- May 8th, 2014
[Matsumae Onsen] Day Trip Bath and Onsen That Matsumae Feudal Lord Took a Bath Can Be Enjoyed at Matsumae Onsen Rest Center
Matsumae Onsen (松前温泉) is a hot spring place in Matsumae town located the southwestern direction of Hakodate city. Matsumae Onsen Rest Center (松前温泉休養センター) is built in a mountain, and is around 5 km away from the center of the Matsumae. Hot springs were discovered 150 years ago, and it is said that a feudal lord of Matsumae Castle (松前城) took a bath, too. Unfortunately, a restraunt and a convenience store are not built around here. The Matumae is famous for Matsumae Castle (松前城) and Matsumae-zuke (松前漬け), and tuna is noted product. In the Matsumae, Matsumae Tuna Sanshoku Rice Bowls (松前マグロ三色丼) using the tuna is served at some restraunta. I ate it at Urasato (浦里), and it was tasty.
Speaking of tourist attractions in the Matsumae, Matsumae Park (松前公園), Matsumae Feudal Clan Mansion (松前藩屋敷) and Matsumae Old Temples are famous. In addition, the Matsumae is well-known as a place famous for cherry blossoms, Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival (松前さくらまつり) is held from late April to late May. Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Matsumae, Restraunt “Yano” (レストラン矢野) is popular in particular.
Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival
Matsumae Park (松前公園) is a park on a small hill in Mastumae town located in the southwestern direction of Hakodate city. Mastumae Castle (松前城), Temples, Shrines and Matsumae Clan Mansion (松前藩屋敷) are built at the site, and the center of Matsumae Clan that is famous for the only clan in Hokkaido has been developed as the park. Cherry Blossom Sample Garden (桜見本園), Rose Garden (バラ園) and Peony Garden (ボタン園) are built as a relax place for Matsumae people. The park is well-known as a good place to see the cherry blossoms, and Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival (松前さくらまつり) is held from late April to mid May. In addition, Matsumae Hydrangea Festival (松前あじさいまつり) is held in early August. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. But the parking lot is charged for JPY 500 between the Matsumae Cherry Blossom Festival. Read More
Matsumae Tuna Sanshoku Rice Bowls
Speaking of Tuna, Oma town in Aomori prefecture is famous in Japan, but the tuna is caughted in Matsumae town locaed in Oma town across Tsugaru strait. Tuna sanshoku (マグロ三色丼 * Sanshoku means three kinds) bowls is appealed to tourists in Matsumae town, and visitors can eat that meal at 3 restaurants. I visited Urasato (浦里) this time. Urasato is a Japanese-style restaurant. An owner was a former sumo wrestler, and the sumo wrestler’s stew (Chankonabe) is a noted dish, too. Furthermore, the visitors seem to eat a ramen planned by TV program. Read More
Matsumae (松前) that about 7,000 people live is the 76th largest fishery town in Hokkaido, and is locateed in the southwestern part of Hakodate city. It takes about 90 minutes from the Hakodate to the Matsumae by a car. The Matsumae has Cape Shirakami (白神岬), the southernmost tip of the Hokkaido, and is well-known as the southernmost town in the Hokkaido, and used to prosper as the center of Matsumae Domain (松前藩), and is famous for ever beeing the only castle town in the Hokkaido. It has appeared since 1400’s in Japanese’s history, and has uniquely long history in the Hokkaido. The Matsumae used to flourish for catch of herring, but Tuna fishing is famous at present, and the tuna is one of local specialities. As for a climate, it is comfortable, and the average temperature is about 10 C. It is cold in a summer, and it does not snow very much. Read More
List of Day Trip Onsen
Visitors can take a day trip bath at theMatsumae Onsen Rest Center.
Matsumae Onsen Rest Center
Matsumae Onsen Rest Center is a hot spring facility for day trip onsen. The appearance and the interior decoration are Japanese style design. When I visited here at noon on weekdays, about 8 local people took a bath. It is popular with local people. An entrance fee to a bath facility is JPY 400. A restraunt and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt.
There are 1 indoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse. The bathhouse with a high ceiling and Japanese roof tiles is Japanese-style design, and Takedabishi (武田菱) that is a family crest of Matsumae family is hung on a wall. The indoor bath is the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and uses heated hot springs.
The hot springs are sodium chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and light brown and have salty taste and no smell, and are not drinkable because of circulation type baths. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 5.193 g/kg. Because shampoos and body soaps are not provided at the bathhouse, bathers must bring those. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed at a dressing room.
|Types of Hot Springs||Sodium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||37.2 C|
|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, Arteriosclerosis, 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 cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Obesity disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Indoor bath(2), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||Adult: JPY 400. Child: Free of charge.|
|Regular closing day||Tuesday|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (50 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||676 363 131*12|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Matsumae. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
A page of Matsumae 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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