Elephant Called Hanako Took Bath for Medical Purposes -Gunnai Onsen in Shimamaki-
May 5th, 2015
Gunnnai Onsen Ryokan
Gunnnai Onsen Ryokan (宮内温泉旅館) is a hot-spring hotel facing the Sea of Japan in Shimamaki village located in the northern part of Hakodate city. It was handed down as hot springs discovered in the Edo period, and it opened a ryokan in 1945. Hanako (花子), dying elephant, and Mr. Shujiro Shinoda (信田修治郎) took a bath for medical purposes in 1971 and became a famous nationwide news. In that case, a small zoo seemed to be built in a site, too. But there is no small zoo now.
There were 1 open-air bath and 2 indoor baths at a bathhouse. There was the open-air bath in a mountain, and a sence of openness was very good. Fresh hot springs were overflowing from a bathtub. It was very comfortable.
The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.335 g. It had a smooth and slippery touch. There was not a drinking hot spring facility, but the hot springs seemed to be drinkable. Bathers may drink the hot springs which is gushing out from rocks. I do not know. The hot springs seemed to be used for showers, too. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A staying is possible, too.
Atmosphere of Gunnai Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium bicarbonate sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||48.8 C|
|Indications||Rheumatic disease, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Keratosis, Arteriosclerosis, High blood pressure|
|Contraindications||Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Active tuberculosis, Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, High anemia, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally|
|Indications of drinking||Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Obesity disease, Arteriosclerosis, Nettle rashhives, Female hormone deficiency|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, Nephrotic syndrome, High blood pressure, Diarrhea, Diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Open-air abth(1), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 250.|
|Regular closing day||Iregular closing days|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (25 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||797 310 590*03|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Gunnnai Onsen.
|Gunnnai Onsen Ryokan(宮内温泉旅館)|