- June 30th, 2014
[Urausu Onsen] Day Trip Bath and Very Salty Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed at Urausu-Cho Natural Recreation Center
Urausu Onsen (浦臼温泉) is a hot spring place in Urausu town located in the northeastern direction of Sapporo city. Urausu-Cho Natural Recreation Center (浦臼町自然休養村センター) is built beside Tsurunuma Park (鶴沼公園) in the other side of roadside station "Tsurunuma (鶴沼)" across National Route 275. The Tsurunuma Park has Tsurunuma Park Campsite (鶴沼公園キャンプ場), so campers use the onsen, too.
Urausu Shrine (浦臼神社) is built beside the roadside station, and is famous as Corydalis Ambigua and Dogtooth Violet colony. Those are in full bloom from late April to early May, and it is as if Yezo Squirrel's foraging were in a fatasy world, so a lot of photographers come to take a photo. Yakitori Kou (やきとり康) for take-out is built beside the entrance of the shrine, too, and a lot of cars sometimes parked in front of the building, so there is no doubt that their grilled chicken skewers are tasty. By the way, Urausu is famous for wine, and the grave of Mr. Ryoma Sakamoto (坂本龍馬), a famous patriot, is located in the Urausu town. I wonder why there is his grave in not Kochi Prefecture but Hokkaido. This is why his son adopted his big sister's son immigrated to the Urausu in Meiji period.
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at Urausu-Cho Natural Recreation Center.
Urausu-Cho Natural Recreation Center
Urausu-Cho Natural Recreation Center (浦臼町自然休養村センター) is a small-sized onsen inn founded in 1991 on the shore of Tsurunuma Park, and is popular with local people. When I visited here in the daytime on weekdays, 8 local people took a bath. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 450. A staying is possible, too. Restaurant Tsurunuma (レストランつるぬま) is at a building, too, and day trip bathers can use it, too.
There are 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public bathhouse. The sunny bathhouse with a high ceiling and large windoes is feeling good. But it is not so large. Bathers can view Tsurunuma Marsh (鶴沼) through the windows, so a view is very good. The indoor bath placed beside the windows is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and the circular whirlpool bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath. The cold bath uses ground water, so it was very cold, and I guess that a bather can feel refreshed.
The hot springs are strong calcium and sodium chloride cold spring, and are clear and colorless and have salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 54.23 g/kg. I guess that the hot spring ingredients are one of the largeest in Hokkaido. The hot springs are very salty taste, and have considerably rich hot spring ingredients. But the hot springs are indeed added water, so the sum total of the hot spring ingredients become diluted. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. Body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. In addition, a restroom and a free dryer are installed at a dressing room. Ground water for adding water is popular as tasty water, so a faucet for the ground water is provided at the dressing room and the bathhouse, and a lot of the visitors bring those for take-out. When I drinked the water, it was mellow.
|Types of Hot Springs||Strong calcium and sodium chloride cold spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||22.6 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoids, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic skin 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||Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Hyperthyroidism, and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 450. Elementary school student: JPY 230.|
|Business hours||From late April to September 10:00-18:00, From October to late April 10:00-17:00|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (20 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||360 100 711*17|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Urausu Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
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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