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[Ofuna Onsen in Hakodate] Sulfur Spring Can Be Enjoyed Only Here in Oshima Peninsula

September 1st, 2014

Ofuna Onsen

Ofuna Onsen (大船温泉) is a hot spring place in Ofuna-cho, Hakodate city located in the northeastern part of Hakodate city, and is popular as the only hot spring place to bath sulfur hot spring in Oshima Peninsula (渡島半島). There are Kami-no-Yu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so (上の湯「ホテル函館ひろめ荘」) and Shimo-no-Yu (下の湯) along Ofuna River. As for Shimo-no-Yu, it was said that it changed to a public bath only for local people, but ordinary bathers can take a bath currently. Unfortunately, a photography is prohibited at the site. Users of the Kami-no-Yu and the Shimo-no-Yu are different, people that want to enjoy a modern bath facility use the Kami-no-Yu, and people that want to savor pure hot springs without adding water and a historical bath without cleaness use the Shimo-no-Yu. There is Kasen Park (河川公園) called kita-no-Sakanatsuki-no-Mori near the Kami-no-Yu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so, and a camping ground and an open-air barbecue facility are provided. A lot of tourists seem to come in a summer.

Kasen Park
Ofuna Onsen
Camping Ground
Ofuna Onsen

Kami-no-Yu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so

Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so is an onsen hotel founded in 1995, and is known for savoring 2 types of fresh free flowing hot springs. It is next to Minami-Kayabe Rest Center (南かやべ保養センター), a day trip hot spring bath facility, but an entrance of the Minami-Kayabe Rest Center is at the Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so, and a day trip bathers must pay the entrance fee to the bath facility at the front of the hoel, so the Minami-Kayabe Rest Center is a part of the Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so neartly. There are 2 bathhouses on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor, if a day trip bathers pay each entrance fee to the bath facilities, they can use both the bath facilities. Of course, hotel guests can use both of those. I used only the bath facility on the 1st floor.

Appearance of Building
Ofuna Onsen Kaminoyu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so
Small Shrine in Front of Building
Ofuna Onsen Kaminoyu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so
Fall Foliage
Ofuna Onsen Kaminoyu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so
Souvenir Shop at Hoel
Ofuna Onsen Kaminoyu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so
Entrance of Bathhouse
Ofuna Onsen Kaminoyu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so

Not only the bath facility but also a restraunt, resting places and a training gym at the Minami-Kayabe Rest Center, so when about 30 local people relaxed each in their own way I visited here around 12:00 on weekdays, I saw that it was very popular for local people. There are 2 outdoor baths, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. The hot springs of the outdoor baths are sulfur and sodium chloride spring (含硫黄-ナトリウム-塩化物泉), and those baths are the size that about 5 people can take a bath. Sulfur smell is in the air. The differences of those outdoor baths are a roof and water temperature. Fall foliage can be seen from an open-air bath without the roof, and I enjoyed a sense of openness. The milky white hot springs had a really good feel. The hot springs of the indoor bath are sodium chloride carbonated spring (ナトリウム-塩化物・炭酸水素塩泉), and that bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath. Whitish hot springs had a smooth and slippery touch.

Building for Oudoor Bath and Fall Foliage
Ofuna Onsen Kaminoyu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so
Dressing Room
Ofuna Onsen Kaminoyu Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so

As for the 2 types of the hot springs, One is the sulfur and sodium chloride spring, and is opaque and milky white and has bitter taste and sulfur smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.026 g/kg. The other is the sodium chloride carbonated spring, and is clear and whitish and has a little salty and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 2.235 g/kg. Meta-silicic acid is 202.1 mg/kg, and it is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg is effective for beautiful skin. Unfortunately, both the hot springs are not drinkable because a public health center does not give a permission to drink the hot springs. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A free hair dryer and a restroom are installed at a dressing room. A staying is possible at the Hiromeso, too.

Atmosphere of Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Hotel Hakodate Hirome-so

Types of Hot Springs (1)Sulfur and sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
(2)Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)68.4 C
(2)63.8 C
ph (1)6.4
(2)6.9
Indications (1)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, Chronic skin diseases, Weak child, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Burn, Diabetes, High blood pressure, Arteriosclerosis
(2)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, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic woman's diseases, Cut, Burn
Contraindications (1)Acute disease(when there is the heat in particular), Malignant tumor, Severe heart disease, Respiratory failure, Renal insufficiency, Hemorrhagic disease, Active tuberculosis, High anemia, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Dry skin in the elderly, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally
(2)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 (1)Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking (1)Diarrhea, Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
(2)Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Elementary School Student: JPY 150. Infant: JPY 70.
Business hours 10:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (60 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-25-6111
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 744 079 264*03

Shimo-no-Yu

Shimo-no-Yu (下の湯) is a public bath with a long history. A hot spring hut was built in 1839. There is a bathhouse beside an owner's private house, and there are 1 indoor bath and 1 dressing room at the bathhouse. The indoor bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath. Both the appearance and the interior decoration have a historical atmosphere. Fresh hot springs flow freely from a bathtub.

The hot springs are sulfur and sodium chloride spring, and are opaque and milky white and have tasteless and sulfur smell. But I do not know details because there is not a hot spring analysis book. There are no shower and no amenities such as a shampoo. Because there is not a restroom at the building, You should get a wash before visiting here.

This is great onsen that an onsen fancier can not stop loving. Because there is not a faucet of water to lower water temperature, a few onsen seems to bathe directly oneself at 100% pure hot springs. But I had to bear to heat and take a bath because the hot springs were quite hot. I came to have a pain in skin tinglingly. But after bathing, I felt very refreshing.

Atmosphere of Shimo-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shimo-no-Yu

Types of Hot Springs Sulfur and sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source -
ph -
Indications Neuralgia, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin disease, Healthy increase, Cold sensitivity
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 Not drinking
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility JPY 300.
Business hours 08:00-21:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is here

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Ofuna Onsen.

Hotel Hakodate Hiromeso(ホテル函館ひろめ荘)
Booking

A page of Hakodate is here

Hakodate

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