Onsen with Oldest History in Hokkaido -Shiriuchi Onsen-
May 9th, 2014
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.
When I read Tweets, Utopia Warakuen seems to be popular.
素晴らしいお湯。知内温泉ユートピア和楽園さん。5つの源泉を文字通りかけ流し。なので非常に熱い！！湯の川並かそれ以上。木をふんだんに使用したお宿。— 氣まぐれ@案ずるな (@majinnosu) 2014, 8月 17
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.
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.
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
|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
|Indications||Gastrointestinal disease, Skin diseases, Bruise, Burn, Woman's diseases|
|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.|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (50 cars)|
|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.
A page of Great Onsen of Hokkaido is here
Great Onsen of Hokkaido