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[Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo] Day Trip Onsen and Real "From the North Country" at Banjyaku Onsen-so

October 3rd, 2016

Banjyaku Onsen

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 northwest of Hakodate city. Only Banjyaku Onsen-so (盤石温泉荘) 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.

Banjyaku Onsen-so
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Banjyaku Onsen in Mountain
Banjyaku 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 northwest 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. Article is here

View from Table
Funkawan Panorama Park in Yakumo

Kameya

Kameya (亀や) is a long-established sushi restaurant in Yakumo town located in the northwest part 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. Article is here

Sushi Supreme Combo from Top
Sushi Supreme Combo -Kameya in Yakumo-

Marumi Shokudo

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. Article is here

Tasty Soup
Buckwheat Noodles with Variety of Ingredients -Marumi Shokudo in Yakumo-

List of Day Trip Onsen

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

Tributary of Rappu River
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

Banjyaku Onsen-so

Banjyaku Onsen-so (盤石温泉荘) is an onsen hut, and is open to the public by an owenr who runs Ykiniku Ryozanpaku (焼肉梁山泊) in Hakodate. 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.

Mark These Signs along Hokkaido Route 66
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Forest Road "Bajuyakudake Line"
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

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.

Mark Is This Convex Traffic Mirror at Road Curve
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Parking Lot
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Wooden Bridge across Tributary of Rappu River
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

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.

Perhaps Hut May Be Damaged by Typhoon
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Note for Visitors
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

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.

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Dressing Room
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Dressing Room
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Dressing Room. Does Small Token of Appreciation Box Lose ?
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

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.

Bath Surrounded by Rocks
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

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!

Bath Surrounded by Rocks at Bathroom
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
View from Bath
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Bathroom Is Well Ventilated
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Petrified Hot Spring Ingredients Looks Very Nice
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Size Is That About 2 People Can Bath
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo
Outlet of Hot Springs
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

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.

Bridge
Banjyaku Onsen in Yakumo

Atmosphere of Banjyaku Onsen-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Banjyaku Onsen-so

Types of Hot Springs -
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source -
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Indications -
Contraindications -
Contraindications -
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)
Telephone number -
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 687 164 557*33

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Banjyaku Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Pacific Onsen Hotel Seiryuen(パシフィック温泉ホテル 清龍園)
Booking
Onsen Ryokan Ginkonyu(温泉旅館 銀婚湯)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

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