- July 25th, 2014
[Utashinai Onsen] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Tyrol-no-Yu
Utashinai Onsen (歌志内温泉) is a hot spring place in Utashinai city located in the southwestern direction of Asahikawa city. Tyrol-no-Yu (チロルの湯) is built on a small hill near Hokkaido Road 114 and Penkeutashunai River (ペンケウタシュナイ川). The appearance of the building is Switzerland-like lodge, and it has an atomosphere like the Alps. The reason why it is Switzerland-style is that the atmosphere of the whole town is similar to the Switzerland, and the Utashinai city pushes forward the Switzerland plan. Other buildings are also Switzerland-style, too. Tyrol is named after the place-name of western Ötztaler Alpen in Eastern Alps, and the Utashinai city focuses on the central Europe.
The Utashinai is named after the Penkeutashunai River, and means "A mountain stream with a lot of sand" in Ainu language, and is famous for smallest population in all Japanese cities. Around 3500 people live at present. The Utashinai used to be flourishing as a coal mine town, but coal mines closed their business successively, so depopulation is progressing. There are SPORTS Arena Tyrol and roadside station "Utashinai Tyrol (うたしないチロル)" near the Tyrol-no-Yu, and pickled vegetables and local dish Nanko (なんこ) that sell at the roadside station are famous. Especially, a lot of visitors come to buy the pickled vegetables.
Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Tyrol-no-Yu.
Tyrol-no-Yu is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1992 on a small hill, and owns a hot spring source. The building is renewed in 2013. A morning bath is served from 06:00 to 08:00, too. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A shop and a restraunt are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. Nanko is served, too. A staying is possible, too.
There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 2 pot baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a public large bathhouse. unusual Resting Place Made of Black Silica is provided, too. The bathhouse is not so large, and yellow light shines in from yellow windows. The indoor bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and the whirlpool bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath, and the pot bath seats 1 person. Overflowing hot springs from the pot bath is comfortable.
The outdoor bath is the size that about 10 poeple can take a bath. A sense of openness can not be felt because it is surrounded by walls and a roof. Bathers can see the roadside station and a cityscape of Utashinai near the wall.
The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate cold spring, and are clear and light yellow and have neither taste nor smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 3.266 g/kg. All baths use heated cold springs gushing out from the coal mine. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. Free hair dryers and a restroom are installed at a dressing room.
Atmosphere of Tyrol-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium bicarbonate cold spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Cold spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||18.1 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, 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||Not Drinking|
|Facility||Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(5), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300.|
|Business hours||06:00-08:00 and 10:00-22:00|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (60 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Jalan is here|
|Mapcode||179 016 152*66|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Utashinai 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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