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[Yakumo Onsen] Day Trip Onsen and Sense of Openness Can Be Enjoyed at Oboko-so

June 23rd, 2015

Yakumo Onsen

Yakumo Onsen (八雲温泉) is a hot spring place in Yakumo town located in northwest part of Hakodate city. A signboard of Oboko-so (おぼこ荘) is a mark along Kumoishi National Route (雲石国道 * Nationa Route 277), and visitors turn and go straight for around 1 km, and Only Oboko-so (おぼこ荘) is built at around 200 m above sea level at the foot of Mt. Obokodake (雄鉾岳), and is one of secret onsen in Yakumo. The distance is around 20 km away from the center of the Yakumo, and restraunts, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built around here. This place was well-known for hot spring gushing out at Yurappu Mine (遊楽部鉱山) in the Meiji period, and Mr. Yonetaro Takami (高見米太郎) built an onsen hut, and it was called "Takami Onsen (高見温泉)" at the time. After that, it was closed down, and Municipal Yakumo Onsen was founded in 1995. Then it was privatized, and up to now. By the way, around here has the legend of hidden treasure that the remnants of Tokugawa's defeated army hide treasure hid the treasure in Hakodate War.

Mt. Iwakodake from Kumoishi Pass
Yakumo Kenichi Onsen Kenichi Onsen Ryokan

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. Article is here

View from Table
Funkawan Panorama Park in Yakumo

Kameya

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. Article is here

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. Article is here

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 Oboko-so.

Oboko-so

Oboko-so is a small-sized onsen ryokan run by Hirata Fish Store, and has opened a business since 1985. An entrance fee to the bath facility is JPY 500. A restraunt and a shop are at the building, too, and visitors for day trip bath can use the restraunt. A staying is possible, too, and delicious meals using local seafoof have a good reputation.

Entrance of Bathhouse
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so

There are 1 open-air bath and 1 indoor bath at a public bathhouse. A type of the hot springs of the indoor bath is different from the open-air bath. The bathhouse with windows is slightly dark, and is not large, but a sense of stagnation can not be felt. However, I think that bathers are overwhelmed by the large rocks. It is amazing! Rocks for total 250 tons are placed at the bathroom and the open-air bath.

Indoor Bath
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so

The indoor bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 8 people can take a bath, and uses natural free flowing (2) hot springs with adding water. The shape of the rocks deposited by hot spring ingredients is cool. The hot springs gush out from cleft in the rocks, and the hot springs flow to a downstream outlet. The hot spring ingredients petrify on stagnant hot springs, and float. The hot spring ingredients are rich.

Hot Springs Are Gushing Out from Cleft in Rocks
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
View from Bath Surrounded by Rocks
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Petrified Hot Spring Ingredients
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Corridor to Open-air Bath
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so

The open-air bath surrounded by rocks is the size that about 30 people can take a bath, and uses natural free flowing (1) hot springs with adding water. The hot springs are an ample supply of water, and always flow to Namari river (鉛川). The open-air bath for women is smaller that the open-air bath for men. By the way, horseflies may prevent you from relaxing in a summer.

Open-air Bath (Source: Oboko-so)
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Open-air Bath
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so

As for the open-air bath, it has a great sense of openness! Nothing disturbing eyes. The Namari River flows in front of one's eyes, and the bathers can hear the murmuring of the river, and can take a bath while seeing nature. It is very comfortable. Starry sky seem to be beautiful in the evening. Fresh green can be enjoyed in the summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow can be enjoyed in a winter while bathing, too.

River Flows Just below Open-air Bath
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Open-air Bath
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Namari River
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Petrified Hot Spring Ingredients
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Hot Springs Are Opaque and Ocher
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Great Sense of Openness!
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so

The hot springs of the open-air bath are (1)sodium chloride carbonated spring, and are opaque and ocher and has neither taste nor smell. The hot springs of the indoor bath are (2)sodium and calcium bicarbonate chloride spring, and are opaque and light green and has metallic taste and no smell. The sum total of the hot spring ingredients are 3.831 g/kg. Unfortunately, the hot springs are not drinkable because they do not get a health center's permission. Shampoos and body soaps are provided at the bathhouse. In addition, a restroom and hair dryers (paid and free) are installed at a dressing room, too.

Dressing Room
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Dressing Room
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so
Japanese-style Resting Room
Yakumo Onsen Oboko-so

Atmosphere of Oboko-so Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Oboko-so

Types of Hot Springs (1)Sodium and calcium bicarbonate chloride spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
(2)Sodium chloride carbonated spring (Type: Neutral, Osmotic Pressure: Low, Spring Temperature Type: Extra hot spring)
Water temperature of Hot Spring Source (1)49.1 C
(2)45.5 C
ph (1)6.3
(2)6.4
Indication Neuralgia, Muscular pain, Arthralgia, Frozen shoulder, Motor paralysis, Tightening of the joint, Bruise, Sprain, Chronic digestive diseases, Hemorrhoid, Cold sensitivity, Convalescent convalescence, Relieving fatigue, Healthy increase, Cut, Burn, Chronic skin diseases, Weak child, Chronic women's diseases
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
Contraindications of drinking Chronic digestive diseases, Chronic constipation, Gout, Diabetes, Liver disease
Indications of drinking Kidney disease, High blood pressure, Diseases accompanied by edema in general, Diarrhea
Facilities Open-air bath(1), Indoor bath(1). * Sex-Segregated Bathhouse.
Entrance fee to the bath facility Adult: JPY 500. Elementary school student: JPY 250.
Business hours 11:00-20:00
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Parking lot Free parking is provided (30 cars)
Telephone number +81-137-63-3123
Home page Home page is here
Reservation Jalan is here, Rakuten is here
Mapcode 892 660 096*57

List of Accommodations

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

Oboko-so(おぼこ荘)
Booking

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

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