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The Power of the Earth, Making You Feel Refreshed

Hot spring is one of the symbols of the Japanese culture. It has a variety of positive effects, such as warming you to the bone and making your skin smooth. Also, types of the water vary among differente facilities in different areas. If you take outdoor hot spring baths, you can enjoy the outside scenery while soaking yourself in the warm water. Hokkaido is famous as"hot spring kingdom," and different types of hot spring baths are available, ranging from huge hot spring facilities among mondern buildings to outdoor hot spring baths in mountains. The number of hot spring fans in other countries has been increasing recently, and Hokkaido is a fascinating place for those fans. Plenty of hot water springing up from the majestic nature is a great appeal of Hokkaido. Once you soak yourself into a hot spring bath, you'll feel the large scale of Hokkaido as well as experiencing the Japanese culture. Please note that there are certain manners developed from the long history and the heart of the Japanese people loving hot spring. By practicing those manners, you'll be welcomed by other people enjoying the same hot spring bath and will get one step closer to the "expert" in hot spring.

Major Hot Spring By Area

Central Area(Douou)

  • Jozankei Onsen

    Jozankei Hot Springs(Sapporo)

    This hot spring resort around an hour’s drive from the urban area of Sapporo is named after a monk named Jozan who discovered the spring in 1866.

  • Noboribetsu Onsen

    Noboribetsu Hot Springs(Noboribetsu)

    Noboribetsu is home to nine types of hot springs, each with different healing effects. With a greater variety than almost anywhere else in the world, Noboribetsu is often dubbed the “Hot Spring Department Store”.

Eastern Area

  • Tokachigawa Onsen

    Tokachiagawa Hot Springs(Otofuke)

    This hot spring resort 20 minutes by car from Obihiro Station is known for its golden-brown water containing large amounts of plant matter that is extremely good for the skin.

  • Akankohan Onsen

    Akanko Hot Springs(Kushiro)

    A popular hot spring among the Ainu people in the mid-19th century, this resort includes small hand and foot baths.

Southern Area

  • Yunokawa Onsen

    Yunokawa Hot Springs(Hakodate)

    Yunokawa’s history as a hot spring resort dates back to 1453. There is a famous legend that says this water once cured a gravely ill feudal lord.

Northern Area

  • Sounkyo Onsen

    Shirogane Hot Springs(Biei)

    This hot spring resort is located roughly in the center of 24 km columns near the foot of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. With its spectacular columnar joint and mountain backdrop, this is the ultimate Japanese hot spring scenery.

  • Shirogane Onsen

    Sounkyo Hot Springs(Kamikawa)

    A top quality spring near the foot of the mountains with a breathtaking mountain view. The refreshing sight of white birch trees can also be seen on the way from Biei.

*Each symbol indicates the spring quality

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Spring Qualities and Health Effects

[A] Simple Thermal Hot Springs

Simple thermals are hot springs of low in mineral content. Since they have little effect on the body, anyone can enjoy them. Many well-known hot spring resorts have spring water of this quality, and they are especially effective against neuralgia.

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[B] Chloride Springs

Salt springs are known for their high heat retention, earning them the name "hot springs for heat." They are good for treating neuralgia and rheumatism.

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[C] Sodium Hydrocarbonate Springs

Sodium hydrocarbonate springs have alkaline hot water, which makes soap extra foamy. Since they make skin smooth, the springs are called "hot springs for beauty."

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[D] Calcium Magnesium Hydrocarbonate Springs

Alkaline earthy springs are especially effective for the treatment of chronic skin diseases.

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[E] Carbon Dioxide Springs

Since aluminum sulfate springs are found at sites where there is substantial volcanic activity, Japan has many hot springs of this kind. Thanks to its effect to apply pressure to skin and mucous membrane, they are good against chronic skin diseases.

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[F] Ferruginous Springs (iron-rich springs) & Cupriferous Springs (copper-rich springs)

Both ferruginous springs and cupriferous springs contain iron, making them good against gynecological diseases and anemia.

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[G] Aluminum Sulfate Springs

Since aluminum sulfate springs are found at sites where there is substantial volcanic activity, Japan has many hot springs of this kind. Thanks to its effect to apply pressure to skin and mucous membrane, they are good against chronic skin diseases.

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[H] Sulfur Springs

Sulfur springs have cloudy hot water and the peculiar smell of hydrosulfuric acid. They warm you well, but soap never foams when used with this kind of water. Due to their effect to dilate peripheral blood vessels, they are called "hot springs for hearts."
Sulfur springs are divided into two categories, including simple sulfur springs and sulfurated sulfur springs. Hydrogen-sulfide springs belongs to the latter group. Some hot springs that are not in fact sulfur springs specify their quality as sulfurated-type springs.

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[I] Acid Springs

Acid springs feature sourness, a peculiar smell and high water temperatures. People who have sensitive skin should be careful with this kind of water. The hot springs of this kind are effective in treating athlete's foot and chronic skin diseases thanks to the water's antibacterial action.

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[J] Radium Hot Springs

The benefits of a radium hot spring come mostly through breathing in the steam rather than soaking in the water. These springs are good against neuralgia and autonomic ataxia.

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[K] Sulfate Springs

[K-1]Sodium Sulfate Springs

Sodium sulfate springs are known as "hot springs for healing wounds" and "hot springs to cure paralysis."

[K-2]Calcium Sulfate Springs

Calcium sulfate springs are effective in healing bruises and cuts.

[K-3]Magnesium Sulfate Springs

There are a small number of magnesium sulfate springs in Japan, and the most well-known and highest quality spas like these are known as hot springs that can help prevent strokes.

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