Conserving nature is not the only sustainable effort. Improving the existing environment in a way that does not damage the nature and providing it to everyone traveling, these are also great efforts for sustainability.
Kawayu Onsen, located between Lake Mashu and Lake Kussharo, is a sulfur spring with a high bactericidal effect. In addition, since it is a hot spring town with a declaration of “100% fresh hot spring water “, Kawayu Onsen is a unique area where high quality hot springs are provided at any facility. There is a 110-meter long river called Onsen River where hot spring flows. However, it was just a view object from open-air baths of some facilities. For the purpose of making this river more attractive and enjoyable spot, Kawayu Regional management Association started a clean-up project.
This project, started in this COVID-19, greatly improved the landscape. To make this river more attractive, a new program “Steam Bath Walk” was also born to walk in the river with rented boots, which has contributed to the tourism of Kawayu Onsen. In winter, steam of the hot springs freezes on the branches of trees, and the “frost fog” shines white in the sunlight, and the large amount of steam rises along the river like fog at night. These fantastic sceneries are now viewable thanks to this clean-up project. It is an important role of tourists in sustainable tourism to visit regardless of the season and find various faces of the destination.