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[Ishida Onsen in Hakodate] Day Trip Bath and Sour Hot Springs Can Be Enjoyed at Ishida Onsen Ryokan

April 8th, 2014

Ishida Onsen

Ishida Onsen (石田温泉) is a hot spring place in Esan, Hakodate city located in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Ishida Onsen Ryokan (石田温泉旅館)is built at about 50 m above sea level in 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), Esan Onsen (恵山温泉) and Misaki Onsen (御崎温泉) around here. Unfortunately, convenience stores are not built around the building. The Ishida Onsen Ryokan is relatively near 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.

Mt. Esan
Esan Onsen in Hakodate, Esan Onsen Ryokan
Mt. Esan
Esan Onsen in Hakodate, Esan Onsen Ryokan
Azalea on Observatory
Esan Onsen in Hakodate, Esan Onsen Ryokan
View from Observatory
Esan Onsen in Hakodate, Esan Onsen Ryokan

Atmosphere of Mt. Esan Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Esan

The heat source of the acidic hot springs is Mt. Esan together with the Ishida Onsen and the Esan Onsen, and each hot spring sources are near each other. But I wonder why the hot spring color is completely different. The hot springs are famous for strong acidity with ph 2.1. 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
Misaki Lookout in Hakodate

Esan Observatory

Esan Observatory (恵山展望台) at 330 m above sea level is located on the mountainside of Mt. Esan (恵山) with 618 m in height in the eastern part of Hakodate, and comes into sight after visitors finish going up Esan-Tozan Road (恵山登山道) with some s-curves beside Esan Onsen Ryokan (恵山温泉旅館). Tsugaru Channel (津軽海峡), Shimokita Peninsula (下北半島) and the front side of the gentle can be seen Mt. Esan if it is fine weather. Sea of clouds covered with the Tsugaru Channel sometimes can be seen, too. A walking trail, Esan-Tenbodai Course (恵山展望台コース) with 1337 in length, is built from Esan-Kakohara Parking Lot (恵山火口原駐車場) to here, so the visitors can hike for about 50 minutes. 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. Article is here

Look of Esan Observatory
Esan Observatory in Hakodate

Misaki Lookout

Misaki Lookout (岬展望台) is located around Mt. Esan (恵山) in the eastern part of Hakodate. Mt. Esan is an active volcano with 618 m in height and the whole area around the Mt. Esan has designed as Esan Prefectural Natural Park (恵山道立自然公園). The end point 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). Probably Mt. Esan from back side is the genuine Mt. Esan. The surafce of the mountain are rough, and it emits smoke. The color of the mountain is like Jigokudani (地獄谷 * Hell Valley) in Noboribetsu Onsen (登別温泉). There is a place called Sai-no-Kawara (賽の河原 * Children's Limbo), and early peoples wanted to name around volcanoes dread names for some reason. Those might be catchy names. The Esan-Tozan Road under traffic control is available from 06:00 to 18:00. Do not be left behind ! There are a restroom and a resting station around the Esan Kakogen Parking Lot. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge, too. Article is here

Misaki Lookout
Misaki Lookout in Hakodate

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take day trip bath at the Ishida Onsen Ryokan.

Ishida Onsen Ryokan

Ishida Onsen Ryokan is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1914 in Esan, Hakodate city located in the eastern part of Hakodate city. Hikers sometimes use it. They used to opened a business in another place. But a building was destroyed by a mudslide. Therefore, they moved to here, and built a new building to reopen the business in 2002. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too.

Entrance Hall
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Entrance of Bathroom
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate

There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at a public bathroom. The bathroom with a high ceiling is not so large but cozy, and is sunny because of a large window. Brown hot springs catch bathers's eyes first, and are cool color. The tiled indoor bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs, and the hot springs overflow from the bath. After the hot springs overflowed from the bath to the bath floor, it is interesting to note that brown color deposited on the floor.

Indoor Bath
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Hot Springs Are Gushing out
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
View from Indoor Bath
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Fresh Free Flowing Hot Springs Overflow from Bathtub
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Petrified Hot Spring Ingredients
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Hot Spring Color Deposited on Bath Floor
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Alkaline Body Soap Is Neutralized by Acid Hot Springs and Become Smooth Slimy Something
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate

The tiled open-air bath is the size that about 5 people can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing hot springs, and is surrounded by wooden walls, so a view is not good. But a sense of space because can be felt without a roof. I think that bathers can enjoy starry sky in the evening. The hot springs of the open-air bath is more cold than the hot springs of the indoor bath, so it suits for taking a long bath. It was too cold to me. So it is closed in a winter.

Open-air Bath
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Hot Springs Are Gushing out
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Brown Hot Spring Is Cool
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate

The hot springs are aluminum and iron sulfate spring, and are clear and brown and have sour taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 6.097 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 236 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 with the hot springs of Esan Onsen (恵山温泉) in Esan, and it has 432.5 mg/kg, too. It seems to be effective for Sterilization and Cure, and is associated with the beautiful skin, too.

View from Open-air Bath
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
There Is Not Roof
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate
Fresh Free Flowing Hot Springs
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate

The hot springs seem to be drinkable, but a drinking hot spring facility is not provided. So I drinked the gusing out hot springs out with my hands, and it tasted bitter and sour taste such as tonic water. I do not dislike it. It seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases and Anemia. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathroom. Because there is not a restroom at a dressing room, you should get a wash beforehand at the restroom at a corridor. Free hair dryers are installed at the dressing room.

Dressing Room
Ishida Onsen in Hakodate

Atmosphere of Ishida Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Ishida Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Aluminum and iron sulfate spring (Type: Acidic, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 42.5 C
ph 2.1
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic skin diseases, Menstruation disorder, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase
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 Diarrhea
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours Weekdays 15:00-20:00
Saturday, Sunday and National holiday 12:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-85-2350
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 875 123 465*37

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Ishida Onsen.

Ishida Onsen Ryokan(石田温泉旅館)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Great Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Hakodate is here

Hakodate

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