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Parthenon-Like Public Bath - Yachigashira Onsen in Hakodate-

April 4th, 2014

Yachigashira Onsen (谷地頭温泉) is a public bath located on the foot of Mt. Hakodateyama (函館山) in Hakodate city. Mt. Hakodateyama rises right behind. When I entered a bathhouse, I was surprised at spacious bathhouse. A ceiling height seems to have about 5-6 m and wash places have about 50, too. It was a Parthenon-like bathhouse like the bathhouse of the ancient Roman age.

There are 3 indoor baths, 1 outdoor bath, 1 cold bath and 1 sauna at the bathhouse. As for the indoor baths, those are the size that about 15 people take a bath. The difference of the indoor baths are water temperature and a whirlpool bath. Because the outdoor bath is surrounded by blindfold fences, it does not have a good view. The outdoor bath had a shape of Goryokaku (五稜郭 * a castle in Hakodate).

Hot springs are sodium chloride spring, and are opaque and dark reddish-brown and have salty taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 17.67 g (sulfate ion has 923.2 mg). It has rich hot spring ingredients. A restroom and paid hair dryers are installed at a dressing room. When I visited here around 09:00 a.m., but a lot of visitors came. A foreigner like a father took a bath, too.

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Movie of Yachigashira Onsen

Types of Hot Springs Sodium chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: High, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source 65.1 C
ph 6.4
Indications Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Relieving fatigue
Contraindications 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
Indications of drinking Not drinking
Facilities Outdoor bath(1), Indoor bath(4), Sauna(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 400. Child: JPY 200.
Business hours 06:00-22:00
Regular closing day Second Tuesday and Fourth Tuesday
Parking lot A parking lot is provided (100 cars)
Telephone number +81-138-22-8371
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 951 296 784*22

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Yachigashira Onsen.

Yachigashira Guest House(谷地頭ゲストハウス)
Hakodate Guest House Apple(函館ゲストハウスApple)
Ikenohata Onsen Ryokan(池の端温泉旅館) Only Tel:+81-138-22-3877

A page of Hakodate is here