Jozanekei Onsen (Powerful Healing Waters) Hokkaido, Japan
Posted on June 29 2016
Jozankei Hot Springs, Hokkaido, Japan
After giving a presentation about Islamic Finance and Banking at the 2016 International Congress on Banking, Economics, Finance, and Business (BEBF) at the Sapporo Convention Centre, I decided to travel to Jozankei to check out the healing properties of the waters of the Jozankei Onsen. Jozankei Onsen (定山渓温泉, Jōzankei Onsen) is located inside Shikotsu-Toya National Park between the high cliffs of the Toyohira River. The small onsen village is situated about one hour from Sapporo City Centre.
The hot springs contain sodium chloride, which may give you the feeling of warming from the inside. There are 56 hot spring sources in the Jyozankei district from which 8,600 liters of hot water at temperatures of 60 to 80°C surface each minute. The history of the Jozankei Hot Springs dates back to 1866, when during the Meiji Restoration Era, Miizumi Jozan, an ascetic monk, discovered the hot springs and opened a healing spa to help other people in need of healing. The waters are powerful and calming and the healing qualities are immense. It seems helpful for people with nervous, muscular, and skin disorders plus joint-pain, arthritis, or bone ailments.
I checked into Shogetsu Grand Hotel, which is situated above a rushing river gorge. The sound of the rushing flow of water is soothing to the soul. The bathtub in the Japanese Style rooms flows with the onsen water. I took an initial onsen. The water does truly warm you from the inside. The water is so powerful, immense, and overwhelming that after exit, I immediately fell asleep. Soon after, I experienced an immense release through my crown and root shakras as if I had been in a deep meditation for hours. I also noticed a serene glow in my skin. The cuisine and hospitality are usually good at the hotel, however, I have experienced sub-standard service on this trip due to my emerging fame for Islamic finance. There are also communal onsens separated by gender on the fourth floor. The hot spring water flows to all of the hotels in the surrounding area. Take your pick of the hotels as they all seem to be providing the same service with similar quality.
The water under the rich forests of Jozankei have been selected as in the ‘Top 100 Best Water Source Forests’ by the Forestry Agency of Japan. The water is the onsen source for Jozankei Onsen, Koganeyu Onsen, and Hoheikyo Onsen. There are a plethora of outdoor activities in the surrounding area. Enjoy!