- June 25th, 2017
[Misaki Onsen in Hakodate] Day Trip Bath and Seaside Onsen Like Hideout Can Be Enjoyed at Hama-no-Yu
Misaki Onsen (御崎温泉) is a hot spring place in Esan, Hakodate city. Only Hama-no-Yu (浜の湯) is built nearby Esan Fish Port (恵山漁港) at the end of Hokkaido Road 635, and is a secret onsen like a hideout. The distance between the Misaki Onsen and the center of the Hakodate is around 50 km. 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 Esan Onsen (恵山温泉) around here. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around the Misaki Onsen.
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 Misaki 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 Hama-no-Yu.
Misaki Onsen Hama-no-Yu is a public bath for local fishermen, and is known as a good onsen by Onsen Evangelist. A public bathroom is surrounded by a breakwater, and is like a hideout. People will pass the onsen by obliviously if people do not know the Hama-no-Yu. There is a parking lot next to the bathroom. When I searched about Hama-no-Yu on the internet, I did not know that this onsen forbid strangers to take a bath. Because some strangers (tourists) scattered the bathroom or stealed a little token of people’s gratitude, local people got angry. Therefore the local people requires strangers to use the bathroom cleanly. Please promise it if you visit here.
After getting out of my car, I went to an entrance, and “A Pump Has Broken” was written on a signboard. I thought I might not be able to take a bath, but a bathtub was drawn fully. In addition, hot springs were trickling down from a hose, and I guessed that it meaned a small amount of water. The bathroom with a simple roof had a dressing place and a bathing place and was cleaned out. By the way, there is a blue box for a little token of your gratitude. Please give it a little token.
There is 1 mixed bathing indoor bath at the bathroom. It is the size that about 5 people can take a bath. 100% natural free flowing hot springs overflow from the bathtub. After the hot springs overflowed from the bathtub to the floor of the bathroom, it is interesting to note that brown color deposited on the floor. By the way, Misaki Onsen has some rules and prohibits bathers from taking a bath in their swimsuits or covereing their body with bath towels. Water temperature was around 40 C and was comfortable.
I visited here around 13:00 on weekdays, and nobody came while I was bathing for about 30 minutes. So maybe it is not crowded around noon. The bathroom has windows, Unfortunately the sea can hardly be seen and it is not an ocean view. But the bathers can enjoy an extraordinary space.
The hot springs are calcium and sodium magnesium bicarbonate sulfate carbonated spring, and are light green and opaque and have metallic taste and metallic smell, and seem to be drinkable, but there is not a drinking hot spring facility. It seems to be effective for Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis and Obesity disease. * Maybe the hot springs become depleted by the pump trouble. Shampoos and soaps are not provided at the bathroom. There is not a restroom at the bathroom.
Atmosphere of Misaki Onsen Hama-no-Yu Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Types of Hot Springs||Calcium and sodium magnesium bicarbonate sulfate carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Hot spring)|
|Water temperature of Hot Spring Source||–|
|Indications||Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Arteriosclerosis, Chronic skin diseases, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic woman’s diseases, Cold sensitivity, Weak child|
|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, Chronic cholecystitis, Cholelithiasis, Obesity disease|
|Contraindications of drinking||Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general|
|Facilities||Mixed bathing indoor bath (1)|
|Entrance fee to the bath facility||A little token of your gratitude|
|Regular closing day||Open year all round|
|Parking lot||A free parking is provided (3 cars)|
|Home page||Home page is not provided|
|Mapcode||875 155 146*40|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near the Misaki Onsen.
A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here
Secret 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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