Healing Trip to Enjoy Tokachigawa Onsen, a Moor Hot Spring Nurtured since Ancient Times
Forget the worries of daily life and take time to refresh yourself…that’s one way to enjoy a trip. Hokkaido is one of the favorite destinations of domestic tourists. Although it has many attractions for travelers including superb landscapes and specialty dishes featuring local ingredients, you should never forget the hot springs, which are places for physical and mental refreshment. Here is an introduction to Tokachigawa Onsen, a moor hot spring kept going since ancient times in the Tokachi area of Hokkaido.
An ancient hot spring already frequented by the indigenous people of Hokkaido
The Tokachi area is located in the east of Hokkaido. Known for its dry-field farming, the area accounts for some 12% of dry fields in Japan. It is also popular as a photogenic sightseeing spot with its vast and open rural landscapes. Hot springs are one of the many attractions that the Tokachi area has to offer. Once called “medicinal bogs” by the indigenous Ainu people, the hot springs are now known as “beauty springs” that make the skin clear.
“Moor springs” with a high content of organic plant substances
The hot springs were called “medicinal bogs” for good reason. Just take a look at the efficacy of the hot springs listed in the guidance. It says: neuralgia, muscle pain, arthralgia, frozen shoulder, sports paralysis, stiff joints, bruises, sprains, hemorrhoids, chronic gastrointestinal disorders, chronic skin diseases, convalescence from illness, convalescence from fatigue, health improvement, weak constitution, chronic women’s diseases, oversensitivity to cold, cuts, burns, etc. The hot springs gushing in the Tokachi area, called “moor springs,” have their own effectiveness against various ailments. The word “moor” originally comes from German, indicating lignite and other plant substances. A “moor spring” refers to a plant-derived hot spring welling through a lignite layer which gradually formed through the deposition of local plants that grew in this area in ancient times. It is actually quite rare in the world.
Where can you enjoy “moor springs,” selected as a prefectural heritage of Hokkaido?
You can enjoy moor springs in various parts of the Tokachi area, ranging from hotels and public baths in the city to places off the beaten track that take several hours’ drive to reach. Above all, Tokachigawa Onsen is known as the hot spring in the Tokachi area. The plant hot spring, also selected as a prefectural heritage of Hokkaido, is a rare water resource with limited quantity compared with a common mineral hot spring. You can enjoy it in various ways including a footbath, or staying at a spring inn or day-trip hot spring facility. The hot water of Tokachigawa Onsen will penetrate your skin like a natural lotion, smoothing your whole body. It is particularly rewarding for women seeking esthetic effects.