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[Katsukumi Onsen in Hakodate] Day Trip Bath and Onsen That Shinsengumi Toshizo Hijikata Took a Bath Can Be Enjoyed

December 8th, 2014

Kakkumi Onsen

Kakkumi Onsen (川汲温泉) is a hot spring place in Kakkumi-cho located in the northeastern part of Hakodate city. 2 onsen ryokan, Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan (川汲温泉旅館) and Meirin-so (明林荘), are built along Hokkaido Road 83. The distance is around 30 km far away from the center of the Hakodate, and there are only Kakkumi Park and a campsite around here. But restaurants and a convenience store in the center of Minamikayabe (南茅部) are 2 km away for here.

Katsukumi River
Katsukumi river in Hakodate

The Kakkumi Onsen has opened a business since the early 18th century, Edo period. In addition, a damaged crane was cured by hot springs, so this onsen was called Tsuru-no-Yu (鶴の湯) at that time. * The crane means "Tsuru" in Japanse, and the hot water means "Yu" in Japanese. Mr. Tokunai Mogami (最上徳内) wrote an article in Yezozoshi (蝦夷草紙) together with Isoya Onsen (磯谷温泉), Shikabe Onsen (鹿部温泉) and Higashi Onuma Onsen (東大沼温泉) in 1790, and the Kakkumi Onsen is one of historical onsen in Hokkaido, too. It is said that a war was breaked out in Kakkumi Pass during times of Hakodate War, Mr. Toshizo Hijikata (土方歳三), a famous samurai of Shinsengumi, stayed at the predecessor of the Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan. By the way, Manjojiki Highland (万畳敷高原) and Ayame Marshland (アヤメ湿原) are relatively famous tourist attractions near here.

Atmosphere of Ayame Marshland Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ayame Marshland

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Meirin-so.

[Closing Down] Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan

Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan, and its predecessor is Tsuru-no-Yu, and an onsen hut for cure was built in the Edo period. It is unusual things in the hot spring place of the Hokkaido that Memorial Service Monument of the Hakodate War and the Yakushido Building (薬師堂) are built on the site. By the way, they does not accept hotel guests at present. Unfortunately, they close a business since 2016. This article before closing is as follows.

Appearance of Building
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan
Yakushi-Do Building
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan
Entrance of Bathrooms
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate

There are 2 indoor baths at a public bathroom. The tiled bathroom is small but cozy, and emerald green tiles and round bath floor tiles catch bathers's eyes. The indoor baths are set beside walls. The large indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and water temperature is warm. The small indoor bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath, and water temperature is hot, so pretty hot springs make the bathers get up. Both baths use 100% natural free flowing hot springs, and the hot springs overflow from the bath. I enjoyed watching the situation.

Look of Bathroom
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate
View from Small Indoor Bath
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate
View from Large Indoor Bath
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little sulfur taste and a little sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.782 g/kg. PH is 9.0, but the hot springs did not have smooth and slippery touch, and I felt the touch was mild. I suppose that the hot springs are drinkable.

Clear and Colorless Hot Springs
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate

Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Free hair dryers are provided at a dressing room, but there is not a restroom, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor.

Dressing Room
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate
Dressing Room
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate
Resting Place
Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Katsukumi Onsen Ryokan

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 46.4 C
ph 9.0
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase
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 Non indications
Contraindications of drinking Non contraindications
Facilities Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 150.
Business hours 07:00-20:30
Regular closing day Last Thursday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-25-3330
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 582 821 246*01

Meirin-so

Meirin-so is a long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1953, and is well-known for a traditional building with beautiful fall foliage along the Kakkumi River. Because a parking lot is always closed, I am afraid whether it open a bussiness. A photography is prohibited around the building. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 440. They does not accept hotel guests at present. There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The tiled bathroom with a high ceiling is small but cozy, and reminds me of good old Japanese Sento. A dressing room is linked with the bathroom by a staircase.

Appearance of Building from Kakkumi Onsen Ryokan
Meirin-so Kakkumi Onsen in Hakodate

The square tiled indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs. A shower is not installed at the bath space, so you must pour the hot springs on yourself to rinse off your surface dirt and sweat before entering the bath. The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tastless and a little sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.790 g/kg. Shompoos and bodysoaps are not provided at the bathhouse, so visitors have to bring those.

Types of Hot Springs Simple hot spring (Type: Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure :Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 45.3 C
ph 8.9
Indications Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Bruise, Hemorrhoid, Chronic skin disease, Relieving fatigue, Convalescent convalescence
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 Unknown
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 440. Elementary school student: JPY 140. Infant: JPY 70.
Business hours 06:30-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-25-3303
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 582 821 097*60

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