- October 3rd, 2016
[Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo] Day Trip Onsen and Real "From the North Country" at Banjyaku-sanso
Banjyaku Onsen (盤石温泉) is a hot spring place near Kaminoyu Onsen (上の湯温泉) in Yakumo town located in the northwestern direction of Hakodate city. Only Banjyaku-sanso (盤石山荘) in a mountain that is around 30 km away from the center of the Yakumo is built along a forest road “Bajuyakudake Line (盤石岳線)” at around 60 m above sea level at the foot of Mt. Banjyakudake (盤石岳), and is one of secret onsen in Yakumo.
The Yakumo is an unusual town with 2 seas, the Pacific Ocean and the sea of Japan. Famous tourist attractions in the Yakumo are Funkawan Panorama Park (噴火湾パノラマパーク) and Yakumo Ranch (八雲町育成牧場). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Yakumo, Harvester Yakumo (ハーベスター八雲), Iseya Shokudo (伊勢屋食堂) and Elfin Motoyama Ranch Milk (エルフィン元山牧場牛乳) are popular in particular. I ate sushi and buckwheat noodles at Kameya (亀や) and Marumi Shokkudo (まるみ食堂). Those were so tasty.
Funkawan Panorama Park
Hills Station “Yakumo Panorama Museum” is a roadside station with an ocean view on a small hill in Yakumo town located in the northwestern direction of Hakodate city and is next to Harvester Yakumo (ハーベスター八雲) that is known for a tasty chicken. There are Auto Resort Yakumo, Park Golf Course, Picnic Square, Flower Field at the Hills Station “Yakumo Panorama Museum” and those are composite facilities. Children seem to enjoy it, too. This is a place well-known for its scenic beauty particularly. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Kameya (亀や) is a long-established sushi restaurant in Yakumo town located in the northwestern direction of Hakodate city, and was founded in 1968. This sushi restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. There is a building near Yakumo station, but Kameya has no parking lot. Therefore I parked my car in the parking lot of Yakumo Station. Read More
Marumi Shokudo (まるみ食堂) is a long-established restaurant in Yakumo town, and was founded in 1958. A building is next to Yakumo station and they run an accommodation, too. I visited Yakumo, so I planned to eat Yakumo buckwheat noodles. However, in the first place I misunderstood about Yakumo buckwheat noodles. I thought that it was a kind of buckwheat noodles. Marumi Shokudo uses buckwheat flour produced in Horokanai. By the way, the Yakumo buckwheat noodles is a name of the restaurant. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Banjyaku-sanso.
Banjyaku-sanso (盤石山荘) is an onsen hut, and is open to the public by an owenr. Thanks the owner for taking a bath! So visitors must keep this hut clean. Bathers can take a bath for free, but there is a donation box that I could not find, and the bathers can give a small token.
It is kind of hard to find the place, As I went the gravel road with width one-car size, I became anxious whether this road was right road. But a marking convex traffic mirror at a road curve caught my eyes, so I was relieved.
The solitary hut is built in a mountain, and is just like a real hanmade hut that is used by TV drama series “From the North Country”. I should not wonder if Mr. Goro, the leading role, appears at the hut. It is famous for enjoying fresh free flowing hot springs for free of charge or small token of appreciation. The fresh hot springs and a good old atmosphere attract a lot of onsen fans. It is just a secret onsen, and is very good. The visitors came most every day when I read a providing note.
The hut has a dressing room that about 3 people can enter and a public bathroom. It is not said this hut with broken walls is very clean. But visiotrs can feel the atomosphere of “From the North Country”. The hut has electricity, so the visitors seem to take a bath in the evening.
There is 1 indoor bath at the bathroom. The sunny bathroom with windows is like a barracks hut but cozy. The bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 2 people can take a bath, and 100% natural free flowing hot springs. I felt metallic odor.
Fresh hot springs alway flow freely, so petrified hot spring ingredients are very nice, too. Water temperature of the hot springs is about 40 c, and is comfortable. It tastes salty, and it has an effective to warm bather’s body. By the way, I almost fell down at the slipeery bottom of the bathb. Be careful!
A restroom and a frre hair dryer are not installed at the dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom, but those are private shampoos and body soaps, so the visitors prohibit the use. In addition, the bathers have to take a bath after pouring the hot spring on their body with a wash basin, and rinse off their surface dirt and sweat. By the way, beware of bears, and horseflies may prevent you from relaxing in a summer.
Atmosphere of Banjyaku-sanso Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||–|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||–|
|Indications of drinking||–|
|Facilities||Mixed bathing bath(1)|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Small token of appreciation or Free of charge|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A parking lot is provided (2 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||687 164 557*33|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Yakumo. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret Onsen in Hokkaido
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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