsu Onsen in Kitami

The hot springs are simple sulfur spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and a sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.218 g/kg. This onsen is famous as high alkaline hot springs with ph 9.6. The hot springs have very smooth and slippery touch, so you will be surprised if you take a bath. The hot springs seems to have an effect for beautiful skin, too, and are used as hot water of showers and faucets at wash places.

Atmosphere of Shiobetsu Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shiobetsu Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Simple sulfur spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 45.8 C
ph 9.6
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 dermatopathia, Diabetes, Chronic women's diseases, Cut
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, Sensitive person (person of the photo-allergy in particular) of skin and the mucous membrane
Indications of drinking Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Diarrhea
Facilities Fudo-no-Yu Onsen: Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(4). Ryujin-no-Yu Onsen: Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.
Business hours 11:00-21:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-120-262-674
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 745 860 297*62

List of Accommodations

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

Shiobetsu Tsurutsuru Onsen Ryokan(旅館塩別つるつる温泉)

A page of Kitami is here


A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park



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