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Large Hot-spring Resort with Long History in City Area -Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate-

December 10th, 2014

Yunokawa Onsen

Yunokawa Onsen (湯の川温泉) is a famous hot-spring resort in the eastern part of Hakodate city and is one of major hot-spring resorts in Hokkaido. There are about 17 hot spring facilities. 1.8 million tourists come here and it is called a back room of Hakodate. Hot springs were discovered to cure an illness for the Matsumae feudal lord in 1653. There is a footbath at Yunokawa Station, and there is Hakodaate Tropical Botanical Garden (函館熱帯植物園) on the seaside. In addition, Soft Serve Ice Cream of Coffee Room Kikuchi and Ramen Restraunt Ichimonji are famous, too. Probably only Yunokawa Onsen in Hokkaido will have a large hot-spring resort in the city area. This onsen is easily accessible by public transport, and it is the secret of popularity. Tourists can take a day trip bath at Takubokutei (湯元 啄木亭), Yunohama Hotel (湯の浜ホテル), Hotel Amamiyakan (ホテル雨宮館), Hotel Banso (ホテル万惣), Taiseiyu (大盛湯), Nezakiyu (根崎湯), Hotel Kamomekan (ホテルかもめ館), Daikokuya Ryokan (大黒屋旅館), KKR Hakodate (KKRはこだて) and Isaribikan (湯元漁火館). On the other hand, accommodations without taking a day trip bath are Shinmatsu (新松), Ryokan Ichinomatsu (旅館一乃松), Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate (イマジンホテル&リゾート函館), Emi-Hakodateya (笑函館屋), Hotel Kahantei (ホテル河畔亭), HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze (HAKODATE 海峡の風), Borou NOGUCHI Hakodate (望楼NOGUCHI函館), Chikuba Sinyoutei (竹葉新葉亭), Hanabishi Hotel (花びしホテル), Hotel Yunokawa (ホテル湯の川), Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen (湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑), Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei (湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭), Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu (割烹旅館 若松).

Footbath
Botanical garden  Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate
Botanical Garden
Footbath Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate
Mocha Flavor Soft Serve Ice Cream
Soft Serve Ice Cream -Coffee Room Kikuchi in Hakodate-

Yumoto Isaribikan

Yumoto Isaribikan (湯元漁火館) is a hot-spring ryokan facing the Pacific Ocean and was founded in 1993. It is famous for seeing a good view from an outdoor bath and is a little far away from Yunokawa Onsen Station (湯の川駅). A lot of wood is used for the building, and the warmth of the wood can be felt.

Appearance of Building
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate
Hot Springs Fall beside Stairway to Entrance
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate
Entrance of Bathroom
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Isaribikan seems to be popular.

A bathroom is small but cozy and has 1 outdoor bath and 1 indoor bath. The indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. Free flowing hot springs overflow from the bathtub made from cypress wood.

Indoor Bath
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate
View from Indoor Bath
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate
Petrified Hot Spring Ingredients
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate
Free Flowing Hot Springs
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate

The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 4 people can take a bath. A view is very good and is just an ocean view. I talked with South Korean University Student that happened to be at the outdoor bath. He said "There is almost not the oudoor bath. The ocean view can not be enjoyed. So he searched Isaribikan on the internet and visited here". My body got hot by the hot springs and went ahead. But he kept seeing the ocaen at the outdoor bath. I think that the South Koreans as well as Japanese like Onsen very much.

Sea Can Be Seen from Outdoor Bath
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate

The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are a slightly opaque and light yellow-green and have salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 8.042 g. The hot springs seem to be drinkable, but there is not a drinking hot spring facility. So I licked the hot springs, and it tasted salty very much. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. There is not a restroom at a dressing room, so you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom around a porch. A staying is possible, too. Dinner seems to be delicious.

Dressing Room
Yunokawa Onsen Isaribikan in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Isaribikan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Isaribikan

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 47.8 C
ph 6.4
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
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 constipation
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a reserved bedrock bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility >Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 12:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-57-1117
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 080 388*75

Shinmatsu

*Now they cancel a day trip bath. Shinmatsu is a long-established ryokan. 50 years or more passed from the establishment of a business. Interior decoration has an atmosphere such as Showa period.

Appearance of Building
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate
Lobby
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate
Entrance of Bathhouse
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Shinmatsu seems to be popular.

There is 1 indoor bath at a bathhouse. It is the size that about 15 people take a bath. Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are opaque and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. It was considerably salty. Fresh hot spring gushed out freely from a mouth of a lion.

Indoor Bath
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate
View from Indoor Bath
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate
Fresh Hot Springs Are Gushing out Freely from Mouth of Lion
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate
Hot Spring Ingredients Deposited
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A free hair dryer is provided at a dressing room, but there was not a restroom. You should get a wash beforehand at the restroom along a corridor. A staying is possible, too.

Dressing Room
Shinmatsu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Shinmatsu Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shinmatsu

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 65.4 C
ph 6.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
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 Drinking is unknown
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Elementary school student: JPY 200. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours 15:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-57-5558
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 110 093*37

Yumoto Takubokutei

Yumoto Takubokutei is a large hot-spring hotel opened a business in 1988. Noguchi kanko group runs it. It is famous that an outdoor bath can be looked over Hakodate city. Hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride carbonated sulfate spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at a bathhouse. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Takubokutei Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Takubokutei seems to be popular.

Atmosphere of Takubokutei Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Takubokutei

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride carbonated sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 64 C
ph 7.0
Indications Cut, Burn, Weak child, Chronic women'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 Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Elementary school student: JPY 400. Infant: Free of charge.
Business hours 13:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-59-5355
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 109 130*58

Yunohama Hotel

Yunohama Hotel is a long-established hot-spring hotel founded in 1928. There are a large public bathhouse and an outdoor bathhouse, and visitors must move from the bathhouse to the bathhouse in their clothes. There are 2 indoor baths, 1 bathtub surrounded by rocks, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cypress bath, 1 cascading bath at the large public bathhouse. There are 2 outdoor baths at the outdoor bathhouse.

Appearance of Building
Yunohama Hotel Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Yunohama Hotel seems to be popular.

They have 2 different types of hot springs. Hot spring are (1) sodium and calcium chloride spring and (2) Sodium chloride spring and are clear and light yellow and has salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouses. Staying is possible, too.

Atmosphere of Yunohama Hotel Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yunohama Hotel

Types of Hot Springs (1)Sodium and calcium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
(2)Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)64.1 C
63 C
ph (1)6.7
(2)-
Indications (1)Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Chronic skin diseases, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn
(2)Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic women'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 Drinking is unknown
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(6). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. A bathhouse for men replace the bathhouse for women every day.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 1000. Elementary school student: JPY 700.
Business hours 13:00-19:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (50 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-59-2231
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 079 561*60

Hotel Amamiyakan

There are 2 indoor bathtubs surrounded by rocks and 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a bathhouse. 2 indoor bathtubs surrounded by rocks are different in water temperature. Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. It was quite salty. The total of the hot spring ingredients are 8.986 g. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Hotel Amamiyakan Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Amamiyakan seems to be popular.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature 65.4 C
ph 6.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
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 Drinking is unknown
Facilities Indoor bath(3), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Elementary school student: JPY 200. Infant: JPY 100.
Business hours 06:00-23:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (200 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-59-1515
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 109 344*86

Hotel Banso

Hotel Banso is a hot spring hotel founded in 1954. ORIX Real Estate Corporation runs it. They lend bath towels. There are 1 outdoor bath and 2 indoor baths at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A staying is possible, too.

Appearance of Building
Hotel Banso Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Banso seems to be popular.

Atmosphere of Banso Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Banso

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature 65.6 C
ph 7.0
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
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 Drinking is unknown
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 800. Elementary school student: JPY 400.
Business hours 15:00-20:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (70 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-57-5061
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 079 885*27

Taiseiyu

Taiseiyu is a public bath. There are 2 indoor baths at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, bathers must bring those.

Appearance of Building
Taiseiyu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Taiseiyu seems to be popular.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature 64.1 C
ph 6.8
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Bruise, Tightening of the joint, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive 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 Digestive diseases, Constipation
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure
Facilities Indoor bath(3). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 420. Child: JPY 140.
Business hours 06:30-21:30
Regular closing day First Wednesday, Third Wednesday, Fifth Wednesday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-57-6205
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 86 110 307*56

Nezakiyu

Nezakiyu is a long-established public bath founded in 1917. There is a building near the Hakodaate Tropical Botanical Garden. There is 1 indoor bath at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sodium and calcium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, bathers must bring those.

Appearance of Building
Nezakiyu Yunokawa Onsen in Hakodate

When I read Tweets, Nezakiyu seems to be popular.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature 64.1 C
ph 6.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Bruise, Tightening of the joint, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases
Contraindications 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 Adult: JPY 420. Child: JPY 140.
Business hours 06:30-21:30
Regular closing day Wednesday
Parking lot A free parking is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-57-6997
Home page Home page is not provided
Mapcode 86 080 549*32

Hotel Kamomekan

Hotel Kamomekan is a hot-spring hotel. There is 1 indoor bath at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A staying is possible, too.

When I read Tweets, Kamomekan seems to be popular.

Atmosphere of Kamomekan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Yunokaku Kamomekan

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 64.1 C
ph 6.7
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
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. There is a reserved bedrock bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 650. Child: JPY 300.
Business hours 06:00-24:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-59-2020
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 079 709*86

KKR Hakodate

KKR Kawayu is a hot-spring hotel run by Federation of Natl. Public Service and Affiliated Personnel Mut and opened a business in 1957. There are 1 indoor bath at a bathhouse. Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are clear and light yellow and have salty taste and no smell. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A staying is possible, too.

When I read Tweets, KKR Hakodate seems to be popular.

Types of Hot Springs Sodium and calcium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Isotonic, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 65 C
ph 6.8
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases, Cold sensitivity, Cut, Burn
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 unknown
Facilities Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is a chartered bath.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 700. Child: JPY 350.
Business hours 11:00-21:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Parking lot A free parking is provided (27 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-57-8484
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 86 079 897*66

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Yunokawa Onsen.

Ryokan Ichinomatsu(旅館一乃松)  
Yumoto Isaribikan(湯元漁火館)  
Hotel Amamiyakan(ホテル雨宮館)  
Imagine Hotel and Resort Hakodate(イマジン ホテル&リゾート函館)
Emi Hakodateya(笑函館屋)
Hotel Kahantei(ホテル河畔亭)
Hotel Kamomekan(ホテルかもめ館)
KKR Hakodate(KKRはこだて)  
Shinmatsu(新松)  
Daikokuya Ryokan(大黒屋旅館)  
Yumoto Takubokutei(湯元 啄木亭)
HAKODATE Umi-no-Kaze(HAKODATE 海峡の風)
Boro NOGUCHI Hakodate(望楼 NOGUCHI函館)
Chikuba Shinyotei(竹葉新葉亭)
Hanabishi Hotel(花びしホテル)
Hotel Banso(ホテル万惣)
Hotel Yunokawa(ホテル湯の川)
Yunokawa Kanko Hotel Shoen(湯の川観光ホテル 祥苑)  
Yunokawa Prince Hotel Nagisatei(湯の川プリンスホテル 渚亭)
Yunohama Hotel(湯の浜ホテル)
Kappou Ryokan Wakamatsu(割烹旅館 若松)
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