- February 9th, 2014
[Wakkanai Onsen] Day Trip Onsen and Japanese's Northernmost Onsen Can Be Enjoyed at Wakkanai Health Increase Center Domu
Wakkanai Onsen (稚内温泉) is a hot spring place in the west side of Wakkanai city, and is the origin that hot spring gushed out when they prospected for oil, and is the Japan’s nothernmost onsen. Wakkanai Health Increase Center Domu (稚内市健康増進センター 童夢), a hot spring facility for day trip onsen, and some accommodations are built. There are Wakkanai Youth Recreation Hall (稚内少年青年の家) and Wakkanai General Gymnasium around there. The distance is around 10 km away from the center of the Wakkanai, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Cape Noshappu (ノシャップ岬) is relatively near here, and there are Noshappu Cold Current Aquarium (ノシャップ寒流水族館) and Wakkanai Lighthouse (稚内灯台) and restraunts.
Wakkanai has many inimitable sceneries in Hokkaido, and there are sightseeing spots in various places of Wakkanai city. Cape Soya (宗谷岬), Soya hills (宗谷丘陵), Wakkanai Park (稚内公園), Onuma Pond (大沼) are particularly famous. In addition, local people recommend the sunset in Yuhigaoka Parking (夕日が丘パーキング). By the way, Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Wakkanai, Sushi Tatsu (寿司竜), Robata Yezo-no-Sato (炉端 蝦夷の里), Yezo-banya (えぞ番屋), Izakaya Zakoya (居酒屋 雑魚や) and Steak House Vin (ヴァン) are popular in particular. I ate foods at the Vin, Mamiyado, Takaraya and Hanaichimonme, and those were tasty. Lastly, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Wakkanai Onsen. But an express bus Hamnasu-go (はまなす号) runs between the Sapporo and the Wakkanai.
Cape Noshappu (ノシャップ岬) is a cape located in the northwestern part of Wakkanai city. The Noshappu means “A place that the cape is like jutting out a chin” in Ainu language. As its name suggests, the cape is at the tip of Wakkanai Peninsula. It is well-known for enjoying the beautiful setting sun across the Sea of Japan, and is a popular place to view Rshiri Island and Rebun Island. Sakhalin Island in Russia is in the opposite side of the sea. There are Esandomari Fishing Port Park (恵山泊漁港公園), Noshappu Cold Current Aquarium (ノシャップ寒流水族館), Wakkanai Lighthouse, souvenir shops and restaurants at the tip of the cape. The distance is about 4 km away from here to Wakkanai Onsen, too. Read More
Wakkanai (稚内) that about 35,000 people live is the 21th largest fishery city in Hokkaido, and was named after Yamuwakkanai that means “A river with cold water” in Ainu language. It is one of regional hub cities of the North Hokkaido area, and is the northernmost port town in Japan. A catch of Octopus Dofleini (ミズダコ) is the largest in the Japan. In addition, a lot of people run a dairy farm, and the Wakkanai is one of tasty milk‐producing distlict in the Hokkaido. My grandmother was from Keihoku (恵北) in the Wakkanai, and I remember that the milk was very tasty when I visited parents’ house of my grandmother in the old days. As for climate, the Wakkanai faces the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk, so a wind blows hard. Average annual temperature is 7 degrees, and it is chilly in a summer, and it does not relatively snow hard in a winter. Wakkanai Peninsula (稚内半島) is in the west side of the city, and Soya Peninsula (宗谷半島) is in the east side of the city, and the downtown is in the west side of the city. Various things is the northernmost in the Japan, for example, Japane’s Northernmost Railway Monument (日本最北端の線路の碑) is built beside the Wakkanai Station, too. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Wakkanai Health Increase Center Domu. On the other hand, an accommodation without taking a day trip bath is Soya Palace, Onsen Minshuku Kita-no-Yado, Wafu Pension Fujikado and Minshuku Shizuya.
Wakkanai Health Increase Center Domu
Domu is a hot spring facility for day trip onsen founded in 1997, and is designed by Hokkaido Nikken Skkei inc. in the motif of a port city, so the appearance looks a ship and a port from the top. It is one of good points that the building is built facing the front of Rishiri Island and Rebun Island. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 600. When I visited here, a lot of local people came. Restraunt “Yunagi” (レストラン夕凪) is at the building, too. In addition, they issue a certificate for bathing in the Japan’s northernmost onsen for JPY 100.
There are 1 open-air bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 sleeping bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 medicated bath, 1 cold bath and 2 saunas at a large public bathhouse on the 2nd floor. The sunny bathhouse with a lot of windows is feeling good. By the way, a photography is prohibited at the bathhouse. Bad luck!
The indoor bath, the whirlpool bath, the cascading bath and the medicated bath are set along the windows, and the elliptical-shaped indoor bath is the size that about 12 people can take a bath, and the round whirlpool bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and the round medicated bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath, and the cascading bath seats 1 person. The sleeping bath seats 2 people beside a rocky wall. Almost baths use the heated natural hot spring diluted 5 times with water.
The ship-shaped open-air bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. A sense of openess can be felt without a roof. A view can not be enjoyed while bathing because of a blindfold fence. But bathers can enjoy the Sea of Japan and Mt. Rishirifuji while cooling heated body. It is really nice scenery. The sunset over the Sea of Japan seem to be beautiful.
The hot springs are sodium chloride carbonated spring, and are a little opaque and light yellow and have salty taste and oil smell, and have smooth and slippery touch, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 6.020 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Weak acidic, Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||38.4 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic woman’s diseases, Cold sensitivity, 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, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(7), Sauna(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||More than a high school student: JPY 600. First to 9th grade student: JPY 300. Infant (less than primary schoolchild): JPY 100.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (74 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||964 001 299*61|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Wakkanai Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Wakkanai is here
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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