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[Gamushi Onsen in Assabu] Day Trip Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Gamushi Onsen Ryokan

May 5th, 2014

Gamushi Onsen

Gamushi Onsen (俄虫温泉) is a hot spring place in Assabu town located in the northwest part of Hakodate city. Gamushi Onsen Ryokan (俄虫温泉旅館) is surrounded by fields. It takes about 10 minutes from the center of the Assabu by car. Visitors turn along Hokkaido Road 67 (北海道道道67号), and go straight a little, and around the end of the road is the Gamushi Onsen. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around there. Gamushi (ガムシ) is a place name, and means "Place that a lot of bears live" in Ainu language. In that kind of meaning, this place was indeed terrible. By the way, Kamisato Onsen (上里温泉) renewed in 2017 is next to the Gamushi Onsen Ryokan.

Kamisato Onsen
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu

Tourist attractions relatively near here are Taikoyama Park (太鼓山公園), Ruins of Tate Castle (館城跡), Kamome Island (鴎島) and Kaiyomaru Battleship (開陽丸). The Assabu is well-known for May Queen, and it is the first land that the May Queen born in England was cultivated in Hokkaido, so there is a hands-on agricultural farm for digging potatoes.

Ruins of Tate Castle

Ruins of Tate Castle (舘城跡) are the last castle of Matsumae clan (松前氏) in Assabu town located in the northwestern part of Hakodate city. It is said to be the last Japanese style castle in Japan in the Edo period. In the Meiji Restoration (明治維新), it was attacked by the old Shogunate forces and the castle from construction was fallen for 75 days. Now there are only clay walls at that time, but cherry trees and chestnut trees are planted in the ruins of the Tate Castle, and it is known for enjoying the cherry blossoms in a spring. Tatejoato Festival (館城跡まつり) is held on the second Sunday in June, and visitors can enjoy the stage of Hakodate war. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are not facilities. Article is here

Small Castle at Cherry Trees
Ruins of Tate Castle in Assabu

Kamome Island

Kamome Island (かもめ島) with about 20 m in height and about 2.6 km in circumference is a land-tied island in the Esashi town located in the northwest part of Hakodate city and it was named because of its shape resembled a gull. It is used as a port of Kitamae-bune (北前船 * cargo ships that sailed the Japan Sea during the Edo period), and ruins of moored Kitamae-bune (北前船係留跡) in old days is left now. Battleship "Kaiyomaru (開陽丸)" of the late Tokugawa period sank off Esashi was restored and is displayed near the Kamome Island. Visitors can observe this ship for admission fee. Walking paths are built around the island, and Kamomejima Lighhouse (鴎島灯台), Heishiiwa Rock (瓶子岩), Senjojiki Coast (千畳敷), Former Well for Sailor Drinking (北前船飲用井戸), Remained Fort (砲台跡) and Footprints of Benkei (弁慶の足跡) are must-see tourist spots. It takes from 30 minutes to 60 minutes to go around on foot. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. Article is here

Heishiiwa Rock and Torii in Sea
Kamome Island in Esashi

Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Gamushi Onsen Ryokan.

Gamushi Onsen Ryokan

Gamushi Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized onsen ryokan founded in 1976. A building has an old atomosphere of Showa period. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. A bedrock bath and chartered baths are provided, too, and an entrance fee to the bedrock bath is JPY 1000, and an entrance fee to the chartered bath with an outdoor bath is JPY 1800 per 60 minutes, and an entrance fee to the chartered bath without the outdoor bath is JPY 1500 per 60 minutes. Restraunt Etsu (レストラン悦) is at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too.

Entrances of Bathhouses
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu

There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 indoor bath, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 outdoor cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse. The sunny bathhouse with large windows is feeling good, and its atmosphere goes well with white tiles, and has a feeling of cleanliness.

Look of Bathhouse
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu

The indoor bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and hot springs overflow from the bath. Yield of hot springs are small, so those are not fresh free flowing hot springs unfortunately. The whirlpool bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and is more cold than the indoor bath.

Look of Bathhouse
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Hot Springs Gush out
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
View from Indoor Bath
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Hot Springs Overflow from Bath
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu

The Japanese garden-style outdoor bath made of rocks is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and a cascading bath is provided on the top, too. A roof is covered with a reed blind as a sunshade, and there are a small yard, a sauna hut and the cold bath around the outdoor bath, so a sense of openness can be not felt. Foot massage stones are set on the bottom of the outdoor bath, too.

Look of Outdoor Bath
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Hot Springs Gush out
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
View from Outdoor Bath
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Look of Outdoor Bath
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Clear and Colorless
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Cascading Bath
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Sauna Hut
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Sauna
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Cold Bath
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu

The hot springs are simple hot spring, and are clear and colorless and have tasteless and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 0.121 g/kg. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable because of chlorine sterilization. All the baths use heated hot springs with adding water. Soaps are provided at the bathhouse. The bathers must bring a shampoo and a body soap. A restroom and a paid hair dryer are installed at a dressing room.

Dressing Room
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu
Resting Place in Front of Chartered Baths
Gamushi Onsen in Assabu

Atmosphere of Gamushi Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Moive of Gamushi Onsen

Water temperature Simple hot spring (Type: Weak Alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Warm spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 30.7 C
ph 3.7
Indication Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase
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 Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There are chartered baths.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours Weekday 11:00-22:00, Saturday and Sunday 10:00-22:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-139-67-2211
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 482 643 474*74

List of Accommodations

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

Gamushi Onsen Ryokan(俄虫温泉旅館)
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