Spots in Onuma / Matsumae / Esashi Area

  • Matsumae Park
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    4.5
    60 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Matsumaegunmatsumaechou Matsushiro
    Public park in Matsumae Town, Matsumae County, Hokkaido. This is a well known historical area where people come to see the Matsumae Clan Mansion including Matsumae Castle. It is also famous for its flowers where you can enjoy blossoms all year round with cherry blossoms, roses, tree peonies and hydrangeas. Join us in the spring for the popular Matsumae Sakura Festival and in August for the Matsumae Hydrangea Festival.

    This is one of the few place in Japan which provide late cherry blossom. This place doesnt seem to be popular among travel agents. Hence, not many people come here, which makes this park even more...

  • Our Lady of the Lighthouse Trappist Monastery
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    4.0
    133 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hokutoshi Mitsuishi 392
    This monastery in Hokuto, Hokkaido is one of Japan's first. Visitors are free to look around the red brick buildings of the monastery and enjoy the sakura, autumn leaves, and other joys of the seasons. There is also a shop offering Trappist Cookies, butter, and other products made by the monks. Due to a prohibition of women, internal tours require reservations and are for men only.

    While it is a monastery, the thing it impresses me most is the ice-cream they sell there. It is the best ice-cream I have taken in Japan. Note that this is Hokkaido and all ice-creams sold there are...

  • Roadside Station Shikabe Geyser Park
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    109 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hokkaido Kayabegunshikabechou Shikabe 18-1
    A roadside station located in Shikabe Town with a geyser on its grounds. Discovered in 1924, the geyser blows every 12 minutes or so; the roadside station also has a footbath filled with waters from the hot spring that fuels the geyser. In the local specialty products shop, you can buy marine products like Shikabe cod roe, fresh seafood, and local vegetables. There's an adjoining facility offering hot spring-steamed and barbecued food. Women from the Shikabe Fishery Cooperative serve seafood dishes in the Hama no Kasan Shokudo restaurant and also hold short classes on how to make local meals.

    We had the local cuisine experience at Hamano Kaasan, to learn cooking with fishermans wives and this place was just next to it. We had a good 10-15 minute foot bath ( I believe the admission fee...

  • Roadside Station Misogi-no-sato Kikonai
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    4.0
    53 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hokkaido Kamisogunkikonaichou Honchou 338-14
    Roadside station along Hokkaido Route 383 in Kikonai Town, Kamiiso, Hokkaido. Located right by Kikonai Station on the Hokkaido Bullet Train Line, here you can find their resident tourism concierges. Try the Misogi salt ice cream, or popular Italian restaurant Dounan de's Ocuda Spirits, supervised by the internationally successful chef Masayuki Okuda. The building was also constructed using local Japanese cypress.

    It has all the brochures and tourist services. It is also a bakery, cafe, grocery store, bus office and stop, and an Italian restaurant. There is a childrens playground out the back, too.

  • Matsumaehan Yashiki
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    4.0
    42 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Matsumaegunmatsumaechou Nishidate 68
    A theme park located in Nishidate, Matsumae Town, Matsumae County, Hokkaido Prefecture. A recreation of a townscape of Matsume as it looked when it was a prosperous castle town in the Edo period, the park consists of 14 buildings, including a samurai mansion and merchant homes. Visitors can try on Japanese armor, make Matsumae-zuke (Matsumae-style pickles), and taste the atmosphere of Edo period.

    Nice Japanese Matsumae clan village. We tried the samurai warrior amour and kimono. Great experience. Love the architecture.

  • Roadside Station Kuromatsunai
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hokkaido Suttsugunkuromatsunaichou Shiroikawa 8-10
    The roadside station is on National Route 5 in Kuromatsunai Town, Suttsu County, Hokkaido. It has a bakery on site, which makes over 60 types of bread using 100% Hokkaido grown wheat. They also have a pizza restaurant, Pizza Do, where pizza artists bake yours to order, making it a hit with tourists and locals alike.

    An impressive modern building greets you which is really a flash Road House serving Pizza and and several shelves of local tourist targeted local products like biscuits, honey, sauces, dried fish...

  • Roadside Station Shiriuchi
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    3.0
    33 Reviews
    Transportation
    Ueno-cho, Ueno-gun, Hokkaido 48-13 Yunosato
    A roadside station located in Shiriuchi Town where a Paleolithic grave site, the oldest in Japan, was discovered. The site is now a National Important Cultural Property. In the local specialty products shop, you can buy garlic chives, tomatoes, shiitake mushrooms, and other vegetables grown in Shiriuchi Town, as well as marine products like cuttlefish salted and dried overnight. Shiriuchi Town is also the birthplace of the famous enka folk singer Saburo Kitajima and you can find merchandise featuring the artists here as well. Staff in the tourist information center inside the shop can provide you with information about the town and give you tourism pamphlets.

    駐車場は小さめで、平日午後でしたが車の数はそこそこ止まっていました。その割に施設内の人は少なかった気がするのですが・・・物産館の中で売っていたシュガーバターの「ドン・デ・マカロニ」はサクッとした食感でドライブ中の間食にオススメです。すぐ隣には新幹線展望塔があり新幹線や貨物列車の通過する様子を一望することができます。

  • Roadside Station Kaminokuni Monju
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hokkaido Hiyamagunkaminokunichou Harauta 3
    A roadside station in Kaminokuni Town offering a sweeping view of the Sea of Japan. The beautiful view was awarded gold in HokkaidoWalker's picturesque scenery category. Black silica is a natural ore produced only in Kaminokuni Town which releases far infrared rays and negative ions, providing a warming effect on the body, and here at Roadside Station Kaminokuni Monju you can purchase health goods using this ore as well as its processed form, cera silica, such as cera silica bath pebbles and necklaces. You can also buy marine products like arabesque greenling and rock nori, farm products like cloud ear and shiitake mushrooms, fruit pork, and more. In the station's restaurant, you can enjoy Godzilla shrimp seafood rice bowls stuffed with seafood and other delicious meals while looking out over the sea.

    The 1st Floor has local items for sale, but the 2nd F is a Restaurant with Awesome Views of the Sea of Japan! Tekkui Bowl (Flounder) or Tekkui Tempura is their specialty, around ¥1000. We thought...

  • Matsumae Castle Museum
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Matsumae-gun Matsumaecho Matsushiro 144-banchi
    Matsumae Castle is Japan's northernmost castle and was completed in 1854 after its predecessor structure, the Fukuyama Palace, was renovated and reinforced. The castle was created to provide defense in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate when many foreign ships began appearing in Japan's coastal waters. The castle's original wooden tower was destroyed in a fire in 1949. A reinforced concrete reconstruction, which looks identical to the original on the outside, was completed in 1961 and opened as the Matsumae Castle Museum. Inside, the museum displays archeological artefacts and numerous other items which tell the history of Matsumae Castle.
  • Roadside Station Assabu
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    3.5
    23 Reviews
    Transportation
    Hokkaido Hiyamagunassabuchou Midorimachi 72-1
    A roadside station built with asunaro cypress located in Assabu Town. The station sells May Queen potatoes, a variety which became a local specialty product in Assabu in 1925, as well as asparagus, corn, and other fresh vegetables; black soybean tea; potato shochu, and other foods and drinks. Live music performances and other events are held in the spacious rest area and you can also buy a popular soft serve ice cream here as well as drinks and snacks, croquettes, and other tasty treats made with May Queen potatoes.

    敷地内では地産のトマト、大きなメロンなどが売られている他、じゃがいも200円詰放題もありどれだけ詰められるかチャレンジしてみるのもよいかもしれません。外の売店では添加物が一切使われていないとても美味しいアイスクリームが売られており、長距離ドライブ中の気分転換にぴったりでした。

  • Former Nakamura Family Residence
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    4.5
    25 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Hiyamagunesashichou Nakautachou 22
    These historical buildings were built by Omi merchants who were engaged in the wholesale seafood business from the end of the Edo period to the Meiji period, and are representative of wholesale buildings of the time. There is a two-story gabled main building made of cypress storehouses lining the streets from the main house to the shore and a loading and unloading place called “Hanedashi” at the far end. The buildings bring the glory of the past to the present and also show displays of material related to the Kitamae ship and herring fishing industries.

    Very interesting old “department store “ like the one at the edo museum in tokyo except this is the real thing situated in an old herring town , Esashi

  • Onuma Yusen
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    4.0
    18 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Kamedagunnanaechou Onumachou 1023-1
    Onuma Yusen is a pleasure boat on which you can relax and enjoy the Onuma Quasi-National Park, which includes three lakes and Mt. Komagatake and is one of Japan’s Top Three New Views. The Island Circuit route runs regularly from May to October, and you can relax while going round the islands on Onuma Lake and Konuma Lake which requires about 30 minutes. There are also motor boats, rowing boats, and pedal boats, and winter activities such as snow mobiles on the ice, 4-wheel buggies and snowshoe tours can also be enjoyed in the winter.

    11月1日(日)から3日間大沼公園を観光。先ずは、大沼遊覧船に。日曜日であり、船に乗る観光客も。9:40に乗船。コロナ対策もあってか、乗船人数も抑えてあり広々。大沼湖と小沼湖を30分程で巡る。生憎の曇り空で、駒ヶ岳上部は見えない。湖上からの紅葉には満足。ガイドさんの説明に船内は笑いが広がる。ガイドさんの話を後の観光に。晴れなら、駒ヶ岳の絶景が。手漕ぎボートやぺダルボートを楽しんでいるグループも。

  • Suttsu Onsen Yubetsu no Yu
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    4.5
    9 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Suttsu-gun Suttsucho Yubetsucho
    This day-trip hot spring facility is where you can enjoy two kinds of hot spring baths: a sulfur springs (said to improve the quality of skin) and a chloride spring (said to help with blood circulation). It also has restaurants and cottages where visitors can spend a relaxing time.

    二種類の温泉が楽しめます。 源泉の小さな湯船は43℃と熱めですがぬるめの湯船もあり、サウナは二種類、露天風呂もありゆっくり温泉に入れます。 火曜日はサービスデーで利用料半額でした。

  • Onuma Quasi-National Park
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kamedagunnanaechou Onumachou
    “Onuma Quasi-National Park”, which is close to Hakodate is a large park totaling an area of ​​9,083 hectares. You can enjoy nature in the park with three lakes, dotted with large and small islands, situated on the edge of Mt. Komagatake. There is something to be enjoyed in every season: cycling, pleasure boats, horseback riding and canoeing in summer, and ice-fishing, skiing and snowshoeing in winter. It is a five-minute walk from Onuma Koen Station. Access is easy as the buses from Hakodate Airport, etc. also pass by the park.
  • Hakodate Nanae Snow Park
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    4.5
    12 Reviews
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Hokkaido Kameda-gun Nanaecho Higashi-onuma 666
    This ski resort is located approximately 50 minutes by car from Hakodate City. You can enjoy the approximately four-kilometer ride on one of the longest gondolas in Japan that stretches for 3,319 meters. With its wide, gentle slopes that can be enjoyed by beginners and a grand panoramic view of Mt. Komagatake that unfolds right before you, this resort is sure to satisfy skiers and snowboarders alike. There are courses to match everyone's skill level from beginner to advanced, as well as a children's area so that young children can also enjoy themselves. Visitors are also sure to enjoy PEAKCAFE, a new restaurant at the top of the mountain that serves food made with local seasonal ingredients.

    最高に天気の良い日☀を狙って→滑りました…スノーボーダーです。 函館周辺の大きなスキー場ですね。ただ大き過ぎないから、地図の函館〜札幌方面からの来客も多過ぎず(ニセコへ行くことになるためか?)にローカル感があり、ほっこりします。 山頂から駒ケ岳、大沼公園へ向かって滑り始めるのでテンションも上がります。 コース幅も広く、斜度も適度にあるので、ファミリー〜みんな楽しめるスキー場だと思いました。

  • Yutopia Usubetsu
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    4.5
    7 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Kudo-gun Setana Cho Taisei-ku Hirahama 691
    "This unstaffed hot spring is surrounded by steep forest hills on a logging road about three kilometers from national route 229. The little bath hut has a log-house exterior, and inside offers 100% natural hot spring water without any added water or recirculation of the rather hot sodium sulfate spring. The area is secluded enough to warrant a ""Caution: Bears"" sign outside. This spot has been in use for over 200 years, and is famous as a treatment spring for nerve pain and muscle soreness, chronic digestive diseases, and more. The picturesque scenery offers a whole new level of liberation. The building is rather cozy, but women and men have separate changing rooms for peace of mind."

    途中から舗装ではなくなります。 不安になりますが、その先に温泉はあります。 道路はすれ違うのが厳しい細さですが、交通量は少ないので大丈夫でしょう。 地元の人が多い秘湯ですが、施設はしっかりとしております。 協力金は多めの500円を払って入りました(小銭を持っていなかった)。 夏は虫が多いのでちょっと大変かもしれません。 あと、熊。熊が怖いのでゆっくりとは入れません。 冬も入れるのでしたら...

  • Roadside Station Esashi
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    Hokkaido Hiyamagunesashichou Oyamachou 1
    Roadside Station in Esashi, Hiyama County, Hokkaido. See the bronze statue of quick-witted Shigejiro, a famous local comedian. Check out the Shigejiro Laughter Store where you can purchase Shigejiro merchandise. You can also use the Shigejiro Banya Simple Lodging Facility which has beds, baths and a kitchen. Reservations can be made between April and November.
  • Exander Onuma Canoe House
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    5.0
    3 Reviews
    Life / Living / Hospital
    Hokkaido Kamedagunnanaechou Onumachou 22-4
    Enjoy canoeing tours of the stunning natural scenery around Lake Onuma and Lake Konuma at the foot of Mt. Komagatake with Exander Onuma Canoe House. The beginner’s canoeing tour at around two hours long is popular with first-timers. As well as taking in the seasonal flowers and spring water of the lake you can also stop off at the island for a short break and tea time. Spectacular early morning tours with the beautiful morning mist and night tours under the moonlight are also very popular. They also do guided tours of Mt. Komagatake where from the summit you can see over the Tsugaru Peninsula. A definite must-see! The nearest station is Onuma Station.

    大沼とありますが、カヌーに乗るのは小沼です。地図で確認はしていたのですが、わかりづらい場所にあり道に迷いました。道路沿いに看板が欲しい! 天候に恵まれ、素晴らしい景色を楽しめました。ガイドさんの説明も詳しく丁寧で、水鳥や植物についてよくわかりましたし、途中のコーヒータイムも良い思い出になりました。10月中旬、渡り鳥がV字を描いて飛んで行ったり、湖面に駒ケ岳が逆さに映っていたり、湖面からの景色を夫婦...

  • Hanazawa Onsen
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    4.5
    3 Reviews
    Accommodations / Hot Spring
    Hokkaido Hiyama-gun Kaminokunicho Katsuyama 161
    This hot spring is located in the center of Kaminokuni Town in Hakodate City, nest to Hanazawa Park in the foothills of Mount Io. The weak alkaline, hypotonicity elevated temperature spring hot spring water is effective for nerve pain, muscle soreness, and joint pain, etc. Enjoy the hot spring water flowing from the source directly and it's thickness renowned for being good for your skin. There are two inside baths and an outdoor bath for you to use at a very reasonable price. It is a great place to relieve fatigue and is often visited by tourists taking a break. Don't miss the Milky Way while you are here.

    200円で、内湯と露天風呂があります、温泉は源泉掛け流しです。ヌルヌルする重曹泉です。さすがに石鹸・シャンプーは常備されていませんが、コストパフォーマンスよし、温泉よしの施設です。

  • Cape Shirakami
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Matsumaegunmatsumaechou Shirakami
    Designated as the Matsumae Yagoshi Prefectural Natural Park, Cape Shirakami is the southern most cape in Hokkaido. Below you extend a peculiar sight with rough curiously shaped rocks and sea cliffs, and on a clear day, one can see Tappisaki, the northern most point on the Tsugaru Peninsula on the opposite shore. In the spring and autumn, this area is a stopping point for migrating birds. Depending on the season, one can see around 300 varieties of the over 500 varieties of wild birds known to live in Japan. The Shirakami lighthouse, visible from the national highway, signifies the border between Hakodate and Matsumae.

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Not just a prefecture but an island of its own, Hokkaido is the most northerly prefecture and island of the Japanese archipelago. Arriving in Hokkaido, which is rural and bursting with breathtaking nature, means entering a world where vast national parks, towering mountains, and natural hot springs can be found at every turn. Come December, these natural splendors freeze over and morph into a winter wonderland.

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