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Sounkyo Onsen

Sounkyo Onsen

Sounkyo Onsen is located in the northern part of Daisetsuzan National Park. It is the largest hot spring resort in central Hokkaido. The name Sounkyo derives from the Ainu word “Souunbetsu,” which means “many waterfall rivers.” Matsuda Ichitaro was the first Japanese to visit the Ishikari River and discovered the hot spring at the time. In 1915, Mizujiro Shioya built a hot spring bath hut and called it Shioya Onsen. When Omachi Keigetsu, a famous writer during the Meiji period, stayed at the Shioya Onsen in 1921, he renamed the village to “Sounkyo.” The source of the hot springs could be found at the back of Sounkyo at the entrance of Momijidani. The type of hot spring that is provided is simple sulfur water. The Sounkyo Onsen receives an average of 3 million visitors per year. There is a public bath in the center of the resort called Kurodake no Yu. The Sounkyo Ropeway is also located in the resort area. This ropeway leads to Kurodake’s, a popular traveling route, midpoint. In addition to that, the Sounkyo Onsen resort area is built near the Sounkyo Gorge, which is one of the main attractions in the area.