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Mizunashi-kaihin Onsen
  • April 7th, 2014
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[Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate] Day Trip Bath and Natural Sea Onsen Can Be Enjoyed

Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen

Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen (水無海浜温泉) is a hot spring place at the foot of Mt. Esan in the eastern part of Hakodate city. The distance is around 50 km away from the center of the Hakodate, and a natural onsen and Hotel Cape (ホテル恵風) are built along Hokkaido Road 635 at the easternmost tip of Kameda Peninsula (亀田半島). Drive carefully because a road is narrow. Esan-misaki Park (恵山岬公園) is developed around here, and Esan-misaki Lighthouse (恵山岬灯台) and Hakodate Municipal Lighthouse Museum (函館市灯台資料館) are built there. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built.

Esan-misaki Lighthouse
Cape Esan

The details about a history of the Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen are unclear. But it is the oldest record that Mr. Takeshiro Matsuura (松浦武四郎) wrote about Mizunashi beach in Emishi-nisshi (蝦夷日誌) in 1847. A few fishermen for harvesting kelp lives on the beach surrounded steep cliffs without a road. I do not know if the Mizunashi beach was named no fresh water. *Mizu means "Water" in Japanese, and nashi means "Nothing" in the Japanese. The Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen passed a rigorous screening in 1965, and has been appointed by Minister for the Environment, and is one of 15 nation insurance hot spring resorts in Hokkaido.

Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen
Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen

Movie of Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen

Mt. Esan

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

Mt. Esan
Mt. Esan

By the way, diredct buses do not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Mizunashi-kaihin 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.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Hakodate and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Hakodate. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Rakuten
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Rakuten
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Sapporo to Hakodate
    Hokkaido Bus(北海道バス) From Hakodate to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Hakodate Station and Hakodate Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Goryokaku Fort and the Hakodate Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station and the Hakodate Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Hakodate Station, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal and the Hakodate Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station.
    World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Airport.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their office is near the Hakodate Station, the Bay Area, the Goryokaku and the Hakodate Airport.
    Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their offices are near Kaigan-cho, the Hakodate Ferry Terminal, the Hakodate Airport, the Goryokaku Fort and the Yunokawa Onsen.

    HAKODATE

    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

    View from Mt. Hakodate
    Hakodate

    List of Day Trip Onsen

    Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen and the Hotel Cape Yuttarikan Todopokkuru. On the other hand, an accommodation without taking a day trip bath is the Hotel Cape.

    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen

    Mizunashi-Kaihin Onsen is a buried mixed bathing open-air bath surrounded by rocks on rocky shore at high tide, and is well-known as a real-life location such as Manga "Bakuon!!" (ばくおん!!) and Television Program "How do you like wednesday?" (水曜どうでしょう), too. Only a few houses are built around the end of the Hokkaido Road 635. Drive carefully because a road is narrow and steep. An entrance fee to the bath facility is free of charge.

    Open-air Bath from Far Away
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate

    Bathers can take a bath only at low tideon the ebb tide, and can take a bath in a winter, too. In a summer, a lot of sea bathers come, too. It is all about luck whether the bathers can take a bath comfortably because the bathers may not take a bath depending on weather. In addition, you should not bathe at high waves.
    Information of bathing time

    Open-air Bath from Far Away
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate

    There are 2 mixed bathing open-air baths made of concrete and rocks in the sea. Except those, some open-air baths surrounded by rocks are in the sea, too. The large open-air bath is the size that about 20 people can take a bath, and the small open-air bath is the size that about 8 people can take a bath. Hot springs gush out from the bottom of the bath without oxidizing, so the bathers can enjoy very fresh hot springs. But those are not 100% hot springs with adding sea water.

    Open-air Bath with Hot Spring
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate
    Shell Washed Up on Bathtub Made of Rocks
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate
    Rocky Place
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate

    Watch your step, so the rocks are very slippery. You should wear non-slip beach sandals. I think that people with entomophobia should not visit here because a lot of sea slater live. Nature is rich, so the baths that lack a sense of cleanliness can not be helped.

    Rocky Place
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate
    Seaweeds Sink Down to Bottom of Bath
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate

    The hot springs are sodium chloride sulfate spring, and are clear and colorless and have neither taste nor smell. I supposed that the hot springs were salty. But the hot springs in the large open-air bath was not salty unexpectedly. In addition, nude bathing is recommend, but the bathers can take a bath in weargin their swimsuits. A dressing room and a restroom are established, too.

    Dressing Room Is Built, Too
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate
    Restroom
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate
    Parking Lot
    Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen in Hakodate

    Atmosphere of Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Mizunashi Kaihin Onsen

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    Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 50 C
    ph -
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Bruise, Sprain
    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 Not drinking
    Facilities Mixed bathing open-air bath(2).
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Free of charge
    Business hours 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (20 cars)
    Telephone number +81-138-86-2111
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 875 217 074*51
    Mapcode 875 217 362*51

    Hotel Cape Yuttarikan Todopokkuru

    Hotel Cape is a small-sized onsen hotel founded in 1997 near the Esan-misaki Lighthouse, and has a hot spring facility for day trip onsen that is named "Yuttarikan Todopokkuru" (湯ったり館・とどぽっくる) at a building, too. It is well-known for enjoying 2 types of hot springs, and is popular with local people. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 400. Restraunt "Mikari" (レストラン海花里) and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A lunch set with taking a bath is served for JPY 800. A staying is possible at the Hotel Cape, too. A bathhouse for hotel guests is provided on the 3rd floor, too.

    Appearance of Building
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate

    There are 1 outdoor bath, 1 open-air whirlpool bath, 2 indoor baths, 1 whirlpool bath, 1 cascading bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at a large public bathhouse on the 1st floor. The sunny round tiled bathhouse with a high ceiling and large windows is feeling good.

    Look of Bathhouse (Source: Hotel Cape)
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate
    Indoor Bath
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate

    The tiled large indoor bath is a circulation type bath with the size that about 15 people can take a bath, and uses (2) sodium chloride sulfate spring with adding water. Water temperature is suitable for bathing. The tiled small indoor bath is the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and 100% natural free flowing (1) sodium chloride spring. Water temperature is very hot, and pretty hot springs make the bathers get up. The whirlpool bath that is a circulation type bath is divided into an ordinary bath and sleeping bath for 3 people, and uses (2) sodium chloride sulfate spring with adding water.

    View from Indoor Bath
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate
    Cascading Bath, Cold Bath and Sauna from Left
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate

    (1)sodium chloride spring is clear and yellow and has salty taste and no smell, and is undrinkable. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 10.23 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 188.5 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin.

    Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate

    (2)sodium chloride sulfate spring is slightly opaque and light yellow and has neither taste nor smell, and is undrinkable. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 1.853 g/kg. The meta-silicic acid content is 222.8 mg/kg. It is said that the hot springs including the meta-silicic acid with over 200 mg/kg is effective for beautiful skin. The hot spring ingredients petrified on a hot spring gushing out mouth.

    Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate
    Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate

    At the outside, 2 outdoor baths facing a mountain are provided, so forest bathing can be enjoyed, too. Fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow can be enjoyed in a winter while bathing. The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks has a roof, and is the size that about 8 poeple can take a bath, and uses 100% natural free flowing (2) sodium chloride sulfate spring. Water temperature is very hot. The open-air whirlpool bath is a circulation type bath with the size that about 4 people can take a bath, and uses (1) sodium chloride spring with adding water. Water temperature is suitable for bathing.

    Outdoor Baths
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate
    View from Outdoor Bath
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate
    Hot Springs Are Gushing Out
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate
    Hot Spring Ingredients Petrified Like Needles
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate
    View from Outdoor Bath
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate

    Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. A restroom and free hair dryers are installed in a dressing room.

    Dressing Room
    Hotel Cape Todopokkuru in Hakodate

    Atmosphere of Yuttarikan Todopokkuru Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Yuttarikan Todopokkuru

    Types of Hot Springs (1)Sodium chloride spring (Type: Weak alkaline, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
    (2)Sodium chloride sulfate spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring).
    Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)60 C
    (2)62.8 C
    ph (1)8.0
    (2)6.8
    Indications Neuralgia, Muscle pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulders, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic skin diseases, Hemorrhoid, Chronic digestive diseases, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Weak Children, 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 (1)Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation
    (2)Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Diabetes, Gout, Liver disease, Chronic cholecystitis
    Contraindications of drinking (1)Kidney disease, High blood pressure and diseases accompanied by edema in general
    (2)Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diarrhea and diseases accompanied by edema in general.
    Facilities Outdoor bath(2), Indoor bath(5), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
    Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
    Business hours 10:00-22:00
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Parking lot A free parking is provided (100 cars)
    Telephone number +81-138-86-2121
    Home page Home page is here
    Reservation Booking.com is here, Jalan is here, Rakuten is here

    List of Accommodations

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

      Hotel Cape(ホテル恵風)
      Booking.com

      A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

      Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

      A page of Hakodate is here

      Hakodate

      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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      1. Alex (AlexRockinJapan) says:

        Thank you very much for writing about this awesome place (⌒‐⌒)♪

        Unfortunately, I had no idea that I can do something like this around Hakodate, so I missed it. But next time I’d like to go there!

        I linked out to you in my post about Hakodate, so that more visitors get to know about this place!

        Cheers,

        Alex from AlexRockinJapan

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