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Onsen with Oldest History in Hokkaido -Shiriuchi Onsen-

May 9th, 2014

Utopia Warakuen

Utopia Warakuen (ユートピア和楽園) is a hot-spring hotel in Shiriuchi town located in the southwestern part of Hakodate city. There is only one building as Shiriuchi Onsen (知内温泉) in mountains. Hot springs were reportedly discovered in 1247 and it is said that the hot springs have the oldest history in Hokkaido. It has a tradition of the 1200s in Hokkaido and is considerably rare onsen.

Bathtub Surrounded by Rocks Has 800 Years of History
Shiriuchi Onsen Utopia Warakuen

When I read Tweets, Utopia Warakuen seems to be popular.

There are a bathhouse named Kami-no-Yu, a bathhouse named Shimo-no-Yu and a mixed bathing open-air bath. There is 1 indoor bath at the Kami-no-Yu and are 2 indoor baths at the Shimo-no-Yu. These are sex-segregated bathhouses. All onsen use fresh free flowing hot springs.

Indoor Bath at Kami-no-Yu
Shiriuchi Onsen Utopia Warakuen

It is particularly famous that the bathtub surrounded by rocks has about 800 years at the Kami-no-Yu. * I was permited other bathers to take a picture. When I looked at a floor of the bathhouse, it was like paddy fields because hot spring ingredients precipitated on the floor. Besides, soil deposited at the bottom of the bathtub and I could make a mud pie. I suppose to be near‐natural hot spring.

Hot Spring Ingredient Precipitates on Floor
Shiriuchi Onsen Utopia Warakuen

The hot springs are sodium chloride carbonated spring, and are opaque and light brown and have a little salty taste and a little metallic smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 3.462 g. Because there was not a restroom at a dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. In addition, a staying is possible, too.

Atmosphere of Shiriuchi Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shiriuchi Onsen

Types of Hot Springs (1)(2)Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)60.4 C
(2)49.6 C
ph (1)6.6
(2)6.7
Indications Gastrointestinal disease, Skin diseases, Bruise, Burn, Woman's diseases
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 cholecystitis, Diabetes, Gout, Obesity disease
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Mixed bathing open-air bath(1), Indoor spa(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 460. Child: JPY 330. Infant: JPY 220.
Business hours 07:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-1392-6-2341
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Shiriuchi Onsen.

Utopia Warakuen(ユートピア和楽園)  

A page of Great Onsen of Hokkaido is here

Great Onsen of Hokkaido

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