- June 19th, 2014
[Esan Onsen in Hakodate] Day Trip Bath and Sour Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed at Esan Onsen Ryokan
Esan Onsen (恵山温泉) is a hot spring place in Esan, Hakodate city located in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Esan Onsen Ryokan (恵山温泉旅館) is built at about 90 m above sea level at the foot of Mt. Esan. There are Esan-Kakokgen (恵山火口原), Esan Observatory (恵山展望台), Misaki Lookout (岬展望台), Azalea Park (つつじ公園), Ishida Onsen (石田温泉) and Misaki Onsen (御崎温泉) around here. Unfortunately, convenience stores are not built around the building. The Esan Onsen Ryokan is adjacent to the Azalea Park that is famous for beautiful azalea. A guide map introduced “The distance between a trailhead and a lookout around a hilltop is 500 m. It takes about 20 minutes on foot”. I supposed that it was easy to go up because the distance was very short, but there was very rough path, and the path was a steep slope, and I was considerably out of breath. Esan Tsutsuji Festival (恵山つつじまつり) is held in late May.
Atmosphere of Mt. Esan Can Be Watched on Youtube
The heat source of the acidic hot springs is Mt. Esan, and the hot springs are famous for strong acidity with ph 2.2. An alkali soap does not lather because of neutralizing. The power of nature is great. Please take off your noble metals to take a bath, because acids bite into metals. Therefore, you will probably think of dangerous hot springs. But when people bath the acidic hot springs, it is said that those remove old keratin, and promote the metabolism. Those do not seem to affect on a human body. The stimulation may be a little strong for people with sensitive skin.
Mt. Esan (恵山) is an active volcano with 618 m of the altitude in the eastern part of Hakodate city, the easternmost of Oshima Peninsula (渡島半島). Around there has been desinged as Esan Prefectural Natural Park (恵山道立自然公園). Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen (水無海浜温泉), Esan Onsen (恵山温泉), Ishida Onsen (石田温泉) and Misaki Onsen (御崎温泉) are at foot of the Mt. Esan, but the Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen are not linked with others via a road, so visitors should make a detour. The Mt. Esan is well-known as an easy trekking mountain for beginner hikers, and Yezo Mountain Azalea is full in bloom from late May to early June, and it is a famous place to see fall foliage, too. The end of Esan-Tozan Road (恵山登山道) beside Esan Onsen Ryokan (恵山温泉旅館) is Esan Kakogen Parking Lot (恵山火口原駐車場). The Esan-Tozan Road under traffic control is available from 06:00 to 18:00. Do not be left behind! A public restroom and a resting station are built around the parking lot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too. Read More
Kaikyo Lookout (恵山展望台) is a lookout at about 350 m above sea level on the mountainside of Mt. Esan (恵山) with 618 m of the altitude in the eastern part of Hakodate city, and comes into sight after finishing going up Esan-Tozan Road (恵山登山道) with some s-curves beside Esan Onsen Ryokan (恵山温泉旅館). I suppose that its name is named after a view of Tsugaru Strait (津軽海峡). * The Kaikyo means “A strait” in Jappanese. Although a signboard written “Esan Lookout (恵山展望台)” is built, the Esan Lookout is built at an another place, so it is a little more confusing. The Esan-Tozan Road under traffic control is available from 06:00 to 18:00. Do not be left behind ! There is not a facility in particular. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too. Read More
By the way, diredct buses do not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Esan Onsen. But Express Hakodate-go (高速はこだて号) and Hakodate Limited Express New Star-go (函館特急ニュースター号), express buses, run between the Sapporo and the Hakodate. Unfortunately, the express bus does not run between the New Chitose Airport and the Hakodate. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Hakodate Station, Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and Hakodate Ferry Terminal.
Hakodate (函館) that about 260,000 people live is the 3rd largest port city in Hokkaido, and is a regional hub city of the Southern Hokkaido area. The Hakodate became incorporated with Toi town (戸井), Esan town (恵山), Todohokke village (椴法華) and Minami-kayabe town (南茅部) in 2004, and most of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島) has changed to the Hakodate. It is one of most popular tourist cities in the Hokkaido, and about 5 million people visit here. The downtown of the Hakodate from Mt. Hakodate toward former Goryokaku fort is developed on a large sandbar between the seas, and a unique seashore landscape is very popular. Although a lot of tourists think the center town of the Hakodate is around Hakodate Station and the Mt. Hakodate, it is around Hakodate Streetcar Goryokaku Koen-mae Stop (函館市電五稜郭公園前駅). The Hakodate is also well-known as a city with a lot of slopes, and there are 19 slopes with its name such as Hachiman-zaka slope (八幡坂), Daisan-zaka slope (大三坂) and Motoi-zaka slope (基坂), so around the Mt. Hakodate has a lot of slope lands, and the Hakodate has a lot of narrow roads. As for a climate, the Hakodate is wamer than other cities in the Hokkaido because it is located of the Southern Hokkaido, and it does not snow hard. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take day trip bath at the Esan Onsen Ryokan.
Esan Onsen Ryokan
Esan Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1932. The interior decoration has an atmosphere such as the Showa period. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 300. Cafe Tsutsuji (喫茶つつじ) is built near the building, and visitors for day trip bath can use the cafe. A staying is possible, too. By the way, They close a business from January to April.
There is 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The wooden bathroom is small but cozy. A shower is not installed at the bathroom, so you must pour the hot springs on yourself to rinse off your surface dirt and sweat before entering the bath. Heated water is used as hot water of faucets at wash places. The wooden bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot psrings. It is suitable for taking a long bath because water temperature is lukewarm.
The hot springs are aluminum and iron sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have sour taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 5.296 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 263.4 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. What you should mention specially is the aluminum ion. The aluminum ion is said to be most large in Japan together with the hot springs of Ishida Onsen (石田温泉) in Esan, and it has 363.5 mg/kg, too.
The hot springs seem to be drinkable. When I drank the hot springs, those were bitter and sour taste such as tonic water. The hot springs seem to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases and Anemia. I guess that it might be tasty if I poured the cooled hot springs into a liquor, and drank it. In addition, if the hot springs get into your eyes, you sting your eyes. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathroom, bathers must bring those. Because there is not a restroom at a dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom at a corridor.
|Types of Hot Springs||Aluminum and iron sulfate spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||41.5 C|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Chronic skin diseases, Menopausal problems|
|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, Sensitive person of the skin, Person of the photoallergy, Other diseases during condition of a patient progress generally|
|Indications of drinking||Chronic digestive diseases, Anemia|
|Contraindications of drinking||Nothing|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathroom.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 300. Child: JPY 150. Infant: Free of charge.|
|Regular closing day||From January to April|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (5 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Reservation||Jalan is here, Rakuten is here|
|Mapcode||875 153 083*70|
List of accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Esan Onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Great Onsen in Hokkaido
A page of Hakodate is here
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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