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Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu

Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu

337-1, Watarase, Kamikawa Town, Kodama District, Saitama Pref.

It is the one of leading hot springs in Kanto for its thickness of ingredient and yellowish-brown color. Don't miss the "Senmaida" floor where your soles hurt when you walk!

Hakujunoyu indoor bath
Hakujunoyu indoor bath Hakujunoyu bath floor Hakujunoyu open-air bath

A hypertonic hot spring with a total ingredients of more than 31 g / kg. The thick onsen water is the highest level in Kanto Region.

Hot water is overflowing from the bathtub, and its ingredients are deposited on the floor. As a result, It has created an admirable pattern like "Senmaida" on the floor. ("Senmaida" means "a gathering of small terraced rice paddies".)

There is not only restaurant, but also nap rooms, massage rooms, library room full of comics and magazines, etc. It's so good relaxing in there all day long.

From October 1, 2016, Hakujunoyu has become "Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu". (Before that was "Yugo Hakujunoyu".)
The contents of this page are basically those of "Yugo Hakujunoyu".

Location

Rating of access

2.5 pt(from Ikebukuro)

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Area / Railway

Kanto Region
Saitama Pref.

JR Hachiko Line

onsen
Train and bus route map of Ofuro Cafe Hakujunoyu, Saitama Prefecture
Train and bus route map of Ofuro Cafe Hakujunoyu, Saitama Prefecture
Takasaki Station timetable Kuragano Station timetable Honjo Station timetable Tansho Station timetable Yorii Station timetable Ogawamachi Station timetable Komagawa Station timetable Hachioji Station timetable Omiya Station timetable Ikebukuro Station timetable Shinjuku Station timetable Honjo Eki Minamiguchi Bus Stop timetable etc. Tansho Eki Iriguchi Bus Stop timetable etc. Shimo-watarase Bus Stop timetable etc. Kamiizumi Sogo Shisho Bus Stop timetable etc.

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Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta. Tobu: 1 hr 30 min Tojo Line ¥ 910
  • Yorii Sta. JR: 25 min Hachiko Line ¥ 330
  • Tansho Sta.Walk: 1 hr 20 min 6.2 km (3.9 mi) Difference in elevation: 42 m (138 ft)
  • Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta. Tobu: 1 hr 15 min Tojo Line ¥ 820
  • Ogawa-machi Sta. JR: 40 min Hachiko Line ¥ 510
  • Tansho Sta.Walk: 4 min 0.3 km (0.2 mi)
  • Tansho Eki Iriguchi Bus Stop Asahi Bus: 12 min to Kamiizumi Sogo Shisho ¥ 350
  • Shimowatarase Bus StopWalk: 1 min 0.1 km (0.1 mi)
  • Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu
Route from Tokyo (Ikebukuro)
  • Ikebukuro Sta.JR: 1 hr 25 min Takasaki Line etc. ¥ 1,340
  • Honjo Sta. (South exit) Asahi Bus: 31 min to Kamiizumi Sogo Shisho ¥ 610
  • Shimowatarase Bus StopWalk: 1 min 0.1 km (0.1 mi)
  • Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu
Routes from Tokyo
  • Ikebukuro
  • Tobu
  • Yorii
  • JR
  • Tansho
  • Walk
  • hot spring
  • 3 hrs 15 min ¥ 1,240

  • Ikebukuro
  • Tobu
  • Ogawa-machi
  • JR
  • Tansho
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 2 hrs 12 min ¥ 1,680

  • Ikebukuro
  • JR
  • Honjo
  • Bus
  • hot spring
  • 1 hr 57 min ¥ 1,950

  • JR Hachiko Line operates less, so it is better to check the timetable before going out.
  • Asahi Bus runs from Honjo Station (South exit) to Kamiizumi Sogo Shisho Bus Stop about once an hour. (Note: Do not take the bus that stops at Oki Electric.)
  • The above fares are based on cash. When using an IC card, the fares may differ slightly.
  • The above times and distances are approximate. Does not include transfering or waiting times.

How to get to Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu

(Directions from Tansho Sta.)
  1. When you leave the station and go left, you will be on the prefectural road. Turn left and cross the railroad crossing. (If you turn right, there is Tansho Eki Iriguchi Bus Stop)
  2. Walk straight for about an hour along the road
  3. Go straight at the Shinjuku signal intersection and go under 1 km (0.6 mi). Beyond a Family Mart Store

bus stop: bus stop

Map and bus stop of Ofuro Cafe Hakujunoyu in Saitama Prefecture

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Travel journal of day trip bathing to hot spring

Characters

Nishi-san
Nishi-san
He is an orthodox hot springs lover and particular about quality of springs. He loves the hot springs flowing from the source, the hot water with a presence, and the rustic atmosphere.
Kita-san
Kita-san
He doesn't care much about quality of hot springs. He loves the open-air bath, and prefers hot springs that have visible features such as good views.

Today's hot spring is "Hakujunoyu" in the northern part of Saitama Prefecture. This onsen is said the one of the best in Kanto Region about the thick of the source. When Nishi-san and Kita-san get off Shimowatarase Bus Stop by Asahi Bus, then a flag of "Hakujunoyu" has been seen.

Hakujunoyu exterior

Exterior

Oh, we've arrived? here? I don't feel like a hot spring resort.

Well, basically, hot springs in Saitama don't have much history. Most of hot springs are like Super Sento, not traditional onsen towns.

I've thought arriving soon because Saitama is close to Tokyo. But it took time than I expected.

A flag of Hakujunoyu The sign of Hakujunoyu

Right. Saitama is actually large, and here is on the edge. The other side of the river is Gunma.

They enter the facility, go through the shop and restaurant, and go up to the second floor. (The bathing room is on the second floor.) Today is a weekday, so it seems to be not crowded.

Hakujunoyu floor around bathtub

Floor around bathtub

At first, the floor is the highlight.

Wow, it's really amazing ...

The ingredients of hot spring water overflowing from the bathtub have been deposited. So, the floor of the bathing room is in a state like a "Senmaida".

The river mentioned here is Kannagawa River. It is flowing through Gunma and Saitama prefectures.

Onsen ingredients have been solidified, and become like this naturally. In short, the water is so thick.

It looks like a limestone cave ... Oops! It hurts to walk. But this is already a fine art, you know.

Step over the "Senmaida" floor and finally enter the bathtub.

Hakujunoyu indoor bath

Indoor bath

Basically, this water has a lot of iron.

That makes sense.

Some people may be yuatari by this water.

Next, they go to an open-air bath.

Hakujunoyu open-air bath

Open-air bath

Oh, the open-air bath is lukewarm. It's just right temperature.

I thought you say so.

And the open-air floor is incredible, too. Isn't it really rare?

Exactly. All the wet floor is colored reddish brown. In short, the water is so thick.

Hakujunoyu open-air bath

Open-air bath

But I can't see the view around than I expected. I wish they had made a better view, since the second floor.

It's more about enjoying the water than the view.

Maybe that's the way ... Hmm? This water, isn't there anything floating on the surface? Oil?

It seems that the pipes are replaced every six months because the hot water piping is clogged with the precipitate.

"Yuatari" is a symptoms of feeling dizzy and sick by onsen.

Well ... Ah, it's not oil. I think the ingredients of the hot spring are solidified. In short, it's yunohana.

Hakujunoyu open-air bath (Kozayu and floor)

Open-air bath (Kozayu and floor)

So? ... but it doesn't feel good.

Hmm, but, in short, the water is The water is so thick!

Don't say before me!

It seems that precipitates may float on the surface of water when it is not sufficiently stirred, such as when there are few customers.

Hakujunoyu library room

Library room

Nishi-san and Kita-san took a long bath so that they could not be "yuatari". After getting out of the bath, they had "Hime Pork Bowl" at a restaurant and enjoyed Hakujunoyu all day long.

(August 2013)

"Hime Pork Bowl" has two types: sauce red and salty white.

Impression & rating

The presence of water is amazing. But the water condition seems to be different depending on the day and time, so I think it's better in the morning.

2.5 pt

Impression & rating

The Senmaida-like floor is worth a look. The open-air bath is not bad either. It's good to feel to relax as the whole of facility.

3.0 pt

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The Onsen facility

Yugo Hakujunoyu

Address
337-1, Watarase, Kamikawa Town, Kodama District, Saitama Pref.
Phone
domestic: 0274-52-3771
international: +81-274-52-3771
Web Site
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Bathing hours
10:00 - 23:00(Last entry at 22:00)
Regular holiday
Open all year round (closed several days a year for maintenance)
Charge
Adult: ¥ 700 (¥ 800 on Sat.,Sun. and Holidays) /
Elementary school student: ¥ 400
[after 21:00]
Adult: ¥ 390 / Elementary school student: ¥ 200
Bathtubs
Gender-separated indoor bath, Gender-separated open-air bath

Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu

Address
337-1, Watarase, Kamikawa Town, Kodama District, Saitama Pref.
Phone
domestic: 0274-52-3771
international: +81-274-52-3771
Web Site
Ofuro cafe Hakujunoyu
Bathing hours
10:00 - 23:00(Last entry at 22:30)
Regular holiday
Open all year round (closed several days a year for maintenance)
Charge
Adult: ¥ 780 (¥ 880 on Sat.,Sun. and Holidays) /
3 years old - Elementary school student: ¥ 400 /
Under 3 years old: free
[after 21:00]
Adult: ¥ 450 / Elementary school student: ¥ 200
Baths
Gender-separated indoor bath, Gender-separated open-air bath
Remarks
Tattoos are not allowed

The hot spring data
(from hot spring analysis report etc.)

(Survey date: Mar. 31, 2005)

Spring quality
Sodium - Chloride spring (Hypertonic Neutral High temperature spring)
Source name
Kannagawa-onsen
Source
327-1, Aza-Yanagiikehigashi, Watarase, Kamikawa Town, Kodama District, Saitama Pref.
Temperature
(at the hot water spout in men's bath)
42.0 ℃ (107.6 ℉)
[air temperature: 19 ℃ (66.2 ℉)]
pH value
6.9
Total ingredients
31.49 g / kg
Perception
Slightly yellowish-brown cloudy salty almost odorless

(Note) The above data is the result of analysis of "treated water" with water added and heated.
The data without water addition and heating are as follows.

(Survey date: Jan. 31, 2000)

Spring quality
Sodium - Chloride spring (Hypertonic Neutral Low temperature spring)
Temperature
25.4 ℃ (77.7 ℉)
[air temperature: 9 ℃ (48.2 ℉)]
Volume
130 L / min (Pumping after drilling)
pH value
6.7
Total ingredients
36.33 g / kg
Perception
Grayish white cloudy, salty and irony, slightly mud odor

Today's Ekiben

Black Pork with Miso Sauce Bento
The appearance of Black Pork with Miso Sauce Bento The whole of Black Pork with Miso Sauce Bento

Black Pork with Miso Sauce Bento

(Purchased at Omiya Sta.)

An Ekiben of "Sainokuni Black Pork" fried with ginger and "Secret Miso Sauce". With a rich seasoning as expected, it was delicious even when cooled. In addition, white rice and black rice were blended, so I felt a little lucky. (¥ 980)
(→ Hibiki Food website)

  • The descriptions on this page contain personal opinions and are not necessarily objective facts.
  • The information may have changed at present. In particular, the charge and price etc. has often not updated from the time of travel, so check the latest information on the official website.

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