The area surrounding Obihiro, Shiretoko and Kushiro(Eastern Hokkaido)
- Tokachigawa Hot Springs(Otofuke)
A moor hot spring containing plant-derived matter is a Hokkaido heritage site known for its natural beautifying effects
Tokachigawa Hot Springs is located along the bank of the Tokachi River roughly at the center of the Tokachi area. This nature hot spring is known as a moor spring that is derived from organic plant matter that bubbles up from deep below the surface through several layers of plant sediment. In English and German the word moor refers to a marsh (peatland) and this particular spring was named a moor hot spring because of the European tradition of moor bathing for beautifying purposes.
In 2004, Tokachigawa Hot Springs was designated as a Hokkaido heritage site to be treasured by the people of Hokkaido. The waters contain a large amount of plant-derived organic matter, providing a water quality that is soft and does not irritate the skin. The water also has a natural moisturizing effect which makes the skin feel supple and shiny after a bath. For this reason these hot springs are known as the bijin no yu, or water of beauty. Try the water for yourself to experience the benefits of Tokachi's verdant nature.
(Otofukecho Tokachigawa Onsen Kanko Kyoukai)