About 10km northeast of Obihiro, this serene riverside onsen resort has a variety of hotels. The moor water contains organic matter of vegetable origin. Whooper swans congregating on the bank of the river from December to March.
Location 10km northeast of Obihiro across Tokachi-gawa
Highlights Garden Spa Tokachigawa Onsen
Tourist Information & Bike Rentals Otofuke Town Tokachigawa Onsen Tourist Information Center (音更町十勝川温泉観光協会): Tel 0155-32-6633 / Inside Tokachi Nature Center, 12-1 Tokachigawa Onsen-minami, Otofuke-cho / 9am-5pm / www.tokachigawa.net
01 ONSEN & EATING
Garden Spa Tokachigawa Onsen
ガーデンスパ十勝川温泉 / 14-1 Tokachigawa Onsen-kita / 9am-7pm, to 5.30pm Fri, to 9pm Sat & Sun / Closed 2nd Tue of month / Adult ¥1500, child ¥600 / tokachigawa.jp
This modern onsen complex has sophisticated indoor and open-air baths. The Spa Garden is mixed bathing, admission includes bathing suit and towel rental. Children will need to bring a swimsuit. There are also four eateries and a free ashi-yu (open-air footbath).
02 OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES & CAMPING
Tokachi Ecology Park
十勝エコロジーパーク / Tokachigawa Onsen-minami / 9am-5pm / FREE / www.tokachi-ecopark.jp
At the eastern edge of Tokachigawa Onsen, this riverside oasis has footpaths and playgrounds for kids. In winter, you can hire snowshoes and cross-country skis (from ¥300). It is also a good place for camping.
TOKACHIGAWA ONSEN MAP
From Obihiro Station bus terminal stop 6 or 7, Tokachi Bus 45 runs to Tokachigawa Onsen (6-8 daily / 25min / ¥500), stopping at each hotel and the Garden Spa and continue to Tokachi Ecology Park. The last bus from the Garden Spa back to Obihiro is at 7.00pm.