- May 5th, 2015
[Gunai Onsen in Shimamaki] Day Trip Bath and Onsen Power That Cure Dying Elephant Hanako Can Be Enjoyed at Gunai Onsen Ryokan
Gunai Onsen (宮内温泉) is a hot spring place in Shimamaki village facing the Sea of Japan located in the northern part of Hakodate city, and is about 4 km away from the center of the Shimamaki. Only Gunai Onsen Ryokan (宮内温泉旅館) is built at about 65 m above sea level in a mountain. It is handed down that hot springs were discovered in around 1850. Hanako (花子), a dying elephant, and Mr. Shujiro Shinoda (信田修治郎) took a bath for medical purposes in 1971, and became a famous nationwide news. In that case, a small zoo was built in the site, too. But there is no small zoo at present.
Shimamaki has rich nature. There are Garo Falls (賀老の滝) and Dragon Water (ドラゴンウォーター) in the mountain side, and a lot of anglers come to fish in the sea side, so Salvelinus Leucomaenis Leucomaenis Derby (あめますダービー) is held, too. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the Gunai Onsen Ryokan.
Atmosphere of Garo Falls Can Be Watched on Youtube
Atmosphere of Dragon Water Can Be Watched on Youtube
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Gunai Onsen Ryokan. This district has some natural open-air baths such as Kinkato (金花湯), Houo-no-Yu (鳳凰の湯), Oban-no-Yu (大判の湯) and Koban-no-Yu (小判の湯).
Gunai Onsen Ryokan
Gunai Onsen Ryokan (宮内温泉旅館) is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan with 6 guest rooms between forests and fields, and has opened a business since 1945. Big Trees that are substitute of a gate are feeling good. The appearance and interior decoration are quite shibui such as Taisho period or Showa period. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too. They are a farmer, too, and grow rice with using hot springs. Their meals use their rice. In addition, Shimamaki is famous for fishing, and a lot of anglers stay.
There are 1 open-air bath and 2 indoor baths at a public bathroom. The tiled bathroom is not large, but the sunny bathroom is feeling good. Some mossy places are at the bathroom, and make bathers feel small nature. By the way, the hot springs are used as hot water of faucets and showers at wash places.
The small indoor bath is the size that about 2 people can take a bath. 100% natural free flowing hot springs pour into it, and the hot springs are very hot. The large indoor bath is the size that about 3 people can take a bath. The hot springs flow from the small indoor bath, and cool the hot springs, so water temperature is suitable for bathing. It is very comforable. Soft water with abundant nature’s beauty mineral like sulfur, and light brown sinter dances in the hot springs. In addition, watch your step because the bottom of the baths are slippery.
The open-air bath is the size that about 3 poeple can take a bath. The open-air bath is in a mountain, and a sence of openness can be felt. A lot of the hot springs are overflowing from a bathtub. The situation is very comfortable. This bath is suitable for taking a long bath. But a horseflya gadfly may attack you in a summer. By the way, starry sky seems to be beautiful in the evening.
The hot springs are sodium bicarbonate sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have a little salty taste and no smell, and have smooth and slippery touch, and are drinkable. It seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Obesity disease, Arteriosclerosis, Nettle rashhives, Female hormone deficiency. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.335 g/kg. 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 at a corridor.
Atmosphere of Gunai Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium bicarbonate sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||48.8 C|
|Indications||Rheumatic disease, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Keratosis, Arteriosclerosis, High blood pressure|
|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, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Obesity disease, Arteriosclerosis, Nettle rashhives, Female hormone deficiency|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, Nephrotic syndrome, High blood pressure, Diarrhea, Diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Open-air abth(1), Indoor bath(2). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 300. Infant: Free of charge.|
|Regular closing day||Irregular closing day|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (25 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||797 310 590*03|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Gunai Onsen. 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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