A secluded resting place en route to an active volcano
Mount Io Rest House is a conveniently located rest center at the end of the Tsutsujigahara Nature Trail and the foot of Mount Io. The gentle hike sees lush forest give way to a barren landscape and the nearby volcano from which the facility takes its name.
In late spring, the Kawayu Onsen area around the rest house features blooms of a type of rhododendron unique to Japan. The views of the nearby volcanic terrain are particularly striking in winter when dark volcanic smoke contrasts sharply with the snow.
Come here to refuel on onsen tamago, flavorful boiled eggs that soak up volcanic minerals as a result of being cooked in water from the nearby hot springs. Exhibitions provide information about Mount Io and souvenirs are available at the rest house gift shop.
|Open||8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (late April to late October) 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (late October to late April)|
|Closed||Open daily throughout the year|
|Cost||Free of charge|
|Address||Kawayu Onsen, Teshikaga Town, Kawakami County, Hokkaido|