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[Yamahana Onsen in Kushiro] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Yamahana Onsen Refre Adjacent to Kushiro Zoo

March 23rd, 2014

Yamahana Onsen

Yamahana Onsen (山花温泉) is a hot spring place in Kushiro city, and is around 20 km away from the center of the Kushiro. Yamahana Onsen Refre (山花温泉リフレ) is built in a grassy plain next to Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園). There are Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園), Horse Park and Kushiro Yamahana Park Auto Campsite (釧路市山花公園オートキャンプ場) near here, and those are near Tancho Kushiro Airport, too. The Yamahana Onsen is a little away from Otanoshike (大楽毛), restraunts, cafes and convenience stores are built around there. Speaking of the Otashike, I ate a pork rice bowl at Butafuku (ぶた福). It was so tasty. Tourist attractions relatively near here are the tourist attractions related with the Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park, for example, Kushiro Marsh Observatory (釧路市湿原展望台), Hokuto Lookout (北斗展望地) and Onnenai Visitor Center (温根内ビジターセンター).

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland from Satellite Observatory along Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path
Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park Kushiro Marsh Observatory Walking Path

A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But an express bus "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Kushiro and the Sapporo, the Asahikawa, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Lake Akan.

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Kushiro
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Kushiro to Sapporo
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Kitami
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kitami to Kushiro
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Tancho Kushiro Airport
Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Obihiro
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Tancho Kushiro Airport to Lake Akan
Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Lake Akan to Tancho Kushiro Airport

Kushiro Zoo

Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園) is a zoo in Yamahana Park (山花公園) located in the west part of Kushiro's downtown, and is adjacent to Yamahana Onsen Rifre (山花温泉リフレ), Kushiro Fureai Horse Park (釧路市ふれあいホースパーク) and an auto campsite. It features a large site, and anout 60 types of 450 animals are bred at the site of 47.8 ha. The Kushiro Zoo was established in 1975, and is the easternmost zoo in Japan. There are a sightseeing facility with wooden paths reproduced Kushiro-shitsugen Wetalnd and a amusement park at the zoo, too. In addition, there is Yamahana Graveyard (山花墓地) for some reason at the zoo, too. The Kushiro Zoo is an unusual zoo that there is a cemetery at the zoo in the Japan. Article is here

Polar Bear Is Playing on Ball
Polar Bear -Kushiro Zoo-

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland National Park (釧路湿原国立公園) among Kushiro city, Kushiro town, Shibecha town and Tsurui village is a famous tourist attraction in the Eastern Hokkaido, and about 500,000 people visit every year, and is the largest wetland with 18,290 ha in Japan. It has been designed as Ramsar Convention since 1980, and developments had been limited strictly. More than 700 plants grow, and about 200 birds and about 1,100 insects inhabit. A lot of rare animals inhabit and plants including Japanese cranes, Blakiston's fish-owls that are only 100 in Hokkaido, Iijima Ruriboshiyanma (イイジマルリボシヤンマ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Itou fish (イトウ) that is said to be a very rare fish, Kushiro jacob's ladder (クシロハナシノブ) that is a remaining specy in the glacial epoch, Bogberry and Yachibouzu (ヤチボウズ) are in the wetland. Article is here

Kushiro-Shitsugen Wetland
Kushiro-shitsugen wetland

Pork Rice Bowl of Butafuku

Butafuku (ぶた福) is located in Otanoshike, Kushiro city and is near the Kushiro National College of Technology (釧路高専). Pork rice bowl is not so popular in Kushiro, but the pork rice bowl of the Butafuku is known for a large serving of the pork rice. I visited here around 18:00. Inside restraunt is L shaped, and 2 groups of customers ate the pork rice bowls. There is a raised seating area, so family customers seem to enjoy. I sat at a counter seat and read a menu, and ordered a pork loin and pork libs mixed pork rice bowl (ミックス豚丼). The price was JPY 880. Printed web pages were pasted walls of the counter seat, and I was surprised at this situation first. Article is here


Grilled Pork Are Served Thickly
Pork Rice Bowl -Butafuku in Kushiro-


Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Article is here

Setting Sun of Nusamai Bridge

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Yamahana Onsen Refre.

Yamahana Onsen Refre

Yamahana Onsen Refre is a small-sized hot spring hotel ran by Top of kushiro corp in Kushiro city, and has opened a business since 1996. It is popular with local people. When I visited here, around 20 people took a bath. I guess that Kushiro Zoo users or campers use it. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 620. Restraunt "Hanashinobu" (レストランはなしのぶ) and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. 2 types of lunch bath plans are provided for JPY 1350 or JPY 1100, too. A staying is possible, too.

Yamahana Onsen Refre in Kushiro

They have 2 tyeps of large public bathhouses, Yama-no-Yu (山の湯) and Hana-no-Yu (花の湯), and the bathhouses for men or women are replaced almost every day. I took a bath at the Hana-no-Yu. There are 1 open-air bath, 1 large indoor bath, 2 whirlpool baths, 1 medicinal bath, 1 cold bath and 1 wet sauna at the bathhouse "Hana-no-Yu". There are 1 open-air bath, 1 large indoor bath, 2 whirlpool baths, 1 medicinal bath, 1 cold bath and 1 dry sauna at the bathhouse "Yama-no-Yu". The tiled Bathhouse unified in white is stylish, and the sunny bathhouse with large windows is feeling good.

Yama-no-Yu: Bathouse (Source: Yamahana Onsen Refre)
Yamahana Onsen Refre
Yama-no-Yu: Open-air Bath (Source: Yamahana Onsen Refre)
Yamahana Onsen Refre
Yama-no-Yu: Dry Sauna (Source: Yamahana Onsen Refre)
Yamahana Onsen Refre

The large indoor bath is the size that about 30 people can take a bath, and uses heated hot springs, and water temperature is 41.5 C. The round whirlpool bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath, and the rectangle whirlpool bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. The medicinal bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. Each water temperature is 41 C. The open-air bath is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses heated hot springs, and water temperature is 42 C. Unfortunately, a view is not so good, because the open-air bath is surrounded by blind fences. But a sense of openness can be felt without a roof.

Hana-no-Yu: Bathhouse (Source: Yamahana Onsen Refre)
Yamahana Onsen Refre
Hana-no-Yu: Open-air Bath (Source: Yamahana Onsen Refre)
Yamahana Onsen Refre
Hana-no-Yu: Wet Sauan (Source: Yamahana Onsen Refre)
Yamahana Onsen Refre

The hot springs are strong sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 28.85 g/kg, too, and the hot spring has rich ingredients. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. At a dressing room, a restroom and free hair dryers are provided, and a facility for babies is installed, too.

Dressing Room
Yamahana Onsen Refre in Kushiro
Facilities for Babies
Yamahana Onsen Refre in Kushiro

Atmosphere of Yamahana Onsen Refre Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yamahana Onsen Refre

Types of Hot Springs Strong sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral , Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 35.1 C
ph 7.4
Indications Neuralgia, Relieving fatigue, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Cold sensitivity, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Weak child, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Chronic women's diseases, Cut, Burn, Healthy increase
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(1), Indoor bath(6), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. Bathhouses for men and women are replaced almost every day.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 620. Junior high school student: JPY 520. Elementary school student: JPY 310.
Business hours From October to June 10:00-22:00, From July to September 10:00-23:00.
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (150 cars)
Telephone number +81-154-56-2233
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 630 598 154*50

List of Accommodations

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

Yamahana Onsen Rifre(山花温泉リフレ)

A page of Kushiro is here




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