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Footnotes What is Kawayu Onsen?

Where is Kawayu Onsen located?

Kawayu Onsen is located at "Teshikaga-cho," an inland town in east Hokkaido. Cool in summer but also one of the coldest regions in Japan during winter, the lowest temperature dips down to a whopping minus 30 degrees Celsius, with the occasional sighting of "diamond dust."

Where is Kawayu Onsen located?

What is special about Kawayu Onsen?

  • The hot spring is rich enough to melt even nails and slowly warms your body slowly when cold.
  • Please come and enjoy the communal footbaths
  • it truly is a unique and tradition of Shimobashira Teshikaga.
  • From the Diamond Dusts in KAWAYU
  • The hot spring is rich enough to melt even nails and slowly warms your body slowly when cold.

  • Please come and enjoy the communal footbaths

  • it truly is a unique and tradition of Shimobashira Teshikaga.

  • From the Diamond Dusts in KAWAYU

  • The hot spring is rich enough to melt even nails and slowly warms your body slowly when cold.
  • Please come and enjoy the communal footbaths
  • it truly is a unique and tradition of Shimobashira Teshikaga.
  • From the Diamond Dusts in KAWAYU

The most special part of Kawayu Onsen is the quality of the hot spring. Kawayu Onsen is one of the few hot springs in Japan with medicinal benefit, in that it contains strong acid hydrogen sulfide properties "that is said to melt even nails." The hot spring of Kawayu is known for warming the core of your body and keeping it that way. It is truly a God-send when sightseeing during the extremely cold winter seasons. In addition, the town is host to other hot spring inns and several footbath spots for your enjoyment.

From the Diamond Dusts in KAWAYU

  • The mysterious Lake Mashu, clear against the winter sky
  • The winter sands become a haven for swans
  • Feel the power of the earth from Iozan Mountain
  • Bihoro Pass, one of the most scenic passes of Japan
  • The mysterious Lake Mashu, clear against the winter sky

  • The winter sands become a haven for swans

  • Feel the power of the earth from Iozan Mountain

  • Bihoro Pass, one of the most scenic passes of Japan

  • The mysterious Lake Mashu, clear against the winter sky
  • The winter sands become a haven for swans
  • Feel the power of the earth from Iozan Mountain
  • Bihoro Pass, one of the most scenic passes of Japan

There are many highlights around Kawayu Onsen to experience the great outdoors of Hokkaido, such as the mysterious "Mashu" Lake, or "Lake Kussharo," the largest caldera lake in Japan that was created by a volcanic eruption. There is also the sulfur-scented "Iozan" mountain with volcanic smoke rising, and the superb view of "Bihoro Pass" where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Kussharo Lake.

Bird Watching Tour (Participants and Schedules are Limited in Availability)

Bird Watching Tour (Participants and Schedules are Limited in Availability)
Highlights
"Hokkaido is a paradise for wild birds during winter. Seas, lakes, marshes, rivers, wetlands, tidelands... all become great spots to see wild birds and animals.
Under the guidance of a taxi driver with intimate knowledge of this region, this tour will take you on a tour around Shunkuntai, Furen Lake, Notsuke Peninsula, the Kussharo Lake shore and Tsurui Village."
Bird Watching Tour (Participants and Schedules are Limited in Availability)
Highlights
A "subglacial catching net fishery," a traditional form of fishing during the winter season that can be seen in Furen Lake and Notsuke Peninsula. You can watch the bull eagles lining up to snatch up the fishes.

Base information

Set Dates
3 Dates in 2020: Friday, January 10th / Saturday, February 8th / Friday, February 21st
Duration
3 nights and 4 days
capacity
Up to 6 persons ※Minimum 4 persons
Travel Expense
\135,000 (1 room for 2 persons) / \145,000 (1 room per person)
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A local tour recommended for people staying at Kawayu Onsen

Let's go see a fantastic night sky full of stars! The Mashu Lake, Star-Gazing Tour
Let's go see a fantastic night sky full of stars! The Mashu Lake, Star-Gazing Tour
In the middle of winter when the air is most clear, Lake Mashu is a perfect time and spot for observing the starry sky. With no mountains to block the view, the 360-degree panoramic view of the starry night sky will be simply overwhelming.
You can observe the stars level to your eyes only at Mashu Lake, which sits atop a hill.
Admission: Adult \3,600 / Elementary School \2,600 / Infant \500Book this tour / view detailsBook this tour / view details
Be mesmerized at the 'Frosted Mists,' a natural work of art during winter! The Mashu Lake, Frosted Mist Tour
Be mesmerized at the "Frosted Mists," a natural work of art during winter! The Mashu Lake, Frosted Mist Tour
Departing from Kawayu Onsen early in the morning, when temperatures often drop below minus 20 degrees Celsius, we will head towards Lake Mashu. The frosts created by the water vapor in the clouds cling to the trees, turning it into an art piece that is only possible during winter. Sometimes, you might even encounter a "pink-hued frosted mist," or diamond dust in the morning.
Admission: Adult \3,600 / Elementary School \2,600 / Infant \500Book this tour / view detailsBook this tour / view details
感動の「真冬」の川くだり 釧路川源流カヌー
An exciting descent down the Kushiro River during winter
The Kushiro River begins from Lake Kussharo and passes through the Kushiro Marshes.
During the middle of winter, the Kushiro River can go down to minus 20 degrees Celsius and covered with fogs of glittering diamond dust on both sides during the morning. You will enjoy a fantastic canoe trip, only during this season.Book this tour / view detailsBook this tour / view details

List of lodging accommodations at Kawayu Onsen

  • The Kinkiyu Hotel
    The Kinkiyu Hotel
    所在地: 北海道川上郡弟子屈町川湯温泉1丁目5−10
    TEL: (+81) (0) 15-483-2211
  • The Kawayu Kanko Hotel
    The Kawayu Kanko Hotel
    Address: 1-2-30, Kawayu Onsen, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
    TEL: (+81) (0)15-483-2121
  • The Meiyu-no-Mori Kitafukuro
    The Meiyu-no-Mori Kitafukuro
    Address: 1-9-15, Kawayu Onsen, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
    TEL: (+81) (0) 15-483-2960
  • KKR Kawayu
    KKR Kawayu
    Address: 1-2-15, Kawayu Onsen, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
    TEL: (+81) (0) 15-483-2643
  • Yunokaku Ikedaya
    Yunokaku Ikedaya
    Address: 2-6-25, Kawayu Onsen, Teshikaga-cho, Kawakami-gun, Hokkaido
    TEL: (+81) (0) 15-483-2011

Value Package Plan with Express Bus Service & Lodging at the Kawayu Onsen Hotel

  • [Departure from Lake Akan] Express Bus & Kawayu Hot Spring Lodging Plan (One or two nights)
    [Departure from Lake Akan] Express Bus & Kawayu Hot Spring Lodging Plan (One or two nights)

    A lodging plan with a "Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus" service between Lake Akan and Kawayu Onsen. Enjoy a tour of Lake Mashu!

    Schedule
    A lodging plan with a "Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus" service between Lake Akan and Kawayu Onsen. Enjoy a tour of Lake Mashu!
    Price
    Starting from \9,900 (Varies per number of people, time, and course)
    BOOKING
  • [Departure from Shiretoko Utoro] includes a ride aboard the Aurora! Express Bus & Kawayu Hot Spring Lodging Plan (One or two nights)
    [Departure from Shiretoko Utoro] includes a ride aboard the Aurora! Express Bus & Kawayu Hot Spring Lodging Plan (One or two nights)

    "A lodging plan with a ""Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus"" service between Shiretoko Utoro and Kawayu Onsen. Includes a tour of the Oshinkoshin Waterfall and a ride aboard the Aurora Drift Ice Ship!"""

    Schedule
    January 25th, 2020 to March 8th (only partially until March 7th)
    Price
    Starting from \15,800 (Varies per number of people, time, and course)
    BOOKING
  • [Departure from Shiretoko Utoro] includes a walking experience on the Betsukai Ice Horizon! Express Bus & Kawayu Hot Spring Lodging Plan (One or two nights)
    [Departure from Shiretoko Utoro] includes a walking experience on the Betsukai Ice Horizon! Express Bus & Kawayu Hot Spring Lodging Plan (One or two nights)

    A lodging plan with a "Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus" service between Shiretoko Utoro and Kawayu Onsen, along with a special mini-walking experience on the frozen sea

    Schedule
    January 25th, 2020 to March 8th (only partially until March 7th)
    Price
    Starting from \19,500 (Varies per number of people, time, and course)
    BOOKING

Convenient winter access to Kawayu Onsen

Convenient winter access to Kawayu Onsen
From Abashiri to Kawayu Onsen
・Approximately 90 minutes from JR Abashiri Station to Kawayu Onsen Station via the JR Senmo Main Line
・(fastest) Roadside Station Abashiri to Kawayu Onsen is 75 minutes for \2,800 via theHigashi Hokkaido Express Bus #2
・Abashiri Station to Kawayu Onsen is \4,500 via Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus #10(stops at Lake Akan and Lake Mashu)
Be mesmerized at the 'Frosted Mists,' a natural work of art during winter! The Mashu Lake, Frosted Mist Tour
From Shiretoko Utoro to Kawayu Onsen
・(fastest) From Shiretoko Utoro to Kawayu Onsen : 3,000 yen by Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus #9
・From Shiretoko Utoro to Kawayu Onsen (via Abashiri) : 4,500 yen byHigashi Hokkaido Express Bus #2
・From Shiretoko Utoro to Kawayu Onsen (via Betsukai Ice Horizon) : 9,800 yen by Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus #5andNo.6 (connecting bus)
From Akanko Onsen to Kawayu Onsen
From Akanko Onsen to Kawayu Onsen
・(fastest) Akanko Onsen to Kawayu Onsen is \3,000 via the Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus #10(stops at Mashu Lake)
・Akanko Onsen to Kawayu Onsen is \3,000 via the Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus #3(stops at Lake Mashu and Iozan Mountain)
From Kushiro-Shibecha to Kawayu Onsen
From Kushiro-Shibecha to Kawayu Onsen
From Kushiro-Shibecha to Kawayu Onsen
・Shibecha Station to Kawayu Onsen is \2,200 via the Higashi Hokkaido Express Bus #8・Shibecha Station to Kawayu Onsen is \2,200 via the