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[Closed Business: Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo] Day Trip Onsen and Great Deposition Can Be Enjoyed at Kumane-so

Sakurano Onsen

Sakurano Onsen (桜野温泉) is a hot spring place in Yakumo town located in the northwestern part of Hakodate city, and is one of secret onsen in Yakumo. Only Kumane-so (熊嶺荘) is built along Hokkaido Road 573 at about 115 m above sea level in a mountain that is around 15 km away from Nodaoi Station. The distance is around 20 km far away from the center of the Yakumo, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around here. The Sakurano Onsen was known by Ainu people since a long time ago. When Mr. Yoshichika Tokugawa (徳川義親), the family head of Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan, visited here in early 1900s, he heard about a damaged bear that soaked its body in a hot spring pond, and named "Kumane Onsen" (熊嶺温泉). * Kuma means "Bear" in Japanese. By the way, a wood carving of a bear, a famous Yakumo's speciality, is at his suggestion. After that, Mr. Kado Shiro Yokota (横田門四郎) built an onsen hut in 1930, and it was called "Yokota Onsen" (横田温泉). But it was closed down. The kumane-so has opened a business since 1966, and up to now.

Nodaoi River
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so

The Yakumo is an unusual town with 2 seas, the Pacific Ocean and the sea of Japan. Famous tourist attractions in the Yakumo are Funkawan Panorama Park (噴火湾パノラマパーク) and Yakumo Ranch (八雲町育成牧場). Speaking of tasty restaurants in the Yakumo, Harvester Yakumo (ハーベスター八雲), Iseya Shokudo (伊勢屋食堂) and Elfin Motoyama Ranch Milk (エルフィン元山牧場牛乳) are popular in particular. I ate sushi and buckwheat noodles at Kameya (亀や) and Marumi Shokkudo (まるみ食堂). Those were so tasty.

Funkawan Panorama Park

Hills Station "Yakumo Panorama Museum" is a roadside station with an ocean view on a small hill in Yakumo town located in the northwest of Hakodate city and is next to Harvester Yakumo (ハーベスター八雲) that is known for a tasty chicken. There are Auto Resort Yakumo, Park Golf Course, Picnic Square, Flower Field at the Hills Station "Yakumo Panorama Museum" and those are composite facilities. Children seem to enjoy it, too. This is a place well-known for its scenic beauty particularly. Free admission. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More

View from Table
Funkawan Panorama Park in Yakumo


Kameya (亀や) is a long-established sushi restaurant in Yakumo town located in the northwest part of Hakodate city and was founded in 1968. This sushi restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. There is a building near Yakumo station, but Kameya has no parking lot. Therefore I parked my car in the parking lot of Yakumo Station. Read More

Sushi Supreme Combo from Top
Sushi Supreme Combo -Kameya in Yakumo-

Marumi Shokudo

Marumi Shokudo (まるみ食堂) is a long-established restaurant in Yakumo town and was founded in 1958. A building is next to Yakumo station and they run an accommodation, too. I visited Yakumo, so I planned to eat Yakumo buckwheat noodles. However, in the first place I misunderstood about Yakumo buckwheat noodles. I thought that it was a kind of buckwheat noodles. Marumi Shokudo uses buckwheat flour produced in Horokanai. By the way, the Yakumo buckwheat noodles is a name of the restaurant. Read More

Tasty Soup
Buckwheat Noodles with Variety of Ingredients -Marumi Shokudo in Yakumo-

List of Day Trip Onsen

Visitors can take a day trip bath at the Kumane-so.

[Closed Business] Kumane-so

Kumane-so (熊嶺荘) is a small-sized long-established onsen ryokan founded in 1966. Most anglers and hikers use it. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A staying is possible, too, and meals using mountain vegetables and game meats have a good reputation. Unfortunately, they closed down in November 2015. This article before closing is as follows.

Appearance of Building
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so

There are 1 outdoor bath and 1 indoor bath at a public bathhouse. The old bathhouse is not large but cozy. The bathhouse for women is smaller than the bathhouse for men. Because there is not an outdoor bath for women, the women can go in or go out freely through a silver door. Men is prohibited to go in or go out.

Indoor Bath
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
Look of Bathhouse
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so

The indoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 6 people can take a bath, and uses 100% free flowing hot springs. Because the fresh hot springs always flow from the bath to a water outlet, the hot spring ingredients are precipitating on the surface of the bath and the bath floor, and those looks like small Pamukkale. The hot spring ingredients is too rich, and a hose for the hot springs turn into stone. Because I sae a touch of sands when I touched the bath, I admired a blessing of the earth was great. The indoor bath has a faucet for cold water, so it is allowed to add the water for lowering the water temperature.


Hot Springs Flow on Hierapolis-Pamukkale-like Floor
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
View from Indoor Bath
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
Hose Turns into Stone
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
Sand Accreted to Bath
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
View from Indoor Bath
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
Bath Is Rather Than Stone
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so

The outdoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 3 people can take a bath, and uses 100% free flowing hot springs. It is colder than the indoor bath, so the bathers may feel cold in a winter. Because there is not the outdoor bath at the bathhouse for women, they can take a bath at the outdoor bath for men. A gazebo is built on the outdoor bath, so a sense of openness can not be felt, but a view is very good. Bathers can enjoy a scenery facing the Nodaoi River and Goryo Bridge. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn and snow can be enjoyed in the winter.

Outdoor Bath
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
View from Outdoor Bath
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
Hot Spring Ingredients Deposite
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
Hot Spring Ingredients Deposite
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so

The hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are slightly opaque and light yellow and have a little salty taste and metallic taste smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 4.067 g/kg. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. Because there is not a restroom at a drresing room, you should have a wash beforehand. A free hair dryer is provided at the dressing room.

Dressing Room
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so
Resting Place
Sakurano Onsen in Yakumo Kumane-so

Atmosphere of Kumane-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Kumane-so

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 55.5 C
ph 7.0
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Relieving fatigue, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Healthy increase, Weak child, Chronic skin diseases, Chronic women's diseases, 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 constipation
Contraindications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, and diseases accompanied by edema in general
Facility Mixed bathing outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse. There is only 1 outdoor bath for men. But women can use it.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500.
Business hours 09:00-21:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (10 cars)
Telephone number +81-137-66-2564
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 687 215 398*28

A page of Secret Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Secret Onsen in Hokkaido

A page of Great Onsen in Hokkaido is here

Great 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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