History of Dai-ichi Takimotokan
Established 1858: 150 years of history, founded on love and good health.
Over 150 years ago, Kinzo Takimoto’s search for a cure for a skin condition that afflicted his wife led him to a hot spring near Hell Valley, the waters of which were said to have healing properties. The spring was in a remote valley in southern Hokkaido, Japan’s northern outpost which was sparsely populated at the time – Sapporo was just a small settlement to the north, and the main town on the island was Hakkodate. Happily, the waters cured his wife’s condition, and Kinzo Takimoto set out to share the spring’s healing properties with the world.
He established a small inn at the source of the spring, and Dai-ichi Takimotokan was born. The town of Noboribetsu-Onsen soon grew up around it. Since that time, the attractions of the area, Dai-ichi Takimotokan and the town have all grown, reflecting the development of Hokkaido itself. Today the town abuts a national park, Hell Valley is a major tourist attraction, and Dai-ichi Takimotokan has continuously rebuilt and expanded to meet demand.
Inside Dai-Ichi Takimotokan, our Onsen Heaven is now the biggest onsen complex in Hokkaido, with 5 hot springs and 5,000 square metres of space. 399 rooms accommodate the many visitors to the area who want to enjoy an onsen in the healing waters and relaxing onsen ryokan stay. They are being joined by an increasing number of international guests, who enjoy a lively introduction to the unique Japanese onsen ryokan culture.
Back in 1906, the Minami family bought Dai-ichi Takimotokan. Today it is guided by the 5th generation of the Minami family, who continue to evolve Dai-ichi Takimotokan to meet the expectations of a modern world, while retaining the unique character of Dai-ichi Takimotokan and Hokkaido, and healing spirit of Japan’s leading onsen.